Lisa NeeleyMet Film School Dean
Lisa Neeley, Met Film School Dean, studied history at Stanford University and initially planned to attend law school before making the decision to follow her heart and attend UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television in her home state of California. While there, she was selected for an internship with Jodie Foster’s Egg Productions and produced several award nominated short films. Upon receiving her MFA in Producing, she joined Warner Bros. as a creative executive, where she worked in development on a number of big-budget films, including Barry Levinson’s Sphere and Andrew Davies’ A Perfect Murder. She moved across to sister company HBO Films as Director of Development and Production, where she was instrumental in producing the Peabody Award winning Shot Through the Heart, and the Emmy-nominated RKO 281, starring Liev Schreiber, John Malkovich and Roy Scheider.
In the early noughties Lisa relocated to the UK where she initially worked as Head of Development for UK production outfit Random Harvest Pictures, based at Pinewood Studios. Always drawn to teaching and film education, she has taught screenwriting, producing, creative development, and film theory at a number of film programmes, including UCLA, Goldsmith’s, Northern Film School, and London Film School. Recognising the need to support screenwriters and the story development process she co-created script development consultancy, Story HQ, which won a tender from the UK Film Council in its first year of operation.
Lisa also concurrently manages student wellbeing across the school ensuring that students are supported during their studies through academic and personal support in order to reach their full potential. She has helped define the area of student affairs at Met Film School based on previous experience working for UCLA’s Office of Student Affairs before attending film school.