Quinn Saunders

Quinn Saunders
Assistant Professor, Television Production Option
Office location:
MZ 317


Writer/Director Quinn Saunders was most recently an Assistant Professor of Media Production at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, and taught previously at the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Professor Saunders graduated with an M.F.A. in film directing from the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. While at U.S.C., he was one of the only students ever chosen for a prestigious mentorship by director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump).

Under this mentorship process, Mr. Saunders wrote, directed and produced the short film Fortunate Son about a Vietnam War veteran who starts to believe that his young son’s imaginary friend is the ghost of a boy he murdered in Vietnam.Fortunate Son went on to appear in film festivals around the world, and won Best Short Film at several, including the $10,000 Grand Prize in the inaugural Haydenfilms Online Film Festival. Mr. Saunders is currently attached to direct his first feature film, Remorse, starring Katherine Moennig (Showtime’s The L-Word), as well as the independent feature F***, Marry, Kill.

In addition to directing, Mr. Saunders is also a screenwriter. His script Stripper: The Saga of America’s #2 Erotic Male Revue(formerly titled The Armoires) was a semi-finalist in the 2006 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship competition, and is currently being packaged by Maverick Films. Mr. Saunders also works in television in various capacities; he is currently a Director/Technical Director for the non-live segments of the CBS reality show Big Brother 8. He worked on the series as a Camera Operator for the four previous seasons.

Previous employment includes work as a Camera Operator and Editor for shows on Fox Reality, A&E, and others, and working as the Director of Development at Barbara Lieberman Productions where he helped develop several TV movies including The Dead Will Tell, with Anne Heche for CBS, and the ABC movie Trump: Unauthorized.