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Creative COW Magazine : Publishers, Editors and Writers
Kathlyn Lindeboom
"If you were to ask me the most important factor in the success of the Creative Cow community, I would have to say it has been Kathlyn," says her husband and CEO of Creative COW LLC, Ron Lindeboom."She set out to build a far better site than the one we had lost in the Dot-Bomb debacle of 2000/2001. It's been nothing short of amazing and I am very proud of Kathlyn and the way she's played her instincts and followed her dream. She founded and built the foundation of the company and she really enjoys the people that frequent this site. They admire her as well and this mutual respect is what I believe is at the heart of the incredible success of this site." Kathlyn has a background in the medical sciences where she spent 15 years as a medical technologist, working in hospital laboratories. She has a very scientific mind and a sense of precision and mathematics that she uses in everything that she does.
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Tim Wilson
Associate Publisher of Creative COW Magazine and the Associate Director of the Creative Cow community website. Tim's reputation as one of the foremost leaders in the professional video market traces back to his years as a documentary filmmaker whose work has aired on major cable networks and other outlets, to his years with Ron & Kathlyn where Tim built such a reputation that he became the Marketing Director and Product Manager of RED while at Boris FX, then onto his years with AVID as their Senior Product Marketing Director for products like Avid Xpress and Media Composer. In a move that brought him full circle back to working with Ron & Kathlyn, Tim brings his wide knowledge and experience to Creative Cow readers and members.
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Gary Adcock
Chicago, Illinois USA - Gary Adcock travels the world consulting with a Who's Who client list that utilize Gary's wide-ranging knowledge of technologies and processes that are at the heart of today's rapidly changing production workflow.
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Niyi Akinmolayan
Niyi Akinmolayan - Lagos, Nigeria - “Most of my days in college were spent skipping classes, just to be at the library,” Niyi told us. “I fell in love with science because I felt I could put a stop to the crude oil problems we have in my country, and provide people with alternative power. Since I couldn’t study abroad, I went back to my other love ??" media, hoping that I could help inspire a new generation to get involved in change.”
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Mark Allen
Mark is an award winning writer, director and visual effects supervisor with over 120 produced screen credits. He recently directed episodes of next year's TV series "Kamen Rider Dragon Knight" as well as spots for MTV, Toni Braxton, Skechers, and many others. He is currently in pre-production for his first feature, a live-action anime-style adventure.
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David Allison
David Allison is an editor, creative consultant and writer with Bright Light Visual Communications of Cincinnati, Ohio. After studying Philosophy and Fine Art at Colgate University in New York, he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where his master’s thesis project, The Geometry of Love, was honored with a number of national awards. David has written four original screenplays, two of which won consecutive Gold Awards at the Houston International Film Festival. The latest, Episodic Life, is currently in development with Opal Films of Los Angeles. Among the places you’ll find David is Creative COW’s Adobe After Effects Expressions forum.
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Bernat Aragones
Bernat received his BA in Literature and Philosophy, but soon started to combine these interests with editing. He got his Masters Degree in Film Editing from the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. Bernat is also interested in restoration, digital effects and more, including serving as the Associate Editor on the IMAX feature, “Mystery of the Nile.” He was the editor and postproduction supervisor for “Magic Journey to Africa.” This article was composed with assistance from IT Manager Xavi Tribo and Technical Director José Maria Aragonès.
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Rob Ashe
When Rob isn't spending his time riding limos and doing press junkets as the world's 46th most famous editor (right behind the editor who cut those Crazy Eddie commercials), he likes to write essays on the post production industry, most recently at blogs.creativecow.net. He thinks that titles are prettier than skies, and really loves long and multi-colored timelines. He thinks his daughter is way cuter than yours.
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Bevin Baddorf
Bevin Baddorf is responsible for video and film archives and services for Elvis Presley Enterprises. "I look for camera information at the COW," says Bevin. "Whether for a camera we rent or are considering buying, I like hearing from all the people actually using it." Bevin's email address ends with "@elvis.com." How cool is that?
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Anthony Bailey
Anthony joined ESPN in 1996. His Emerging Technologies team is responsible for developing many of ESPN’s on-air advancements over the past 30 years, including the Virtual Pitch Analysis, Huck-O-Meter and the Emmy®-winning EA Virtual Playbook. Prior to holding this position, Anthony was the Vice President of Media Applications in ESPN’s MIT department where his responsibilities included managing ESPN’s application development team, which included writing custom software code for the “Bottom Line” (onscreen score update scroll), studio automation, real-time scoring and the ESPN Data Group.
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David Battistella
Toronto, Ontario Canada - David Battistella is a director, writer, producer, editor and actor. In 2002, his feature documentary, Shinny: The Hockey in All of Us, won the Banff World Television Festival Rockie Award for best sports documentary. The ode to the Canadian game has been broadcast nationally, used as the visual companion to 'O Canada' at NHL games, and used as a teaching tool at Ohio State University.
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George Bellias
George Bellias founded Jade Productions in 1994. Since then, they have worked on over 30 HD concerts, and more than 75 nationally-released DVDs. George also served as producer for Bon Jovi's "This Left Feels Right," awarded the industry's DVD of the Year, and provided on-site editorial support for the 2010 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. He has been coming to CreativeCOW.net since December, 2001.
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Jason Bergh
With an impressive and esteemed diverse body of work, Jason Bergh has emerged as one of the most innovative directors in the industry. Known for his unique ability to interpret vision and transport it to the screen, Bergh creates award winning timeless pieces that capture and evoke emotion, communicating through visuals to translate a message. Heavily influenced by music, Bergh has collaborated with some of the most prominent artists of our time. From his early beginnings with rap stars like The Game, Jadakiss, Lloyd Banks, and Slim Thug, he has gone on to work with some of Interscope’s biggest artists including Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, All American Rejects, One Republic, Wu Tang Clan, Timbaland, and Wolfmother. As both director and producer of the Sprint Music Series, he worked with Busta Rhymes, Robin Thicke, Nelly Furtado, and Dashboard Confessional to name a few. On the road with Blink 182, Bergh was invited by Travis Barker to shoot a music video by documenting rare and exclusive footage with the band. His work has appeared on MTV, VH1, ESPN, SiTV, MTVU, VEVO, Much Music, High Snobriety, Yahoo Music and has been presented on over 10,000 movie theater screens around the world. Online, his ground-breaking visuals boast millions of views. With over ten prestigious awards from Telly, X Dance, and the Newport Film Festival honoring his brand campaigns, outstanding commercials, and music videos, Bergh was nominated for “Best Director” at X Dance for “I Am Danny Way”, recognizing his expertise within the action sports culture and his keen story-telling ability. With an impressive list of advertising clients including Vitamin Water, Muscle Milk, Oakley, MovieTickets.com and Street League on ESPN, he continues to make a name for himself by creating some of the most inspiring brand campaigns in existence.
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Peter Berghammer
Peter Berghammer is one of the smartest people you will ever meet. He travels the world consulting with some of the top companies across a wide range of industries, the world of film and video is just one of his areas of expertise. Even governments have contracted with him to gain his input. Major universities like Stanford also call on Peter to teach, when available. From time to time, we get a little of what's available after all that. We are grateful when we do, as he really is an incredibly insightful man. Peter lives in Huntington Beach, California. He doesn't surf, he doesn't need to -- he is cool enough without it.
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Walter Biscardi
Biscardi Media Creations - Atlanta, Georgia USA - When asked about Walter Biscardi, Kathlyn Lindeboom, director of Creative Cow remarks: "Our favorite part about what we do online has always been the people. Walter is one of the great people we've interacted with for years and he's a true pro's pro and he's also a very funny guy. In fact, when Ron emailed him to ask if he'd be interested in joining the Cow Team, he told Walter that: 'The hours are light, the pay even lighter but you get the prestige of wearing a Cow t-shirt 24 hours a day, seven days a week -- actually, we send out a biker tatoo artist who gives you a full body Cow tatoo (this, because t-shirts wear out so quickly).' He then sent the email. Not too long afterwards, Walter wrote back and began his email: 'Hmmmmmm, the full body tattoo is so tempting ... gotta think this through ... be rational ... should I go for the T-shirt ... the tattoo ... the T-shirt ... the tattoo...' Both Ron and I about came out of the chairs laughing as we read it. It was then that we knew he'd fit right into the Team just perfectly! In fact his whole bio was so funny that we're adding it with little editing -- though the serious stuff is all there as well."
