Speakers – Spring 2021
A certified instructor for Adobe and Apple, Rich is a practiced expert in motion graphic design and digital video. Starting his career out in the world of broadcast journalism, Rich has always had great interest in visual communications. His producing skills were also recognized by AV Video Multimedia Producer Magazine who named him as one of the Top Producers of 2004. Rich is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team, and a popular speaker on the digital video circuit. He has been the Program Manager for the Post|Production World Conference since 2003.
Rich is an internationally published author. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first of its kind to focus on Photoshop’s application in the world of video. He is also a contributing author for From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Final Cut Pro On the Spot and Professional Web Video. A Master’s Degree in Project Management fills out Rich’s broad spectrum of experience. Rich enjoys traveling and digital photography, as well as teaching his kids the joys of science fiction and comic books.
Check out Rich’s website below the sessions!
Few exemplify the changing technological landscape in digital cinema more than Gary Adcock. With a unique understanding of on-set technologies and their relationships in post-production has allowed him to act as a guide in the evolving relationship between acquisition, edit, and delivery. Gary is one of the co-authors and tech editor for the original version of the Data Handling Procedures and Best Practices guide used by IATSE Local 600 (Cinematographer's Guild).
Gary has been a speaker on cinematography and the related technologies at events around the world, and has presented on various topics at the National Association of Broadcasters Las Vegas convention continuously since 1999, as well as presenting on a diverse array of subjects at NAB Shanghai, IBC Show, Interbee and Broadcast India. His knowledge and capabilities keep him in demand as both a consultant and technical writer for a wide array of manufacturers and publications. You can follow Gary on Twitter and Instagram as @garyadcock or read his blog at garyadcock.com.
Join adjunct marketing professor, marketing expert, industry leader, and national key note speaker/presenter, Rhea Allen, as she provides this class based on her nearly 20 years of experience as a Co-founder, President/CEO of an award-winning creative and digital marketing/ad agency that has performed professional marketing and creative production services all over the world, Peppershock Media, www.Peppershock.com She and her team will often hire freelancers to add to her team and works with creatives from many different capabilities and talents based on their client’s needs.
Rhea is also the host of the Marketing Expedition Podcast and the founder of The Marketing Expedition Community, www.TheMarketingExpedition.com an online subscription-based platform where members gain invaluable insights, the latest trends in marketing, forum support, ideas and inspiration for building brands and bottom lines. She has a distinct style in which she provides encouragement, ‘ coaching, and feedback. She promotes a supportive environment and facilitates the creative process with many varying perspectives while participants pursue their goals of successful personal and/or professional brand creation. Rhea and her husband Drew Allen who is also the co-founder of Peppershock Media, have two teenage boys and they enjoy the great outdoors together.
Kevin Ames is among the first generation of ENG photographers in television. His video career started the same day the station he was working for tore out their film processor. He has worked in local news, commercial production, scripting advertisements as well as being the voice of a CBS affiliate.
Kevin’s career moved into still photography. He has had a decades-long career in studio photography both with film and as a very early adopter of digital capture. He revisited his love of video with the Canon 5D Mk II. He’s been providing still and video photography to his clients ever since.
Felipe is the owner of Cre8ive Beast, a small creative agency in Prague, Czech Republic. He works as a Workflow Architect and Post-production consultant helping clients improve their post-production processes’ efficiency and enabling remote collaborative workflows. Most recently Felipe worked as a Workflow Consultant and Lead Assistant Editor for a six-part documentary series for HBO titled “Q: Into the Storm”.
Prior to starting his own creative agency, Felipe worked at McKinsey & Company and then at Accenture as a Creative Producer and Head of Post Production for Accenture Productions. His team was involved in over 2000 Live Broadcast events per year across an organization of 450,000+ employees. He led a team of editors in 4 countries and created workflows that allowed his team to collaborate and handover projects every day, delivering over 400 videos a month.
Anthony Bari Jr
Anthony is an Emmy-award winning technical supervisor, workflow consultant, director, documentary filmmaker, video editor, and U.S. Marine veteran. With an extensive background developing workflows for major broadcasters internationally. His production background consists of documentary, sports, promotional, commercial, television, and branded content campaigns.
Anthony has played a role in all parts of the process from pre-production through post. Often being the communication downstream from all levels of users to vendors through workshops and technical education.
Rachel Bastarache Bogan
I’m an editor and corporate video producer from Denver, CO. After five years of being the “one-man-band” in video production I realized that I love editing and hate shooting. Then I realized that there had to be folks out there who loved shooting and hated editing. In 2015 I started Renegade Digital Post, specializing in post-production and remote editing for small and mid-sized video producers across the US. Whether it’s fixing another editor’s edit, taking a project brief to final production, or just being handed a pile of footage and told, “you deal with it,” I’m in love.
