Speakers 2024

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!

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

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.

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).

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.


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 & 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.

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.


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

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’.

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.


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!


Caroline Tran

Inspiring, creative, and fun, Caroline Tran, named Creator of the Year by Rangefinder Magazine, is an internationally published photographer who has been helping other photographers thrive in their art and business. With strategic marketing and workflow, she has been able to remain at the top of the industry despite the many changes and disruptions to our industry. She offers online coaching and mentoring to help other photographers thrive. Her motto is to work hard, but play harder.

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.

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.

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.

Director of Education at Skylum Software


Vanelli is a working sports and portrait photographer, educator, and author living in Florida. After a successful career as a three-time, Triple Crown Karate champion, Vanelli turned his attention to teaching the visual arts. As an experienced educator, Vanelli has created videos for LinkedIn Learn, has written hundreds of articles, taught at major photography conferences and has developed many photography and digital workflow programs including Click for Kids.

Currently, he is the Director of Education at Skylum Software, teaching workshops, writing for Photofocus and creating tutorials for the Vanelli and Friends series.

You can find out more about Vanelli at www.VanelliandFriends.com

Director, Advent Films

AJ Bleyer, DGA

Trying to marry his passion for cars and cameras, AJ began shooting automotive videos with his high school friends. At age 22 he left his job at Apple to pursue filmmaking full-time, and at 27 was accepted into the DGA as one of the Guild’s youngest directors.

Known for dynamic angles and an unforgiving attention to detail, AJ’s portfolio now includes a wide variety of photo and video work for many of the world’s most prestigious brands and ad agencies including Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin, Tesla, Riot Games, the Fast & Furious franchise and many more.

When he’s not working on movies or driving cars, AJ is either working on movies or driving cars.

Product Evangelist, Mylio

Angela Andrieux

Angela is a fine art photographer and photography coach who loves helping others organize, edit, and protect their photos.

With more than 15 years in the photography industry, Angela has become known for helping people understand complicated and often confusing technology.

As a photography coach, Angela helps people learn how to use technology to stay organized, protect their media libraries, and share their unique style through creative photo editing.

Beyond coaching, group presentations, and workshops, Angela has written detailed how-to documentation for several photography software companies. She has also hosted hundreds of live and pre-recorded video tutorials on various creative topics.

Based in Southern California, Angela enjoys exploring the world with her camera in hand, foodie adventures, riding her e-bike as much as possible, and spending time with her husband, two crazy cats, and amazing family.

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.

Co-Founder, Future Moments

Gary Levitt

Gary Levitt is a musician, audio engineer and CoFounder of Future Moments. He has released 6 records under the band name Setting Sun. When not working on Future Moments, he regularly records and writes his own music. Gary also has his own podcast The Gary Hour where he interviews comedians, musicians, writers, and influencers to get to the heart of creativity, introspection and what the future holds.

CEO, Supersphere

Lucas Wilson

Over the last 25 years, Lucas has played a pivotal role at the intersection of creativity and technology. As CEO of Supersphere, he pioneered the use of XR, VR, and spatial technologies in more than 200 productions for luminaries such as Sir Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, and Post Malone, among others. Supersphere’s ArkRunr spatial performance platform is redefining the way creators connect with their audiences in the realm of live production.

Founder / CCO - Orbital Studios

A. J. Wedding

A.J. is the Founder and C.C.O. of Orbital Studios, a company specializing in virtual production tools and teams to support film, TV and commercial projects. He was the Virtual Production Supervisor on Justified: City Primeval and 2 seasons of Snowfall for FX, as well as for History’s Greatest Heists on the History Channel. A.J.’s previous 20 years in Hollywood had taken him in many directions from editing to VFX, on-set work and filmmaking. As a director he took home several festival awards including Best Director at the Boston International Film Festival in 2018. His passion for creating is what led him to start Orbital Studios, where he and his team push the boundaries of what’s possible every day.

Product Specialist, Cinema Lenses - ARRI Americas

Art Adams

Art Adams is the product specialist for cinema lenses at ARRI Americas. Prior to joining ARRI in 2018, he spent 32 years freelancing, first as a camera assistant, and then as a cinematographer. He spent most of his career shooting commercials, corporate marketing and visual effects projects in Silicon Valley. His educational writing has appeared at ProVideo Coalition, DVInfo, and in a variety of print and online publications. Art is currently based out of the ARRI office in Burbank, California.

CEO & Product Manager - Atlas Lens Co.