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Kevin Blank
In addition to Terra Nova, shows for which Kevin has served as Visual Effects Coordinator and/or Visual Effects Supervisor include Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Star Trek: Enterprise, Alias, Lost (where he won an Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects) FlashForward, and the pilot for Fringe, for which he won a VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program. He has also served these roles for features including Mission: Impossible III and Cloverfield.
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Doug Blush
Doug Blush co-owns MadPix, Inc, a production and post-production company focusing on independent films and documentaries, with his wife Lisa Klein. His documentary editorial work includes Wordplay, I.O.U.S.A, Beer Wars, Outrage, Freakonomics, and executive producing and editing on Superheroes. He is currently editing and associate produced the upcoming The Invisible War (set to air at Sundance just as we go to press), and he and Lisa have just finished directing their first documentary feature, Of Two Minds.
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Bob Bonniol
"All of us at MODE Studio share the strange inclination to finalize our product in front of several, perhaps many thousands of people on a regular basis," Bob says. "Frickin' crazy…." Some of Bob's other projects have been for LeeAnn Rimes, Frank Sinatra, Dame Edna, Andrew Lloyd Weber and the Seattle Opera. You can find Bob hosting in the Cow's "Art of the Edit" and "Live & Stage Events" forums.
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J.C. Bouvier
J.C. Bouvier is the Managing Director of the Cape Cod-based 16th Woods Hole Film Festival. For the past 10 years he has served as arts administration staff for various festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the Northampton Film Festival, Film Fest New Haven, the Boston Underground Film Festival and the F4.
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David Boyd, ASC
In addition to the projects mentioned within the article, "Behind the Lens: The Walking Dead", David shot the first three episodes of Deadwood, and multiple episodes of programs including Buddy Faro, Bionic Woman, and Sons of Anarchy. It should be noted that his credits also include first assistant camera on Return of the Living Dead Part II, and Director of Photography on a zombie picture called, remarkably enough, The Laughing Dead. He has been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers since 2006.
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Steven Bradford
Steven has been sounding out the edges of new media boundaries for nearly 30 years. He has produced videodiscs for NASA, filmed video game sequences for Northrop and Sierra Online, taped neurosurgery, the band KISS, and the Space Shuttle in 3D. Steven is also known to early web users for his popular bluescreen site. From 2004 to 2007 Steven was the director of the School of Film and Visual Effects at Collins College in Phoenix, Arizona. He currently spends his time forgetting obsolete technologies so he can learn more. You can find him in a dozen Creative COW forums, including Cinematography and Stereoscopic 3D.
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Rick Bronks
Before starting Forcefed Media ("Not bitter. Just twisted"), Rick worked his way up from fetching tea, to being a runner, to producing one of England's morning TV shows. The COW forums he visits "depends on the kind of help I need," he says, "or wherever I can start a debate!" You might try starting in the Sony Cinealta-XDCAM forum.
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Tamera Brooks
Tamera is a Partner and Executive Producer for Stray Dog Films in Nashville, Tennessee, and her career has spanned all forms of media -- commercials, music video, features, and event-based entertainment. Her feature credits include working for Executive Producer Quentin Tarantino on 2005's Daltry Calhoun, and music videos for Alan Jackson and Faith Hill. The development for this feature began in 2010 at the Nashville Film Festival, and production started in Atlanta in 2011, with Tamera serving as Line Producer.
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Thomas Burstyn
While compiling nearly 70 credits at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com), Thomas Burstyn has been nominated for awards including the Emmy, American Society of Cinematographers, and two Genie Awards. Recently, he won a third Genie and an award from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers. We are proud that both Thomas and his wife, documentary filmmaker Barbara Sumner Burstyn, are members of Creative COW.
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Stephen Campbell
Stephen has worked on projects as diverse as the 35mm documentary of Michael Jackson's "Bad Tour," "Monster" (Charlize Theron), "The Sopranos," "The Punisher," "The Waterboy," a number of indie projects with the RED ONE, and a recently-wrapped Lifetime movie shot with the ARRI ALEXA. Among many other projects, he continues to DP/ Direct on Disney/ Feld commercials including "Disney Live" and "Disney on Ice."
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Rick Castañeda
After majoring in Creative Writing at USC, Rick co-founded Psychic Bunny, a hybrid medio studio in downtown Los Angeles. His short films have been to SXSW, Japan, Canada, and soon, Romania. Rick's newest web series, "Coma, Period" has also just been launched. You can find him in COW forums for After Effects and related plug-ins, as well as posting offerings in the COW's job forums.
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Winston Cely
Winston Cely is the owner of Della St. Media in Greenwood, SC. He was inspired to get into this business by his parents, working as an assisistant on his father's productions. He graduated with a degree in Studio Art, and, like many of the working pros you will find in the Creative COW forums, he strongly recommends studying something besides editing or computer graphics. He most regularly visits the COW's Final Cut Pro, Motion and DVD Studio Pro forums, and drops in on the AJA Kona forum now and again.
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Mike Cohen
Michael Cohen is a charter member of the COW, joining on its very first day. One of the hosts of the Business & Marketing forum, you can also find him in forums including Audio Professionals, Compression Techniques, Flash and Premiere Pro. As Mike says, "Tools and technology are good to know, but craft and know-how pay the bills."
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George Cohn
"I began my career as a software engineer, and then spent many years as a software development manager," says George. "Later I discovered that filmmaking and video production are exactly like software development except for where they are completely different." He operates Creation Ground Media with partner Marilyn Ritter, and frequents COW forums including Avid Editing, Cinematography, Corporate Video, Lighting Design and Panasonic HVX-HPX (P2).
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Glenn Collict
Head of Video and Colourist at Bang Post Production, a leading independent UK Post House, whose award-winning audio work can be heard on such shows as the BBC's Sherlock, Doctor Who and Torchwood.
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Peter Constan-Tatos
As Peter tells us, "After many years of traditional electrical engineering experience, primarily in nuclear power station construction and high voltage cable design, I followed my thenpart time interest in robotics and photography to eventually establish 'Reflex Motion Control' with friend Campbell Stuart-Watson, who had extensive video production experience." Over the past dozen or more years, they have worked with most of South Africa's major directors and production companies, and Reflex remains South Africa's only locally based motion control service. You can find him in CreativeCOW.net's Stereoscopic 3D forum.
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Terence Curren
Terence Curren, founder and president of AlphaDogs Editorial, whose rich history in the filmmaking world, beginning with an old 8mm camera at age 12, has led him to an extensive knowledge of the Avid, and the respect and recognition by his peers and clients for his editorial and color-correction skills.
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Sean Cusson
Sean Cusson has been in the motion graphics industry for over 10 years and as the owner and creative director of Q Media Inc. Sean has played the role of graphic designer, animator, 3D modeler and client wrangler. He is active accross a wide range of Creative COW forums, especially Adobe After Effects.
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John Daro
John is a 3D colorist and DI specialist at FotoKem. He has also been a member of Creative COW since 2003, spending much of his time in the Avid and After Effects forums. "Stereo imaging became a hobby of mine since my first version of Photoshop," he says, "and I love getting to work it with it professionally."
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Tim Dashwood
Tim Dashwood's production company Stereo3D Unlimited, in partnership with ARRI, Stereo3D Tango, JVC and Zeiss shot Ariana Gillis' "Shake the Apple" music video with two ARRI Alexa cameras.
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Glenn Derry
Glenn Derry, the virtual production supervisor on "Real Steel" by Dreamworks takes you inside the production.