Building my own business has had its challenges. Small to mid-sized producers working in industrials, promotions and marketing materials don’t always think of working with a remote editor. But as more and more workflows transition online, more producers want to do it. Meeting these needs has taken me from just editing to designing post-workflows, handling other creative contractors and learning all aspects of post-production tasks to get the job done. It allowed me to write a book on editing, “How to Edit Videos People Want to Watch,” published in 2017, and to speak for Faster Together at Lumaforge at NAB 2018.
The multiple award-winning career of Al Caudullo’s has spanned over 30 years of video production, including excellence in HD, 3D, 4K UHD, and now 360VR. His career highlights include –ground-breaking work in Virtual Reality with projects for Sir David Attenborough’s Micro Monsters Exclusive series for OculusTV, GatesNotes.com, DiscoveryVR, UNICEF, and Getty Images 360, to name a few.
In education, Caudullo continues to open new frontiers in learning with the accredited Immersive Storytelling Course for CSU, California State University, and the Entertainment Alliance. In China, Singapore, France, London, and Hollywood, California, Al has conducted both 3D stereoscopic and Immersive VR courses and seminars. His awards include the “3D Excellence Award” at the 3D Expo China and IMAX Awards. At Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, he created and led the first 3D Stereoscopic University level Filmmaking course.
Chris has over 25 years experience in graphic and interactive design, with a unique focus on both design and development. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), he has focused his career on merging design and technology to create the optimal execution across various media.
In addition to graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Chris was also a featured speaker at various industry-related conferences, including the Adobe MAX, NAB, CreativePro Week and Keyframes. Watch his step-by-step courses online at LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, Skillshare, CPDForumula, CreativeLive, Pluralsight, or on Amazon Video. Find more of Chris’ events at https://codifydesign.com/events
Jake Cross is the Production Manager as well as an Editor at RHED Pixel. Starting out in true crime reenactments for several cable broadcasts and pilots, he transitioned into client-based video focusing on medical, logistics and manufacturing markets. Now, much of his work is centered around product videography and promotional videos.
Doug is a writer/producer based in Spokane with over twenty years of experience working with a wide variety of storytelling platforms, including feature films, podcasts, and multi-camera live streams. His portfolio includes projects for Google, YouTube and Salesforce. His work as a storyteller has taken Doug around the world, covering subjects at the highest levels of industry, entertainment and government.
Bokeh, his first feature film, was selected for IFP’s Independent Film Lab, acquired by Screen Media Films, screened at the 2017 Santa Barbara Film Festival and enjoyed a theatrical run in the spring of 2017. It is now available on all major VOD platforms. Currently, Doug is developing several projects including a transmedia documentary about the adventures and sacrifices of a once top-secret cadre of American fighter pilots.
Content creator Amy DeLouise creates high-impact nonfiction digital content and consults with leading brands on storytelling and digital content workflow. With more than 400 productions to her credit, her clients include Microsoft, S&P Global, Fulbright Association, Jewish Federations of North America and the National Association of Chemical Distributors. Amy is a leader in the field of short form digital storytelling and has garnered more than 40 creative excellence awards – Tellys, Peer, New York Festivals, Aurora, CINE Golden Eagle, and Woman of Vision Leadership Award from Women in Film & Video.
A popular LinkedIn Learning author with titles on video production and business, Amy has authored two Focal Press books: The Producer’s Playbook: Real People on Camera and Nonfiction Sound & Story for Film and Video: A Practical Guide for Filmmakers. Amy founded #GalsNGear, a community amplifying and advancing women in tech and screen media. She has a B.A. in English from Yale University. For more resources and tips from Amy, visit her website at www.amydelouise.com or follow her @brandbuzz on Twitter and @adbbrandbuzz on Instagram.
Jamie has worked in TV and film for over 30 years, starting out at the BBC as an engineer/tech op, colour balancing studio cameras and telecine, then moving into short-from graphics and promo editing. After more than 20 years at the BBC he moved into long-form grading and online editing, working on feature films, broadcast drama and documentary.
Jamie moved to the USA for six years, during which time he worked on numerous indie film projects and worked as a trainer, teaching colour grading and DaVinci Resolve to the likes of HBO, NBC and many others. Having returned to England he is now a Certified Master Trainer for Blackmagic Design, offering training to other trainers, specialising in colour grading and Fusion. He continues to work as a finishing editor for TV and does vfx and grading and training from his home setup.
Warren is a freelance Colorist based in Australia. He has an extensive 28-year career with experience in all forms of color correction. Starting out as a photographers’ assistant in London’s West End straight from school, he knew from an early age that he wanted to be involved in a visual industry. Moved to top Soho post house Visions in 1987 where he started as a Colorist working on a mixture of long and short-form projects.
