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Tom Blomquist is co-author of the new book Eye of the Storm: Directing for Film, Television, and Emerging Media for Kendall Hunt Publishers with former Department of Film and Electronic Arts Chair Maria Viera, Ph.D. An award-winning Writer, Producer, and Director, Professor Blomquist began his career as a Program Executive at MTM Productions and Foote, Cone & Belding Advertising, where he worked on the Emmy-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame movie specials. His writing, producing, and directing credits range from science fiction series (Farscape, Quantum Leap, Swamp Thing) to action adventure (The A-Team, Walker Texas Ranger, Hunter) to family drama (Fame L.A., Twice In A Lifetime, Catherine Marshall's Christy) to late-night talk shows (Tomorrow with Tom Snyder). He was also Executive Producer, Co-Writer, and Second Unit Director of the six-hour network mini-series sequel to Christy.
More recently, Professor Blomquist directed the pilot for WHOA!, a comedy starring Linda Blair, Leslie Jordan, Mark Gantt, Taryn Southern, and Dawnn Lewis; produced the music video Creep for singer Mariah Parks; and directed the music videos for singer-songwriter Kellie Coffey's Walk On and I Would Die For That. He went on to write and direct a feature documentary about Ms. Coffey's music career, I'm Still Here; and has a continuing role as Creative Consultant for the international touring theatrical stage production of They Call Me Mr. Fry. His most recent directing project, the stage play Einstein!, began a six-city Canadian tour in June 2014.
A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Professor Blomquist teaches Directing, Narrative and Multiple Camera Television Production, and Media Aesthetics at CSULB. He also serves on advisory boards at Moorpark College and El Camino College.