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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.
Valentina Vee is a Content Director living in Los Angeles, making videos for international 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 content with a positive message 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 last year. She hosts Aputure’s weekly “4 Minute Film School” show about cinematography and is an Adobe Max Master trainer, teaching Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects at top industry conventions.
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 counseled 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 programmer and bass player for his band blindtillnow, and works as a producer, composer, sound designer or location mixer/sound recordist on independent films.
Maxim has directed over thirty short films, as well as 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 the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Director’s Guild of Great Britain, and the Pit-Bull Snyder Casting and Actors Studio in Hollywood.
Maxim is well-known as a media technology trainer, and is the author of multiple books and training series including the official Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book, the Adobe Audition Classroom in a Book, and over 1,800 tutorials exploring post-production, including official videos for Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and EDIUS.
Maxim has consulted as a Futurist for a number of organisations, and is developing several a series of new books exploring futurism for IEEE, the first of which is due for publication in April 2020. Chief Futurist for Curve Reality, Chief Innovation Officer for FilmDoo, consults for Adobe for the development of learning content, and has spoken at many colleges and universities on the development of creative skills. A regular speaker at film festivals and conferences around the world, Maxim mentors newcomers to the film industry and drinks too much coffee.
Jeff I. Greenberg has nearly two decades of experience as a Post-Production consultant and Master Instructor (trainer for other trainers) for Adobe, Apple, and Avid, specializing in the areas of editorial, workflow, compositing, sound, color grading and compression.
Jeff is the owner of JGreenberg 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 and macProVideo.com. He’s happy to talk to you about consulting and helping you find solutions for your training needs.
Luisa Winters is a Certified Instructor for Adobe and Apple (ACI and ACT). She consults for organizations and works at several different training centers all over the United States and abroad. Luisa is one of the few Adobe Premiere Pro Master instructors. A well-known artist, Luisa often speaks at different conferences on topics ranging from video editing to compositing and web.
Luisa is a certified Private Pilot and a Commercial UAV Pilot. She’s been involved with video production and cinematography for over 30 years. Having spent years flying, Luisa’s priority is safety. It is this safety mentality that make Luisa’s missions successful: from preparation and planning, FAA Authorization and client expectation to flying and finally, post-production. At the beginning of 2019, Luisa joined forces with Mike Sobola to form Mid-Atlantic Drones, LLC, a drone service provider specializing in aerial mapping and cinematography and missions in flight-restricted zones.
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, Warren 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’.
Warren is also the co-founder of the International Colorist Academy. The ICA run colorist classroom training at different locations around the globe. www.icolorist.com.
Kyle Hamrick is an Emmy-winning motion designer, video editor and software trainer. For over 15 years, he’s worked at various agencies and production houses, co-founded a small studio, cultivated a successful freelance career, and presented at conferences all over the U.S. A workflow & efficiency nerd who enjoys the challenge of an ever-changing workflow, Kyle hops from animated explainer videos to live event visuals; from IMAX documentaries to efficiently-built title templates. He’s also a mediocre guitarist, a lover of dinosaurs and Lego, and a big believer in using creative skills for good.
Rhea Allen, President/CEO of Peppershock Media (est. 2003), is known for her story-telling passion and extreme diligence in obtaining effective media campaign results by planning and crafting relevant and compelling messaging. Also an in-demand integrative marketing consultant, national presenter and keynote speaker, Rhea emphasizes team building and creating a culture where she and her team can carry out superb work for their loyal Peppershock clients. You might say that she facilitates clients and crew through the creative process, but really she just has fun! A television news & promotions background in the Treasure Valley and at the top 12 market in Seattle provides investigative, documentary, testimonial and “edutainment” style to her celebrated work.
Peppershock is headquartered in Nampa, Idaho and has expanded into the Salt Lake City area, but works with fortune none to Fortune 100 companies across the globe, building brands and bottom lines. Rhea and her husband Drew Allen, Co-Founder/ COO of Peppershock have two boys Emerson and Kaden, they enjoy spending time in the outdoors together.
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.
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, he is 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.com, or on Amazon Video. Find more of Chris’ events at codifydesign.com/chris/events.
