AGNIS STELINGIS - EXPERIMENTAL FOUNDATION
Agnis is a founder and CEO of Experimental Foundation. He is the driving force behind EF EVE™ - the World's first live holographic streaming engine. He is interested in architecture, philosophy but above all in capturing moments and sharing them live in VR/AR.
ALEXANDER HORN - UBISOFT
Alexander Horn is a writer and narrative designer in the games industry, recently joining Ubisoft as a Senior Narrative Game Designer. Shipped games include Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and games in the Elder Scrolls and Civilization franchises, as well as mmo and mobile titles.
ALLYSSA A LEWIS - MY ANIMATION LIFE
Animator, Recruiter and Consultant Allyssa A Lewis, although born in Brooklyn, New York, has spent the last two decades expanding her creative reach in Atlanta, Georgia, where she uses her BFA in animation from Savannah College of Art Design - Atlanta toward experimental animation and mixed media illustration. Most noted for her animation on over 75 episodes and promos of FX's Emmy winning series "Archer", she has also produced content for NBC's "30 Rock", i am OTHER, Animation Domination, ComicCon San Diego, and Captain Planet's Planeteer Movement. As the CEO and Founder of My Animation Life (MAL), she primarily focuses on the career placement and portfolio enhancement of artists within animation-related industries. She also is the Animation Director of re:imagine/ATL, and sits on the Advisory Board of ASIFA South.
ANA LAZAREVIĆ - GOOGLE INFINITE DEVIATION FILMMAKER
Ana is a writer/director who has completed her MFA in Film at Columbia University, is an IFP and Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Emerging Visions Fellow and a graduate of Black Factory Cinema’s workshop with Abbas Kiarostami in Cuba's Escuela de Cine i TV (EICTV). Her short film, THE RUNNER, had its World Premiere at the 2011 New York Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Prize at Martha’s Vineyard, audience award at WilliFest and screened in Israel, Portugal, Argentina, and Mexico.
AUVERIN MORROW - GAMESKINNY
Auverin started as a part-time editor while earning her BA in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. She graduated in May 2016, then joined the GS team full time as the Commissioning Editor and Journalist Training Program Coordinator. In addition to designing GameSkinny's 9-week course in games journalism, she also created a mentor program to instruct advanced writers, created a smaller 30-day journalism course for aspiring writers, and co-authored GameSkinny's eBook on games journalism.
BETH B. MOORE, ESQ. - ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER
Beth B. Moore, Esq. is a native of Atlanta, Georgia who specializes in transactional entertainment law, including copyrights, trademarks, contracts and general business consultation. She is also a music business entrepreneur and teaches the music business class at the Atlanta Institute of Music.
BLAIR BATHORY - FEAR HAUS
Long time horror film aficionado and recent Atlanta transplant, Blair Bathory has quickly become a leading force in the renaissance of genre filmmaking. Through the experiences of directing her own films, Blair has become a huge proponent of giving opportunities to fellow creatives. By running a film festival, hosting a horror show, and partnering with independently owned production companies such as Moonshine Post in ATL.
BOB CARTER - PROFESSIONAL VOICE TALENT
Since 2001, Carter has been nationally known as a professional voice talent and is most widely known in anime circles for his roles in Evangelion, Vexille, Dragonball Z, Samurai 7,Beck, Full Metal Alchemist, Speed Grapher, Blassreiter, and El Cazador de la Bruja. Many people also recognize his distinctive voice in video games like "Street Fighter" as Balrog, Shao Kahn and Baraka in "Mortal Kombat", and in Halo Wars playing alongside as a Marine, Grunt, or Elite trooper. Carter, along with his wife September, has recently opened a superhero themed Voice Over Academy called "The Neighborhood" where they train beginners to professionals in commercial and character voice over.
CARRIE ANNE HUNT - SAG-AFTRA ATLANTA INDIE OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Carrie Anne Hunt is an actress, writer, producer and director. She first realized her professional calling as an actress while performing at the acclaimed Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is best known for her work in Magic Mike XXL (Warner Bros.), Sleepy Hollow (FOX), Edgar Allan Poe’s Mystery Theatre (PBS) and Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime). Carrie Anne is also the founder of Faerie Path Productions and Vice Chair of the SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Indie Outreach Committee.