The chance came to go to Australia in 1999 for a 3-month contract…he is still there! Now a Resolve owner/operator he runs his own shop and splits his time between grading there and freelancing in Australia and around the globe. His credits include commercials for Qantas, Ford, Mitsubishi, Revlon and Tooheys, mainstream UK and Australian dramas and documentaries including the first Australian DI movie ‘Blurred’ and Guy Ritchie’s cult movie ‘Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels’.
George Edmondson owns a video production company based in Tuscaloosa Alabama and has been working with MotionVFX to create high-quality tutorials showcasing a wide array of plug-ins and templates.
George since starting built his entire company exclusively on Final Cut Pro and Motion and has many years of real-life experience with both applications.
Maxon Certified Master Trainer Darrin Frankovitz uses his extensive 3D knowledge to train individuals and teams how to use Cinema 4D and Redshift, sharing a wide variety of 3D production and workflow techniques to create stunning visuals in less time.
Jeff I. Greenberg has over two decades of experience as a Post-Production consultant and Master Instructor (trainer for other trainers) for Adobe, Apple, Avid and Black Magic Designs, specializing in the areas of editorial, workflow, compositing, sound, color grading and compression. He’s the Owner of J Greenberg Consulting and for a decade was the Principal Instructor for Future Media Concepts. Consistently voted as one of the top seminar speakers/interviewers, audience’s feedback includes depth of subjects covered, approachability and student-centered teaching that helps keep them up to date on industry standards.
Jeff teaches seminars at events such as NAB, IBC, CES and Inter BEE. He’s the chair for the Editors Retreat, an annually held exclusive getaway for editors. Jeff is a published author of several books on the subject of editing and post-production. He recently finished a book on Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques (Adobe Press.) Jeff writes for various blogs and creates training materials for Lynda.com.
Judith Dwan Hallet
Judith Dwan Hallet is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has been making films for over 50 years. Judy was a Producer/Reporter at the NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah for 14 years. In 1986, National Geographic Television hired her as the Senior Producer for EXPLORER where she oversaw more than 60 documentaries and produced and directed four of her own films including one on Jane Goodall. In 1991, Judy formed her own company, JUDITH DWAN HALLET PRODUCTIONS. During her career, she has made over 100 documentaries in 17 countries around the world on subjects as diverse as a tribe living in tree houses in the rainforest in New Guinea, to the gauchos in Argentina, to a biography on Pope John Paul II, and one on the return of the buffalo to Yellowstone and the American Indian reservations.
Judith has received many distinguished awards including Woman of Vision Creative Excellence Award from Women in Film and Video, The Washington DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline and an Emmy in recognition for her significant contributions to the broadcast industry. Judy has now turned to writing. She has written her first cookbook, Discovering Tunisian Cuisine, and she has also just completed her memoir, Adventures of a Documentary Filmmaker, based on the journals of her life as a documentary filmmaker.
Max Hagelstam is a Senior Solutions Consultant at Adobe, focusing on workflow guidance for Broadcast, Video- and Post Production. With a 25-year long user experience of Premiere Pro and After Effects, both as a professional Editor / Junior VFX artist before joining Adobe and as a Solutions Consultant after joining, he has used almost every version of the applications since they were launched.Max is based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Nick Harauz is a certified Apple video trainer in both Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. He has the uncanny ability to engage his students and create a level of relatedness that keeps them coming back for more. Since 2002, Nick has worked with domestic and international brands, offering a wide variety of video production and motion graphic services. He has worked with clients such as Proctor & Gamble, Diageo, Virgin Mobile, and Mastercard. He was editor of the feature documentary ‘My Father and the Man in Black’ that can be found on iTunes.
Nick’s training can be found online through Motion VFX, Lynda and LearnQuest. When he is not teaching, traveling, or creating video content, Nick can be found in a box fit class.
Rod Harlan is an Industry Veteran with over 25 years experience as an author, educator, editor, animator, videographer, marketing & media consultant and Adobe addict. Mr Harlan runs Ready On Demand Inc that helps both companies and individuals increase their revenue in the creative market industry.
He is an in-demand speaker at some of the most influential industry conferences and a trainer for some of the largest & most reputable organizations including Adobe, NAB, FMC, WEVA and NAPP among others. He shares content to over 100,000 followers and can be contacted via Twitter – @RodHarlan.
Katie is an award-winning post-production executive with an extensive background as a finishing artist, engineer, editor, VFX artist, and colorist. She brings her technical expertise to bear in building, launching and running post-production facilities globally, and is deeply engaged in exploring and researching the technical innovations that are transforming the entertainment industry.
Katie is a passionate mentor and advocate for emerging talent, and the co-founder of Blue Collar Post Collective. Currently, she is building and developing Digital Intermediate and Dailies facilities for Nice Shoes across North America, with a focus on innovative, forward-thinking talent and technology frameworks.