Dan Kanes

With 25 Years of experience in the Motion Picture Industry, Dan Kanes is not only a talented cinematographer known for shooting for Clients such as:
Imaginary Forces
Hyundai USA
Title Sequences for:
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Marvel’s The Runaways
And more
And With Musical Artists Like:
J. Rey Soul 2
Will I Am
The Black Eyed Peas
Drab Majesty
Marissa Nadler
Dan’s work is dynamic, focused, fast paced, multidisciplinary, collaborative and conscious across a broad spectrum of subject matter and historical as well as present contexts.

Video Producer, Owner - Plum Productions

Jenn Jager

Jenn Jager is a business entrepreneur. As the founder of a bustling video production company, Jenn knows first-hand how short on time most business owners are. When she was asked to teach a group of professionals how to create their own videos at an event, she was surprised by the turnout! Small business owners across all industries knew they needed to incorporate video into their marketing plans, but they didn’t know how or where to start. Jenn empowered them by showing them the basics and the idea for the YouTube channel was born. Jenn has worked as a television professional for more than a decade and has produced segments for many world-renowned corporations like Bentley Motors, Lexis Nexis, and Twinlab. Since founding her company, Plum Productions, in 2009, Jenn has been helping local business grow through the power of video. She has also been an Entrepreneur Magazine Contributor.

Director of Photography / Visual Effects Supervisor / Stereographer

Dave Stump ASC BVK

David Stump ASC BVK has been working in motion pictures and television production as Director of Photography, as Visual Effects Director of Photography, as Visual Effects Supervisor, and as Stereographer, (including both live action work and 2D to 3D conversion work), earning an Emmy Award, an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, an IMAGO Technical Achievement Award and an International Cinematographers Guild Award. His credits include projects like Little Fires Everywhere, The Morning Show, The Happytime Murders, American Gods, Immortals, Quantum of Solace, Flight Plan, Fantastic Four, X-Men 1 & 2, Into the Blue, Garfield, Batman Forever, Hollow Man, Men of Honor, Deep Blue Sea, Stuart Little, The Sphere, Contact, Batman & Robin, Mars Attacks, Executive Decision, Stargate, and Free Willy, among many, many others.

David authored the book “Digital Cinematography – Fundamentals, Techniques and Workflows” first edition (available in both English and Mandarin Chinese) and second edition, and is a contributing author to both the “VES Handbook” and the “ASC Manual 11th Edition”.

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Vice President & Business Head, CTO & Head of Emerging Media, Whistling Woods International

Chaitanya Chinchlikar

Chaitanya has had a multi-faceted 2-decade career in the Film, Media & Entertainment industry. He is currently at Whistling Woods International – India’s premier Film & Creative Arts institute, in the capacity of Vice President & Business Head. He also serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the institute and heads its Emerging Media initiatives.

Over the past 15+ years at Whistling Woods, he has worked towards mainstreaming of Film Education particularly, and of Media & Entertainment education generally, in India’s high school, graduate & post-graduate education spectrum. He has also spearheaded Whistling Woods’ initiatives to work with Emerging Technologies, develop workflows around them, write curriculum for the same and then introduce it into the education at Whistling Woods in particular, and for the filmed entertainment industry in general.

He currently serves on several public policy and innovation bodies like India’s Media & Entertainment Skills Council (MESC) and the AVGC (Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming & Comics) Task Force established by the Government of India to draft India’s national policy for the AVGC industry. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

He has written extensively in Indian & global media outlets and is an active speaker at global seminars & conferences on the Filmed Entertainment Industry, with special focus on Education and Technology. He is also a strategic advisor to several startups in the M&E, Technology & Education verticals.

Co-Founder, Red Kite Productions

Gina Crow

Gina Crow is an Italian-American director, writer, and producer based in Los Angeles, California.

With a background as a music producer and international DJ spanning a decade, Crow blends music and film with cutting-edge technology, lending her directorial vision to music video, commercial, and narrative work. In music videos, she’s directed for Seven Lions, Eli & Fur, Andrew Bayer, and others. Her recent biopic, No Silence, amplifies the voices of LGBTQ+ musicians, released in June 2023 through Amazon Music.

Last year, Crow partnered with Fuse Technical Group, ARRI, Inc., and FotoKem to direct and produce an action thriller short film–exclusively shot on an LED volume stage using virtual production. The film, Dark in Berlin, stars Christine Ko (Dave, The Handmaid’s Tale) & Miki Ishikawa (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) in a raw, visceral entry to the female-forward action genre. Dark in Berlin will begin its festival run in spring 2024.