CLAIRE ALMON - FLOYD COUNTY PRODUCTIONS
Starting her artistic journey as a child, Claire Almon has worked in everything from greeting cards illustration, animation, visual development and character design. Claire holds a BFA in illustration, an MFA in animation and has taught character design at Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently, she works full time as character designer, and visual development artist at Floyd County Productions as well as designing for The Tom and Jerry Show on Cartoon Network, and Heads of Space on Univison's online channel Udisea among other projects. When not making art, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and friends, dancing, napping and being outdoors.
DALE ADAMS - ARCHITEK ONE
Dale Adams is a self described sonic/visual post-architect. As a creative technologist, teacher and innovator he's always blurring the lines between technology, experience and art. His art is conceptual explorations in space, resonance, empathy and sound. From his installations and the Dream Collection Agency to his homeless project, One Night, he explores virtual reality's opportunities in new and exciting ways.
DAVID SMITH - UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GA
David Smith is a writer, filmmaker, and photographer. His photographs have most recently appeared in the Local Color Exhibit as part of the 2013 Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival. His short film, TAKE ONE TABLET, was an official selection at the 2011 Macon Film Festival. His work in commercial video production has earned him two corporate top-honor awards from KINKO's and The Bridgestone Group, as well as three Telly Awards for his work with the Tennessee Center for Child Welfare. He is currently an Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media at the University of North Georgia and enjoys taking photographs while hiking with his wife and twin daughters.
DEBORAH GONZALEZ, ESQ., - LETTERBOX LEGAL
Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. is an attorney whose legal practice focuses on media, technology and entertainment. She is the Executive Director of Letterbox Legal, a new way of offering legal services to creative. She is licensed to practice in both New York and Georgia. Clients include filmmakers, producers, game and mobile app developers, artists and art professionals, animators, musicians and music professionals, authors, and various other creative professionals.
DR. ED CABELLON - BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Ed Cabellon is an senior administrator in Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and adjunct faculty member in the College of Business at Bridgewater State University (BSU). He is an experienced leader and award-winning speaker, trainer, and author in the areas of digital communication and organizational change. Ed loves all things Ideas United and is their biggest staff/faculty superfan.
ELLIOTT ROTHMAN - TRICK 3D
Elliott Rothman works as TRICK 3D’s Director of Innovation & Development, leading the studio’s technology teams as they use emerging technologies, such as AR and VR, to solve real-world problems for Fortune 500 clients. Rothman champions smart, applied and beautiful uses of technology to all of TRICK 3D’s projects. Prior to joining the studio, Rothman led experiential multimedia projects for The SuperGroup agency, working with clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, Budweiser and Holiday Inn Express.
Elliott has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and New Media from the State University of New York College at Fredonia.
ERIC COOK - FINITE REFLECTION
Eric has graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computational Media, where he led 4 game projects in the Video Game Development organization (VGDev.com). During his time at Tech, he co-oped at Cartoon Network as a QA Analyst and now works as a Production Assistant for the Cartoon Network Games team. On the side, he works for his game studio, Finite Reflection Studios. He has been working in Unity for almost 5 years and has completed 9 games outside of classwork. He was the head TA for a course that teaches C coding and game design at Tech. After that, he became really interested in backend coding and has set up many systems for several games.
ERICA PENK - TRICK 3D
Erica is a Technical Manager at TRICK 3D. Her pathway to a career in innovation and storytelling began when she set her sights on Georgia Institute of Technology, earning a degree in Computational Media and later a Master’s of Science in Digital Media. Alongside her colleagues at TRICK 3D, Erica has worked on a variety of groundbreaking VR projects, including a recent project titled “Zayden’s Wish” for Make-a-Wish Georgia which sent a seven-year-old astronaut to Saturn through the magic and power of virtual reality. In her role as Technical Manager, Erica focuses on R&D to solve technical hurdles for Trick 3D's virtual reality and motion capture development. Through her studies at Georgia Tech and SCAD, Erica has equipped herself with a diverse skill set, enabling her to jump into action with digital duct tape as Trick 3D builds virtual worlds that exceed the aspirations of its growing clientele across industry sectors.