Steve Hullfish is a noted author of six books on editing and color correction and a feature film and documentary editor with over $100M in box office. He edited “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for nearly a decade and for Bill Kurtis Productions. He also edited projects for PBS including “American Masters’ Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance” and was a producer for VeggieTales.
He has been a consultant on technical and creative issues by many of the top companies in the industry including Avid, Adobe, Blackmagic, Fujifilm, and Tektronix.
Karen Hutton is an International Landscape and Travel Photographer, Artist, Speaker, Author, Educator, Voice. As a Professional Fujifilm X-Photographer and she has presented at events throughout the U.S. about photography and inspiration; her articles have been translated into multiple languages. Her signature “The Artist’s Voice” photography retreats in Europe and the U.S. have been enthusiastically attended by participants seeking to embed their utterly unique visual voice into the pixels of their images.
Through stunning imagery, humor, thought-provoking ideas and a genuinely positive outlook, Karen inspires people to not only discover their artistic voice in photography – but in life.
Adoring fans + customers call her “Pure JOY, LIGHT & absolute FUN!”, “An inspirational gem” and “Incredibly artistic. Captivatingly genius. World-class!”
Adrena Ifill, CEO and founder of Ifill/DoubleBack Global Group, is an award-winning filmmaker. She has written, directed and produced several historical films that have shown internationally. Her firm specializes in cultural heritage management and media production. With over 25 years of experience, Ms. Ifill has worked with many corporations, nonprofits and government entities. She has consulted and produced media and multi-platform projects with an eye towards historic authenticity and creativity. She enjoys searching through archives and bring history to the present for future productions, focusing on global Black communities and culture.
A graduate of Williams College, Howard University and George Washington University’s Documentary Center, Ms. Ifill is part of the cohort of AADHum Scholars, a fellowship at the University of Maryland for 2020.
Maxim is a media technology trainer, filmmaker, futurist, and author of multiple books and training series including the official Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book, and Adobe Audition Classroom in a Book. He has recorded over 2,300 tutorials exploring post-production, including many official videos for Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Grass Valley EDIUS.
Maxim has directed many short films, the feature-length documentary ‘Trust Me: Working with Richard Foreman’, and the forthcoming supernatural-thriller feature film ‘It’s Haunted’. His films have won Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor awards. He has guest directed for RADA, the Director’s Guild of Great Britain, and the Pit-Bull Snyder Actors Studio in Hollywood. A regular speaker at film festivals and conferences around the world, founder of The Creative Community, and The Creativity Conference, Maxim has mentored many newcomers to the film industry and is based in the UK.
Frederick Van Johnson
Frederick Van Johnson is a photographer and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience working with many of the Fortune 500 companies that dominate the photography industry. A former United States Air Force Combat Photojournalist, today he is founder and Editor-in-Chief of the This Week in Photo (TWiP) podcast network, and former Chairman of the board for Brooks Institute. Frederick’s USAF unit was among the first in the US military to receive, and put into daily action, digital imaging technology and software. As a result, he was awarded the prestigious Air Force Commendation medal for his key role in facilitating the US Air Force transition from film-based imaging to digital. He is the “This Week in Photo” (aka TWiP) podcast and general manager of all related properties — TWiP remains one of the most popular photography media properties. Frederick left the military to study visual communication at the University of California, and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California — where he ultimately became Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
While at Apple, he was key in the development of iPhoto, Apple’s revolutionary photo management application. He went on to Adobe Systems, where he helped manage marketing for Lightroom and Photoshop. Today Frederick lives in northern California, and continues to travel, podcast and practice photography whenever possible. He has also been spotted making aerial photographs with his drone.
Tyler Johnson (@Ol’TJP) is a RED, Movi, POV, 360, Drone, Moco, and Bullettime specialist out of Carlsbad CA. Tyler spent 6+ years as a Sr. Editor at GoPro and you’ve probably seen some of his work in countless GoPro viral videos.
As a Software Quality Engineer, Annika is part of a product team with focus on Motion Graphics in Premiere and After Effects. Before joining Adobe three years ago, she had worked as an editor for Germany’s biggest private broadcaster RTL.
Having been in both worlds, engineering and editing has made her especially empathetic to user’s pain points and workflow issues. In the last months, Annika has been working on Media Replacement for Motion Graphics Templates and a revamped Captions workflow.
Jason Levine has traveled the globe inspiring and educating users on Adobe Creative Cloud. With a focus on video, audio and mobile workflows, you can find Jason streaming daily on Adobe’s Facebook and YouTube channels along with regular Masterclasses each Friday on AdobeLive. Levine has conducted training sessions for the top broadcast corporations around the world including BBC, RTL and SVT.