Currently, Crow is in development on a feature-length adaptation of a British medical thriller with New State Pictures, in collaboration with Atlantic Books. As a co-founder of Red Kite Productions, she’s pursuing female-forward narratives in film & tv on an international level.

Lens Technician, Engineer, >em>Duclos Lenses

Matthew Duclos

A lens technician by trade, Matthew Duclos has been servicing, repairing and modifying cinema lenses for over 25 years. His career began as an apprentice under the guidance of his father Paul Duclos. A passion and technical aptitude for optical and mechanical design have led to a lifelong obsession with cinema lenses. Since 2002, he’s managed the day to day operations of Duclos Lenses including service, modification, and design of new lens components and accessories. Matthew continues exploring lenses of all kinds, consulting for a variety of lens manufacturers around the world. An associate member of The ASC and SoC, Matthew strives to share his knowledge and experience with the motion picture industry as a whole.

Founder, Sclera Digital

Willis Chung

Willis Chung has established himself as an IATSE Local 600 Digital Imaging Technician since the early 2000s, working on numerous commercials and feature films including prominent titles such as “Game of Thrones“, “Thor 2,” and “Need for Speed.” In 2013, Willis embarked on a new professional endeavor by assuming the role of US Marketing Director at the DJI US Marketing Office, where he played a pivotal role in the strategic transformation of a hobby-oriented tech company into a prominent entity within the realm of professional cinema equipment.

In 2017, Willis’ started Sclera Digital where it evolved into a leading provider of custom bonded WiFi soluGons, leveraging advanced technologies such as high-powered bonded modems, high-gain antennas, and custom Starlink satellite receivers. These solutions are tailored to meet the demanding connecGvity requirements of the film, television, and events industries, with a focus on encrypted streaming, camera-to-cloud integration, and versatile general-purpose applications.

In addition to his role at Sclera Digital, Willis is the founder of Mad Minds Entertainment, a production company specializing in creating commercials and films for esteemed tech and fashion brands such as Segway, TikTok, and Versace.

Account Executive Fuse Technical Group

Zoe Borys

Zoe has been an active industry insider since 1992. She graduated from Rollins College with a BA in Liberal Studies, at a time when Orlando, Florida had a thriving television industry. It was a pivotal time, as Universal Studios was built and Disney had working Sound Stages for Production that was not theme park related. Zoe’s first career Opportunity upon graduation was working for Chapman-Leonard Cranes and Dollies and managed their 9,000 square foot sound stage, and booking commercial and television production.

In 1998, Zoe relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota working for the Motion Picture Division of the Eastman Kodak Company, covering a 10 State territory that included Wildlife Cinematographers, Film Schools, Film Labs and feature Film and commercial Production. Her biggest client at that time was Prince at Paisley Park Studios due to his request that everything he did, be shot on Film!

During a chance encounter with a Panavision Senior Executive at the Telluride Film Festival, Zoe was asked about relocating to Chicago, where she was instrumental in Panavising the operation that was Victor Duncan. Chicago was thriving with feature film, Television and commercial production and gave Zoe an opportunity to work with prolific cinematographers such as Laszlo Kovacs, Robbie Greenberg, and many, many others.

Zoe continued to grow her network of influencers when she went North of the Border working for Panavision Canada as a Marketing Executive in all segments of industry, including MOW’s, commercials, Music Videos, Feature Films, television series, Pilots, spec pieces, and Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Center.

Not one to settle, and having aging parents, Zoe returned to Panavision in Orlando in 2004, doing a Marketing Feasibility Study to position Panavision’s success in the Southeast. Florida’s tax incentive was eliminated and rumors of the new industry hub becoming Atlanta, Georgia. Zoe was strategic and navigated the exit of Panavision in Orlando, to Atlanta, Georgia.

Thru a screening of “Visions of Light” in 2006, being hosted by ICG, ARRI and Fletcher Chicago, Zoe was introduced to Tom and Archie Fletcher. Having heard of Zoe’s career highlights, and wanting to grow Into a National Industry player, Zoe was hired as The General Manager of Fletcher Rentals, where she remained thru the acquisition and transition of Fletcher Rentals into VER.

2015 provided another opportunity of growth for Zoe, working with LED, and Immersive Environments when she was recruited to PRG to spearhead their film and television segment with opportunities and growth in Georgia, Chicago, New York, Toronto and Los Angeles.

