Speakers 2021

CEO and Founder of Stargate Studios

KEYNOTE: Sam Nicholson, ASC

Sam Nicholson, ASC, is CEO and founder of Stargate Studios, a state-of-the-art visual effects production company founded in 1989, with studios in South Pasadena, California and Vancouver, British Columbia. As Stargate’s CEO, principal director and cinematographer, Sam draws from his thirty years of expertise in film, television and visual effects production to lead his company of over 125 talented artists and technicians. A graduate of the UCLA graduate school of Fine Arts, Sam has been involved in film and television production for over thirty years. From his first experience as on-set visual effect supervisor on ‘Star Trek I’ and the groundbreaking ‘Max Headroom’, to his recent Emmy Awards for best Visual Effects for TNT’s “Battlegound” and NBC’s “Heroes”, Sam Nicholson has led his company, Stargate Studios, to become a leader in digital imaging for high concept television and feature films. Currently working on multiple television series, national commercials and feature films, Sam has overseen the visual effects for numerous series such as “Heroes”, “24”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “CSI: New York”, “Ugly Betty”, “ER”, “The Event”, “Pan Am” and “The Walking Dead”. Some of his motion picture credits include supervising and producing the visual effects for feature films such as ‘Ghostbusters II’, ‘Highlander II’, ‘Naked Gun 33 1/3′, 40 Days and 40 Nights’ and ‘White Noise’.
Sam Nicholson is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, an IA Director of Photography, a member of the Directors Guild of America, an award-winning member of the Visual Effects Society and he serves on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technical Awards committee.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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).

Editor / Writer

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn’t really realize that movies and television had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production and Graphic Design he was in one of the early graduating classes at the Watkins Film School in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time at Watkins he discovered editing. While most of his classmates in film school wanted to be directors, Scott saw real career opportunities in post-production and took a job as an assistant editor after completing film school. Not long after that he became a freelance editor. With nearly 20 years of experience in all areas of post-production Scott has worked both as a freelancer and on staff at a post-house. He has edited a diverse number of projects ranging from music videos, to live concert productions, to commercials, to documentaries and everything in between. When not working in the edit suite Scott teaches other about editing and writes about post-production at The Editblog on ProVideoCoalition.com, a blog which he has published for over 10 years.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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

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.

producer, shooter, writer, editor and host

Juliana Broste

Juliana Broste | TravelingJules | Manfrotto Ambassador | The Video Hustle Juliana Broste, “TravelingJules,” is an 11x Heartland Emmy award winning Travel Video Journalist–a producer, shooter, writer, editor and host. Whether you spot her in front of the camera or behind the lens, you’ll recognize this fierce female filmmaker sporting pink lipstick and an armful of camera gear! She calls Denver, Colorado her home and her launchpad, where she springs off to adventures near and far. Maybe you’ve seen Jules on CNN Airport Network waiting for a flight. She’s also been spotted on networks like PBS, Local Now, Matador Network, Lonely Planet, USA TODAY, Viator and beyond. Jules recently got back from a round the world storytelling adventure as Bumble’s Global Connector Bee. Travel brands and tourism boards are big fans of Jules – her enthusiasm and joie de vivre make her vlogs a delight to watch. Jules is also a global Manfrotto Ambassador, always up to date on the latest camera tools and trends. She shares creative and technical tips on her website, The Video Hustle. Jules serves on the Board of Governors for the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also a Travel Massive Colorado chapter leader. In her spare time, you’ll find Jules snowboarding in Vail where she is a certified instructor. Come along for the adventure with TravelingJules on Facebook, Instagram and on her travel vlog on YouTube. Happy travels!

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 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.


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.


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.

Production Manager / Editor at RHED Pixel

Jake Cross

Jake Cross is the Production Manager as well as an Editor at RHED Pixel. Starting out in true crime reenactments for several cable broadcasts and pilots, he transitioned into client based video focusing on medical, logistics and manufacturing markets. Now much of his work is centered around product videography and promotional videos.

Speaker | Sales Trainer | Consultant | Founder The F* Word Makes all the Difference

Sarah Cortez

Sarah has been in sales and sales management for 20 years. She started her career with 11 years in Media sales at radio and television stations where she learned a formula for sales, worked that formula with years of success, then taught it as a sales manager. She then took a job in sales at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce where she spent 7 years responsible for selling memberships, sponsorships, advertising and retention. When Sarah started at the Chamber, she applied the formula from her media job to her new sales job and quickly realized she needed to find a new one. It took her nearly a year to find her formula for Chamber sales and in that year, she decided she wanted to help sales people who aren’t given a proven formula to find their numbers quicker and easier. Two years ago she started a job in sales at Alliance Title & Escrow where she found her formula for sales in yet another industry. This is fun work for Sarah and she developed The F* Word platform to help sales people find their formula for success and have fun along the way. She has been presenting this proven step by step formula to companies and organizations across the United States to help them meet revenue goals.

