Speakers - Fall 2020

Take a look at last year's speakers.

Emmy Award Winning Editor

Jinmo Yang

Jinmo Yang is an award-winning film editor who has edited over a dozen feature films, including the international hits Okja and Train To Busan. He is also the editor of Parasite, which won four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Directing, International Feature Film and Writing (Original Screenplay). 

Throughout his career as an editor, Jinmo Yang has worked on the following films: Bitter, Sweet, Seoul (2013), The Beauty Inside (2015), The Age of Shadows (2016), Psychokinesis (2017), Believer (2018), and Peninsula (2020).

Jinmo Yang has also worked as an on-set editor for the following films: Day Trip (2012), The Last Stand (2012, Snowpiercer (2013), and The Beauty Inside (2015).

You can find out more info about the awards on imdb.

KEYNOTE, Academy Award Winning Editor

William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

WILLIAM GOLDENBERG, A.C.E. most recently edited Paul Greengrass’s NEWS OF THE WORLD starring Tom Hanks. He previously collaborated with Greengrass on Netflix’s 22 JULY.

He won the Academy Award, BAFTA and A.C.E. Award for Ben Affleck’s Best Picture-winning ARGO.

Goldenberg received Oscar, BAFTA and A.C.E nominations for editing THE IMITATION GAME and ZERO DARK THIRTY (with Dylan Tichenor). He was nominated for an Oscar for SEABISCUIT and THE INSIDER (with Paul Rubell and David Rosenbloom)

His other credits include: Kathryn Bigelow’s DETROIT, Ben Affleck’s crime dramas LIVE BY NIGHT and GONE BABY GONE, Peter Landsman’s CONCUSSION, Angelina Jolie’s UNBROKEN (with Tim Squyres) Michael Mann’s MIAMI VICE, ALI and HEAT, Michael Bay’s TRANSFORMERS III, IV, and the recently released 6 UNDERGROUND, Jon Turteltaub’s NATIONAL TREASURE I and II, DOMINO for Tony Scott, PLEASANTVILLE, COYOTE UGLY, THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT and ALIVE (with Michael Kahn).

Goldenberg also edited the HBO film CITIZEN X, receiving an Emmy nomination for Editing for a Miniseries or Special; as well as the Oscar nominated short film KANGAROO COURT, directed by Sean Astin.

A Philadelphia native, Goldenberg is a graduate of Temple University.

Keynote / Editor

James Wilcox, A.C.E.

JAMES D. WILCOX began his editing career in Atlanta, Georgia in 1982. An opportunity with CBS NEWS in Los Angeles moved James to California where he covered events that ranged from Pope John Paul’s U.S. Tour and the 1984 Olympics to the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit.

During his tenure at CBS, James produced and edited the Emmy Award-Winning documentary series, “Lip Sync” which exposed the 1991 Milli-Vanilli Grammy scandal.

By 1999, James had transitioned into scripted television with a wide variety of shows including: Showtime’s “Soul Food”, FOX’s “Dark Angel”, Comedy Central’s “Reno 911!”, UPN’s “Everybody Hates Chris”, CBS’s “CSI: Miami,” “Hawaii Five-0” and ABC’s “My Wife and Kids” where he began his directing career.

In 2016, Wilcox teamed up with Director Mario Van Peebles on “Roots” which was nominated for an Emmy in Outstanding Limited Series. Following the nomination, Wilcox collaborated with director Ron Howard on Nat Geo’s “Genius” which gained two more Emmy nominations for Outstanding Limited-Series in 2017 and 2018. That January, James took home the ACE Eddie Award for “Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television” for his work on “Genius: Einstein.”

More recent work by James includes the Netflix series “Raising Dion” starring Michael B. Jordan, as well as the pilot of “Filthy Rich” directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help”, “Ma”) which premieres this year on FOX Television.

Currently, James is working again with Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment, cutting Netflix’s “Hillbilly Elegy” (due for release in 2020).

James is an active member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Picture Editors Peer Group, American Cinema Editors, and The Directors Guild of America. On his craft, James has said, “I strive to be the best and tell the story I’d pay to see. When I edit, I won’t settle for just good enough.”

Keynote / Emmy Award-Winning Cinematographer

Roy H. Wagner, ASC

Roy H. Wagner is an esteemed and longtime member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and is a 2-Time Emmy Award-Winning cinematographer with over 30 years of experience shooting TV series and feature films. Major DP Credits include “House”, “CSI”, “Quantum Leap”, “Burn Notice”, and “Ray Donovan”. In addition to 2 Prime-Time Emmy wins, he also won the ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for the Mini-Series “Drug Wars.”

Photographer / Marketing Professional

Frederick Van Johnson

Frederick Van Johnson is a photographer and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience working with many of the Fortune 500 companies that dominate the photography industry. A former United States Air Force Combat Photojournalist, today he is founder and Editor-in-Chief of the This Week in Photo (TWiP) podcast network, and former Chairman of the board for Brooks Institute. Frederick’s USAF unit was among the first in the US military to receive, and put into daily action, digital imaging technology and software. As a result, he was awarded the prestigious Air Force Commendation medal for his key role in facilitating the US Air Force transition from film-based imaging to digital. He is the “This Week in Photo” (aka TWiP) podcast and general manager of all related properties — TWiP remains one of the most popular photography media properties. Frederick left the military to study visual communication at the University of California, and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California — where he ultimately became Chairman of the Board of Trustees. While at Apple, he was key in the development of iPhoto, Apple’s revolutionary photo management application. He went on to Adobe Systems, where he helped manage marketing for Lightroom and Photoshop. Today Frederick lives in northern California, and continues to travel, podcast and practice photography whenever possible. He has also been spotted making aerial photographs with his drone.

Content Director

Valentina Vee

Valentina Vee is a director, cinematographer, and editor living in Los Angeles, making content for branded campaigns and shows all over the world. Her clients include Nike, AT&T, National Geographic, Dell, L’Oreal, MTV, Chevrolet, Mashable, Fujifilm, and Adobe. She specializes in creating compelling stories with positive messages as well as consulting with companies on how to make authentic, well-executed videos for their audiences.

