Senior Lecturer and Director, BFA in Cinematic Arts
Research and Creative Interests
- narrative video production
- video editing
- visual storytelling
Craig Erpelding, 2023 UFVA Teaching Award winner, is also an award-winning Independent Filmmaker with projects screened at venues and festivals across 4 continents. His textbook, Filmmaking with Intention: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Engaging Motion Pictures, is now in First Edition from Cognella Publishing. Erpelding earned his MFA in Directing from DePaul University’s Digital Cinema Program in 2015, with prior educational experience at UCLA for Screenwriting and a B.A. of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University.
While he has written and directed various short films and an independent television pilot, Erpelding has also worked for several network TV shows including FOX’s “Empire,” ABC’s “Mind Games,” and NBC’s “Crisis”, he has sat on a committee for the Producers Guild of America, as well as, a juror for various Oscar-qualifying film festivals. He was a journalist and editor for various filmmaking trade magazines. His academic and creative work focuses on narrative cinema and episodic and serialized TV development and developing, producing, and directing motion pictures via intention for audience engagement with a focus on visual language, camera work and postproduction techniques.