EVELYN JOLENE OLANSKY - TRANSGENDER SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT
Evelyn Jolene Olansky is a native Atlantan, and a transgender woman working in public health at the national level. In her free time, she's a musician, a comedienne, and an artist with a focus on film and digital media. She received her BA in 2008, studying Psychology and Writing at Wash U in St. Louis. She completed her MPH in 2015, studying epidemiology and behavioral health at Georgia State University's School of Public Health.
GABRIELLE PICKLE - GINGER NINJA PRODUCTIONS
As a Independent Producer and Line Producer, Gabrielle started her career as an Art PA on the independent horror film and was promoted to Production Manager by the time cameras rolled on principal photography. Gabrielle has produced the TV pilot Hear Us and several independent feature films, including STILL, Mine 9, The Unafraid Documentary by award winning Director Anayansi Prado, Blackbird, 3 Minute Activists: The Soul of Slam Documentary, and The Attack of the Morningside Monster.
JACOB HARDIN - POST PRODUCTION MASTERING SPECIALIST
Jacob got his start at a post-production studio working on audio projects for commercials and film. After moving to the audiobook industry, Jacob has worked as an engineer, director, mastering engineer and everything in between. Most recently, using a keen eye and ear for detail, he has been the team lead for Listen Up Audiobooks Publishing arm, as well as developing new methods for mastering and post-production for audiobooks.
JAMES SIMPSON - CELLBLOC STUDIOS
James Simpson has been dreaming of creating games since his first glimpse of an Atari 400. He has earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University and B.F.A. in Game Art and Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta. James earned the nickname "Doctor Unity" for his mastery of the Unity 3D game engine. He has shared his expertise as an instructor in Unity and game development at the Art Institute of Atlanta since 2009.
JAMI BECKER - NEKTR
Jami's artwork for The Sims was the first video game art acquisition ever made by MOMA and is now part of the museum's permanent collection. Her cinematic work can also be enjoyed in the Star Wars Pod Racer and Mech Warrior video games. Her experiences ranging from creative direction at Tyler Perry Studios to designing and architecting mobile solutions for Cintas, to AR work for the power industry inform her formidable insight into the triangle of creativity, technology and brand solutions.
JARED MASON - SCHELL GAMES
With over a decade of industry experience, Jared loves crafting stories for every kind of experience. VR, MMO, and ARG are just a few of the initialisms Jared has worked in through his career and he loves sharing those trials and joys with anyone willing to listen.
JASON LEVINE - ADOBE
Jason Levine, Principal Worldwide Evangelist for Adobe, travels the globe inspiring and educating users on Adobe Creative Cloud, focusing on video, audio and mobile workflows. Each week you can find Jason streaming on Adobe’s Facebook and YouTube channels, speaking to the next generation of editors, vloggers and VFX artists, showing the tips and tricks of the trade in real-time. Prior to Adobe, Jason was a full-time recording engineer working in studios coast-to-coast, engineering hundreds of recordings in a multitude of genres, prompting the formation of BoodahJooMusic Publishing. Since 2003, Jason has presented to more than 500,000 people, from Syracuse to Singapore and everywhere in between.
JEFF LEVY - NEKTR
Jeff has been activating startups for over 20 years. Nektr is Jeff's second virtual reality company, having co-founded Activate3D in 2009 with Georgia Tech professor Karen Liu. Jeff also founded VRDayATL, the Southeast’s largest mixed reality conference, held earlier this year.
JIM BOWHALL - MAGICK LANTERN
My career has taken me from Creative Editor to Creative Director, with stops along the way as a compositor, animator, and motion graphic designer. but working on great ideas and great stories is what gives me fuel. Today I am the Vice President & Creative Director at Magick Lantern in Old Fourth Ward. We are a small group of artists working in Motion Design, Animation, and VR. We were once called a post house, but today we are more of a creative house.
JOHN PENN - INSPIREVR
John is the CEO of InspireVR, a VR + AR content + technology company, that enables his clients to create immersive and cinematic virtual reality experiences, enabling audiences to remotely experience VR/AR anywhere in the world. John leads a team that focuses on 3 core end-to-end Services:- Virtual reality & 3D audio production & post-production services - Agile Product development and market readiness - Live-to-On demand streaming, OTT and revenue operations
JONATHAN MOORE - GAMESKINNY
Jonathan joined GameSkinny in November 2016 as an associate editor/writer before his current role as senior editor & head of video development. He has a BA in Creative Writing/Journalism and a Masters in Creative Writing for videogames. Before GS, he held several marketing roles in the manufacturing & engineering industries. He also worked at Awesomeoutof10 and the Marietta Daily Journal. He has contributed to various indie videogame projects as a writer & creative lead.