Her Discovery docuseries focused on youth empowerment, “GIMME MO,” was nominated for an Emmy. She is Aputure’s Resident Pro cinematographer and an Adobe Max Master trainer, teaching Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects at top industry conventions. Find her on Twitter @valentinavee and Instagram @valentina.vee

Partner at Foundry General Counsel

Seth C. Polansky

Seth C. Polansky, a contracts, intellectual property, and start-up specialist, founded the professional firm Seth Polansky LLC in 2005. Through both this firm and his corporate experience, he has enjoyed a diverse and rewarding practice. In addition to working with private corporations, government and state agencies, he has counselled small businesses and artists in securing copyright, trademark and other intellectual property protection, and aided them in navigating contracts. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Contract and Procurement Law at the University of Maryland University College. In his spare time, Seth is a programmer and bass player for his band blindtillnow, and works as a producer, composer, sound designer or location mixer/sound recordist on independent films. For more information on Seth, visit sethpolanskylaw.com.

Award-Winning Writer / Director / Editor / Author

Maxim Jago

Maxim is a media technology trainer, filmmaker, futurist, and author of multiple books and training series including the official Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book, and Adobe Audition Classroom in a Book. He has recorded over 2,300 tutorials exploring post-production, including many official videos for Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Grass Valley EDIUS.

Maxim has directed many short films, the feature-length documentary ‘Trust Me: Working with Richard Foreman’, and the forthcoming supernatural-thriller feature film ‘It’s Haunted’. His films have won Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor awards. He has guest directed for RADA, the Director’s Guild of Great Britain, and the Pit-Bull Snyder Actors Studio in Hollywood. A regular speaker at film festivals and conferences around the world, founder of The Creative Community, and The Creativity Conference, Maxim has mentored many newcomers to the film industry and is based in the UK.

CEO & Founder of J Greenberg Consulting

Jeff Greenberg

Jeff I. Greenberg has nearly two decades of experience as a Post-Production consultant and Master Instructor (trainer for other trainers) for Adobe, Apple, and Avid, specializing in the areas of editorial, workflow, compositing, sound, color grading and compression. Jeff is the owner of JGreenberg Consulting and for a decade was the Principal Instructor for Future Media Concepts. Consistently voted as one of the top seminar speakers/interviewers, audience’s feedback includes depth of subjects covered, approachability and student-centered teaching that helps keep them up to date on industry standards. Jeff teaches seminars at events such as NAB, IBC, CES and Inter BEE. He’s the chair for the Editors Retreat, an annually held exclusive getaway for editors.

Certified Instructor (Adobe and Apple) and Certified Private Pilot / Commercial UAV Pilot

Luisa Winters

Luisa Winters is an Adobe Premiere Master Instructor, an Adobe Certified Instructor, and an Apple Certified Trainer. She is an accomplished videographer, editor, 3D animator, and graphics designer. Her compositions have been seen on broadcast TV as well as in private video productions. She has created and edited scores of video and web projects for dozens of corporate, government, and educational, commercial, and private clients. An accomplished nonlinear editor and instructor, Luisa has conducted training sessions and master classes for Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Flash, Dreamweaver, Captivate, and Encore DVD. A Private Pilot and a UAS Pilot, Luisa has led sessions and workshops in almost every U.S. state and in several countries across the world. She has been a featured speaker at NAB and other national and international conferences every year since 2005.

Freelance Colorist

Warren Eagles

Warren is a freelance Colorist based in Australia. He has an extensive 28-year career with experience in all forms of color correction. Starting out as a photographers’ assistant in London’s West End straight from school, he knew from an early age that he wanted to be involved in a visual industry. Moved to top Soho post house Visions in 1987 where he started as a Colorist working on a mixture of long and short-form projects.

The chance came to go to Australia in 1999 for a 3-month contract…he is still there! Now a Resolve owner/operator he runs his own shop and splits his time between grading there and freelancing in Australia and around the globe. His credits include commercials for Qantas, Ford, Mitsubishi, Revlon and Tooheys, mainstream UK and Australian dramas and documentaries including the first Australian DI movie ‘Blurred’ and Guy Ritchie’s cult movie ‘Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels’.

Motion Designer & Creative Director

Kyle Hamrick

Kyle Hamrick is an Emmy-winning motion designer, video editor, Adobe-Certified software trainer, and all-around After Effects & Premiere nerd who loves sharing knowledge. A workflow & efficiency fan who always enjoys a new challenge, Kyle hops between creating everything from live arena visuals, animated gifs, efficiently-built templates and IMAX documentaries. He’s also a mediocre guitarist, a lover of dinosaurs and Lego, and a big believer in using creative skills for good.

Entrepreneur / Marketing Consultant / Speaker

Rhea Allen

Adjunct marketing professor, marketing expert, industry leader, popular podcast host, and national keynote speaker/presenter, Rhea Allen has nearly 20 years of experience as a Culture + Branding Expert. She’s the Co-founder, President/CEO of an award-winning creative and digital marketing/ad agency, Peppershock Media, the host of The Marketing Expedition Podcast (ranked among the top 10% most popular podcasts globally), the founder of The Marketing Expedition Community, and TheMarketingExpedition.com, a premium online subscription-based resource for Fortune-none to Fortune 100 companies. Peppershock has performed professional marketing and creative production services all over the world. She and her crew will often hire freelancers to add to her team and work with creatives from many different mediums, capabilities and talents based on their client’s needs. She has a distinct style in which she provides encouragement, coaching, and feedback to promote a supportive environment that facilitates the creative process. By taking advantage of many varying perspectives and strengths, Rhea and her team are able to empower their clients to pursue their goals of successful personal and/or professional brand creation. Rhea and her husband Drew Allen, who is also the co-founder of Peppershock Media, have two teenage boys and they enjoy the great outdoors and everything their community has to offer.

