Mandalay Pictures president Cathy Schulman and Tropic Thunder set designer John Chichester have joined the faculty at Chapman University’s Dodge College Of Film And Media Arts.

Every term Dodge College hosts an expert filmmaker to meet with and counsel 10 students under the Filmmaker-in-Residence programme. Schulman has been named Fall 2013 Filmmaker-in-Residence.

She recently completed production on Alex Aja’s Toronto entry Horns and Marjane Satrapi’s Voices and is currently producing the Gillian Flynn adaptation Dark Places starring Charlize Theron. Schulman won a best picture Oscar as one of the producers on Crash.

Chichester will be an associate professor and director of production design. He has designed and supervised films such as Star Trek Into Darkness, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Spider-Man 2, among others.

“Our students are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from a producer with the incredible experience of Cathy Schulman, a producer whose films break new ground and whose leadership in the industry is an inspiration,” said Dodge College dean Robert Bassett. “As president of Women In Film she is also a powerful role model for our women students.

“John brings a depth of industry experience and a passion for teaching that will play a key role in the continued development of our production design program in all areas, including art direction, colour and set design, costume, and hair and makeup. He will make a qualitative difference in the production of all of our student films.”