The Digital Video and Media Production Department at IPR is proud to announce that, beginning winter term, local writer and filmmaker Justin Staggs will be joining our faculty. Justin will be teaching screenwriting winter term and will move into production and post production instruction as the DVMP BFA progresses into its third year.
Justin is an award-winning filmmaker with several dozen music videos to his credit, including clients such as the Foo Fighters, Against Me! and NOFX – just to name a few. In 2005, Justin’s 30-second P.S.A. on Youth AIDS Awareness won a prestigious Platinum Award at World Fest, and in early 2009 Justin received a “Keeper Award” from Metro Magazine for his local video work and was featured in the January issue. Justin’s short film Domina won Best Narrative Short at the 2014 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.
In addition to his expertise as a video producer and director, Justin is a professional screenwriter, video editor, colorist, animator, and graphic designer. These various professional skill-sets and experiences culminate in the visual storytelling art forms he is passionate about sharing with his students.
Justin is currently scripting several episodes of the hit ABC Television primetime series 20/20 In an Instant, as well as developing two of his feature screenplays, Slayer and The Deprived, for production with himself at the helm as director.
Justin has a B.A in Communication Design from Kutztown University. His career high lights include:
- American Accolades Screenwriting Competition: Finalist
- Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting: Quarterfinalist
- Final Draft Screenwriting Competition: Semi-Finalist
- World Fest Platinum Award for Best P.S.A.
- Best Narrative Short, 2014 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Fest
- Director, Foo Fighters “Back and Forth” Music Video