Industry functions near and dear to Zoe’s heart, including Producers Guild, Directors Guild and the most prized organizations being the ASC, CSC and Camerimage reintroduced and connected Zoe back with Panavision’s Senior Leadership team. In June of 2018, Zoe joined Panavision as the VP and General Manager of Atlanta, and then relocated back to Chicago, where she remained thru May of 2023.

In June of 2023, Zoe seized the opportunity and joined FUSE TECHNICAL GROUP, where she brings innovation, collaboration, and LED opportunities to her creative peer group.

Zoe’s genuine love and tireless nature of supporting cinematographers and filmmakers across the Globe, has Zoe internationally recognized and respected With the Associate Membership of the ASC, “Queen” of Camerimage, Board Member of AICP and Illinois Production Alliance.

Zoe is excited about her next chapter that keeps her evolving with the Industry she loves and serves.

Cinematographer, Gaffer - Saulgood Media

Anne Saul

Anne Saul is an award-winning Cinematographer, Gaffer, and educator with SaulgoodMedia, in Annapolis Maryland. After 11 years in higher education, Anne took a lesson from her students, and jumped headfirst into the world of lighting for film and fell in love! Since then, LIGHT has been an obsession that has led her on many adventures as a Gaffer and Director of Photography.

With over 8 years as a Gaffer, with films like “Night Waking” and the “Girl Who Left Home”, and over 20 years of photo and videography, Anne shifted her focus post pandemic to Director of Photography with films like festival favorite “Gloria’s Birthday” and the newly released feature “The Other You”.

Off set, Anne spends her time playing music, coaching future race drivers with BMW HPDE, and chilling out with her 11yr old 1st AC, Lily.

As a lifetime fan of learning, Anne has continued to prioritize educating and lifting up the next generation and women in all walks of life. Whether it’s a film set, a 5th grade music classroom, or a race circuit at 130mph, her priority to teach others to love learning is always first.

VP of Technology, Bardel Entertainment Inc.

Arash Roudafshan

Arash Roudafshan is the Vice President of Technology at Bardel Entertainment Inc., providing strategic oversight of the technical operations and vision for the company’s global network. With over 20 years of strong leadership experience in the Information Technology field, and 16 years of production technology experience, Arash understands the complexity of the production pipeline and enterprise standards of the modern animation industry. He has experience in both Episodic and Feature Animation pipelines and has helped global studios with multi-region pipeline and geographically split animation productions.

Prior to his time with Bardel, Arash spent over 6 years with Animal Logic Studio, helping design and build the Vancouver studios while reshaping their global technical operations into a unified standard. His network and operational designs contributed to the completion of notable feature productions such as The Lego Movie 2: The second Part, The Lego Ninjago Movie, DC League of Super-Pets, and supported Australian features, including Peter Rabbit and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, The Magician’s Elephant, among others. Arash began his education in Business Administration at Capilano University / Simon Fraser University before transitioning his studies to Network and Security Infrastructure at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Arash Roudafshan’s remarkable career trajectory underscores his commitment to excellence and innovation in the animation industry. His strategic technical vision continues to shape the global network at Bardel Entertainment Inc.

Co-founder, Red Kite Productions

Claire Dundee

Claire Dundee is a co-founder of Red Kite Productions, a film production company that pushes the boundaries between traditional filmmaking and virtual production, while championing female narratives. With her extensive experience in producing short films, Claire adeptly navigates projects with efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Her background in filmmaking and content production, honed through USC’s Film and TV producing program, has allowed her to develop and oversee numerous projects. Notably, she was honored with the USC Cinematic Arts First Look Producers Award for her work on a multi-media short film, “Monsters of Mine”.

In a recent collaboration with Fuse Technical Group, Claire served as the executive producer for “Dark in Berlin,” a short action film entirely shot on Fuse’s cutting-edge LED virtual production stage. Currently, she is working on the development of “A Year Without A Summer,” a contemporary fictional interpretation of Mary Shelley’s story, as well as two narrative visual albums in partnership with musicians Ivy Lab and Seven Lions.

She is committed to amplifying women’s narratives, both behind and in front of the camera, while also pushing the limit of how technology can drive captivating storytelling.

Senior Application Engineer, Intel

Gordon Sylin

Gordon Sylin leads the Network Attached Storage (NAS) business globally at Intel. Delivering innovative end-user solutions valued by multinational and local customers and integrators in consumer and SMB/SME storage markets.