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John Dickinson
John Dickinson, based in Sydney Australia, is the Senior Broadcast Designer at Foxtel (foxtel.tv). John delivers highly creative yet commercially relevant motion graphics solutions. With Motionworks, John combines 12 years of industry experience with a proven teaching ability to provide high quality learning resources that encourage and challenge participants to break through to new levels of excellence and impact in their work.
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Dan Dome
Dan started in television in 1994 as a tape operator in New York, moving under his father Art’s guidance from linear editor to supervisor, and into nonlinear editing. After helping shows like Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Saturday Night Live move to HD workflows, Dan moved to California to become lead editor for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, before coming to work on “Conan” at TBS. Once there, Dan designed the post facility with Project Integration Manager David Crivelli.
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Matt Downey
Matt joined Helifilms in 2006, finding his baptism-by-fire earned while working on Melbourne's Commonwelath Games. Since giving up global roaming to settle in Australia, he has worked on feature films, live sports broadcasting, television and commercials. He production managed the AFI-nominated and Melbourne International Film Festival award-winning short film "End of Town." Most recently, through Renegade Films, he also co-produced "Jerrycan," winner of the Jury Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and an Australian Film Institute award for best short film.
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Timothy Duncan
Nashville, Tennessee USA - Timothy Duncan may be a newcomer to Vegas, arriving at version 3.0, but he has been a deep explorer into the world of NLE's since the very early days of Avid and EMC2. His experience covers a broad range of linear/nonlinear editing, engineering, systems design, color correction as well as multi-camera video and film production. His earliest memories are of WBBJ-TV, an ABC affiliate located in Jackson, TN, where he began coming to the studio at age 2 and started running prompter at age 8. By age 12 he was editing, directing, and producing the number one rated religious program carried on the station for his local church.
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William Dwyer
(San Rafael , California USA) "Making games is a great profession, combining math, art, theatre, film, and more," says William, "but it's very demanding, and not for the faint of heart. The best advice I can give for getting started is to be as well-rounded as possible. The industry is brand new and problem-solving skills are incredibly important." You can find William in COW forums for Maya, 3D Studio Max, and After Effects.
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Neil Feldman
Neil Feldman - Westlake Village, California USA - Neil Feldman is CEO and owner of In-Three. He is also the owner of Dallas-based Video Post and Transfer. Beginning in early 2000, he saw the potential for digital image-based 3D conversion technologies. Additionally, Video Post and Transfer is the leading film and video post production firm in the Southwest USA, and has built a reputation for innovation: the first independent post-production facility to offer 1” Type C editing, to build all digital on-line editing bays, and the first in the country to provide unified digital audio and video editing suites.
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Mike Fink
Mike Fink pioneered the role of the freelance VFX Coordinator in a career that has spanned a thirty years, and whose first three projects were "The China Syndrome," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," and "Blade Runner." He is also a founding member of the Visual Effects Society, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was recognized in 2008 for his role as Senior Visual Effects Supervisor on "The Golden Compass" with an Academy Award(R), a BAFTA award, and a VES nomination.
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Nancy Forner, ACE
Nancy is one of three editors (including Lance Anderson and Nathan Easterling) on the CW primetime hit The Vampire Diaries. The episode "1912" which Nancy edited screened as part of PaleyFest 2012 at the Paley Media Center. Her credits include both feature films and TV series including Law & Order: SVU, Providence, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Forner, who grew up in Israel, attended Penn State University's Film School and got her start working for PBS. Follow Nancy on Twitter @nfscl, where she speaks enthusiastically about editing.
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Greg Foster
Greg Foster is IMAX's President of Filmed Entertainment. Before joining the company in 2001, he was the Executive Vice-President of Production at MGM/UA, playing a key role in over 150 films, including Get Shorty, Rain Man, Species, Thelma and Louise, King Pin, A Fish Called Wanda, Moonstruck, and several of the James Bond, 007 pictures.
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John Galt
John Galt is currently the Senior Vice President of Advanced Digital Imaging at Panavision's corporate office. His responsibilities at Panavision include the development of digital imaging technologies in support of Panavision's core motion picture and television production business.
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Jeremy Garchow
This issue went to print over the holidays, during which Jeremy tells us he's been "perfecting my skills killing pesky aliens that are capturing humans in Gears of War 2. I feel good knowing I have a role in saving life as we know it from absolute destruction. Back on terra firma, we're posting recent shoots for Harley Davidson and GE, and we are in pre-production on several new projects."
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Brian Gardner
Brian's diverse experience includes everything from directing stage plays to being a technical director, 3D artist, or technology supervisor on visual effects blockbuster movies, like "X-Men", "The Matrix Reloaded", "Babe", and many others. "I don’t usually get interviewed," he tells us with a laugh. "I’m hoping that I can change the industry by sneaking around, and talking to people in private, one-on-one.” We’re happy to help save him a few steps as he reaches a lot more "ones."
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Philip Garvin
Philip is the president of the Mobile TV Group and Colorado Studios, as well as the Chief Operating Officer & General Manager of HDNet and HDNet Movies. He is also the author of “Religious America,” and “A People Apart: Hasidism in America,” both of which were nominated for National Book Awards.
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Jigme Gaton
Jigme Gaton - Phoenix Studios, Kathmandu, Nepal - “I flunked out of film school, if that’s imaginable,” Jiggy told us, “but still wound up leading the now-defunct IBM Creative Laboratory, where I wrote such hits as ‘People and Automation in Action: The Story of IBM’s Robotic 5 ¼ Disk Manufacturing.’ After 20 years of that cheese, I checked out of Cubicleville and into a monastery for three years. After that, there was no going back.” You can find his posts in the COW’s FCP and Apple Motion forums, his tutorials and reviews at library.creativecow.net, and his “Cow BOG” (not BLOG - “because I live in a cow BOG”) at blogs.creativecow.net
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E.L. Gibbor
E.L. Gibbor is a computer consultant living in Cypress, California. He specializes in high-end networked systems for demanding clients.
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Todd Gillespie
Todd is a senior producer/director at UCSB, responsible for technical support of film studies, productions for their UCTV channel, in-house productions and the faculty media center editing labs. He is a recent recipient of 3 national Telly awards (www.tellyawards.com) for his short documentary about archeological work in Iceland. You can find him hosting The COW’s Final Cut Pro Basics and Adobe After Effects Basics forums.
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Jason Goodman
Jason is the founder and CEO of 21st Century 3D. He is also a graduate of the New York University (NYU) film school, a stereographer, and a long-time 3D enthusiast whose first attempts at 3D imaging began with red and blue crayons. "I had a personal fascination with production and 3D from the time we started, 15 years ago. As the company metamorphosized to focus on those things, we changed our name to 21st Century 3D in 1999, and haven’t looked back."
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Nick Griffin
Nick Griffin is the founder of Griffin Communications Inc., a Towson, Maryland-based production company specializing in corporate communications, video and advertising. His clients range in size from small industrial companies to large, multi-national manufacturers. Nick is also the founding leader of Creative Cow's Business & Marketing forum, as well as senior business advisor to CreativeCow.net
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Mark Grossardt
Mark is a full-time editor and mograph artist for Clark Creative Group, a full service advertising agency. He has spent eleven years working in all phases of video production. When not cutting spots, he's benching twice his weight in his neighbor's basement. "I generally hang out in the Adobe AE, Apple FCP (7), and Business & Marketing forums at CreativeCOW.net," he says, adding, "The FCPX forum has been a guilty pleasure of late as well."
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Angela Gyetvan
Before founding Digital Whisper, where she is also President, Angela served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing for 3ality Digital, the leading developer of technologies for live-action S3D production. She has launched and built companies in multiple industries, including digital media, video games, e-commerce, and consumer products. She has held executive positions with Revver, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Food.com, Electronic Arts and Broderbund Software.