P|PW Program Manager -
CEO & Founder OF RHED Pixel, Inc.​

Richard Harrington

A certified instructor for Adobe and Apple, Rich is a practiced expert in motion graphic design and digital video. Starting his career out in the world of broadcast journalism, Rich has always had great interest in visual communications. His producing skills were also recognized by AV Video Multimedia Producer Magazine who named him as one of the Top Producers of 2004.  Rich is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team, and a popular speaker on the digital video circuit. He has been the Program Manager for the Post|Production World Conference since 2003.

Rich is an internationally published author. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first of its kind to focus on Photoshop’s application in the world of video. He is also a contributing author for From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Final Cut Pro On the Spot and Professional Web Video. A Master’s Degree in Project Management fills out Rich’s broad spectrum of experience. Rich enjoys traveling and digital photography, as well as teaching his kids the joys of science fiction and comic books.

Check out Rich’s website below the sessions!

Partner, Designer & Developer, Codify Design Studio

Chris Converse

Chris has over 25 years experience in graphic, animation, and interactive design, with a unique focus on both design and development. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology (R•I•T), and has continued to study the landscape of design and its crossroads with various technologies. In addition to design and development, Chris has been a featured speaker in over 275 industry-related events, conferences and webinars, including Adobe MAX, NAB, Post Production World, How Design Live, AIGA, CreativePro Week and Adobe Video World. Find more of Chris’ events at codifydesign.com/events


Francis Torres

Francis Torres is an avid videographer, drone pilot, and 360° VR photographer. He has over 8+ years of video editing experience, and is an FAA Part 107 certified drone pilot and a Google Trusted photographer. His work has been featured on TV shows such as Waterfront House Hunting, Outdoors Maryland as well as many independent films, and has worked with clients such as the Baltimore Ravens and Under Armour. He is currently a full-time videographer at RHED Pixel, and runs a small one-manned production company called FT Visuals that specializes in 360° VR photography, aerial video/photography, and video production.

Writer / Producer / Visual Artist

Gary Adcock

Few exemplify the changing technological landscape in digital cinema more than Gary Adcock. With a unique understanding of on-set technologies and their relationships in post-production has allowed him to act as a guide in the evolving relationship between acquisition, edit, and delivery. Gary is one of the co-authors and tech editor for the original version of the Data Handling Procedures and Best Practices guide used by IATSE Local 600 (Cinematographer’s Guild). Gary has been a speaker on cinematography and the related technologies at events around the world, and has presented on various topics at the National Association of Broadcasters Las Vegas convention continuously since 1999, as well as presenting on a diverse array of subjects at NAB Shanghai, IBC Show, Interbee and Broadcast India. His knowledge and capabilities keep him in demand as both a consultant and technical writer for a wide array of manufacturers and publications. You can follow Gary on Twitter and Instagram as @garyadcock or read his blog at garyadcock.com

Creative Director, DeLouise Enterprises

Amy DeLouise

Amy DeLouise – Creative Director, DeLouise Enterprises Amy DeLouise has built a career as a storyteller across digital platforms, hybrid and live events. Her clients include: Fulbright Association, Meridian International, Skylum Software, Jewish Federations of North America, National Association of Chemical Distributors, Federal Express and Microsoft to name a few. Amy also helps to train other digital storytellers as a consultant to international companies looking to improve the impact of their branded content. She is a LinkedIn Learning author of 11 courses on video production and business, and has authored two books with Routledge Press that are used in film and media programs around the world: The Producer’s Playbook: Real People on Camera (2016) Sound and Story in Nonfiction Film and Video: A Guide for Content Creators (2019). Amy has received more than 40 top creative awards for directing and producing, such as the CINE Golden Eagle, NY Festivals, DC Peer Awards, and Telly Awards and is a recipient of the prized Woman of Vision Leadership Award from the Washington, DC Chapter of Women in Film & Video. Amy founded #GALSNGEAR (@galsngear on Instagram) to amplify and support women leaders in media, entertainment and tech. Follow her on LinkedIn, Instagram (@adbrandbuzz) and Twitter (@brandbuzz).

Director of Product Marketing, BorisFX

Nick Harauz

Nick Harauz is a Director of Product Marketing at Boris FX. With over 19 years of experience as a certified trainer for Adobe, Avid, and Final Cut Pro, he is an expert in post-production workflows and techniques, as well as a passionate advocate for creativity, post production and innovation. You can find several courses produced by Nick directly on Linkedin Learning.

At Boris FX, Harauz helps lead the content marketing strategy and execution for Continuum, the award-winning suite of plug-ins for editors and motion graphics artists. He also speaks on creativity and is writing his second book Finding Creativity in Uncertain Times. Harauz has worked as an editor and motion graphics artist for clients such as Proctor and Gamble, Virgin Mobile, and Blackberry. He has also directed and filmed celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Richard Branson, and co-edited the documentary My Father and the Man in Black.

UAS Instructor, Director of Educational Programming, Sundance Media Group

Douglas Spotted Eagle

Douglas Spotted Eagle is a giant in the video and audio industries, having received Grammy, Emmy, DuPont, Peabody, and many other awards. Douglas is a primary instructor and industry consultant for Sundance Media Group and VASST, authoring several books and DVDs and serving as an advisor and guide for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. Douglas is a well-known musician and a world-travelled speaker/instructor. Douglas now focuses his energy and experience within the UAV/sUAS industry.

Skydiving since 2006 and instructing UAS since 2012, Douglas is an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives in the adrenaline-filled world of fast-action videography. Appointed as a Safety and Training Advisor in the aviation world, he is a risk management/mitigation subject matter expert. Douglas is an audio and imaging pro with numerous awards for his productions; with an intimate knowledge of the FAA FARs and FSIMs, Douglas’ vision is to incorporate his years of imaging and aviation experience into best-practices for everything drone/UAV/UAS. Douglas is a frequent (and dynamic!) speaker and consults on UAV cinematography, public safety implementation of UAS, commercial and infrastructural UAV applications, UAV risk management, night UAS flight, aerial security systems, and 107 training to ensure pilots clearly understand the FAA laws.