Global Leader M&E Film/TV & GameTech Partners, Amazon Web Services

Jack Wenzinger

Like a sculptor chiseling form from stone, Jack Wenzinger has spent over two decades shaping media supply chains and content workflows, seeking always to push boundaries. As an innovator of cloud and AI, he guides partners to new frontiers, transforming challenges into futuristic triumphs. Though his fellowship in virtual production was hard-won, his passion for the cinematic possibilities is boundless. When not conferring on cinematography in the cloud, you may find him engrossed in Rush’s cerebral lyrics or wind-racing on his motorcycle. His mind ever journeys through imaginative landscapes both physical and digital, always reaching for unseen horizons.

Director and Producer, Adakin Productions

Jay Holben

Jay Holben is an award-winning independent director and producer living in Los Angeles, California. His most recent work is the feature romantic drama Before the Dawn and the American Society of Cinematographers Motion Imaging Technology Council’s film The Mission, a production backed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Amazon Studios, Disney, Sony, Warner Bros. and more. As a producer and director, Holben has helmed independent feature films, television series, documentaries, short films and commercials.

He was a former cinematographer with more than a decade experience behind the camera and is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, vice-chair of the ASC’s Motion Imaging Technology Council as well as chair of the MITC Lens Committee. He is the author of four books on cinematography: the highly lauded independent lighting manual, A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget; a compilation of a decade of cinematographic journalism in Behind the Lens: Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches; and most recently the exhaustive The Cine Lens Manual: The Definitive Filmmaker’s Guide to the Design, Implementation and History of Cinema Optics and, most recently, American Cinematographer’s Shot Craft: Lessons, Tips & Techniques on the Art and Science of Cinematography. He is the contributing technical editor for American Cinematographer Magazine, former technical editor and columnist for Digital Video magazine and lighting columnist for TV Technology magazine in addition to contributing for several years to the prominent trade newspaper The Hollywood Reporter. He is an international lecturer, including former faculty instructor for the Global Cinematography Institute, a program started by the late Academy Award winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and for the ASC Master Class program.

Photographer, Host - Photowalks

Jefferson Graham

Jefferson Graham is a Los Angeles based writer-photographer, the host of the PhotowalksTV travel photography series on YouTube, Amazon, Roku and Tubi and a former USA TODAY columnist. He is an instructor for the KelbyOne photo instruction website, hosts the iPhone Photo Show podcast and writes the popular PhotowalksTV newsletter on Substack and is the author of nine books, including “Video Nation: A DIY Guide to Planning, Shooting and Sharing Great Video.)

Producer, High Road Productions

Noah Kadner

Noah Kadner brings a unique combination of on-set production experience and in-depth post-production research and analysis. His career spans several filmmaking revolutions, including film to digital, desktop post-production, and virtual production/in-camera visual effects.

Noah also wrote the Virtual Production Field Guide for Epic Games and currently hosts the Virtual Production podcast. He also writes for American Cinematographer magazine and has interviewed many groundbreaking filmmakers, including J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Sir Kenneth Branagh, and Michael Bay.

Noah offers workflow and integration services from FCPWORKS, based in San Francisco. His clients include Apple, the United Nations, Sony, Panasonic, Epic Games, and more. As a senior writer, Noah has covered a wide range of movies including, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Tron: Legacy, Toy Story 4, First Man, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.





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Cinematographer / Photographer / Televison Host / Drone Pilot / Film/Television Technology Consultant, PGP Images

Philip Grossman

Philip Grossman is an internationally recognized Cinematographer/Photographer and Host of Discovery Science Channel’s “Mysteries of the Abandoned: Chernobyl’s Deadly Secrets.” He is one of only a few of photographers to have had a solo exhibition at the United Nations. His exhibition, part of the 30th anniversary remembrance of the Chernobyl Catastrophe, was opened by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and Minister of Foreign Affairs for Belarus, Minister Vladimir Makei. In addition, his works were selected to mark the first International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day.

Philip has spoken globally on various topics including film/broadcast technologies, information architecture, nuclear power and space exploration. He has licensed his material to tv shows and feature films such as Ridley Scotts Equals, ABC Freeform’s Shadowhunters and Marvel’s Legion. His various video clips on Youtube and Vimeo have a combined viewership of over 4 million.