Camera Technology Specialist

Ian McCausland

As one of the original staff members of AbelCine, Ian McCausland was integral to the formation of the company’s rental department back in 1990. Ian reprised this role in 1997 when he moved out West to launch the rental department of AbelCine’s Burbank operation. He currently serves as a Camera Technology Specialist and Trainer.
Most recently, Ian shot and edited a short-form documentary about vintage travel trailers called Aluminum Skins, which was screened at the 2009 Phoenix Film Festival.
Ian holds a BA in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts. His credits include the 1999 Black Sabbath concert video, The Last Supper, and the 2008 Smashing Pumpkins documentary, If All Goes Wrong.
Ian holds an open water certification from the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI).
Writer / Producer

Doug Daulton

Doug is a writer/producer based in Spokane with over twenty years of experience working with a wide variety of storytelling platforms, including feature films, podcasts, and multi-camera live streams. His portfolio includes projects for Google, YouTube and Salesforce. His work as a storyteller has taken Doug around the world, covering subjects at the highest levels of industry, entertainment and government.

Bokeh, his first feature film, was selected for IFP’s Independent Film Lab, acquired by Screen Media Films, screened at the 2017 Santa Barbara Film Festival and enjoyed a theatrical run in the spring of 2017. It is now available on all major VOD platforms. Currently, Doug is developing several projects including a transmedia documentary about the adventures and sacrifices of a once top-secret cadre of American fighter pilots.


Award-winning Photographer/Cinematographer

Drew Geraci

Andrew ‘Drew’ Geraci is a passionate and award-winning photographer/cinematographer who has been in the media industry for over 17 years. As a budding photographer, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Mass Communication specialist. During his time in the Navy, he was deployed to aircraft carriers, exotic overseas locations, and traveled the globe documenting military activities. After nearly a decade of service, he hung up his uniform and signed on as a Senior Multimedia Producer for the Washington Times in Washington, DC. His role as a visual storyteller and leader would eventually lead him to create his own business which he currently operates and owns – District 7 Media.

Drew has an affinity for creating brilliantly colored and high-impact HDR motion time-lapse productions as well as directing for feature films and commercials. His notoriety rose when he landed a job working with David Fincher to create the now-iconic House of Cards opening credits. His work has also appeared in shows/advertisements produced by the NFL, HBO, Redbull, Sony, Apple, Nike, Discovery Channel, Cartier, Steven Speilberg, and more.

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

Producer - Datzi Media & Professor - PBAU

Danilda Martinez

Danilda is a content producer/editor of documentary, corporate, live event, and editorial productions. In her role of Asst. Professor of Digital Media Production at PBAU, she strives to inspire her students to create compelling narratives using the most current storytelling tools and tech. During her time as a content producer for Bankrate, a Fortune 500 company, Danilda produced editorial video and multimedia content with personal finance experts and celebrity influencers from around the country. She also produced live news segments along with major networks Fox, CNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, and ABC. As an entrepreneur & consultant Danilda produces traditional media and explores 3D storytelling with Datzi Media. She co-founded Immersive Spaces, a virtual tour company in South Florida. Danilda’s work can be seen on NBC Peacock Network, National Geographic, Hulu, ESPN, ESPN Deportes. Danilda is truly passionate about sharing stories about people and brands, and seeks to connect people through her stories. She is regularly invited to speak at events on media, leadership, and women’s empowerment as an expert on digital media and storytelling. She enjoys finding beauty in the ordinary through abstract photography, loves good conversations over coffee in person, or virtually.


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.

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.

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.

Founder | Lead Editor, Kosmos Post

Kristen Goshorn

Creative, glorious, infinite – these are all words Kristen Goshorn had in mind when she founded Kosmos Post. Her goal: to build a company where clients and employees are continuously empowered to put their best selves forward into the universe, contributing in their own unique way to the splendor of creation. In Greek mythology, Kronos was the leader of a pantheon of gods, the Titans – ergo the “K” in Kosmos and their positioning in the market. Kosmos Post provides video editing and compositing services for Iconic Influencers and Industry Titans. The founder says, “Even if our Creators haven’t achieved ‘Iconic’ or ‘Titan’ status yet in the eyes of the world, that is how we see them. That is how we serve them. And that is the premium quality we aspire to in each and every video.”