Prior to Adobe, Jason worked in the music industry, engineering hundreds of recordings which prompted the formation of BoodahJooMusic Publishing. Combining years of public performance and songwriting, he began laying down the foundation for a children’s music project entitled Just Play Music™. Jason has presented to more than 850,000 people around the world; he’s also a multi-year, AdobeMAX Master recipient and has become a staple on the AdobeMAX keynote stage.
Rachel Longman is the Senior Producer at RHED Pixel in Falls Church, Virginia, specializing in multimedia video production. Rachel has produced a wide range of content, including National Television commercials, Public Service Announcements, Educational Training, multi-camera field and studio productions. There’s no one who knows real-world workflow like Rachel!
Steve Martin is the creative force behind Ripple Training and has been using and teaching Final Cut Pro since 1999. Since Final Cut Pro’s introduction, he has introduced thousands of people to Final Cut Pro through his classes, workshops, YouTube videos and training products.
He has consulted and/or trained for Apple, Adobe, Disney, Canon, Walmart and other companies. He is also an avid scuba diver and underwater videographer.
Mike Matzdorff is a dedicated father of two humans, film editor, writer and post-production trailblazer. In a fantasy world, he’d be voice acting and playing cribbage with his kids 24/7. In the real world, he has edited film and television, authored a book, written a few screenplays and can make a mean cheesecake. Currently in Los Angeles working as Associate Editor on Paramount Pictures Animated Feature “Treehorn.”
Steven Moyer is a film editor (La Leyenda Negra | Sundance, HBO) and assistant editor (Q: Into the Storm | HBO, The Banker | Apple TV+) working exclusively in Final Cut Pro for the last 8 years.
Moyer specializes in all things Final Cut and works to align himself with projects and directors that bring attention to important topics and underrepresented communities.
With over 15 years of experience as an editor/animator, Paul has worked on too many films, documentaries, trailers and promos to name here. He is also an expert trainer of After Effects, Premiere Pro and Audition, and has consulted for studios including ABC, VICE, HBO, ViacomCBS and Bloomberg. With the little time he has left in a day, he creates weekly tutorials for the YouTube channel The Premiere Pro. @thepremierepro
Victoria Nece is a Senior Product Manager for Motion Graphics and Visual Effects at Adobe, with After Effects as her primary focus. She has also played key roles in bringing Character Animator and Motion Graphics templates to market. Before joining Adobe, she was a motion designer for over a decade, as well as a developer of extensions for After Effects.
As Director of Animation at the Documentary Group, Victoria oversaw graphics for broadcast, theatrical and educational productions. As a developer, Victoria designed systems for motion capture animation and created tools used in Hollywood films.
Recognized in Forbes for her “PBS Travel Empire,” Darley Newman is an entrepreneur, TV host, writer and producer. Through her production companies, she has channelled her passions for travel and storytelling into successful multi-platform series and distinctive media brands. She is the creator, producer and host of Emmy Award-winning “Equitrekking” and “Travels with Darley” on PBS, Amazon Prime, Ovation TV and networks in over 85 nations. In addition to six Daytime Emmy Award nominations, she’s received the North American Travel Journalist Award, the Inspiring Woman Award from Women in Philanthropy and Leadership, and two Telly Awards.
A pioneer in emerging media, she teams up with travel, outdoor and hospitality brands, as well as global non-profits, to reach both business and consumer audiences using immersive video and social media. Having led production teams in over 30 nations and 26 states, she’s been charged by an elephant in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, gone free diving in South Korea and explored by mountain bike the WWI ‘red zone’ of northeast France.
Klark Perez in a nutshell: is a Certified Trainer for DaVinci Resolve and has taught classes and demos at major industry trade shows.
He has years of experience Editing film and video and has a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Producing, from the University of Southern California film school, USC – Peter Stark Producers Program.
Chad Perkins is an award-winning filmmaker and author, and a visual effects and motion graphics artist based in Seattle WA. He serves on the Board of Managers for the Washington chapter of the Visual Effects Society.
He is also the creator of the Movies and Computers YouTube channel, which has free tutorials and software training. Visit chadperkins.net for more info and training courses!
Joseph “PhotoJoseph” Linaschke is a content creator, educator & YouTuber — he’s been shooting since the age of seven, teaching and presenting on stage to audiences around the globe for over 20 years, and runs an online resource for photo and video education at photojoseph.com Following an eight-year tenure at Apple as the lead presenter, producer and photographer for the Professional Applications Division, he stepped out on his own in 2009 to pursue all things photo and video.
Today you can find PhotoJoseph shooting still and video productions for clients ranging from global corporations and international rock stars to local restaurants and hotels in his hometown of Ashland, Oregon… speaking to schools and educators around the world on integrating photography and digital storytelling into the classroom, turning the camera into a powerful learning tool… teaching workshops on photography in person and online onLinkedInLearning.com…and every week, LIVE at YouTube.com/PhotoJoseph for PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment! You can find PhotoJoseph online as @PhotoJoseph just about everywhere…Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. You can also view a summary of all of Joseph’s projects at Joseph.info.
