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 Online 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.

Certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid Trainer

Nick Harauz

Nick Harauz is a certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid trainer. Nick has an uncanny ability to engage his students and create a level of relatedness that keeps them coming back for more. Since 2002, Nick has also worked with domestic and international brands, offering a wide variety of video production and motion graphic services. He has worked with clients such as Proctor & Gamble, Diageo, Virgin Mobile, Nando’s, Visa, and Blackberry. In 2013, Nick wrote his first book on Apple Motion 5, which is available on Amazon. He spoke at Adobe MAX in 2018 and 2020 for Adobe and at the launch of CC 2014 in Toronto. Currently, Nick is writing a book in Photoshop for 2021. When he is not teaching, traveling, or creating video content, Nick can be found on his new e-bike.

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.

Director / Producer

Amy DeLouise

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.

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 at RHED Pixel

Rachel Longman

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

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 Director of Customer Education for the virtual event platform Brazen, a producer of industrial and training video, and a LinkedIn Learning author. Kelley also directs, produces, and edits independent films with her company, Cavegirl Productions. Recent projects include the award-winning documentary EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: THE ART OF DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, and the in-production documentary IGNITING THE SPARK – THE STORY OF MAGIC: THE GATHERING. Learn more about Cavegirl Productions at http://cavegirl.com.

Website:cavegirl.com

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!

Program Manager / 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.

Website:https://creative111.com/

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.

EDITOR | RHED PIXEL, INC

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.

Website:https://dougdaulton.com/

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.

Photographer

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.