Francis Torres is an avid 360° VR photographer, certified drone pilot and videographer with more than 10 years of video editing experience. He is an FAA Part 107-certified drone pilot and a Google Trusted photographer. He has worked with clients such as the Baltimore Ravens and Under Armour. He is currently a full-time video editor at RHED Pixel and runs a one-man production company called FT Visuals that specializes in 360° VR photography, aerial video/photography and video production.
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.
Director/Producer Amy DeLouise creates high-impact nonfiction digital content and consults with leading companies on storytelling. With more than 400 productions to her credit, Amy is a leader in the field of short form digital storytelling and has garnered more than 40 creative excellence awards including Tellys, Peer, New York Festivals, Aurora, and CINE Golden Eagle. She was also honored with the Woman of Vision Leadership Award from Women in Film & Video (WIFV) of Washington, D.C. for her leadership in the industry. Amy launched the innovative pop-up event #GalsNGear focused on building community and diversity in the film and digital media communities.
Amy is a Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning author with several popular titles and a half million views. Amy’s title The Producer’s Playbook: Real People on Camera (Focal Press/Routledge) is being used in dozens of film and communications programs worldwide. Her new Focal Press book with co-author Cheryl Ottenritter is Nonfiction Sound & Story for Film and Video: A Practical Guide for Filmmakers. Both books are available at the NAB bookstore. Amy has a B.A. in English from Yale University. For more resources and tips from Amy, visit her website at www.amydelouise.com.
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.
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 the Director of Educational Programming for Sundance Media Group authoring several books and DVDs and serving as an advisor and guide for remote pilots, videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. As well-known musician and an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives within the adrenaline-filled world of fast-action videography, Douglas is a world-travelled speaker/instructor. With over 3500 hours of drone flight time, and over 6000 skydives, Douglas has completed many successful aerial cinematography projects and has an intimate knowledge of the FAA FARs and FSIMs. Douglas now focuses his energy and experience within the UAV/sUAS industry, incorporating his years of imaging and aviation experience into best-practices for everything drone/UAV/UAS. Flight, skydiving, video, and music are Douglas’ passions. He was one of the original founders of SMG in 1996.
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!
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.
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. His 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.
Al Caudullo’s multiple award-winning career has spanned 38+ years of video creation, including excellence in HD, 3D, 4K UHD, and now Immersive VR180 & 360VR as the Global Production Director for 360 VR Voice, a global news and production service presenting in 360 and VR180. Caudullo has been a featured speaker at over three dozen conferences and seminars worldwide, including in China, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, London, South Korea, and Hollywood.
As an Immersive Videographer and Editor for film, TV, News and corporate production, his clients have included LG, Panasonic, Hitachi, Discovery Channel, Samsung, NVidia, 3DeeCentral, Polaroid, Toyota, LG, Panasonic, Google, Facebook, and many others. He is often cited in a wide variety of international publications including, MSNBC, ICG (International Cinematographer Guild) magazine, and Bernard Mendiburi’s book, “3D TV and 3D Cinema, Tools and Processes for Creative Stereoscopy.” Al continues writing for International Magazines and websites like Student Filmmakers and HD Pro Guide, and 360 VR Voice, as well as his high rated Vlog.
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.
Ian Robinson is a creative director and Adobe MAX Master trainer specializing in motion graphics and visual effects. Working in broadcast for over 15 years with such clients as Discovery Channel, National Geographic International and PBS, he’s seen the definition of broadcast change first hand. As an author and trainer, Ian is the co-founder of the online learning website Creative111, an author for LinkedInLearning/ lynda.com, and has written books for Peachpit and Adobe Press. When he’s not scaling 14 thousand foot mountains in Colorado, he can be found taking photos and designing motion graphics with his trusty sidekick Boston Terrier named “Moo.”
Darley Newman is a media entrepreneur, TV host, writer and multimedia producer. Through her production companies, DCN Creative and YOLCC, she has channeled 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, AOL, MSN and networks in over 85 nations. In addition to five Daytime Emmy Award nominations, she’s received the North American Travel Journalist Award and Caribbean Tourism Organization Award for Best Travel Broadcast, the Inspiring Woman Award from Women in Philanthropy and Leadership, and two Telly Awards.