Senior Producer, We Fix it in Pre

Rachel Longman

Rachel Longman is a Senior Producer specializing in multimedia video production. Rachel has produced a wide range of content, including National Television commercials, Public Service Announcements, Educational Training, multi-camera field and studio productions. There’s no one who knows real-world workflow like Rachel!

Motion Designer at SternFX

Eran Stern

Eran has established a track record in helping designers to improve their skills with visual effects and motion graphics. He created a handful of online courses for LinkedIn Learning. Also acted as the Head of Motion Graphics Department in Shenkar for more than 12 years. You can find him right on the verge between geekiness and coolness.


Kevin Ames

Kevin Ames is among the first generation of ENG photographers in television. His video career started the same day the station he was working for tore out their film processor. He has worked in local news, commercial production, scripting advertisements as well as being the voice of a CBS affiliate.

Kevin’s career moved into still photography. He has had a decades-long career in studio photography both with film and as a very early adopter of digital capture. He revisited his love of video with the Canon 5D Mk II. He’s been providing still and video photography to his clients ever since.

Immersive Guru / Storyteller

Al Caudullo

The multiple award-winning career of Al Caudullo’s has spanned over 30 years of video production, including excellence in HD, 3D, 4K UHD, and now 360VR. His career highlights include –ground-breaking work in Virtual Reality with projects for Sir David Attenborough’s Micro Monsters Exclusive series for OculusTV, GatesNotes.com, DiscoveryVR, UNICEF, and Getty Images 360, to name a few.

In education, Caudullo continues to open new frontiers in learning with the accredited Immersive Storytelling Course for CSU, California State University, and the Entertainment Alliance. In China, Singapore, France, London, and Hollywood, California, Al has conducted both 3D stereoscopic and Immersive VR courses and seminars. His awards include the “3D Excellence Award” at the 3D Expo China and IMAX Awards. At Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, he created and led the first 3D Stereoscopic University level Filmmaking course.

Author / Artist / Educator / Entrepreneur / Photographer / Video Editor

Rod Harlan

Content creator Amy DeLouise creates high-impact nonfiction digital content and consults with leading brands on storytelling and digital content workflow. With more than 400 productions to her credit, her clients include Microsoft, S&P Global, Fulbright Association, Jewish Federations of North America and the National Association of Chemical Distributors. Amy is a leader in the field of short form digital storytelling and has garnered more than 40 creative excellence awards – Tellys, Peer, New York Festivals, Aurora, CINE Golden Eagle, and Woman of Vision Leadership Award from Women in Film & Video. A popular LinkedIn Learning author with titles on video production and business, Amy has authored two Focal Press books: The Producer’s Playbook: Real People on Camera and Nonfiction Sound & Story for Film and Video: A Practical Guide for Filmmakers. Amy founded #GalsNGear, a community amplifying an advancing women in tech and screen media. She has a B.A. in English from Yale University. For more resources and tips from Amy, visit her website at www.amydelouise.com or follow her @brandbuzz on Twitter and @adbbrandbuzz on Instagram.

Creative Director and Adobe MAX Master Trainer

Ian Robinson

Ian Robinson is a creative director and trainer specializing in motion graphics and visual effects. Working in broadcast for over 20 years with such clients as Discovery Channel, National Geographic International, PBS, and Google. As an author and trainer, Ian has been working with Adobe Learn developing After Effects training both online and in-application. He is also the co-founder of the online learning website Creative111, an author for LinkedInLearn- ing, and has written books for Peachpit and Adobe Press. When he’s not designing or teaching, you can often find him exploring the rocky mountains of Colorado.


Media Entrepreneur / TV Host / Writer / Multimedia Producer

Darley Newman

Recognized in Forbes for her “PBS Travel Empire,” Darley Newman is an entrepreneur, TV host, writer and producer. Through her production companies, she has channeled her passions for travel and storytelling into successful multi-platform series and distinctive media brands. She is the creator, producer and host of Emmy Award-winning “Equitrekking” and “Travels with Darley” on PBS, Amazon Prime, Ovation TV and networks in over 85 nations. In addition to six Daytime Emmy Award nominations, she’s received the North American Travel Journalist Award, the Inspiring Woman Award from Women in Philanthropy and Leadership, and two Telly Awards. A pioneer in emerging media, she teams up with travel, outdoor and hospitality brands, as well as global non-profits, to reach both business and consumer audiences using immersive video and social media. Having led production teams in over 30 nations and 26 states, she’s been charged by an elephant in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, gone free diving in South Korea and explored by mountain bike the WWI ‘red zone’ of northeast France.

Director / Producer / Editor

Kelley Slagle

KELLEY SLAGLE is a multimedia content strategist, producer, and creator with a 20+ year unique career journey. She is a customer education, corporate training, and product marketing specialist who works with non-profits and tech startups, as well as an award-winning independent filmmaker with her company, Cavegirl Productions.

Recent films include the 2019 feature documentary EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: THE ART OF DUNGEONS & DRAGONS and the 2024 feature documentary IGNITING THE SPARK – THE STORY OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING

Along with fellow producer Rachel Longman, Kelley co-hosts WE FIX IT IN PRE, an industry video podcast on making pre-production the most important part of your production timeline. She is also a LinkedIn Learning instructorDocs in Progress Fellow, and a Producer’s Guild of America member.


