Faculty / School of Media, Culture & Design

Samuel Kim

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Filmmaking

Sam Kim is an award winning Cinematographer/Director who has spent the last fifteen years of his life telling visual stories. As a young and active professional, Sam was taught and mentored by some of the most influential cinematographers of today’s industry such as Stephen Lighthill, ASC (Nash Bridges), Bill Dill, ASC (Soulfood), Bob Primes, ASC (Felicity, Quantum Leap), and David Armstrong (Saw I-VI). After Sam received his MFA in Cinematography at the world renowned American Film Institute, he became an essential part of the Woodbury University film curriculum teaching and advising classes in cinematography, short format film making and thesis production.

Sam is an actively working DP/Director in the film industry, both in America and Asia. In 2013, Sam shot a short film, as the Cinematographer named “Six Letter Word,” which was an official selection to the Cannes Film Festival. He he has been hired by a variety national companies in China as Director/DP. In 2016, he directed a short film winning the best picture of the prestigious China Jiangsu Province International Short Film Festival.

Sam Kim believes that the core of any great story teller is to teach and brings that core principle with him on set and in the classroom. With the ever changing way that we consume media he approaches teaching and learning through practical skills and hands on experience. Consistently enforcing the physical aspects of film making, he engages in his lectures to create thought and identity in his students works.


MFA, American Film Institute
BFA, San Francisco State University