Recognized in Forbes for her “PBS Travel Empire,” Newman has made guest contributions on The Today Show, NPR, in The Washington Post and beyond. She is a sought after speaker, regularly recounting her travels to audiences at the Smithsonian, at Embassy screening events in her home city of Washington, DC, and in live appearances across the country. 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 25 nations and 26 states, she’s been charged by an elephant in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, saddled up with the Bedouin to explore the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan, led cattle drives with gauchos in South America and explored by mountain bike the WWI ‘red zone’ of northeast France.
Kelley Slagle began directing, producing, and editing independent films with her company, Cavegirl Productions, in 2004. In addition to producing many short films, she co-produced THE BROKEN CONTINENT, a fantasy web series, and directed and edited the dramedy feature film OF DICE AND MEN. She was co-director, co-producer, and editor for the award-winning documentary EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: THE ART OF DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. She was named a Docs In Progress Fellow, a selective program for emerging documentary filmmakers. Kelley is also a producer of training, industrial, and promotional content. For more information on Kelley and Cavegirl Productions, visit cavegirl.com.
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.
In the past 20 plus years I have worked in Radio, Film, TV, politics and more. I love everything about cameras and how taking pictures can change and impact lives. My motto in life is to make life around me more positive. If I can do that while holding a camera, I will always have a smile on my face.
Besides making pictures in both photography and film, I have worked as an account executive for Atomos and Westcott lighting and currently manage all of North America for Rotolight. The best part of what I do is helping filmmakers and photographers go to the next level in their craft.
I have taught at various conferences such as NAB, Photoshop World, WPPI, PPE, Adobe Max, Sundance and more.
I’ve tech edited books on Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator & Motion. I’ve worked with Oscar and DGA winning Directors. I feel so fortunate to have worked on the most amazing projects with some of the most talented and award winning filmmakers in the world. If creative arts wasn’t enough, I have held and continue to hold several leadership positions within my community.
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.
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 down stream from all levels of users to vendors through workshops and technical education.
Jem Schofield is a producer, DP and educator and the founder of theC47 (a full-service production company that focuses on video production, filmmaking, consulting & education). He started this journey as a kid (barely double digits). His first camera was a used Pentax K-1000. It was a great start to his education in this field. He now spends most of his time producing content, educating others and otherwise being borderline obsessed with cameras, production and the craft of lighting.
For over 20 years Jem has produced projects and provided training for an ever-expanding client base. Current and past clients include AbelCine, Apple, Inc., ARRI, Canon, Corus Entertainment, LinkedIn Learning, MAC Group, MZED, NBCUniversal, NPR, PBS, Riverbed Technologies, Scottish Enterprise, Sony, TED, The Vitec Group, Walmart Films, Westcott, YouTube & Zeiss. Jem is also an equipment design consultant to many manufacturers in the film and television industry. He designed theC47 DP Kit & theC47 Book Light Kit (geared towards corporate, in-house and small to no crew productions), which is based on FJ Westcott’s Scrim Jim Cine system.
His in-depth courses “Cinematic Video Lighting”, “Advanced Cinematic Video Lighting” and “Corporate Event Video: Producing Company Meetings and Presentations”, are currently available on Lynda.com For more information about Jem & his whereabouts visit www.theC47.com or visit his YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/thec47 where he posts ongoing educational content focused on the tech & craft of video production and filmmaking related to Small to No Crew production.
Justine Ezarik is a one-woman digital phenomenon: techie, gamer, vlogger, and digital creator. She is one of the top female personalities online. Justine was named one of the Hollywood Reporters 50 most powerful digital players as well as one of Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100. In 2014, she was on Time’s Most 100 list and in 2012, she was ranked the #6 most influential personality by The Daily Beast’s Digital Power Index, amongst the rankings of Lady Gaga and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Justine published her first book, I, Justine: An Analog Memoir, in June 2015 under Simon & Schuster and is a New York Times Best Seller.
A popular brand ambassador, Justine has worked with partners such as Google, Lays, Mattel, Microsoft, H&R Block, Toyota, Canon, Intel, eBay, P&G, Starbucks, Banana Republic, Samsung, Nestle, Pizza Hut and DJI Drones. She has been featured in numerous magazine and publications from The Chicago Tribune to Fast Company and Maxim Magazine and also appeared on shows such as Chopped, The Celebrity Apprentice, Dr. Oz, The Talk, The Rachael Ray Show, The Vampire Diaries, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, E!, MTV.