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Eki Halkka and Stobe Harju
Eki Halkka and Stobe Harju also worked together on videos for Poets of the Fall's "Lift" and "Locking up the Sun," among many others. To see more from the making of "Carnival of Rust," including storyboards and the video itself, visit http://library.creativecow.net/poetsofthefall
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Matt Hall
New York City, New York
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Doug Hansel
Doug Hansel hails from Londonderry, New Hampshire, and has worked with Ringo Starr, Sting and many others. In this article, Doug shares tips that he has learned from the world of audio and sound. Sure, there's the easy way. Then there's Doug's way...obsessive, but still on a budget.
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Richard Harrington
Richard Harrington, owner of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company in Washington, DC, is a certified instructor for Adobe and Apple and has worked on more than 25 books for the video and photography community. You can find him in the Adobe Photoshop, DSLR Video, and Podcasting COW forums, and hosting Creative COW podcasts for Photoshop for Video, Apple Final Cut Pro, and more.Richard is also the Program Manager for the NAB Post|Production conference, as well as a featured speaker. In 2010, Richard joined the Creative COW Team as the Director of the Creative COW Master Series of DVD training tools.
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Chris Healer
Chris founded The Molecule in 2005, and is now President /CEO. After building a 16mm projector out of Legos and writing a 3D graphics library for DOS, he later finished a film degree at Colorado University Boulder, and moved from web design to motion capture and 3D animation. He and the Molecule team regularly use Cow forums for Shake, FCP, Nuke, Panasonic HVX-HPX, and the Jobs forums, and have gotten leads from their Cow Services listing.
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Grinner Hester
St. Louis, Missouri USA - Making his living primarily with a Sony FX-1 HDV camera and an Avid Adrenaline edit suite, he pleases clients ranging from ESPN to Anheuser-Busch. Wind in his sails, Grinner continues to create labors of love, while working to make a living on the side. "Fantastic Voyages" is set to begin production in the spring of '09, and Grinner continues to pitch "Moddin' Art" to any network that will listen.
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Chris Heuer
What I love about post-production is the innovative spirit that makes anything possible. This is why I started Freefall FX, an animation and effects house located about 30 minutes east of Washington DC on Maryland's Eastern Shore. I enjoy doing the creative work, but not as much as I enjoy watching people react to the work I've produced.
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Jerry Hofmann
Denver, Colorado USA - "After having interacted with Jerry Hofmann online for quite some time in the Final Cut Pro forum here at Creative Cow and elsewhere," says Kathlyn Lindeboom, "we finally had the chance to meet Jerry Hofmann during Maxon's 'Product Bash' at NAB 2001 in Las Vegas. He was great to speak with and is as nice in person as he is online. It was funny, he came up and introduced himself and he said he was glad to finally meet Philip Hodgetts and many others on the Cow team. We told him that we were thrilled to finally meet him! But it still took us until October to convince him that he'd be perfect on the FCP Team and he'd should send his picture. Well, here it is and now he's a part of the team and we are so happy he is."
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Jason Howard
SpectSoft's Jason Howard is a systems engineer with credits that include some of the biggest films in the last few years. What does he see coming? It's about media and project management and the flexibility to mimic known workflows.
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Dave Howell
Dave Howell - Portland, Oregon USA - Dave really has been at this a while. He wrote the Master Tracks Pro 4 Macintosh MIDI sequencer in the late 80s, which won Electronic Musician’s “Most Innovative Software Product” award, and which he later ported to the Apple IIgs. He was also writing video components and I/O before QuickTime existed, and wrote a cross-platform graphics library for use in the pioneering Kai’s PowerTools. Dave holds US Patent #7199805: “Method and apparatus for titling.”
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Tony Hudson
Tony Hudson - Petaluma, California USA - In addition to the projects mentioned here, Tony built models and supervised effects on “Willow,” “The Golden Child,” “Backdraft,” “Die Hard 2,” and “Back to the Delorean,” which is currently in post production. He has posted in COW forums including Final Cut Pro, Particle Illusion, After Effects and the Sony CineAlta F900 & PDW Series camera forum. You can see his reel at: reels.creativecow.net/tony-hudson-2009-demo-reel
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Clive Hunte
Today, Clive Hunte's role at Band on the Wall is Archive Technician, and the position is paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It's a five year grant for archiving photographs from the venue's history, but also filming and archiving recent performances here.
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Shane Hurlbut
Shane Hurlbut, ASC graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Film. He's recently moved into shaking the industry with innovative use of DSLR technology and his impressive credit list includes: Marines For Us All, Case IH, Game of Thrones, Visa, Coca-Cola, Verizon, American Express, US Navy, Discovery, Big Love, Deadwood, El Pollo Loco, Prudential, Toyota, Trane AC and Boardwalk Empire. Hurlbut has also worked with music legends The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, and Smashing Pumpkins. He is signed as commercial director with Bandito Brothers. Using the next generation 4K Canon 1DC, his team also produced “The Ticket” short film. More information can be viewed at www.hurlbutvisuals.com.
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Pierre Jasmin
Pierre and Pete founded RE:Vision Effects in 1998. Since then, their work has been used in thousands of films and projects of every scale. In addition to the RE:Vision Effects forum at CreativeCOW.net, you can also find Pierre regularly posting in forums including Broadcast Video, Avid Editing, Apple Shake, Autodesk Combustion, Autodesk Smoke, and Adobe After Effects.
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Nel Johnson
Working with partner Nigel Collier, Nel Johnson and Studio Skylab have earned awards from Cream, NME, the British Video Association and BAFTA, for clients including Sony, BBC, Nokia, Microsoft, Universal and many more. Nel says, "The ethos behind Skylab is one of experimentation, discovery and enjoying what we do." You'll find him in the COW's After Effects and Trapcode forums, among others.
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Ramy Katrib
The Founder of DigitalFilm Tree, LLC., Ramy Katrib is a Documentary Producer, and is currently completing two feature length documentaries.
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Debra Kaufman
Debra Kaufman, one of the most respected writers in the field of film and television technology and production, joins Creative COW as our Associate Editor of Creative COW Magazine.
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MacDonald King Aston
Boulder, Colorado USA
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Bryan Kinnaird
Bryan Kinnaird is a writer, producer, publisher, and spokesperson and project manager with extensive corporate experience, who has consulted for many companies both foreign and domestic. He is the founder of SILENT NEMESIS WORKSHOP and its Executive Director of Operations. He is the creative force de'jour behind THE VILLIKON CHRONICLES franchise. He is also a sitting board member and advisor to a school of technology specializing in curriculums such as 3D animation, web and multi- media design, and television and radio productions.
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Andrew Kramer
San Diego, California USA - Andrew is a visual effects artist and filmmaker from the inside out. He has worked for many Visual Effects studios and possesses a true passion for story-telling. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with people that are also interested in creating visual effects.
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Andrea Laign
Andrea Laign is a Promotions Writer Producer in the Washington DC market, whose work can be seen on WJLA, the ABC affiliate in the Nation's capitol. As well as donning her Wonder Woman costume during personnel shortages, Andrea writes and produces WJLA image spots, Proof of Performance spots, and sales/client tie-in spots, as well as directing HD shoots.
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Ron Langer and Wayne Williams
Denver, Colorado USA
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Bernie Laramie
Bernie is Stereoscope's co-founder and COO. He has been a producer for more than 30 years, for such series as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Dark Skies," and "Profiler." He was the post supervisor for "Max Headroom," and a design consultant to Lucasfilm’s Droidworks for the creation of the Editdroid NLE, released in 1984. Bernie is also a member of the Producer's Guild, the Director's Guild, the Editor's Guild, and SMTPE.
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Carl Larsen
"I'm a Creative Cow reader - maybe even a junkie," says Carl. "I pass this story along as encouragement that great productions can have very humble beginnings." Carl recently began his own production company, Telescope Media Group, and wishes Vision Video "the absolute best in all of their future projects."
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Russell Lasson
After five years serving as editor and colorist, Russell joined Color Mill serving dual roles as colorist and digital cinema mastering specialist. With two RED ONE packages and an Assimilate Scratch system in house, he specializes in RED post-production workflows. "With all the advances in digital cinema, it's been a lot of fun to be on the cutting edge of the technology." You can find him hosting Creative COW communities for Apple - Windows on Mac, and RED Camera.