JULIE ROACH - DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Julie Kessler Roach, Esq. enjoys practicing law to support artists & creatives. JD from Emory Law, BA in Political Science & minors in Music & Philosophy from UGA, & admitted to practice law in GA. Julie has worked at ASCAP, Live Nation Entertainment, & The Coca-Cola Company. She supports NARIP & GLA. Julie is Corporate Counsel at Inform, Inc., a media/tech startup. She develops/implements Letterbox Legal’s marketing strategy. Julie loves seeing live music & plays saxophone.
KARTIK KINI - FINITE REFLECTION
Kartik is finishing up his Computational Media degree at Georgia Tech, is a co-op at Cartoon Network, the head TA for a game design-oriented class at Tech, and is starting his own video game studio: Finite Reflection studios. He has been working with Unity for the past 4 years and won Best In Georgia for the Global Game Jam last year. The only thing he loves as much as making video games is teaching others how to make games.
KELLY MARBLE - PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL
During college, Kelly launched her career in Atlanta, where she began project management in civic engagement, education, and business development. That eventually led her to an international software development company overseeing corporate citizenship initiatives for empowering women in technology. It was in this capacity that she joined the nations largest technology association, responsible for multiple programs including; all C-Level programs, providing services to over 30,000 members, state-wide Hackathons, and others. Kelly planned several highly visible events and programs for the Atlanta Tech community. She now serves on the Advisory Board for Clayton State University, College of Information and Mathematical Science. Kelly's future endeavor is launching her project/product management business in 2018.
KENNY HEROCK - GYRESCOPE
Kenneth Herock takes on the intercreated title of Neuropsychology Philosopher. As a recent graduate of Georgia State University, Kenneth obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy coupled with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience while minoring in Psychology. Research goals include brainstem implants, and advancing VR to connect into one nervous system. Kenneth's focus with Gyrescope is to create a narrative generation AI that builds off users interaction within the story.
KYNTON STEPHENS - GYRESCOPE
Kynton Stephens, serves as Gyrescope Media’s Interactive Media Producer as well as founder of Atlanta Indie Studio; Spray N’ Pray. His thought provoking ideas and industry savvy received recognition for the company at Student Start-Up Madness 2015 at SxSW. He specializes in content creation, project management, and team dynamics, with a record of 8 years of writing experience and 5 years of game design and direction experience.
LEE KEEBLER - BLACKBOX SIMULATIONS
Lee Keebler is the President of Nashville based Virtual Reality house, BlackBox Simulations. Lee has spent years working in both the music and creative technology fields most notably working alongside will.i.am. of the Black Eyed Peas creating technology installations all around the world. Today BlackBox Simulations focuses on creating one of a kind Virtual Reality experiences for large brands and companies hoping to connect with their customers in a new way.
LESLIE RUIZ - SETHERO
A small-city girl from the Mitten State, Leslie has over 10 years of experience in the creative arts, including directing the independent feature film "Beyond Acceptance." Today she is the co-founder of SetHero, a cloud-based application that helps filmmakers easily create amazing call sheets and seamlessly communicate them with their cast and crew. Leslie believes that effective production management leads to more effective story telling and is excited to help all filmmakers reach new heights.
LEVI MLINAR - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Levi is a Cinematographer based in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in small-town Minnesota, he started creating short films at a young age. After graduating high school, he moved to Atlanta to begin a career in the film industry. Since 2015, he has been working freelance in narrative and commercial cinematography. His hobbies include still photography and music. Levi currently resides with his wife and their son in Atlanta, GA.
LORRAINE RODRIGUEZ-REYES - ACTOR
Lorraine Rodríguez-Reyes, received her MFA from Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.)/Moscow Art Theatre Institute For Advanced Theatre Training illuminating an acting career that has led her to the stages of Cherry Lane Theatre, Mint Theatre, Repertorio Español, Theatre Row, and Moscow Art Theatre. The role of La Extraña in (De Dónde) earned Lorraine an OOBER Award. She was also nominated for Best Dramatic Actress at The Long Island International Film Expo.