Award-Winning Writer / Producer / Director

Abba Shapiro

Abba Shapiro is an Adobe and Apple Master Trainer, certifying university and training center instructors to teach Adobe Premiere Pro. Abba is an award-winning writer/producer/director. He has worked for a wide range of commercial, corporate and federal clients, including: USA Today, NASCAR, The Associated Press, NASA, Univision, Major League Baseball, Showtime, Viacom, The Discovery Channel, and CNN. Over the past 15 years Abba has created on-line training courses covering everything from Video Editing and Color Correction to how to shoot, light, and edit an interview. His courses air on CreativeLive, LinkedIn Learning, and RippleTraining. He is also the author of several video editing books. Abba also is a regular speaker at several international broadcasting conferences including NAB, IBC, InterBee, Photoshop World, and AdobeMAX. Some of the courses he teaches include, Video Editing, Scriptwriting, and all aspects of Video Production. When Abba is not bouncing around the globe teaching and consulting, he is probably following his passion, chasing light and shooting photos

Pamela Bloom

In the past 20 plus years I have worked in Radio, Film, TV, politics and more. I love everything about cameras and how taking pictures can change and impact lives. My motto in life is to make life around me more positive. If I can do that while holding a camera, I will always have a smile on my face.

Besides making pictures in both photography and film, I have worked as an account executive for Atomos and Westcott lighting and currently manage all of North America for Rotolight. The best part of what I do is helping filmmakers and photographers go to the next level in their craft.

I have taught at various conferences such as NAB, Photoshop World, WPPI, PPE, Adobe Max, Sundance and more.

I’ve tech edited books on Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator & Motion. I’ve worked with Oscar and DGA winning Directors. I feel so fortunate to have worked on the most amazing projects with some of the most talented and award winning filmmakers in the world. If creative arts wasn’t enough, I have held and continue to hold several leadership positions within my community.

CIO, TSMA Consulting

Ben Whitehair

Ben Whitehair is a champion for social change through art and business. He is a working actor in Los Angeles, Chief Information Officer of TSMA Consulting—entertainment and media’s leading social media management and growth firm—and co-founder of the premier business academy and coaching community for actors, Working.Actor. He is a serial entrepreneur, certified business/mindset coach, and a SAG-AFTRA National Board Member.

Catch him on social media (@BenWhitehair on all platforms), or grow your social presence at TSMAConsulting.com.

Content Producer / Post Consultant / Technical Trainer

Anthony Bari Jr

Anthony is an Emmy-award winning technical supervisor, workflow consultant, director, documentary filmmaker, video editor, and U.S. Marine veteran. With an extensive background developing workflows for major broadcasters internationally. His production background consists of documentary, sports, promotional, commercial, television, and branded content campaigns. 

Anthony has played a role in all parts of the process from pre-production through post. Often being the communication downstream from all levels of users to vendors through workshops and technical education.

Producer / DP / Educator

Jem Schofield

Jem Schofield is a producer, DP and educator, and the founder of theC47 (a full-service production company that provides video production, filmmaking & consulting services). He started this journey as a wee lad with his first real camera (a used Pentax K-1000). It was a great start to his education and journey in content creation & storytelling. He now spends most of his time producing content, educating others, and otherwise being borderline obsessed with cameras, production, and the craft of lighting.
theC47 specializes in creating effective, brand-driven studio & location-based educational content for its clients and also focuses on remote production solutions which have become increasingly more important in the production landscape in the past few years.

Current and past clients include AbelCine, Apple, Inc., ARRI, Canon, Corus Entertainment, LinkedIn Learning, MAC Group, MZED, NBCUniversal, NPR, PBS, Riverbed Technologies, Scottish Enterprise, Sony, TED, The Vitec Group, Walmart Films, Westcott, YouTube & Zeiss. 

Jem is also an equipment design consultant to many manufacturers in the film and television industry. He designed theC47 DP Kit & theC47 Book Light Kit (geared towards corporate, in-house, and small to no crew productions), which is based on FJ Westcott’s Scrim Jim Cine system. 

His in-depth training courses such as “Cinematic Video Lighting”, “Advanced Cinematic Video Lighting” and “Corporate Event Video: Producing Company Meetings and Presentations”, are currently available on LinkedIn Learning.

For more information about Jem & his whereabouts visit www.theC47.com or visit his YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/thec47 where he posts ongoing educational content focused on the tech & craft of video production and filmmaking related to Small to No Crew production.


cross-platform journalist and producer

Elle Toussi

As a cross-platform journalist and producer, Elle Toussi started her career reporting about the film industry, the Middle East, women, and most recently Southern California. She trained with award-winning journalists at CNN, NBC Los Angeles, KTLA, Screen International, and USA Today. She has also freelanced for National Geographic Channels. Her work can be seen on CBS LA, BBC Panorama, CNN, PRI – Across Women’s Lives, Screen International, and more. Her time reporting abroad led to the creation of non-profit In One Minute that focused on storytelling on women, technology, and how these worlds come together. In 2020, she started Boom Dia Media that will bring to light the stories that matter. She serves as the co-chair for the International Community Society of Professional Journalists where she creates a community for journalists from around the world and manages to moderate and hosts the #ICTalks, where she interviews top journalists. She also serves as a board member for the Freelancers Union which serves more than 500,000 members. 

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker

Eduardo Angel

An Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and TED Speaker, Eduardo Angel holds a bachelor of architecture and an MFA in photography.

He regularly speaks at NAB and Photokina; has taught at SVA, SCAD, ICP and FIT; and currently provides video training for corporations worldwide. Eduardo co-founded The Digital Distillery and 1PersonCrew.com and has been an official beta tester, consultant, and speaker for Canon, Panasonic, Sony, and Adobe. His book Filmmaking Essentials for Photographers is included in the “100 Best Filmmaking Books of all Time”.

Clients include: Brooklyn Museum of Art, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Japan Society, McCann Erickson, New York Magazine, New York Times, and The Vanguard Group.

VFX & editorial workflow manager, Blackmagic Design

Matt DeJohn

Matt is the VFX and editorial workflow manager within the Blackmagic Design Workflow team. This team specializes in helping productions and studios implement end-to-end DaVinci Resolve workflows. With 16 years of experience as a VFX supervisor, artist, editor, within VFX Studio management, and having authored several patents, Matt brings a wide breadth of real-world experience and technical expertise. In addition to traditional VFX, Matt has implemented solutions for various emerging mediums such as stereoscopic 3D, virtual reality and augmented reality. Matt’s list of credits include the award-winning “Everest VR”, “Into The Now VR”, “Poltergeist”, “The Amazing Spiderman 2”, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”, “King Kong”, and more.