Jonas works as a Cinema 4D product specialist and Master Trainer at Maxon. Before, he was a 3D generalist mostly for industrial visualization and motion graphics. You can find him on Twitter: @jonaspilz3d
Seth C. Polansky
Seth C. Polansky, a contracts, intellectual property, and start-up specialist, founded the professional firm Seth Polansky LLC in 2005. Through both this firm and his corporate experience, he has enjoyed a diverse and rewarding practice. In addition to working with private corporations, government and state agencies, he has counselled small businesses and artists in securing copyright, trademark and other intellectual property protection, and aided them in navigating contracts. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Contract and Procurement Law at the University of Maryland University College.
In his spare time, Seth is a programmer and bass player for his band blindtillnow, and works as a producer, composer, sound designer or location mixer/sound recordist on independent films. For more information on Seth, visit sethpolanskylaw.com.
As resident colorist and certified Resolve trainer at Maxon, Max helps creative talents gets up to speed in Color Grading with Magic Bullet Suite. A former professional photographer with infectious interest in filmmaking, he joined Maxon in 2017 to reach out to the greater audience.
Max is on a mission to help creative talents to build sustainable knowledge about color grading, stop stressing out when it comes to color grading their projects and start having fun finding their unique style when working with color in general.
Max continues to hone his skills as photographer & colorist throughout his spare time and sees learning as a never-ending lifelong opportunity.
Elsa Rhae & Barron Link
Elsa Rhae, Barron and Kamp (their Shiba Inu) have been calling their 13ft camper home for four years, as they explore mountainous terrain and document their adventures for their 500,000 Youtube subscribers. The two rely on the efficient power usage of their MacBook Pros in conjunction with Final Cut Pro to produce videos in the backcountry using solar power.
“Oftentimes keeping ourselves alive is adventure enough in sub-zero temperatures. Documenting and sharing our experiences ads complexity, so we try to keep things simple.” To optimize their production, the two often leverage the efficiency of their iPads for scriptwriting and iPhones for shooting.
Ian Robinson is a creative director and Adobe MAX Master trainer specializing in motion graphics and visual effects. Working in brIan Robinson is a creative director and trainer specializing in motion graphics and visual effects. Working in broadcast for over 20 years with such clients as Discovery Channel, National Geographic International, PBS, and Google.
Over the last several years he has enjoyed watching the definition of “broadcast” evolve first hand. As an author and trainer, Ian is the co-founder of the online learning website Creative111, an author for LinkedInLearn- ing, and has written books for Peachpit and Adobe Press. When he’s not designing or teaching, you can often find him exploring the rocky mountains of Colorado.
Tom is the head of production at Pollen Studio, a specialist filming, audio and post-production studio founded nearly 50 years ago near York, UK. Pollen Studio are specialists in innovative filming and post-production, with rich experience in 3D, VR and mixed reality. For 17 years Tom has worked on international exhibitions, award-winning heritage, advertising, charity and cultural projects.
Michael Shabun is Vice President, Marketing & BD for Insta360 and leads North American marketing strategy, partnerships and video production efforts. Michael is passionate about using new camera technology to simplify visual storytelling and passing that knowledge onto new users.
Abba Shapiro is an award-winning writer/producer/director with over 35 years of experience in video and film production. He has worked for a wide range of commercial, corporate and federal clients, including: USA Today, NASCAR, The Associated Press, NASA, Univision, Major League Baseball, Showtime, Viacom, The Discovery Channel, and CNN. Over the past 15 years Abba has created on-line training courses covering everything from Video Editing and Color Correction to how to shoot, light, and edit an interview.
His courses air on CreativeLive.com, lynda.com, and RippleTraining.com. He is also the author of several video editing book. Abba also is a regular speaker at several international broadcasting conferences including NAB, IBC, InterBee, Photoshop World, and AdobeMAX. Some of the courses he teaches include, Video Editing, Scriptwriting, and all aspects of Video Production. When Abba is not bouncing around the globe teaching and consulting, he is probably following his passion, chasing light and shooting photos.
Julia Siemón is a Motion Graphics Director, Designer and Animator. She is faculty at School of Visual Arts teaching 3D Design and Animation. Julia has worked on award-winning rebrands for Spike, Vice, and The Weather Channel as well as commercial work for Converse, Amazon, Yahoo, and many more.
She likes to forage in between solving design challenges.
Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn’t really realize that movies and television had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production and Graphic Design he was in one of the early graduating classes at the Watkins Film School in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time at Watkins, he discovered editing. While most of his classmates in film school wanted to be directors, Scott saw real career opportunities in post-production and took a job as an assistant editor after completing film school. Not long after that, he became a freelance editor.