LORIELLE BROUSSARD - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WIFTA
Lorielle Broussard began her career as a stylist/costume designer for TV, film and music while she was at Spelman College. She co-founded and was the CEO/designer of Barack the Vote, LLC. Lorielle Broussard served as the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment from December 2013 to February 2016. She is now the Executive Director of Women in Film & Television Atlanta.
LUCIEN FLORES - GOOGLE INFINITE DEVIATION FILMMAKER
Lucien Flores runs Loose Seal Productions in New York City with Michela M. Smith. They are a writing and directing duo who have created web-series and shorts for Funny Or Die, Broadway Video, Elite Daily, Vix, and other companies. Their latest short film, “Fly Lady Fly,” was commissioned for Google’s Infinite Deviation project.
LUKE DEBOER - CEO OF SET HERO
Luke is a filmmaker and entrepreneur from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is the co-founder and CEO of SetHero, a web startup that creates production management software for filmmakers. Luke has been working in film since he was a child and has had the opportunity to work as an Associate Producer, 2nd Assistant Director, and Visual Effects Coordinator. In his spare time, Luke enjoys photography, running, and drinking lots of coffee.
MARIE GREEN - GYRESCOPE
Marie Green, Gyrescope Solutions Founder and Creative Director, has a detailed background in education and diverse experience in a variety of fields, especially media studies. Marie founded Gyrescope to help stimulate the community to combine creativity, critical thinking, and inspire innovation. With Gyrescope, she applies her love of art & research to the design of new media & intelligent virtual environments.
MARISA GINGER TONTAVEETONG - ASIFA-SOUTH
Marisa Ginger Tontaveetong is a multidisciplinary Oscar-longlisted animated short director, festival producer, and filmmaker-in-residence with the Atlanta Film Society. She worked as the animation director on the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival for Magick Lantern, LLC. She is also the executive director of ASIFA-SOUTH International Animation Society with focus on content from Southeast regions of the US. She also works with SIGGRAPH, premiere conference with special focus on computer graphics advancement in many capacities including as producer for the upcoming SIGGRAPH ASIA 2017 Computer Animation Festival in Bangkok, Thailand. She is currently in her last year of pursuing her MFA in Animation at SCAD and has a B.Tech in Computer Graphics and Multimedia.
MAXIM JAGO - ADOBE
Maxim Jago is an award winning film director and screenwriter, known for his books and training materials used by film schools and film makers internationally. With over 20 years of production experience, Maxim is regular conference speaker, as a futurist and media technology expert. His interest in breaking the boundaries of technology and the human experience bring him into regular contact with some of the brightest minds in the industry, with colleagues working at the cutting edges of design, creativity and technology. Much of his work explores the fusion of socio-technical, educational, spiritual, and creative practice. Maxim’s favourite word is 'Why' (his second favourite word is Coffee).
MICAH VAN HOVE - SPIRIT APE FILMS
Micah Van Hove is a director, producer, DP and film journalist who has been exploring the possibilities in micro-budget cinema since 2009. His first feature film Menthol (from the Executive Producer of “Boyz n’ the Hood") screened at film festivals including Santa Barbara, Sofia and Brooklyn.
As a regular writer for No Film School since 2013, Micah has sought out to stimulate discourse and elevate films that reflect a commitment to personal and courageous work.
MICHELA SMITH - GOOGLE INFINITE DEVIATION FILMMAKER
Michela Smith is the co-writer and co-director on the Google Infinite Deviation film, “Fly Lady Fly” at Terminus. Along with Lucien Flores, Michela runs Loose Seal Productions, a NYC production company that specializes in comedy work. Michela has written and directed comedy videos for companies like Funny or Die and Broadway Video, but she unfortunately still doesn’t know any jokes.
MIKE STUMHOFER - hOF STUDIOS
Mike Stumhofer worked for 15 years as a software engineer, architect and director before deciding in 2015 that he wanted to return to his original passion: old school video games. Mike released a mobile game called Cubicle Run in 2015 and followed that up with a demo for the turn-based, tactical RPG Depth of Extinction in 2016. The demo was downloaded over 4,000 times after being featured by itch.io and GameJolt. Mike expects to release the full game in 2017.