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Dustin Lau
(Singapore) Dustiin works as an editor and assistant producer for Game. He has written extensively about workflow at CreativeCow.net, offering insights into customizing hardware and software for maximum efficiency. "First and foremost, I'm a solutions guy," he says. And not just at work: "I consider a weekend setting up my home media server a weekend well spent."
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John Lawrence
John Lawrence is an award-winning media innovator and accomplished media production futurist. He is the founder and CEO of Image Work Communications and has more than 25 years of production experience supporting global audiences.
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Rob Legato
Rob received an Academy Award for his visual effects work on Titanic, a BAFTA Award for Apollo 13, and Emmy Awards for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In addition to Hugo, the movies for which Rob has served as both Second Unit Director and Visual Effects Supervisor include Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, The Aviator, and The Departed. Rob also designed the virtual production pipeline for Avatar.
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Mike Lehman
Mike has been involved with digital imaging and film for over 20 years, responsible for a number of 35mm and 65mm digital negatives and post production, including those in the 3D stereoscopic IMAX format. He is a member of the Cinematographers Guild, the Art Directors Guild, SMPTE, and the British Kinematograph Sound & Television Society. And as he told us, "I’ve been coming to the Cow pretty much since it first began."
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Ronald Lindeboom
Ron is the CEO and one of the founders of CreativeCOW.net. Along with overseeing Creative COW and its disparate divisions, he is also architects the COW's incredible growth and is always hatching new ideas and expansions for the community. The Creative COW Magazine interface is some of the work of which he is the most proud. "When we introduced our integrated magazine interface, there was absolutely nothing like it anywhere on the web. But I suspect that many publishers will soon copy the way that it places all of our issues on equal footing and makes any issue instantly the featured issue." He thrives in the stress and competition of business, enjoys the crucible of striving to achieve great things -- even when the money is not there to take the easy path -- and he loves working with creative people. He considers failure his best teacher, stating, "I've learned far more from my losses than I've ever learned from my victories - though I hope I'm not so hard-headed that I have to repeat the same mistakes again and again." Ron is a multi-tasker and is always working on many things at once. His latest project is finishing the Mancave Recording Studio that will soon join the Creative COW family of products and services. At the 1997 National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, he was presented the Vision Award for his pioneering work in building online communities.
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Lesli Linka Glatter
Lesli is an Alternate Board Member to the National Board of the Directors Guild of America, AFI's Education and Training Board, the Silver Circle of Women in Film, the Advisory Board of Step Up Women's Network, and is a mentor for the Independent Feature Project's Project Involve. In addition to the shows mentioned in this story, she has directed episodes of The Mentalist, Weeds, Heroes, NYPD Blue, Freaks and Geeks, Journeyman, N3mbers, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and Grey's Anatomy.
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Robert Longwell
Robert Longwell is Director of Video Operations, Digital Media, for the Disney/ABC Television Group. He oversees all aspects of Digital Media's video workflow and has built the process from the ground up. This includes HD & SD video asset management, ingest, post-production, metadata creation, video transcoding, file delivery, video workflow tools and automated asset archival and restoration. Before joining ABC in 2004, Robert was a linear and Avid editor for 12 years. He has his fair share of war stories, including fixing a broken videotape once with duct tape, working in an edit bay located in an ex-funeral home, and even one located in an executive washroom. Really. You can find him hosting in Creative COW's Telestream Episode forum.
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Jim Mainard
Jim is the Head of Production Development for DreamWorks Animation, and was responsible for the studio's transition to stereoscopic 3D filmmaking. Before the entertainment business, Jim's background was aerospace, where, among many other things, he was the Principal Systems Engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope's ground station planning systems.
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Mark Maness
Mark's "day job" is with SchaZam Productions, an awardwinning company in Collierville, Tennessee. "Birthrite" is the latest indendent film from Mark's Gopher Broke Productions.
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James Manz
Eau Claire, Wisconsin USA - James Manz MD has been at the forefront of using dynamic media in his medical practice, training doctors from all over the world in one of the top medical training facilities in the world. He videotapes, edits and burns DVDs of the very procedures they studied -- a powerful training tool to remind them of the in-depth surgical procedures they studied while with Dr. Manz.
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Leandro Marini
Leandro Marini is founder and DI Producer at Local Hero Post in Santa Monica, California.
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Ken Martini
Sonoma, California
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David McGiffert
In this article, David McGiffert explores ideas and working principles that have made him a successful part of such films as "Rain Man," "An Officier and a Gentleman," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," all of the "Back to the Future" films, "Witmess" and many others. David's career started with the 1976 version of "King Kong" and is still going strong today, over 30 years later. David offers Creative COW members a look at what it takes to function as a successful part of a team in the high pressure world of filmmaking.
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Megan McKenna
Megan did some work on the Archives, though she'd tell you "not much." She mainly stopped in to marvel and say "hi" every now and then. After many years as a DVD author and video editor, she now works closely with clients in corporate, medical, commercial, entertainment and independent producers, to help find and tell their story with creative production, events, and multimedia.
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Todd McMullen
In this article, Todd shares his journey as a cinematographer working on projects like "Friday Night Lights," "Casino," Walter Hill's "Wild Bill," and "American Wedding." Todd has also worked on projects like "X-Files," "The Green Mile," "Superman Returns," "Miss Congeniality," and over two dozen others. You can find Todd in many Creative COW communities, including the Cinematography forum.
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Stephen Menick
Stephen produces for the Emmy®-nominated 'My Generation' on PBS, the Discovery and History channels, as well as government, corporate and NONPROFIT clients. His short documentary on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., produced for PBS, was selected to open the pre-dedication ceremony of the MLK Memorial on the National Mall. He's also a FICTION writer with a National Book Award nomination, a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and new novel near completion. He's also a fan of the blues.
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Thomas Miller
Tom Miller is an award-winning Lighting Cameraman / DP with over twenty years experience in the film & television industry. Tom founded Big Pictures Media, specializing in documentaries, commercials, and high-end feature segments for programs airing on ESPN, National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, ABC News, ABC Sports, The Oprah Winfrey Show, MTV, the History Channel, and more.
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James Moll
(Los Angeles, California USA) James is the principal at Allentown Productions, whose next projects include the documentary "Murder By Proxy," "Epilogue of the Pacific" for executive producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, and a scripted drama on the life of Emmett Till. He is a member of the DGA, the Television Academy, the Motion Picture Academy, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Documentary Branch of the Motion Picture Academy.
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Matt Montemayor
Before the Atlanta Braves, Matt worked for the 2002 Winter Olympics, FSN South and the Carolina Hurricanes in the National Hockey League. Today, says Matt, "I'm living the dream, working for the team I grew up with during the 80s and 90s. I've never once woken up in the morning and dreaded going to work." No doubt, Matt.
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John Morley and Mark Suszko
John Morley is a seasoned veteran. Over 20 years of writing for a living has taken him from Gainesville Florida, to Atlanta and on to Los Angeles. In addition to writing for corporate events, print and Web sites, over 300 of his video scripts have been produced, by clients including Home Box Office, Georgia Pacific, CitiBank, Mattel, Pioneer Electronics, and most of the Asian car companies, including Toyota, Lexus and Nissan. He has conducted seminars on scriptwriting at numerous industry events, and he taught informational scriptwriting at California State University, Northridge. His script-formatting software, Script Werx, is used around the world by writers working for corporations, government agencies, non-profits and television shows, including Saturday Night Live. Please visit John Morley's website for more information about his contribution to the industry and his new book, Scriptwriting for High-Impact Videos.