Lead Multimedia Designer

Angel Castro

Angel is a lead multimedia designer with a long history of over sixteen years of experience in graphics design working for several fortune 500 organizations, in marketing, creative, and broadcast. After working intensely Photoshop editing and compositing images, he began taking and making his own pictures and falling in love with photography. Later began working as a motion designer for several networks where he was inspired to learn video production which led him to work behind the camera, from pre-production to post-production. Angel has an affinity for working behind the camera producing videos. He presently works for Royal Caribbean Group as a lead multimedia designer creating content for their Learning and Development department. He loves to travel, working in a team-based environment, and developing organizational leadership skills. Angel is passionate about taking pictures, shooting videos and keeping up with the latest camera trends.


Director, Cinematographer, & Motion Designer

Ben Gill

Ben Gill is a director, cinematographer, & motion designer from Orlando, FL. He earned a Film B.F.A. Degree from UCF where he wrote and directed two award-winning short films and fell in love with story-driven content. After graduating, Ben founded Oxenfree Film & Motion, an award-winning visual storytelling company that focuses on helping brands connect with their audiences through cinematic films & motion graphics. As Creative Director, Ben has directed brand films that have gone on to win (10) ADDYs & (6) Telly Awards. He’s since worked with national brands such as Coca-Cola, Tires Plus, Publix, Red Bull, & ESPN; but he also has a passion for small businesses and telling authentic stories that capture the heartbeat of a brand and help them share it.


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!

Sr Technical Sales Manager, Film and Video at Adobe

Karl Soule

Karl Soule has been with Adobe for over 10 years, focused on the Pro Video and Broadcast market. Karl traveled worldwide as an Adobe Video Evangelist, inspiring video professionals on five continents.

For the last 5 years, Karl has been living in Singapore and working in Asia, helping to grow the broadcast business and drive awareness of the video tools for that growing market. Currently based in Los Angeles, Karl is supporting the Hollywood and Broadcast markets for the US West Coast.

Senior Hardware Analyst, Puget Systems

Matt Bach

Matt Bach is a veteran of the PC hardware industry, with almost 2 decades of experience testing and developing high-end workstations. Currently, he is the Senior Hardware Analyst at Puget Systems, specializing in both the video and photo editing fields. Matt is committed to sharing his deep understanding of computer hardware and software, and regularly publishes white papers, technical articles, and videos examining the interaction between the latest hardware and popular editing packages like Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and more.

Director of Virtual Production, SMASH Virtual Studios

Andy Jarosz

Andy is a cinema tool creator and virtual production supervisor in Chicago. His 15 years of on-set experience and passion for innovation give him a well rounded, forward looking view of the film industry. Andy works closely with numerous cinema companies to identify and solve problems in virtual production, and his Chicago-based firm LOLED designs hardware and software solutions for camera interfacing used on virtual productions worldwide.

Senior Product Manager for Motion Graphics and Visual Effects at Adobe

Victoria Nece

Victoria Nece is a Senior Product Manager for Motion Graphics and Visual Effects at Adobe, with After Effects as her primary focus. She has also played key roles in bringing Character Animator and Motion Graphics templates to market. Before joining Adobe, she was a motion designer for over a decade, as well as a developer of extensions for After Effects.
As Director of Animation at the Documentary Group, Victoria oversaw graphics for broadcast, theatrical and educational productions. As a developer, Victoria designed systems for motion capture animation and created tools used in Hollywood films.


Levi Allen

Born in the coastal mountains of British Columbia, Levi Allen teaches adventure filmmakers how to tell better stories and get the most out of their filmmaking toolkit.

Motion Graphics Designer, 3D Animator

Chad Anderson

Chad J.W. Anderson is hands-on motion graphics designer and 3D animator.  His personal work includes digital creation, live-action video, illustration, practical modeling and a few music albums.  His creative visual approach is a result of decades of rigorous independent freelance work, spanning the spectrum of the digital media art space ranging from print, film, video post production, motion graphics, interactive, visual effects, and large scale live screens content. Over the years he has worked alongside leading industry professionals and clients on entertainment, commercial and corporate projects.

Anderson has held positions at various creative firms until he started his own creative firm, Eyeidea. Since that time he has been a full-time freelancer and travelled the world as needed for various projects.  In 2010 Anderson began licensing his visual works with the most prestigious global stock media agencies and has become one of the top contributors, he is often referred to as “the king of concepts”.

Clients Include: The Voice (NBC), The Oscars, American Music Awards, BET Awards, The White House, Amgen, Honda Motors, Tony Awards, Acura, ESPN Awards, Academy of Country Music, Super Bowl, The Olympics, Grammy Awards, Lexus, Country Music Awards, History Channel, T-Mobile, The Emmys, MTV Awards, Cirque du Soleil,  and many other top global brands.