He is a frequent contributor to the Media and Film industry including presentation to the National Association of Broadcasters, International Association of Broadcasters, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He has been interviewed and written for multiple industry publications including News Shooters, Broadcast Beat, Adobe, NAB Live, RedShark Media, Russia Today, New York Times, Video Maker, National Geographic, and the Professional Society of Drone Journalists. His images have been selected for inclusion in several internationally published books. Most recently he was elected SMPTE Section Manager in Atlanta.

Philip has travelled to some of the most remote and unique locations in the world to document history that is vanishing with time: Chernobyl, Ukraine; Polesie Reserve, Belarus; Fukushima, Japan, and Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Architectural Engineering. After many years working as an engineer, Philip went back to school and received a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and embarked on a 20-year career as a media technology consultant many global organizations, including Ernst & Young, Cap Gemini, The Weather Channel, ABC/Disney, CBS, SkyUK, Warner Brothers, NBC Universal, Red Bull, Nine Australia, etc.

In his free time, Philip is an instrument-rated general aviation pilot and is working towards completing his commercial and multiengine ratings. Moreover, he has the distinction of being the first person to fly a Multi Rotor Drone in the Chernobyl Zone of Exclusion as part of his work in documenting the aftermath of the nuclear catastrophe.

Director/Producer, Fearless Productions

Snehal Patel

Snehal Patel is a filmmaker and creator with a background in engineering and cinema tech. Formally an executive for a large equipment manufacturer, Snehal is stepping back into the film world with creative storytelling projects that exploit the latest technologies. He is also involved at a leadership level with SMPTE, helping to create metadata standards for VFX and Virtual Production workflows. Snehal shares his filmmaking knowledge openly and speaks at various events and film festivals.

Founder & CEO, XL8

Tim Jung

Tim Jung is the founder and CEO of XL8, the only machine translation company specializing in media & entertainment content. Prior to XL8, Tim was a Software Engineer and a TLM (Tech Lead and Manager) at Google, leading and managing software engineers and ML researchers, successfully launching multiple NLP-based (Natural Language Processing) Search features including Events Search, Events Data in Knowledge Graph, and Personal Search. At Samsung Electronics, he has led the UI framework team, successfully launching Tizen, a Linux-based platform for mobile devices. At Columbia University where he earned his PhD in Computer Science, he studied optimizing distributions of computations across heterogeneous devices to offer a testbed for AI applications.

Principal Engineer, Imaging Applications, Aputure

Tim Kang

Tim S. Kang, a career cinematographer, serves as Aputure’s Principal Engineer for Imaging Applications. He also chairs the Lighting Committee in the ASC Motion Imaging Technology Council. Tim earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute Conservatory. He is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, and a member of IATSE Local 728.

Content Producer & Educator

Yan Shvalb

Yan is a highly experienced content producer and educator with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of production and post-production. He has held positions at Sony Music, Apple and other major corporations, leveraging his expertise and craft. In addition, Yan has taught at NYU, Brooklyn College and FMCtraining. Currently, he is producing video content for the City of Aventura, pushing his creative boundaries to create engaging content for social media, and continuing to mentor, teach and produce original content.

Director of Imaging Technology, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Alex Forsythe

During his 16 years at the Academy, he’s acted as technical lead, manager, and individual contributor on projects such as ACES and the Solid-State Lighting project developing technology to help drive standards in the motion picture industry. Alex led the teams which received a Primetime Engineering Emmy in 2012 and the SMPTE Workflow Systems Medal in 2022. He is author of numerous SMPTE standards and serves on the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC-36. Alex is an Associate Member of the Imago Technical Committee and a Member of the Hollywood Chapter of the Colorist Society International (CSI). Prior to his time at the Academy, he served as an engineer at Intel and in Eastman Kodak’s Research Labs where he focused on developing color imaging systems.

Owner/Designer, Zero Optik LLC

Alex Nelson

Alex Nelson is the founding partner and lead product designer at Zero Optik, an LA-based rehousing company that specializes in building unique lenses for cinematography. As an associate member of the ASC and former IATSE 600 camera assistant, Alex brings a keen eye and personal passion for image-making to the process of re-engineering and rehousing lenses, often taking on unusual or overlooked projects that others have written off. Most recently, Zero Optik’s handiwork has shot projects like Pablo Larrain’s El Conde, Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon, and Daliland, starring Ben Kingsley.

Freelance Director of Photography

Alicia Robbins

Alicia Robbins is a Director of Photography known for Grey’s Anatomy seasons 16 & 17, the Netflix mini-series Keep Breathing, and now coming up in May of 2024, the highly anticipated Season 3 of Bridgerton in which Alicia lensed 4 out of the 8 episodes of this iconic show. Other work includes the new NBC re-boot of Quantum Leap (Season 2), and features such as Babysplitters and The Wedding Invitation. Alicia is a graduate of the American Film Institute (2003) and also a 2018 recipient of the Emerging Cinematographer Awards.