With nearly 20 years of experience in all areas of post-production, Scott has worked both as a freelancer and on staff at a post-house. He has edited a diverse number of projects ranging from music videos, to live concert productions, to commercials, to documentaries and everything in between. When not working in the edit suite Scott teaches others about editing and writes about post-production at The Editblog on ProVideoCoalition.com, a blog which he has published for over 15 years.
Kelley Slagle is Director of Learning Content & Training at the SaaS company EveryAction, video producer of industrial and training content, and is a LinkedIn Learning author. Kelley also directs, produces, and edits independent films with her company, Cavegirl Productions.
Recent projects include the award-winning documentary EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: THE ART OF DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, and the in-production documentary IGNITING THE SPARK – THE STORY OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING. Learn more about Cavegirl Productions at http://cavegirl.com.
Matthew Jordan Smith
Matthew Jordan Smith is an American photographer based in Tokyo, Japan and working between Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. He has photographed some of the worlds most famous celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Tyra Banks and more. His advertising clients include Olay, Pantene, Revlon, Showtime and HBO.
In his spare time, Matthew focuses on personal projects, photo exhibits and book projects. To date, Smith has published three books, Sepia Dreams, Lost & Found, and Future American President.
A Producer and Part 107 Commercial Drone Pilot with three EMMY Awards, Mike is also a Private Pilot whose love of flying led him into aerial UAS (drone) cinematography. He has since logged more than 1000 flight hours piloting drones including multiple missions in restricted and controlled airspace including the Washington, DC Flight Restricted Zone.
Mike has presented at previous PPW Live! Conferences and has also been a guest lecturer on drone topics at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine, and Randolph Macon Academy in Virginia, and a presenter at the NY City Drone Film Festival and InterDrone. He is a Managing Partner at Mid-Atlantic Drones with his business partner, Luisa Winters.
Karl Soule has been with Adobe for over 10 years, focused on the Pro Video and Broadcast market. Karl traveled worldwide as an Adobe Video Evangelist, inspiring video professionals on five continents.
For the last 5 years, Karl has been living in Singapore and working in Asia, helping to grow the broadcast business and drive awareness of the video tools for that growing market. Currently based in Los Angeles, Karl is supporting the Hollywood and Broadcast markets for the US West Coast.
Tibor holds TWO Masters Degrees from Montclair State University, and a mini-MBA from Rutgers University and is certified in all levels of AVID Media Composer, ADOBE Premiere Pro and BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve. Since 1999 he has improved and raised the quality of post workflow for EMMY, Peabody & ACE award-winning Producers, Directors & Editors from the US and the Middle East.
Tibor worked as the State Department’s accredited US correspondent for Magyar Szó and Udvarhelyi Hiradó, served as an adjunct lecturer for CUNY and New School; contributed documentaries for DUNA TV-Budapest and since 2000 has been a speaker/panelist at the NAB conference in Las Vegas. You can view his documentaries and Webinars on www.youtube.com/noellpro and his book page at www.amerikaivagyok.com
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Douglas Spotted Eagle is a giant in the video and audio industries, having received Grammy, Emmy, DuPont, Peabody, and many other awards. Douglas is a primary instructor and industry consultant for Sundance Media Group and VASST, authoring several books and DVDs and serving as an advisor and guide for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. Douglas is a well-known musician and a world-travelled speaker/instructor. Douglas now focuses his energy and experience within the UAV/sUAS industry.
Skydiving since 2006 and instructing UAS since 2012, Douglas is an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives in the adrenaline-filled world of fast-action videography. Appointed as a Safety and Training Advisor in the aviation world, he is a risk management/mitigation subject matter expert. Douglas is an audio and imaging pro with numerous awards for his productions; with an intimate knowledge of the FAA FARs and FSIMs, Douglas’ vision is to incorporate his years of imaging and aviation experience into best-practices for everything drone/UAV/UAS. Douglas is a frequent (and dynamic!) speaker and consults on UAV cinematography, public safety implementation of UAS, commercial and infrastructural UAV applications, UAV risk management, night UAS flight, aerial security systems, and 107 training to ensure pilots clearly understand the FAA laws.
Eran has established a track record in helping designers to improve their skills with visual effects and motion graphics. He created a handful of online courses for LinkedIn Learning. Also acted as the Head of Motion Graphics Department in Shenkar for more than 12 years. You can find him right on the verge between geekiness and coolness.
Cutting-edge film and television picture editor Michelle Tesoro is an industry rising star, known for seamlessly weaving narrative through the artful and elegant editing of a visual story. Recently, Tesoro cut Netflix’stop-rated series “The Queen’s Gambit,” starring Anya Taylor-Joy. Tesoro’s ingenuity and flair lead the audience through this epic biography series, keeping them on the edge of their seats and wanting more.