Color Pipeline & Workflow Manager, Blackmagic Design

Michael Smollin

Michael has been a Colorist in the LA and NYC markets for more than two decades. He has worked at some of the most recognized companies in the industry, including Encore, Complete Post, and Technicolor. As a Colorist Michael has completed DIs for feature films, and episodic television, from 4K to HDR Dolbyvision finishing. Recently he finished an upcoming feature for Disney Plus where his team developed the all Resolve workflow. Currently, he works for Blackmagic Design as the Color Pipeline & Workflow manager, where is team supports the industry creating and developing new workflows with the emphasis on Dailies on-set color, and Final color finishing.

Senior Product Specialist & plug-in developer, Boris FX

Mary Poplin

Mary Poplin is an accomplished visual effects artist with nearly fifteen years in the industry and the Senior Product Specialist for popular plug-in developer, Boris FX. An experienced trainer and post-production artist, Mary has worked on major Hollywood feature films such as The Last Airbender, Gulliver’s Travels, and Jackass 3D. As an enthusiastic Boris FX educator, Mary consults with film studios, post production houses, and customers all over the world to provide hands on training to help evangelize the power of Mocha planar tracking and the Boris Continuum, Silhouette and Sapphire plug-in packages. She continues to hone her skills as a VFX artist on real world projects and specializes in match moving, paint, beauty work, and matte painting.

Follow Mary on linkedin @marypoplin, facebook @MaryPoplinArtist, and twitter @MaryPoplin, and find out more about BorisFX at @BorisFX on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin and More.

Producer / Commercial Drone Pilot

Mike Sobola

A Producer and Part 107 Commercial Drone Pilot with three EMMY Awards, Mike is also a Private Pilot whose love of flying led him into aerial UAS (drone) cinematography. He has since logged more than 1000 flight hours piloting drones including multiple missions in restricted and controlled airspace including the Washington, DC Flight Restricted Zone.

Mike has presented at previous PPW Live! Conferences and has also been a guest lecturer on drone topics at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine, and Randolph Macon Academy in Virginia, and a presenter at the NY City Drone Film Festival and InterDrone. He is a Managing Partner at Mid-Atlantic Drones with his business partner, Luisa Winters.

Sam Mestman

Sam Mestman is the lead contributor for FCP.co, the CEO of We Make Movies, and the founder of LumaForge.  He’s had all the jobs and done all the things… but and more than anything… he’s a guy who likes making movies, telling stories, and making the film industry faster, better, and cheaper.  His current passion is teaching the world video literacy through the We Make Movies Smartphone Studio Program.  You can follow him on IG/Twitter at @sammestman.  You can see his film community at @wemakemovies or www.wemakemovies.org.

managing staff instructor, LinkedIn Learning

Ashley Kennedy

Ashley Kennedy is a managing staff instructor at LinkedIn Learning, where she creates courses on the topics of video editing and filmmaking. She also leads a talented team of staff instructors in the Creative and Business libraries. In addition to more than a decade of creating courses for Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning, Ashley has deep experience leading face-to-face classes and large-scale conference trainings. She has also written two textbooks on video editing, which have been widely used by editors and film students worldwide. Ashley holds a BS in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois, and an MFA in film from Boston University. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and three children.

Founder / CEO, Other World Computing (OWC)

Larry O’Connor

Larry O’Connor, 45 years, is the founder and chief executive officer of Illinois-based Other World Computing (OWC). The company is a leading provider of quality computer upgrade products and services for Macintosh

Under O’Connor’s leadership, OWC has demonstrated dynamic growth in each of its 32 years of operation. Starting as a one-man business in 1988, O’Connor has provided the leadership and vision to establish OWC as the leading provider of technology products and services it is today. OWC is currently ranked the number one technology employer in its local area, employing more than 150 people on its team today.

The current 37,000 square-foot OWC Corporate Headquarters building, opened in March, 2008, is the culmination of that forward movement. O’Connor’s “Green” building design principals of energy efficiency, protection of natural resources, and lowered pollution emissions have demonstrated a commitment to environmental responsibility that matches OWC’s commitment to customer service and product quality.

Author, Film Director, Expert on Sustainability

Josh Tickell

Josh Tickell is an author, film director and expert on sustainability. In 1997 Tickell captured global attention by driving a French Fry oil-powered “Veggie Van” across the United States and jumpstarting the biodiesel revolution.

His journey culminated in 2008 with the release of his first feature film, FUEL. FUEL won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary, was shortlisted for an Oscar, was screened in the White House and was released theatrically globally. Tickell and his wife and directing partner, Rebecca Tickell have released a number of award-winning environmental films including, The Big Fix and PUMP, Good Fortune and The Earthing Movie.

In 2017, Tickell published his book, Kiss the Ground, How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body and Ultimately Save the World. An Amazon Bestseller in four categories, Kiss the Ground details how the effects of climate change can be reversed through regenerating the worlds soils. After 7 years of work, 2020 is the perfect year to launch Kiss the Ground (the documentary) narrated by environmental activist and actor, Woody Harrelson. Josh’s most recent book, The Revolution Generation – How Millennials can Save the World Before It’s Too Late, gives young people the tools they need to reshape political power, change the climate conversation and, to save Planet Earth’s ecosystems. The documentary of the same title is hosted and narrated by Michelle Rodriguez.

Founder / Senior Developer, Film Impact Premium Video Transitions

Jaap H. Boerhof

Jaap H. Boerhof is the founder and senior developer of Film Impact Premium Video Transitions. His passion for Computer Science and being a Drama Teacher brings two separate worlds together. Working with video grew naturally — So are the creative tools he has built over the last 10 years. Having technical knowledge and a creative mindset forms a solid platform for his company. He is dedicated to delivering better video editing possibilities —Plugins that improve production value with ease. These are carefully crafted tools designed by and for video editors. 

