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University of New Haven Alumnus is Production Artist for Critically Acclaimed Joker Movie

Tim Metzger '85 has worked on many well-known movies, including Men in Black and Vanilla Sky, and he often returns to his alma mater to share his industry experience with current students.

October 2, 2019

By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications

Image of Tim Metzger '85.
Tim Metzger '85 (right) and Nicholas Graham '16 worked on Joker.

Since graduating with a degree in communication, Tim Metzger '85 has been a regular on the sets of movies, television shows, commercials, and music videos. As a production artist, he leads the crew of set dressers responsible for ensuring that the props are in the proper location to maintain continuity, since scenes are often shot out of order. They also direct the arranging of objects, such as furniture and decorations, on a set before filming.

Metzger, who has worked on well-known movies such as Men in Black, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, and Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise and Penélope Cruz, was part of the crew for Joker, the critically acclaimed Warner Brothers film starring Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix that before its October release was called one of the most anticipated movies of the year.

"I am proud that I have been able to make what I love to do my career. Being able to combine what you love and get paid for it is rewarding."Tim Metzger '85

Metzger says his time at the University of New Haven helped him build the skills he still uses every day.

"I am proud that I have been able to make what I love to do my career," said Metzger. "Being able to combine what you love and get paid for it is rewarding."

As a student, Metzger served as president of the University's Communication Club, and he was also a Theater Club member and student government delegate. While producing student films, he was involved in the campus community, helping to organize events such as concerts, comedy shows, and even air guitar competitions.

"At the University of New Haven, I got a solid background in all areas of film making," he said. "I also learned to work hard and think independently, making lifelong contacts who have helped me throughout my career."

A mentor to current communication students, Metzger often returns to the University to share his experience and offer guidance. He has hired recent graduates, such as Nicholas Graham '16, who worked with him on Joker, and Benjamin Hammel '17, who worked with him on The Many Saints of Newark, a movie prequel to the popular television show The Sopranos, which is due out next year.

The Communication Department has recognized Metzger's leadership and commitment to students with an Alumni Circle of Honor Award.

"Film production in New York has gone through a great growth spurt in the last few years, and I wanted to introduce University of New Haven students to some of the available jobs," said Metzger. "Getting a 'foot in the door' and landing a first job can be a very big step. When I have the opportunity to hire, I think about current students at the University."