Digital Intermediate Colorist

Jason Fabbro

At eight years old, while riding his bike around LA, Jason stumbled onto a film shoot near his house and was immediately hooked. He went on to receive a B.A. in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University, and after a short stint in production, transitioned into post. He quickly worked his way into a position as a colorist, and has now worked in the industry for 24 years. Jason enjoys working on diverse projects — big or low budget, 3D or 2D, theatrical or broadcast – he finds inspiration in every project. Some of his credits include the Apple series ‘Servant’, Fox’s ‘The Simpsons’ and Netflix’s ‘Making a Murderer,’ as well as films ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ and ‘Over the Moon.’

Associate Producer, Technicolor

Robert Rodriguez

An industry veteran, Robert Rodriguez has built his entire career in post-production. Beginning as an associate producer and client of Technicolor, Robert would intentionally book sessions for access to the newest technology and the people behind it. When an opportunity opened to join the Technicolor Post (now Picture Shop) team, Robert jumped on it, and has been a fixture of the team for nearly 15 years. A self-described “tech nut”, Robert explains “I’m happy that my knowledge and love of technology has allowed me to help so many people successfully navigate the ever-growing demands of post-production. I enjoy helping people to better understand and appreciate what we do, no matter what their technical skill level.”

Senior Product Manager, Premiere Pro

Francis Crossman

Before making the jump into software at Adobe, Francis worked as an editor and colorist for ten years in San Francisco. He is credited as lead editor and colorist on 31 feature-length projects for cinema, broadcast, DVD/Bluray and live streaming. He studied film at SF State just as digital filmmaking was becoming a real option for independent filmmakers.  Originally focused on cinematography and lighting, he fell in love with editing in film school. He is a self-proclaimed color nerd and excited about the future of HDR.

Keynote, Film Editor

Joe Walker, ACE, Keynote

Joe Walker, ACE is a celebrated British film editor working in Los Angeles, California who was initially trained as a classical composer.  He has forged notable partnerships with directors Denis Villeneuve and Steve McQueen.  In the past six years, Walker has been nominated five times by the ACE Eddie Awards and he won most recently for Arrival. This three-time Academy Award nominee and four-time BAFTA Award nominee is also known for his exemplary work on films such as Sicario, 12 Years a Slave and Blade Runner 2049. Walker’s latest collaborations with Denis Villeneuve are Dune Part 1, and later this year Dune Part 2.
Joe’s collaboration with Steve McQueen on four films began with McQueen’s debut feature Hunger in 2008, Shame in 2011 and Academy Award best picture winner 12 Years a Slave in 2013 which earned Walker his first Oscar, ACE Eddie Award and BAFTA Award nominations and Widows in 2018.
In addition to Dune, Walker’s collaboration with Denis Villenueve included three back-to-back features beginning with Sicario in 2015, Arrival in 2016 (which earned him his second Oscar and BAFTA nominations and his first ACE Eddie Award win) and Blade Runner 2049 in 2017 for which he received BAFTA and ACE Eddie Award nominations.
In 2010 Walker cut the acclaimed documentary feature Life in a Day for Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott.  It was filmed by YouTube users across the globe over a single day in July 2010.  Walker cut the film from over 4,500 hours of submitted footage to shape the documentary time capsule which debuted at Sundance in 2011.
Walker learned his craft in the BBC’s Film Department at Ealing Studios. He had studied and composed music for many years, so it was a natural progression to break into the field as a sound editor where he spent much of his early career until he segued into film editing.  As a film editor, Walker began his career working on numerous British television series such as Jonathan Creek and The Lakes before moving into features like crime thriller Brighton Rock, Harry Brown starring Michael Caine and Rupert Wyatt’s The Escapist.
He received his B.A. in music from the University of York, who awarded him an honorary Doctorate in 2019. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has played his music live in Trafalgar Square.  He wrote the score for the BBC/HBO drama Dirty War.  London born-and-raised, Walker now makes his home in Los Angeles.

Travel Photographer, Writer, Public Speaker, and Educator

Elia Locardi

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional photographer, public speaker and experienced educator who has developed a highly recognized style of photography that has been widely circulated in major publications including National Geographic, Elle, and Travel + Leisure and is frequently displayed in fine art galleries and venues all over the world.
His passion for photography and education has led him to work in over 70 countries while collaborating with major companies, brands, countries, and tourism initiatives worldwide. With over 20 years of experience in photography, production, and education, Elia has given more than 200 keynotes and lectures at venues including Photokina, Photo Plus Expo, InterBee, Visual Storytellers Conference, Adobe Max, B&H Optic, Fujifilm Festival, Gulf Photo Plus, HIPA Dubai, National Geographic Aveiro, and Xposure International Photograph Festival, in addition to working with clients and companies including Instagram, Google, Fujifilm, Nikon, Adobe, Skylum, Wacom, CNet, and DJI Global.
He is also the founder of www.light.art, a publishing platform for photography NFTs.