MOLLY COFFEE - ZOMBIE CAT PRODUCTIONS
Molly began her film career working by day full time in the art department for shows like The Carbonaro Effect and The Walking Dead. By night, she has always championed independent film. With a solid core and lots of experience behind her, Molly has now lent her design, rigging and fabrication skills to television shows such as Stan Against Evil and FX series Atlanta, feature films like Steel Country and V/H/S Viral and even stage and puppetry shows. In the meantime, Molly is the creator/director of the puppet short film "Magic The Gathering The Musical", an Atlanta Film Society Filmmaker-in-Residence, a member of the international female directors' group "Film Fatales", and is the owner of the independent production company Zombie Cat Productions. She also records weekly podcasts with her co-consiprator Charles Thomas called Atlanta Film Chat where they focus on what Atlanta can do to make the local film community stronger. All of this from a girl who was working as a photographer and realized she could start making stop-motion films in her living room with the equipment she currently had in her possession.
NICK WELLS - RICKWOOD MUSIC
Nick Wells graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in early 2015 with a degree in Audio Production and immediately began working as a Sound Designer for Rickwood Music. His work includes Smite, Paladins, Brawlhalla, Jetpack Fighter, and Killing Floor 2. He has also worked as a Sound Designer, Composer, and Mixer for the short film Dead Diamonds, Composer for a Save Student Choice PSA, and Sound Designer for Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Trailer. Nick is still new to the game audio world but hopes to continue to the learn from the greats of this industry while creating unique and immersive audio for the projects that he has been given the opportunity to work on.
PAUL JENKINS - META STUDIOS
Multiple award-winner Paul Jenkins has been creating, writing and building franchises for over 25 years in the graphic novel, film and videogame industries. Paul has enjoyed recognition on the New York Times bestseller list, has been nominated for two BAFTA Awards, and has been the recipient of a government-sponsored Prism Award for his contributions in storytelling and characterization.
RAYNA ANDERSON - EIDOS MONTREAL
Rayna has a background in psychology and has spent a decade designing games for a variety of platforms and screen sizes. From mobile at Gameloft to AAA at Eidos Montreal, she works on making storytelling more integral into games of every size. Most recently she was Narrative Designer on the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
RUCKUS SKYE & LANE SKYE
Ruckus Skye & Lane Skye are a husband/wife writing and directing team. They have written a number of features including Image Nation’s Zinzana, which premiered at Fantastic Fest where VARIETY called it "A world-class neo-noir thriller” and later became the first major Arabic language film acquired by Netflix. The Skye’s are currently adapting a novel by best-selling author James Patterson and prepping to direct their feature film Rattle The Cage.
RYAN JONES - POST PRODUCTION MASTERING SPECIALIST
After gaining experience in local radio, Ryan attended Full Sail University and earned a degree in Recording Arts in 2010. He has spent the years after refining his skills in: field recording, live sound, mixing & mastering, vocal post-production, and sound design; working on everything from commercials, television shows, film, mobile apps, radio, indie games, and audiobooks. His broad experience across the many facets of audio help him to be a valuable team member for any project.
RYAN MONOLOPOLUS - ON CAMERA COMBATIVES
Head Instructor Ryan Monolopolus is a filmmaker, actor, and martial artist currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. A lifelong practitioner of martial arts (specifically Arnis / Kali), he specializes in instructing weapons, hand- to-hand combat and fluid fight movement. Ryan has been teaching martial arts for more than 10 years and has won multiple World Championship Titles. He teaches students through various acting schools and studios in the East Coast, USA and Europe. In 2011 Ryan launched a film production company Monolopolus Productions that has produced award winning short, feature and documentary films. Merging his passions of media and martial arts, he founded OCC in 2014. Ryan brings OCC to the production world by co-producing and designing action media for film.
