Tom began his career on the production side of the film and television business. He’s been fortunate to have worked on award-winning projects as a writer, producer, director, cameraman, and editor. He has produced projects ranging from television commercials to documentaries to dramatic films in over 30 countries.
Since 1998 Tom has served as a missionary filmmaker with Pioneers, and has created hundreds of projects, including the feature-length motion picture, “The Enemy God.”
In his ministry life, Tom works collaboratively with missionaries and filmmakers in other countries to produce visual stories and to empower emerging filmmakers in other cultures with the goal to make Jesus Christ and his kingdom known in places that are yet unreached. This work takes the form of media strategies, film training courses, partnership in producing films, and individual mentoring.
Tom has been teaching online film and screenwriting classes and in-person workshops since 2010. In 2015 he finished graduate school with an MFA in Professional Screenwriting. He also teaches communications at Colorado Christian University.
Amateur radio, fine art photography, and playing guitar round out his hobbies. Tom and his wife, Cara, homeschooled their three children for 22 years. Now the family has grown with three grandchildren. The Khazoyans live in the Denver, Colorado area.
How did a guy like Leonardo DaVinci get so good at so many things? As our kids read classic books and study history and literature, the people they learn about and learn from amaze us. It wasn't unusual for influential people in the past to speak multiple languages...
Filmmaking with a Global Vision In the middle of the spring semester, usually in April, I teach my filmmaking classes from somewhere outside of the U.S. Last spring it was from Thailand. This year Holland. I've taught my online classes from Turkey, Spain, Finland, and...
A famous film director once said that “...70% of a film is sound.” I don’t know that we can put a number on it, but one of the most important lessons beginning filmmakers can learn is the importance of high quality and creative sound in their films. Instructors of...
...WHY DOES SCREENWRITING HAVE TO BE ONLY A HALF YEAR WHILE [Science] IS A WHOLE YEAR - NOT FAIR…
Thanks so much for all of your notes and the live classes. I loved it so much! You're such an engaging teacher with actual experience in the field you're teaching, which is something homeschooled kids don't get very often 😉
...of the five classes my daughter is taking this fall, you have by far challenged her the most. She appreciates your thoughtful comments on her work and has been motivated to take her creative writing skills to a new level.
Before I took these classes, I didn’t know for sure if filmmaking was something I wanted to do or if it was God’s will for me. But now, I know without a doubt that I am passionate about filmmaking and that it truly is God’s will for me to serve Him and make a difference in the world through visual media. Thank you so very much for helping me to discover my life purpose.
I'm a novelist as well, and you've really broadened my whole story-making landscape (and I've been writing stories since I could put pen to paper) in the past semester and I'm really glad to have taken this class.