Mark Suszko, a valued COW member and leader since 2002, describes himself: 25-plus years writing, directing, shooting, editing corporate video, government video, commercials, PSA's, DVD's, music videos, forensics and the occasional wedding. I shoot news, documentaries, and many, many training pieces. I have some minor regional awards. I also rent out the best teleprompter deal in central Illinois within about 100 miles of Springfield. I specialize in champagne looks on a beer budget, also writing great copy with an emphasis on smart humor. My dream is to someday be known as the greatest second-unit director in the history of Hollywood;-)
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Yuri Neyman, ASC
A graduate from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK) with honors in the art of cinematography and photographic engineering, Yuri is most known for his independent film Liquid Sky and film-noir thriller DOA. He also developed and patented the Cinematographers Color Correction Process (3cP), a method of ensuring accurate reproduction of the cinematographer's choices, throughout the post production process. Most recently, with renowned cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC (Close Encounters of The Third Kind, The Deer Hunter), Yuri established the Global Cinematography Institute for post-graduate students and experienced filmmakers.
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Lyn Norstad
Chicago, Illinois USA - When asked about his own start in this industry, Lyn says: "I started out full time in the A/V business in 1970 with a family-owned company in Minnesota. My degree is in Electrical Engineering, and I've been an electronics/computer geek forever. I actually built my first computer from scratch while in high school. All discrete components (there were no ICs in those days), and all it did was count from 1 to 10 and displayed the answer in binary form. Input was a telephone dial -- most Bovines won't even know what that is.
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Pete O'Connell
Pete O'Connell is a feature film compositor at Barxseven Visual Effects in Montreal. Some of his list of credits include the films "Stranger Than Fiction," "Just Like Heaven," "Across the Universe," "The Fountain," "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," and the highly acclaimed "Transporter 2."
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Bill O'Neil
When Bill O'Neil introduced this project in an After Effects tutorial at the COW, the response was so overwhelming that we asked Bill for more. In this follow-up, he explores techniques not covered in the original article. Bill is a commercial director based in Chicago, and principal at O'Neil Productions. He was the last stop-motion animator of The Pillsbury Doughboy before the little nerf blob found a new identity in CGI. (Although a fan of 3D, Bill thinks he never looked the same - almost like the second Darren on Bewitched.) Bill also directed many episodes of the "Life in the Refrigerator" segment for Pee Wee's Playhouse. His favorite was the Peanut Butter and Jelly wedding event.
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Eugen Olsen
"It’s rather urban where I live, similar to modern-day anywhere, so no dodging elephants in our backyards or endless savannah. Being South African, I’m multilingual. Besides English, I speak German (the language my mom, who’s German, reprimanded me in as a child, so I learned fast), and two local dialects - Afrikaans and Zulu. Quite a mix! I started on the COW seven years ago - absolute lifesaver! Faster and far better than trying to contact vendors directly."
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Barend Onneweer
Gouda, The Netherlands - When the Creative Cow site first began, one of the key leaders responsible for its speedy take-off and high reputation, was Barend Onneweer. "I don't think he slept much back then as he was in the After Effects forum and elsewhere in the Cow site answering as many questions as he could with all the expertise he could offer. As an instructor at the Art Academy in Rotterdam, Holland, his expertise is definitely high calibre and we're proud that he has been with us from the beginning," says Kathlyn Lindeboom, director of the Creative Cow site. "Other leaders, even those as illustrious as Brian Maffitt, have spoken highly of Barend and give him high praise; he's definitely one of the brightest in the Cow site. He's also a great person whose attitude and graciousness equals his talents as a creative artist."
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Harry Pallenberg
"Women in Boxes" was also an official selection of Ireland's Foyle International Film Festival. Critic Leonard Maltin hails, "What a remarkable group of women - and what an entertaining film!" In addition to his work at KCET, Harry is working on the official video news release for the Hollywood Sign Trust. You can find him hosting in the Cow's HDV and Indie Film & Documentary forums.
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Michael Palmer
Michael Palmer has been a film production professional since 1981, working mainly as a Gaffer lighting for features, episodic TV and commercials shot on film. A member of the IA, Local 728 LA & 52 NYC, he started producing 5 years ago when he created a national cable NASCAR show for Fox Sports SPEED Channel.
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Charles Papert
Charles Papert, Society of Camera Operators, is a DP and camera operator specializing in Steadicam. In addition to the projects he mentions above, he has worked on scores of others, including "Ugly Betty," "Scrubs," "Six Feet Under," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and two films with "3000" in the title. Charles is also the co-creator of Instant Film, which has produced over 175 films since its founding in 2002.
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Eric Pautsch
Eric's passion for DVD design began in 1998. "I was blown away by the fact there was 3 hours of video on that little disc!" Since then he has authored hundreds of commercial releases, and now serves as Director of BD/DVD Development at Orange County's Media Stream Partners. You can find him in the COW's DVD Studio Pro, Encore DVD, and DVD Authoring communities.
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Chris Pelzar
In nearly 30 years in the industry, Chris has served as the CEO of Fairlight, the President of Euphonix, and Director of Panasonic’s Systems Solutions Division, where he wrote the business plan and formed the group that led to Panasonic’s digital signage enterprise, retailTV. His projects and clients have been as diverse as the San Francisco Giants, the Metropolitan Opera, James Taylor, Puff Daddy, the United States Navy and Princess Cruises.
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Laurie Pepper
Laurie Pepper runs her own record label, Widow's Taste. "I'm introducing truly unreleased and unheard Art Pepper to people who love him and want to hear him. I'm introducing Art to people who thought they knew what jazz was (incomprehensible bebop), so they can correct that awful impression and fill their lives with soulful beauty." You can find her in the Cow forums for Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Trapcode, and Zaxwerks.
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Niki Petta
For the better part of four years, Niki Petta been working as a Colorist/Motion Graphics Artist with Copper Post, a full service post facility headquartered in Phoenix that opened in 2002.
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Grant Petty
Grant Petty is the man who pioneered 10-bit graphics cards on personal computers, reinventing how content creators worked with higher resolution files in the process.
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John Pipes
John Pipes is the Senior Producer of Broadcasting for Joyce Meyer Ministries. He has worked on hundreds of television programs, commercials, music videos, corporate projects, and five feature films. Before joining JMM, he operated Home Run Films, a television production company catering to faith-based organizations. Still a hands-on cutter, he has edited on everything from CMX to FCP. He has been a Creative COW contributor since its inception in April, 2001.
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William Powloski
William' is the Visual Effects Supervisor for ABC's "Pushing Daiseies" and his credits include "Total Recall," "The Tick," "Batman Returns," and animation for "The Simpsons." He's a regular Creative COW visitor who says, "It's not even necessarily for anything related to 'Pushing Daisies.' I get inspired by the way that people solve problems, and use that to create solutions of my own."
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Robert Primes ASC
Robert Primes, ASC, won cinematography Emmys for "My Antonia" and "Felicity," and the first ASC award given to a digitally shot show, "MDs." Along with several additional Emmy and ASC Award nominations, Robert won the President's Award from the Society of Camera Operators in 2008. He serves on the boards of the American Society of Cinematographers, the International Cinematographers Guild and the Whitmore Eclectic theatre company. He also serves on the cinematography faculty of the American Film Institute.
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Aharon Rabinowitz
New York City, NY - Aharon Rabinowitz got his start in animation the long way around. His years of experience in television production, technology, and the arts lead him to become a technical manager for a team of educational software designers and animators. Slowly but surely he learned the tools of the trade, and has been animating ever since. Never going a day without trying something new, his knowledge, experience, and love for his craft come through clearly in his work.
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Mark Raudonis
Mark Raudonis is Senior Vice President of Post Production, Bunim/Murray Productions. Mark began his career as a documentary film cameraman for PBS-TV station WMPB in Baltimore. After moving to Los Angeles to study at UCLA, he got a taste of the feature film world working for Robert Altman on the feature film Popeye. Next he spent several years directing and producing magazine style shows for KABC-TV and KCBS-TV. Mark received an Emmy nomination for editing on The Real World: Hawaii, and, as a freelance editor, for The Laugh-In 20th Anniversary Special. He has been a member of Creative COW since 2003.