SAMUEL LAUBSCHER - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Working as a narrative and commercial cinematographer, Samuel specializes in implementing or mimicking natural light, as well as applying the concept of the camera being an emotions-based storytelling device. Recent projects have included a History Channel narrative special and a series of spots for Amazon Echo. Being a dual-citizen, Samuel also spends as much free time as he can in the UK
SANNA HAYNES - SAG-AFTRA ATLANTA INDIE OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Sanna Haynes is a member of the Atlanta SAG-AFTRA Indie Outreach Committee. Sanna also works as an actress, director, producer, writer, and editor as well as an acting coach. Her short film, 34 Inches, is screening at TERMINUS this year. Previous acting credits include CMT's Still the King, Alloy Entertainment's Private, and Tyler Perry's If Loving You is Wrong.
SEPTEMBER DAY CARTER - PROFESSIONAL VOICE TALENT
September Day Carter began her career in voice over in February 2007 and was live announcing for the MTV Video Music Awards in, appropriately, September of that same year. She has directed many a traveler in World of Warcraft as Night Elf and Blood Elf NPC characters and is also known as the voice of "Skynet" for Warner Brothers promotionals. Her's is the voice used for the Text-to-Speech function on all generations of the Amazon Kindle and it is also a part of the international exhibit, Dialog in the Dark. Other clients include ABC Family, Levi's, Coke, Bravo TV, and Sea World. Recently, September, along with her voice actor husband Bob Carter, opened their voice over training academy, The Neighborhood, where they coach beginners and professionals in commercial and character voice over.
SIDARTH KANTAMNENI - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Originally from Decatur, AL, Sidarth Kantamneni has been working in the film industry in Atlanta for the last decade. When not acting as a union camera operator for studio film and television projects, he works as a cinematographer on independent features, short films, and the occasional music video. His work on the 2014 short film "Saerto Ena" earned Sidarth the Emerging Cinematographer Award from the International Cinematographers Guild
SKETCH MACQUINOR - PROFESSIONAL ANIMATOR
Sketch MacQuinor is a professional animator and local performer who does everything but sing. When not performing improv comedy, acting in plays, narrating audiobooks, illustrating children’s books, winning puppet slams, attending conventions dressed as BBC’s Sherlock, performing stand-up comedy, producing a photo-illustrated comic book, or drawing his webcomic, Sketch likes to perform burlesque as a comedian, an emcee, and occasional boylesque performer. His wit, energy, and lack of shame have often earned him the title of “Best worst dancer I’ve ever seen.” You’ll be facebook friends within a year’s time.
STACEY PALMER - BLUE DUSK PRODUCTIONS
Stacey Palmer was born and raised in New Jersey, where her interest in film production started. She began her career as a screenwriter before moving into the role of producer. She has worked on such films as, "Attack of the Morningside Monster", "Idiots Are Us" and the upcoming thriller, "Haven's End". Currently she speaks on Gender Education and its role in the media.
STEPHANIE MARLO - ARTIST LIFE VISION
Stephanie Marlo is the founder of Artist Life Vision. VR/AR/UX all hold a large place in our future. From cultural interactions and entertainment to games and learning. As a content creator and enthusiast, she is currently working towards the goal of getting this new place of virtual and augmented realities into daily use for viewers and enthusiasts alike.
STEPHEN JOHNSTON JR. - GAMESKINNY
Stephen has been involved in internet development for more than 20 years. In 2013, he formed Launch Media Network, building on the massively popular Guild Launch (rebranded as Gamer Launch) product he founded and managed since 2006. At Launch Media Network, Stephen has been the leader in ensuring LMN products are ready to scale and managed the growth of two products “Gamer Launch and GameSkinny” from launch to nearly 5 million registered users and to more than 2 million unique monthly visitors.
STEPHANE CERETTI - VFX SUPERVISOR MARVEL STUDIOS
Native of France and a Canadian citizen, Stephane Ceretti started in the VFX industry at Buf Compagnie in Paris in 1996. He began his career working on "Batman and Robin” and numerous commercials and became VFX Supervisor for Buf on Tarsem’s “The Cell". Stephane has been involved as VFX Supervisor on major feature films such as the Wachowski’s Matrix sequels, as well as Oliver Stone’s “Alexander” and various genres of films from "Harry Potter 4" to "Batman Begins" and "Silent Hill”. He has been overall VFX Supervisor for a few projects at Buf including "The Prestige" by world acclaimed director Christopher Nolan. He joined MPC and Method studios in London where he met with Marvel Studios. He started as 2nd VFX supervisor on the shoot of Joe Johnston’s “The First Avenger : Captain America”. Other projects include Fox Studios' “X-men : First Class”. He also co-supervised the Visual Effects of Warner Bros.’s “Cloud Atlas” directed by Lana & Andy Wachovski & Tom Tykwer. Following his work on Marvel’s “Thor : The Dark World” as a 2nd Unit Supervisor he joined Marvel’s “Guardians Of the Galaxy” as the main VFX supervisor followed by Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”. For his work on these two movies he got nominated to the Oscars, the BAFTAs as well as the VES Awards.