Founder, Noseman Productions

Athanasios Pozantzis

Athanasios Pozantzis has been making visuals for the advertising industry since 1989, and began teaching Adobe Illustrator a year later. Since then, he has tutored numerous digital artists in his motherland, Athens, Greece, and his adopted home of London, on Adobe software and Cinema 4D. It should be noted that most of his students ended up switching careers, becoming Yoga or Pilates instructors, and one of them became an unsuccessful real estate agent.

His main focus is still on converting briefs into images and animations, an undertaking that has definitely NOT won him an Emmy Award, although he did receive a Grand Epica in 2005.

He picked up Cinema 4D in 1997 and never looked back. He now resides in Toronto, from where he runs his company “Noseman Productions”. Closely affiliated to Maxon as an Alpha & Betatester, Thanassis calls himself a “Cinema 4D fan boy,” and he is one of the very few Maxon Certified Instructors on the globe.


Colourist / Online Editor

Jamie Dickinson

Jamie has worked in TV and film for over 30 years, starting out at the BBC as an engineer/tech op, colour balancing studio cameras and telecine, then moving into short-from graphics and promo editing. After more than 20 years at the BBC he moved into long-form grading and online editing, working on feature films, broadcast drama and documentary.

Jamie moved to the USA for six years, during which time he worked on numerous indie film projects and worked as a trainer, teaching colour grading and DaVinci Resolve to the likes of HBO, NBC and many others. Having returned to England he is now a Certified Master Trainer for Blackmagic Design, offering training to other trainers, specialising in colour grading and Fusion. He continues to work as a finishing editor for TV and does vfx and grading and training from his home setup.

Global Media & Entertainment Industry Management, NVIDIA

Rick Champagne

Rick Champagne leads Global Media & Entertainment Industry Management for NVIDIA. In this role, Rick works closely with customers and industry partners in the Film, TV, and Broadcast industries to promote the advancement and adoption of new technologies. With a long history of managing products such as the Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya Entertainment Creation Suites, Softimage, Mudbox, and Painter, Rick has been in the service of Artists and Technologists for over two decades. Rick maintains close ties to industry as a member of the Visual Effects Society, HPA, Royal Television Society, and as a Board Member of Infinity Festival, and as an Outreach Committee Member of ASWF. Rick holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Motion Designer, Master Trainer

Lionel Vicidomini

Lionel VICIDOMINI is a french motion designer, based in Paris, working for advertisement and television. He’s a Master Trainer in Cinema 4D and an Adobe Certified Instructor on After Effects. Lionel uses both Cinema 4D and After Effects extensively for his work and likes to intricate the 2D and 3D world seamlessly. He is one of the founders of the french site motion-cafe.com which sports 60k followers, and also the translator of the french UI of Cinema 4D.

Lionel is the author of many online training videos, for Udemy, LinkedIn Learning and fr.tuto.com . He recently released the second volume of his complete Cinema 4D training on Udemy :

Broadcast Television Post Production Professional

Jason Hare

Jason Hare is an experienced broadcast television post production professional with 30 years experience. Industry-leading clients include IMG Media, FIFA, UEFA, MLS, EuroLeague, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, BT Sport, Whisper Films, Network Ten Australia, and Foxtel Australia. Specialising in offline & online editing, sound design, grad @ing, broadcast design, and workflow consultation. Projects have included everything from BAFTA & LOGIE winning sports coverage, long-form documentaries, promos, music videos, and ratings-winning primetime reality.

General Manager, West Coast US & Canada, Dalet Digital Media Systems

Eric Carson

Eric Carson serves as General Manager for the West Coast US & Canada with Dalet Digital Media Systems, and has been in the media & entertainment industry since 2004. His background in file-based QC (as the founder of Digimetrics), optical media production, as well as workflow orchestration and media asset management provides the foundation of his unique perspectives in end-to-end media lifecycles.

Eric enjoys the challenge of finding new ways to optimize media processes to bridge the gap between the need for quality viewing experiences and additional content monetization paths, and loves the fact that this industry embraces fast-paced changes in delivery, while retaining, at its’ core, the joy of entertainment.

In addition to his charity work with World Baseball Outreach, he has also worked with industry standards groups including EBU, AMWA and SMPTE.

Presales Solution Architect, West Coast of US and Canada, Dalet Digital Media Systems

Sharif Khan

Sharif Khan is the Presales Solution Architect for the West Coast of US and Canada with Dalet Digital Media Systems. Sharif joined Dalet Digital Media Systems during a time when the industry is going through many changes with the introduction of cloud platforms, more evolved artificial intelligence platforms, and machine learning in media distribution workflows. He works closely with Dalet’s customers to design solutions that integrate enterprise media asset management with existing production toolsets and utilize artificial intelligence, automated supply chains, and virtual infrastructure in private/public cloud platforms.

Sharif was born a natural technophile. Sharif has always been an early adopter starting at a young age. He always wanted the newest technology designed to make everyday tasks easier and more efficient. It may be re-purposing existing technology or designing something new. He started his career with the US Navy in Nuclear Power. Shortly after getting bored with that, he went back to school to switch directions and get back into tech focused in the media industry. He was always amused and amazed working for Technicolor testing and implementing new tech around storage, asset management, and automation to create more efficient and less error prone workflows for the digital media supply chain. After Technicolor, he joined SDI Media Group to get more involved in localization and reduce the digital content distribution time to global markets. He was able to make many improvements utilizing supply chain automation and, at that time, experimental artificial intelligence platforms.

Besides asset management and distribution, he also has a well-developed appetite for new camera tech, 3-D home entertainment, color, and audio. As a hobby, Sharif works with drone technology experimenting with new automated flight patterns and aerial shot choreography making sure that the camera always keeps the subject perfectly in the shot using facial and object recognition on-board while capturing high quality 4K HDR video in various speeds.

