Lisonbee, Dennis Rey
Associate Professor - Digital Media
CS 527c
(801) 863-8904
Last Updated: 10/24/18 -



1977   M.A., University Studies, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
1974   B.A., Communications, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 


  UNIVERSITY SERVICE, Utah Valley University

  • Designed and developed online instructional and testing components using Instructure Canvas for the following courses:  Senior Projects, Motion Picture Essentials, Production Workshop, Motion Picture Editing, Motion Picture Production and Digital Cinema Production (some components were formerly on Blackboard) 

  • Developed the KLUC EdNet telecourse program for UVU and produced over 14 telecourses in the sciences, math, arts, philosophy and humanities; duties included instructional designing of courses with faculty, training student crews, producing and videotaping the courses 

  • Developed curriculum for the UVU Digital Media major based on emerging digital technologies (fastest growing major at UVU for over 12 consecutive years)

  • Coordinator and Creator, Strategic Alliance between UVU and; students create stock footage assets for marketing through; students have access to the assets of for use in educational productions 

  • Founding Member, collaboration committee between the College of Technology and Computing and the School of the Arts 

  • Co-Director, Senior Projects Night, annual culminating event for graduates

  • Chair, Digital Media, Rank, Tenure and Advancement Committee

  • Member, Digital Media Curriculum Committee

  • Member, Faculty Senate

  • Co-Director, 2007 UVU Digital Cinema Summer Bootcamp

  • Director, 2002 UVU Digital Cinema Summer Bootcamp

  • Member, College of Computing Science Dean Search Committee

  • Member, Communication Faculty Search Committee

  • Member, Digital Media Faculty Search Committee

  • Participant, 1997 UVSC President’s National Leadership Council

  • Participant, invitational UVU Teaching Academy on Social Constructivist Pedagogy Mentor of 3 gold medal winners & 1 bronze winner, Skills USA National Competition


  • Developed the BYU-Hawaii Television Production Studio

  • Created training videos for various departments

  • Created Focus Hawaii television show that aired for over twenty years

  • Developed sports television broadcasts
    Directed television commercials for the Polynesian Cultural Center

  • Trained students in video and television production




  • Writing for Digital Media

  • Writing Workshop

  • Digital Media Senior Projects 1

  • Digital Media Senior Projects 2

  • Digital Media Essentials

  • Digital Broadcasting

  • Digital Production Workshop

  • Digital Storytelling Workshop

  • Digital Cinema Essentials

  • Motion Picture Editing

  • Production Management

  • Motion Picture Post Production

  • Digital Film Production



  • 2012   Israel, documentary videotaping ofBeit Lehi archeological site with UVU and the Beit Lehi Foundation; supervised UVU student production team; produced documentary film utilized by the Beit Lehi Foundation 

  • 2010   Tikal, Guatemala and Izapa, Mexico, produced documentary film for the 2010 conference of the Society for American ArchealogyIzapa Temple Restoration”

  • 2004   New York and Washington, D.C., major art museums, produced digital assets for UVU telecourse, Humanities 1010, Humanities Through the Arts 

  • 1996   Germany and Austria, produced assets for video productions highlighting UVU students working in internships in Europe 

  • 1985   Suva, Fiji (twice), produced assets for documentary for the BYUH Polynesian Cultural Center and the Center for Polynesian Studies 

  • 1984   Tonga – produced video of the marriage of the Prince of Tonga for BYU Hawaii


  • 2014 Panel Discussion "How the Movies Work: The Legacy of Frank Daniel," Sundance Film Festival Hub, Park City Utah

  • 2013   Panel Discussion representing Digital Media at “Foundations Unwrapped”, FATE, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, Provo, Utah

  • 2013   Panel Discussion on documentary film produced by one of my graduates, “A Reel Legacy: Judge Whitaker and the History of the BYU Motion Picture Studio,” LDS Film Festival, Scera Theatre, Orem, Utah

  • 2012   Panel Discussion on documentary film produced by one of my graduates, “A Reel Legacy: Judge Whitaker and the History of the BYU Motion Picture Studio,”Mormon Media Studies Symposium, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