CEO & Founder, Color Intelligence

Dado Valentic

Dado Valentic is an award-winning colorist and color scientist with extensive experience working at the crossroads of art, science & technology. He is best known for his unique approach to the processing of digital images and his style of color communication. A tech visionary, Dado Valentic has worked on more than 60 feature films, tv-series and hundreds of commercials, as well as on productions of original digital art by Jeff Koons, Marina Abramovic, Olafur Eliasson, and Anish Kapoor. Dado was responsible for color science behind the first Netflix HDR production, ‘Marco Polo – Season II’, which was awarded Best TV Picture, ASC 2016. As a color scientist, he was involved in ‘Exodus’ by Ridley Scott and ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Total Recall’, ‘Mr Nice’, and ‘Sherlock Holmes’ by Guy Richie. Dado’s colorist credits include: ‘Absolutely Anything’ directed by Terry Jones, starring Simon Pegg, ‘A Hundred Streets’ starring Idris Elba, ‘Dough’ starring Jonathan Pryce, and ‘Blackwood’ by Adam Wimpenny.

Director, RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity

David Long

David Long is Director of the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity (MAGIC) and MAGIC Spell Studios. MAGIC is a university-wide research and development laboratory and a commercial production studio that assists in efforts to bring digital media creations up to marketplace standards for commercialization. Faculty, staff and student researchers, artists and practitioners come together to create,
contextualize and apply new knowledge in a multitude of related fields and disciplines as appropriate not only to STEM or the arts and humanities, but their intersection.

Long joined the faculty of the School of Film and Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2007, where he also serves as an Associate Professor for the motion picture science program. His research interests at RIT include designing virtual production workflows and color management, engineering multispectral video capture and display systems, studying variability in human color vision, and modeling sensory perception of motion media.

Prior to RIT, Long worked as a Development Engineer and Imaging Scientist with Eastman Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division. At Kodak, his primary responsibilities included new product development and image science and systems integration for the motion picture group, focusing on film and digital imaging products. Long contributed to the design and commercialization of the Vision2 family of motion picture color negative
films, as well as several digital and hybrid imaging products for television and feature film post-production. His work has earned him numerous patents and a 2008 Scientific & Technical Academy Award for contributions made to the design of Vision2 films.

Outside of RIT, Long is Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and contributor to the SMPTE Rapid Industry Solutions for On-set Virtual Production. He is also a member of the community advisory boards for WXXI and the Little Theatre in Rochester. Long earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, an MS in Materials Science from the University of Rochester, and a PhD in Color Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.


Joshua Pines

Spanning iconic projects from “Star Wars” to “Roma,” and “The Aviator” to the latest Marvel series, Josh Pines has collaborated with some of the world’s most esteemed cinematographers, directors, and studios throughout his illustrious four-decade career as a color scientist. He has consistently challenged the boundaries of current technology, from pioneering developments in image scanning for ILM in the early ’80s to serving as Vice President of Color Imaging R&D at Technicolor Digital Intermediate, and contributing significantly to the advent of AI-based image processing techniques.

Josh’s contributions have been pivotal; it’s fair to say the industry’s current advancements might not have been possible without his innovations. Among his notable achievements is the creation of the Color Decision List (CDL) system, which remains the gold standard for look management several decades on.

Yet, Josh’s expertise extends beyond his technical achievements. As a world-class color scientist, he possesses a rare gift for teaching. Josh has a unique ability to demystify some of the most complex concepts in color science, making them engaging, straightforward, and understandable. His talent for educating is unparalleled, distinguishing him as a remarkable figure in the world of color science and beyond.

Cinematographer, Nanlite

Mark Raker

Mark Raker is a cinematographer who has been creating award-winning film and television programs, and national television spots since the 1980’s, including Peabody Award-winning “A Letter to Elia” directed by Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones, Netflix’s “An Unreasonable Man”, Emmy Award-winning “Moment of Impact”, and Rose d’Or winning “Michael Moore’s The Awful Truth”. His most recent narrative, “Five Questions”, has won nine “Best Cinematography” awards on the festival circuit.