In addition to her recent work on “The Queen’s Gambit,” Tesoro’s versatile slate also includes a variety of television, such as Netflix’s Emmy-nominated series“When They See Us,” directed by Ava DuVernay, “Godless,” directed by Oscar-nominated, Scott Frank, and starring Emmy-winner Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery, and Merritt Weaver, Golden Globe-nominated show “House of Cards,” HBO’s series “Newsroom,” as well as features like Focus Features’ dramatic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography “On the Basis of Sex,” directed by Emmy-winner, Mimi Leder, and starring Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux, Bold Films and Participant Media’s “ShotCaller,” starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, The Cinema Guild’s SXSW Grand Jury Prize-winning film “Natural Selection,” which also earned Tesoro the 2011SXSW Award for Best Editing, and beyond.
Tesoro’s unique perspective and refined expertise in composing striking narratives began as early as high school at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, located in Chicago, Illinois and home to distinguished alumni, such as Michelle Obama. With a mission to create a positive, diverse and challenging academic and social environment, Tesoro attests to her capacity for open-mindedness and unending drive to push the boundaries, both of her projects and of her own potential, to the transformative years she spent at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School.
Valentina Vee is a director, cinematographer, and editor living in Los Angeles, making content for branded campaigns and shows all over the world. Her clients include Nike, AT&T, National Geographic, Dell, L’Oreal, MTV, Chevrolet, Mashable, Fujifilm, and Adobe. She specializes in creating compelling stories with positive messages as well as consulting with companies on how to make authentic, well-executed videos for their audiences.
Her Discovery docuseries focused on youth empowerment, “GIMME MO,” was nominated for an Emmy. She is Aputure’s Resident Pro cinematographer and an Adobe Max Master trainer, teaching Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects at top industry conventions. Find her on Twitter @valentinavee and Instagram @valentina.vee
I’m Elly, a Maxon Trainer based in the UK. I’ve worked at Maxon for six years and throughout that time I’ve developed a passion for using and learning Cinema 4D. I’m fortunate enough to be part of the Maxon Training Team, training artists across the world in all things C4D, Redshift and Red Giant, with a little bit of X-Particles thrown in too. Connect with me on Instagram @itwaselly
Chris Walker is the founding director of Bright White Ltd, a storytelling design and delivery consultancy based in York. Bright White specialises in design-as-process for digital innovation, interpretation and experiential cross-reality exhibitions and experiences. For 16 years Chris has been working with hundreds of different clients to deliver experiential projects in the museums, charity and cultural sectors.
Bright White has won multiple awards for its work, mainly for innovation and the use of technology for good. Bright White regularly works on practice-based research projects with academic partners.
Ben Whitehair is a champion for social change through art and business. He is a working actor in Los Angeles, Chief Information Officer of TSMA Consulting—entertainment and media’s leading social media management and growth firm—and co-founder of the premier business academy and coaching community for actors, Working.Actor. He is a serial entrepreneur, certified business/mindset coach, and a SAG-AFTRA National Board Member.
Catch him on social media (@BenWhitehair on all platforms), or grow your social presence at TSMAConsulting.com.
Luisa Winters is an Adobe Premiere Master Instructor, an Adobe Certified Instructor, and an Apple Certified Trainer. She is an accomplished videographer, editor, 3D animator, and graphics designer. Her compositions have been seen on broadcast TV as well as in private video productions. She has created and edited scores of video and web projects for dozens of corporate, government, and educational, commercial, and private clients. An accomplished nonlinear editor and instructor, Luisa has conducted training sessions and masterclasses for Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Flash, Dreamweaver, Captivate, and Encore DVD.
A Private Pilot and a UAS Pilot, Luisa has led sessions and workshops in almost every U.S. state and in several countries across the world. She has been a featured speaker at NAB and other national and international conferences every year since 2005.
Dan Wolfmeyer (@dwolfmeyer) is a 25 year veteran of the TV industry who has been working as a freelance editor in documentary and reality TV since 2004.
With credits in a variety of genres, Dan has cut projects for Discovery, A&E, HBO, MSNBC, History, National Geographic, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, among others. He is currently cutting the eighth season of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks for Nat Geo.
Michael Yanovich, ACE
Michael Yanovich, ACE, is a Los Angeles based editor with extensive credits in television, film, and music videos. Highlights include “Another Girl” (due to release this year), lead editor of Criss Angel Mindfreak, and the best crazy-cat-moments montage ever made for America’s Funniest Home Videos.
He also co-hosts the wildly popular, imaginary award-winning YouTube channel Unauthorized FCPX. He is currently working on a new short film for the Counting Crows. Seriously, he needs to wrap this session up now to finish that on schedule. Are we done yet?