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Dylan Reeve
Dylan Reeve is a video geek. Currently gainfully employed as a post-production supervisor and online editor for a long running New Zealand TV series, he finds time to continue to play with and waffle on about all sorts of video hardware and software. He dreams that one day people will just pay for his opinion and ranting, but in the meantime provides it for free online.
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Jonny Revolt
"I started with a music video for D.H. Peligro from the Dead Kennedys," says Jonny. "From there I worked on videos for people from KMFDM to Godsmack to Blackalicious to Will Smith. Later, I started a show in Los Angeles called Revolt TV, filled with sketch comedy and music videos. I found myself shooting, directing, producing and editing my own content, and what started as a job became a consuming passion. I look at each job as a puzzle, and as tools evolve, find myself using both the newest and the oldest workflows."
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Jacob Rosenberg
Jacob Rosenberg of Bandito Brothers connected with Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh when he served as the Online Editor and Digital Intermediate Supervisor for "Dust to Glory." "Dust to Glory" utilized an all digital workflow designed by him that used 1080p HD as its Digital Intermediate format, mixing nine different video formats seamlessly and printing the HD edit directly to film. Subsequent to "Dust to Glory," Jacob has contributed his technical knowledge to a number of feature film projects, including "Superman Returns," Martin Scorsese's Rolling Stones documentary "Shine a Light," James Cameron's "Avatar," and the upcoming independent film, "LBS." Mr. Rosenberg brings his extensive experience as filmmaker, author and digital media expert to Bandito Brothers, a full service media solution that creates, produces, manages and distributes audio visual content.
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Shane Ross
Los Angeles, California - Shane Ross is a broadcast television editor in Hollywood. Well, OK, Los Angeles. He only had one job that was actually in Hollywood. He is a documentary and narrative editor and has edited shows for the History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Nickelodeon…plus a handful of short films, spec commercials and demo reels.
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Markus Rothkranz
Markus Rothkranz hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, and lives in a home that many of his friends call Markus World. One part science-fiction movie set, some amusement park thrown in, and add some Vegas hotel and casino to the mix, and it ends up 100% pure Markus. Markus has worked with Disney, Lucasfilm and many other top names in the industry and has even directed his own major film. But his real passion is getting the look of huge budget productions with budgets that would make an accountant break out into uncontrollable smiles. Just when you think you have Markus nailed down as a this or a that , he dons a completely different hat and becomes something else completely different and you have to ask yourself, ''Is there anything this guy can't do?'' Talent? He has it to burn.
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Zed Saeed
Zed Saeed is the Senior Post Production Consultant with DigitalFilm Tree in Los Angeles and New York. "Each year, some miracle technologies appear. Few of these last," he says. "Part of my job is to bet on the right horse."
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Ryan Salazar
Currently the Director of Engineering and Post Production Technology at StudioZ, Ryan Salazar has over two decades of experience in broadcast, post production and IT. He is an active member of The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Broadcast Technology Society (IEEE BTS) and the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH).
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Aanarav Sareen
Adobe Certified Expert - Adobe Premiere Pro - For the past 4 years, Aanarav has worked extensively with all sides of video production, all the way from pre-production through post production.
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Ethan Schur
Ethan is the Chief Marketing Officer for TDVision Systems, and Chief Standards Engineer for their contributions to SMPTE, SCTE, ATSC, CEA and others. He is also the chair of 3D@Home’s ST3, their Worldwide promotional subgroup. Ethan’s experience includes post houses, studios and military virtual reality applications, and Electronic Arts, where he was a build engineer working with developer toolkits, internal logic and optimization.
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Kim Segel
Kim has been creating television shows, films and computer animation since the 1980s. He's worked on everything from music videos to computer games. He's held a Pyro Technician Special Effects 1st Class Permit for 15 years. He currently works full-time in Hollywood, doing digital effects for two television networks, and recently gave an 8-week University lecture series on creating digital visual effects for feature films.
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Sam Seig
Sam earned a BFA in Film from Oklahoma before moving to Los Angeles. His early work includes being an Assistant for Oscar-winning Editor Michael Kahn on large-scale action films like "War of the Worlds" and "Minority Report." After working as an AE on "Kingpin" and "Something About Mary," his first editor role with the Farrelly Brothers was "The Heartbreak Kid," followed by two other comedies shot in Atlanta, Georgia. "The Three Stooges" is scheduled for release in spring 2012.
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Mark Smirnoff
Mark, from Burbank, CA, is the Executive Vice President, Studio Services for Modern Videofilm, where he has worked since 1988. He is responsible for the technology development, DI and VFX workflow design that has allowed Modern Video to become of the one most successful players in film and television production, DI, VFX, digital cinema mastering and more.
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Steven Smith
Salt Lake City, Utah USA - Stephen graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Communications Technology. "I picked the degree because it had the longest name, "says Stephen. Since then, he's gone on to produce internationally distributed DVDs, some in 21 different languages. Stephen has won over a dozen awards while working at Lone Peak Productions, where he is a producer and lead editor. He is also the author of the Creative Cow Master Series DVD, Money Making Graphics and Effects for Final Cut Studio 2.
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Marco Solorio
Walnut Creek, California USA - Owner of OneRiver Media, Marco Solorio has nurtured his talents over many years of development; from photo-realistic 3D animation to interactive DVD authoring as just two examples. Having literally grown with computer-based graphic imagery since the Commodore Pet in the start of the 1980's, Marco has developed a natural talent in blending art with algorithms. It is no surprise that Marco has received a multitude of awards ranging from visual effects to musical scoring.
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Walter Soyka
Walter Soyka of Keen Live, works in motion graphics, widescreen, and presentation design, with a special focus on live events. He also works in traditional post-production, including editorial, effects, and coloring, as well as video workflow consultation.
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Paul Stephen Carlin
Paul is a freelance Autodesk Smoke artist with numerous digital intermediate credits to his name, including the feature films “Soul to Keep” and “Bunraku,” and the trailers for “Avatar” and “Knight and Day.” He stays busy in all aspects of the industry, from commercials (look for the new Starbucks-flavored Via ads) to long-form. Paul is an Autodesk Certified Instructor, and his curiosity keeps him up to speed on desktop software as well. He never stops learning.
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Bob Stevenson
(San Francisco, California USA) Bob began his career as a game artist and designer and quickly established himself as a notable talent. He has worked as an independent developer on games that have appeared on nearly every major platform in the history of the industry. They include "Myth," "The Jungle Book," "Robocop vs. Terminator," "Giants: Citizen Caputo," "Armed & Dangerous," and, in partnership with EA, "Wii SmartyPants."
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Dave Stump, ASC
David has extensive experience in high definition film and video photography, content creation, CGI and visual effects production. He has won an Emmy Award and an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Acheivement. He is a full member of the American Society of Cinematographers, where he currently serves as Chair of the Camera Subcommittee of the ASC Technical Committee. He was also the founder of camera and equipment company Motion Control Rental Services.
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Mike Sullivan
Mike's other museum installations include the Smithsonian Institution, The International Spy Museum, and The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Regular haunts at the COW include After Effects, Particle Illusion and Avid. "I especially like the Art of the Edit forum," says Mike. "I wrote this to give back to everyone who helped me figure out ways to make some of these Gordian projects become a reality."
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Barbara Summer Burstyn
Barbara and Tom Burstyn founded Cloud South Films as a "mid-life love child" to allow them to make films together. In addition to her research, writing, directing and producing for Cloud South Films, Barbara is a columnist for the New Zealand Herald, where she was named the "Social Issues Columnist of the Year" in the Qantas Media Awards, and was a finalist for "Columnist of the Year".
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Barbara Sumner Burstyn and Thomas Burstyn, CSC, FRSA
Barbara and Tom founded Cloud South Films as a "mid-life love child," to allow them to make films together, and have previously written articles for us separately.
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Mark Suszko
Mark Suszko has close to 30 years of experience as a writer/producer/director/editor/anything else, most of it working in government video production for the State of Illinois, as well as a private freelance production and teleprompter rental business. Mark has long history in the Creative COW website and is one of the most prolific posters and contributors in the COW's Business & Marketing forum.
