Carlos Ruiz, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Media Specialist
M.F.A. in Screenwriting – Asbury University
B.A. in Communications – Waldorf College
An avid lover of all fine art, Carlos considers himself an artist at heart. Whether it’s staring at photographs done by the great Richard Avedon, paintings by Pablo Picasso or studying the films of Stanley Kubrick, he finds himself constantly learning and absorbing multiple art forms—especially motion pictures.
Carlos has always had an affinity for motion pictures ever since he could remember. He was constantly reciting movie lines from one of his favorite characters of all time, Darth Vader, from the original Star Wars series. It wasn’t until high school that he would put his creative mind to work in photography. After studying classics “The Shining” and “The Godfather” in a film literature class, he became interested in becoming a filmmaker.
Carlos went off to study communication at Waldorf University on a soccer scholarship and focused his degree on digital media, graphic design, public relations and journalism. While at Waldorf, he was involved with more than 10 short films and earned his way to the director position. He co-directed his first feature film “Rise of the Sea Urchins” in 2014 which opened in nine theatres in the Midwest the following year; eventually finding a distribution outlet on Amazon Video.
After his debut as a director, he moved to Los Angeles and worked in telecommunications before landing in the audio/visual department of the Marriott and White Lodging Hotels. It was there that he held a Level 1 MVP international event certification in his hometown of Denver, Colorado.
Carlos then felt a calling to return to his alma mater as the media specialist and adjust professor of communications. He teaches visual theory and web design and assists students in video production.
When he’s not teaching, Carlos is an active filmmaker in Iowa. He is a member of the Iowa Motion Picture Association and serves as a board member of the Iowa Independent Film Festival in Mason City, Iowa.
Outside of class, you can find Carlos working on a film set, writing screenplays, fishing, spending time with his family and, of course, watching movies.