  • 2006   “Globalization and Film: A Personal Perspective” paper presented to UVU Spheres of Globalization Conference, 7th Annual Conference, UVSC, Orem, Utah



  • 2012   Service Award of Excellence for the College of Technology and Computing,  awarded for vast after-hours contribution to Utah Valley University


  • 2010   Outstanding Educator of the Year, elected by graduating seniors of the College of Computing and Technology, Utah Valley University 

  • 2003   Faculty Excellence Award Nominee, School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, Utah Valley State College

  • Aurora Awards

  • National Photography Society International Film Festival

  • Columbus Ohio International Film Festival Chris Plaque

  • National Broadcasting Society Film Festival

  • Great Basin Film Festival

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Student Awards (2)

  • Mormon Arts Film Festival

  • ITVA-Hawaii Video Award

  • Salt Lake Video Awards

  • Cindi Awards                                                    


  • “UVU Production”, Utah Film Commission, article on Dennis Lisonbee making UVU the only university in the western U.S. to serve as an Avid Learning Partner, 12 June, 2012, 

  • Donat, Parker, “Outstanding Educators as selected by this year’s graduates” Sequel, UVU Alumni Magazine, Spring 2010, p. 40-42 

  • Pyrah, Joe, “Bills encourage film studios in Utah,” Provo Daily Herald, 22 Feb 2009 

  • Lisonbee, Dennis, “Globalization and Film: A Personal Perspective”, Spheres of Globalization, 7th Annual UVSC Conference, Ed. David Keller, Orem: Utah Valley State College, 2006, p. 21-27 

  • Thorpe Burt, Melynda, “Learning by Doing,” Sequel, UVSC Alumni Magazine, Spring 2004, p. 20-24

  • Babbitt, Christi C., “UVSC students getting real-life movie set experience,” Provo Daily Herald, 11 June, 2003


  • Member, ELearning Guild

  • Member, Utah Motion Picture Association

  • Avid Coordinator, Avid editing software and UVU Learning Partnership

  • Certified Instructor, Avid (one of two certified instructors in the Rocky Mountain region)



  • 2002 to 2013   Wrote and obtained over $250,000 in federal Perkins Grants

  • 2009    UVU PBA grant (Planning, Budgeting and Assessment grant) $250,000

  • 2012    UVU PBA grant (Planning, Budgeting and Assessment grant) $62,000




  • CATDV, Asset management software

  • AVID Media Composer, NLE software (Avid Certified Instructor)

  • Final Cut Pro & Adobe Premiere NLE software

  • Movie Magic Scheduling, Production management software

  • Facilis Terrablock, Video server management

  • Instructure Canvas, LMS



  • Producer/Director,Izapa Temple Restoration, documentary film produced for the conference of the Society for American Archaeology

  • Director/Editor, No Greater Soldier, film shown at the national convention for American Gold Star Mothers, 2009 

  • Television Director, Annual Pearl Awards,largest annual multi-cam television broadcast in Utah, 1999 through 2004.

  • Producer/Director, The Duttons: Makin' Music, national high definition PBS Special and Holidays With The Duttons, highest rated independent PBS show in December 2003. 

  • Writer/Producer, See Mike Run, theatrical feature currently in development. 

  • Producer/Director, Come Unto Christ, Merrill Jenson, Composer. Choral and orchestral work, regional PBS, 2000. 

  • Producer, Sheree, What Matters Most, music CD with music video. Producer/Director: Immanuel, by Newell Dayley, regional PBS, 1998. 

  • Producer/Director, Song of Nephi, by Robert Cundick, KSL-TV, 1996. 

  • Producer/Director, Visions of Eternity, written by Crawford Gates, regional PBS, 1994 

  • Cinematographer, documentary on Jaime Escalante of the film, Stand and Deliver, filmed at Garfield High School, 1988 

  • Director/Editor, 2 Catch 2, Feature Film with both domestic and international release, 1979 

  • Assistant Director, Grizzly Adams, Major NBC television series, 1977

  • From 1975 to present producer, writer, director of scores of educational and documentary productions for education and industry

  • IMDB listing



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