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Todd Terry
Todd has shot countless television commercials and industrials using both 35mm film and depth-of-field converted video. The creative director of Fantastic Plastic, you can find him hosting in the COW's forums for Business & Marketing, Canon camcorders, Cinematography, HDV, Indie Film & Documentary, and Lighting Design Pros. He claims to own no socks.
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Von Thomas
Von carved out a career as an advertising, fashion and beauty photographer before founding Digital Tech NYC in New York. With the advent of digital cinema, he returned to Los Angeles and quickly became a bi-coastal "go to guy" for his skills both on the set, and as a trainer. Von now leads DIT workshops worldwide as he continues his work as a DIT and dailies colorist on feature films, episodic TV, webisodes, music videos, and commercials. And as he reminds us, "It's pronounced D.I.T., not 'dit' as in 'sit.'"
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Alex Timbs
Alex is Animal Logic’s Director of IT. The company found early success with advertising agencies and commercial directors, paving the way to success with features including, in addition to the ones listed above, “Australia,” “28 Weeks Later,” “World Trade Center,” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” They have already begun work with Zack Snyder on his next feature, the epic fantasy “Sucker Punch.”
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Douglas Trumbull
Over the years, Douglas Trumbull has graced the industry with inventions such as Showscan, breathtaking artwork for multi-plane and fisheye photography, and so much more. This man has a stunning list of achievements driven by a creative force of unparalleled talent.
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Arthur Vibert
Arthur Vibert has been, at various times, an advertising creative director, commercial director, video editor, motion graphics designer and visual effects artist. He was half the team that created the Max Headroom campaign for Coca-Cola, as well as creating work for BMW, Levi's, and Sears, just to name a few. He currently lives in Marin County, California, but has also lived in London, Chicago and New York. He shares his home with a wife, a son, a dog, two cats and two birds. You'll find him most often in the Cow's AE forum, followed by FCP, Cinema 4D, Art of the Edit, and Demo Reels.
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Joseph W. Bourke
Joe is the owner and motion graphics artist for Bourke Media. Although his main work is 2D and 3D animation, his background as a broadcast art director comes into play on a daily basis, as well as his experience as writer/producer for PCTV, one of the first cable shows devoted exclusively to computers and software. Joe also serves on the leadership teams for CreativeCOW.net forums including 3D Studio Max, Motion Graphics, and Adobe Audition/Soundbooth, and posts daily in several others.
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Mark Wagoner
Mark's client list includes Wachovia Bank, United Airlines, Wrangler Jeans Wear, and Sara Lee. He's also written nearly a dozen books about North Carolina, where he lives with his wife, daughter and golden retriever. "I've been fortunate to work for 30 years doing what I love," Mark says. You can find Mark in the Cow's HVX/HPX P2 forum.
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Kylee Wall
Kylee is a video post-production professional currently working in a corporate setting. She has experience working on a wide variety of video projects ranging from educational and instructional videos, to short and feature films. In her free time, she cuts narrative shorts and other films.
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Mic Waugh
Mic Waugh is the owner of Level Image, and divides his time between LA, Phoenix, and wherever the job takes him. He won the Guild of Television Cameramen Award of Excellence for his work on "This Too Shall Pass," which also won the UK Music Awards Video of the Year Award. He also shot OK Go's "GPS Parade (Back From Kathmandu)" video on an 8.5 mile walk through LA, and Sting's "If On A Winter's Night," where he walked over a mile in the snow, backwards.
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David Weiss
David Roth Weiss joined the Cow in its first week in 2001. Over seven thousand posts later, he continues to be a valuable part of the COW, today serving as one of the hosts of the Final Cut, Business & Marketing, and Indie Film & Documentary forums. You'll also find him posting in forums for AJA Kona, HDV and DVD Authoring, among others.
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Ken Weissman
Ken has worked for the Library of Congress since 1981, and is now Supervisor of the Film Preservation Laboratory at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. Ken has directed the Library's restoration of such films as MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, THE MALTESE FALCON, WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN?, THE BLUE EAGLE, BIG FELLA, and most recently a restoration of Paul Robeson's THE EMPEROR JONES under a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.
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Christopher Werronen
Chris's career has included working with special needs kids and adults, organic farming, and acting. He is developing the pilot for a stereoscopic 3D TV series as he works at the farm shared by his wife, son, a stable full of horses, some chickens, cats and a dog. You can find him posting in COW forums including HD-High End, Final Cut Pro, and Nuke.
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Bryan Williams and Denton Adkinson
When Bryan Williams and Denton Adkinson founded Bryton Entertainment, one of their goals was to "represent the positive and encouraging side of everyday 'life heroes.'" The heroic lives and work of the Tuskegee Airmen are obviously anything but "everyday." As Bryan told us, "We used our own money, invested countless hours, and made it our goal to honor the Airmen the best we possibly could." Bryton Entertainment produces commercials, music videos, animations and 3D models.
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Rick Wise
"I've been shooting and making films for over thirty years," says Rick. "I have taught courses including 'True Lies: Film Structure & Film Language' (which I designed from the ground up), and am now instructor of Graduate Lighting and Graduate Cine 1 at the Academy of Art University / Film Division." You can find Rick hosting in the Cow's Lighting Design Pros and Cinematography forums.
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Joe Womble
Atlanta, Georgia - With over 25 years of experience as a videographer, director, and editor, Joe Womble is quick to point out that he doesn't make videos, but that he provides his clients "communications solutions".
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Jeff Wood
Jeff Wood is Vice President, Global Marketing, Commercial Solutions Business Unit for HP.
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John Woody
John Woody is a Professor in James Madison University's School of Media and Design, as well as an "Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE)" who has been active in the Broadcast Education Association. He balances his academic background with a professional production background that includes numerous post houses and a tenure at The Learning Channel. (No, not that kind of tenure.)
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Steve Wright
Steve Wright, author of the book "Digital Compositing for Film & Video," looks at some of his favorite commercials. With more than twenty years experience creating broadcast television commercials and feature films, Steve's opinions may surprise you or help you recall some of your own favorites. Steve's credits include over 70 broadcast commercials and 50 feature films. Steve began his career with the legendary Robert Abel & Associates, pioneers of many techniques that birthed modern effects and production methods. Steve has also served as Technical Director at Kodak's famed Cinesite Hollywood studios.
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Michael Wrightson
Michael Wrightson, Director of Operations, Prime Focus UK
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Zach Zamboni
Wielding a Sony PMW-F3, Zach Zamboni shot Anthony Bourdain: The Layover, which began airing on the Travel Channel on November 21. He previously won two Creative Arts Emmy Awards™ for outstanding cinematography for nonfiction programming for his work on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, in 2011 for the Haiti episode and in 2009 for the Laos episode. He began using the Sony F3 with two episodes of No Reservations, in Kurdistan and New Orleans.
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Aaron Zander
Aaron hasn't graduated yet and is building edit suites for several post houses in the LA area. His photography has also been published in several magazines and books. Even though he was in the middle of posting this project, he turned this article around in a day. Aaron has written several tutorials for the COW, and is found regularly in forums for Avid, AE, FCP, Cinematography and RED among others.
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Bob Zelin
Bob Zelin is an old cranky video engineer who got his start in the professional audio business in 1977. By 1981, he was fired so many times that no one wanted to hire him, so he started his own company in 1982. Today, Bob makes his living by terrorizing southern editing facilities. He is nevertheless one ofthe industry's most respected systems contractors. You won't have to look hard to find him at The COW: he posts daily in over a dozen forums.
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Ray Zone
Ray is an award-winning stereographer, a producer of 3-D films and an author. He is currently working for Santo Domingo Animation as 3-D Producer on "Brijes 3D," the first stereoscopic animated feature in Mexican cinema, and is the author of "3-D Filmmakers: Conversations with Creators of Stereoscopic Motion Pictures" and "Stereoscopic Cinema and the Origins of 3-D Film: 1838 - 1952."
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