His network clients include ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, IFC, TNT, ESPN, BBC, DiscoveryChannel, History Channel, National Geographic TV, Bravo, Sesame Workshops, The Weather Channel, Sundance Channel, and GNT (Brazil). In addition to his automotive expertise with a client list that includes Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Saturn, and Subaru, Mark’s work with beauty and people has been in demand on many campaigns for Chanel, Vogue, L’Oréal Paris, IT Cosmetics, Lancôme, Lab Series, Procter & Gamble, Kodak, Victoria’s Secret, Estée Lauder, Splenda, J.Crew, Hello Kitty, Hanky Panky, Avon, Pepsi, Aetna, Bank Of America, Johnson & Johnson, Downy, and dozens more.

Mark currently has films exhibited in museums in New York, Chicago, Minnesota, and Seattle. He has served as a judge for film festivals, and for the Emmy Awards. He has been featured in the magazine In Camera and has been a featured speaker for the FilmSociety of Lincoln Center; Kodak; B&H Photo/Video; SMPTE; Unique Photo; Litepanels; The National Association of Broadcasters; and Nanlite.

Since 1986, Mark has been the professor of cinematography at the New York University School of Professional Studies where he received the NYU Award for Teaching Excellence and the NYU Award f for Outstanding Service. From 2006 to 2017 he served on the faculty of the Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine. Since 2016 he has served on the faculty of the New York City College of Technology. In 2019 was on the faculty of Purchase College SUNY. And since 2022 he has taught Advanced Cinematography, and Color Grading as a faculty member of Hofstra University in New York.

Founder & CEO, Studio Upgrade

Ryan Grams

Known for his genius in crafting unique and compelling content, Ryan is a speaker, coach, filmmaker, and technology nerd who empowers individuals to excel in all our digital communications by helping us to understand the technology and performance techniques required for us to tell our best story.

Ryan Grams is a video production wizard with over 20 years of experience producing top-notch content for some of the biggest brands in the world. From Google and UPS to Ferrari and Princess Cruises, Ryan has produced work for some of the world’s most prestigious names. But when the pandemic hit and everything came to a halt, Ryan saw an opportunity to pivot. He shifted his focus to helping executives, presenters, and leaders step up their virtual game, building powerful systems for them to showcase their skills in online meetings, live streams, and content creation. Since then, he’s built custom studios and equipment kits for leaders across the country like René Rodriguez, Kris Lindahl, Dave Savage, and Alex Kutsishin. With his years of expertise (and a whole lotta fun) he’s ready to share his secrets with you!

Executive Producer, USC's Entertainment Technology Center Job

Tom Thudiyanplackal

Tom Thudiyanplackal is a Senior M&E Solutions Architect and Film Producer with over two decades of experience in visual storytelling and creative leadership. He has a strong background in virtual production, having completed the Unreal Engine Virtual Production Fellowship and serving as executive producer for the Entertainment Technology Center on two innovative short films. Tom has also produced the Emmy-nominated nature documentary “Seed: The Untold Story” and served as development and marketing head on blockbuster films such as “3 Idiots” and “Carry On, Munna Bhai.” He is skilled in mentoring and motivating inclusive teams to succeed and is committed to delivering exceptional results for his clients and partners.

Lead Color Scientist, ROE Visual

Tucker Downs

Tucker Downs is a color scientist and R&D manager for ROE Visual, the leading LED vendor for virtual production studios. While at ROE, Tucker has helped develop the product strategy, driver technology, LED designs, and other technical developments for leading LED products. Recently he has worked to introduce RGB-White and RGB-Cyan-Amber display designs for virtual production and broadcast studios.

Senior Colorist, Picture Shop

Walter Volpatto

Senior Colorist Walter Volpatto has over two decade’s experience in the industry and has worked on a plethora of projects including Oscar®-winning films such as Peter Farrelly’s Green Book and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, as well as Gina Prince-Blythewood’s acclaimed drama The Woman King, and Rian Johnson’s blockbuster Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi. Volpatto has also received nominations from the Hollywood Professional Association for Outstanding Color Grading awards for Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, Sweet Tooth, and for his work on Green Book. He also earned a HPA Color Award for Winning Time.

Content Producer & Educator

Yan Shvalb

Yan is a highly experienced content producer and educator with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of production and post-production. He has held positions at Sony Music, Apple and other major corporations, leveraging his expertise and craft. In addition, Yan has taught at NYU, Brooklyn College and FMCtraining. Currently, he is producing video content for the City of Aventura, pushing his creative boundaries to create engaging content for social media, and continuing to mentor, teach and produce original content.