Content Creator / Educator / YouTuber


PhotoJoseph is a content creator and educator — he’s been shooting since the age of seven, teaching and presenting on stage to audiences around the globe for 30 years, and runs an online resource for video, photo and live-streaming education at photojoseph.com and YouTube

Following an eight-year tenure at Apple as the lead presenter, producer and photographer for the Professional Applications Division, he stepped out on his own in 2009 to pursue all things photo and video. Today you can find PhotoJoseph shooting video productions for global brands, speaking at international trade shows, hosting online events for industry leaders, and consulting on all topics production-related. PhotoJoseph is an American living in Slovenia, straddling the east-west timezones.

You can find PhotoJoseph online as @PhotoJoseph just about everywhere… mainly X (Twitter), Facebook and Instagram!

Maxon Resolve Trainer / Colorist

Maximus Raharjo

As resident colorist and certified Resolve trainer at Maxon, Max helps creative talents gets up to speed in Color Grading with Magic Bullet Suite. A former professional photographer with infectious interest in filmmaking, he joined Maxon in 2017 to reach out to the greater audience.

Max is on a mission to help creative talents to build sustainable knowledge about color grading, stop stressing out when it comes to color grading their projects and start having fun finding their unique style when working with color in general.

Max continues to hone his skills as photographer & colorist throughout his spare time and sees learning as a never-ending lifelong opportunity.


Cinema 4D Product Specialist / Expert Trainer at Maxon

Jonas Pilz

Jonas works as a Cinema 4D product specialist and Master Trainer at Maxon. Before, he was a 3D generalist mostly for industrial visualization and motion graphics. You can find him on Twitter: @jonaspilz3d

Cinematographer, Producer and Apple Certified Trainer, Capture.ink

Lee Herbet

Lee Herbet is a filmmaker and educator. Through his company, Capture.ink, he and his team have helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their stories. He loves teaching and delivers workshops all over the world. He writes for a number of online photography and video sties on topics ranging from reviews to “how to” articles. He is also a certified Final Cut Pro Master Trainer. 

Specialist Trainer at Maxon

Elly Wade

I’m Elly, a Maxon Trainer based in the UK. I’ve worked at Maxon for six years and throughout that time I’ve developed a passion for using and learning Cinema 4D. I’m fortunate enough to be part of the Maxon Training Team, training artists across the world in all things C4D, Redshift and Red Giant, with a little bit of X-Particles thrown in too. Connect with me on Instagram @itwaselly

VP, Marketing & BD, Insta360

Michael Shabun

Michael Shabun is Vice President, Marketing & BD for Insta360 and leads North American marketing strategy, partnerships and video production efforts. Michael is passionate about using new camera technology to simplify visual storytelling and passing that knowledge onto new users.


Co-Founder and Creative Director, CreatorUp

Hugh Hou

Hugh Hou is a Co-Founder and Creative Director for CreatorUp, a digital media education company and production studio. He heads up immersive media content creation and has produced VR content for numerous companies and organizations such as Samsung, the Special Olympics, Google, Oculus, MasterCard, Twitter, TikTok, RedBull Music, LACOSTE, Huawei, and the Los Angeles Police Department.

He also directs and produces Mixed Reality music videos. He worked with musical artists such as I Prevail, Joyner Lucas, Cypress Hill, and SHAED.

When not producing original VR videos & films, Hugh dedicates his time to sharing his vast expertise in immersive technologies and VR filmmaking on the CreatorUp YouTube channel. He truly believes that by sharing freely with the world through YouTube, mentoring and consulting, more creators will join the immersive media family.

Hugh’s goal is to help the VR industry thrive and to improve the quality of VR filmmaking.

Head of Customer Success, Verbit

Eran Fishov

Eran serves as the Head of Customer Success at Verbit, with unique expertise in the high-tech, media and enterprise domains. He has over 20 years of experience in customer success, building and leading large international teams of professionals and driving business results. Fishov is responsible for driving innovation and inclusivity while working closely with Verbit’s media and enterprise customers. He ensures they’re delivered maximize value by Verbit’s AI-based technologies. Fishov is an enthusiastic and tech-savvy early-adopter of emerging technologies. He is continuously in learning-mode and exploring technologies and methodologies that can make his customers’ lives easier.

Owner, Ripple Training

Steve Martin

Steve Martin is the creative force behind Ripple Training and has been using and teaching Final Cut Pro since 1999. Since Final Cut Pro’s introduction, he has introduced thousands of people to Final Cut Pro through his classes, workshops and training products. He and his co-creator Mark Spencer host a YouTube channel focusing on Final Cut Pro, Motion & DaVinci Resolve. He has consulted and/or trained for Apple, Disney, Hulu, Canon and other companies.

Creative Partner of Ripple Training

Mark Spencer

Mark Spencer is a creative partner of Ripple Training, where he has trained thousands of people on production and post-production techniques through classes, workshops, YouTube videos, and online training products. He is also a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. Mark is an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5, a Blackmagic-certified instructor for Davinci Resolve and the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion and Final Cut Pro X.

Co-Founder/EVP, Primestream

Namdev Lisman

With over 15 years of industry experience, Mr. Namdev Lisman has held positions with leading technology and production companies, lifestyle brands and financial institutions. His well-rounded background has allowed him to bring a unique perspective to customer relations, account management, product development, emerging market strategy and execution.

Product Development Manager, Primestream

Alan Dabul

Alan Dabul is the Director of Product Development of Primestream. His focus it to drive the product roadmap for Primestream’s software portfolio and lead multiple product development teams to produce innovative software solutions. Alan is trained in agile and scrum software development and earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the University of Miami.

President and CEO, Primestream

Claudio Lisman

Mr. Lisman founded Primestream after more than 30 years of practice as an entrepreneur in the field of broadcast and telecommunications. His responsibilities have included implementing broadcast and communications systems and the development of advanced video solutions for leading broadcasting and telecom companies worldwide.

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