SUSAN PICKETT - MARVEL STUDIOS
Susan Pickett began her career as a Set Production Assistant in 1985 in New York City. By 1991 she was a member of the Director’s Guild on the New York Qualifications List and was on the Los Angeles Qualifications List by 1993. She has worked as a 2nd AD on many features, including Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, Garry Marshall’s Exit to Eden, John Landis’ Innocent Blood, and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. Susan transitioned into visual effects in 1998, and worked as a Visual Effects Coordinator on films such as Fat Albert, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. She then signed up with Marvel’s Executive Producer, Victoria Alonso, to work as the Visual Effects Production Manager on Jon Favreau’s Iron Man, and was then promoted to Visual Effects Producer on Iron Man II. Since then she has produced the visual effects for Marvel’s Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange, and currently Ant Man II. In addition to working on over 30 feature films, Susan is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, the Producer’s Guild of America, and the Visual Effects Society.
TENAYA CLEVELAND - SAG-AFTRA ATLANTA INDIE OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Tenaya is a SAG-AFTRA actor, writer and producer. She broke onto the international scene in a small role HBO’s Six Feet Under, and has appeared in numerous TV shows, indie films and theater productions, including The Vampire Diaries, Drop Dead Diva, Necessary Roughness, The Haves and the Have Nots and The Detour. Behind the scenes, Cleveland has produced and/or co-written short and feature films, and worked in various positions on projects that have taken her to festivals such as Cannes and Sundance. She also does consulting for actors and indie filmmakers, and is one of the founding members of the volunteer-based SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Indie Outreach Committee.
THOMAS ACKERMAN ASC - TRAIL RIDGE PRODUCTIONS
With iconic films such as BACK TO SCHOOL, BEETLEJUICE, CHRISTMAS VACATION, JUMANJI, and ANCHORMAN to his credit, Ackerman's most recent activity in Atlanta was as Second Unit Director / DP on ROAD CHIP last spring for 20th Century Fox. He has served on the cinematography faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts since 2008.
TIFFANY RISHEL - AWESOME INCORPORATED
Tiffany Rishel Droke is an animator based in Atlanta working at Awesome Incorporated. She focuses her craft on 2D animation for television and specialty projects. She is best known for her work on The Awesomes and the opening sequence for the finale season of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever .Some of the companies Tiffany has worked for include Adult Swim, Disney XD, Fox, and Hulu. Between work and personal projects, Tiffany also runs her own YouTube channel and podcast which focuses on animation life, independent creators, and the creative industry.
WARREN DRONES - TRICK 3D
Warren Drones is a senior technical artist at TRICK 3D. Warren works with real time photo-real modeling, texturing, Unreal Engine, 360-degree video and more to generate beautiful and immersive virtual worlds. Together with his TRICK 3D compatriots, Warren generates solutions for a wide spectrum of high-level clients, from Delta Air Lines and AT&T, to Turner Broadcasting and CBS. Serving up the latest in innovation, TRICK 3D creates revolutionary work in original content, commercial creative, new tech, AR/VR/MR and more.
YOLANDA ASHER - SAG-AFTRA ATLANTA INDIE OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Yolanda Asher, a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Acting, has performed in various TV roles (SATISFACTION, SLEEPY HOLLOW, among others), in several short films and in the independent film, IVIDE. She also has performed in plays and musicals from New York to Michigan, including singing and dancing in Radio City Music Hall’s MAGNIFICENT CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. Yolanda serves as Secretary to the SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local Board and Chairs the SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Indie Outreach Committee. She also volunteers as a judge for the Atlanta Suzi Bass Awards, which she helped found. A proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity, Yolanda Asher is represented by the Jana VanDyke Agency.