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Tech Chair Bios

Mar 1, 2006 12:00 PM

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Gary Adcock | Digital Artist and Technology Trainer

A Chicago-based digital artist and technology trainer, Gary has worked as a producer, photographer, cameraman, editor, director, animator, and digital artist and is currently consulting and training for Broadcast Television and Corporate environments. Gary recently released multiple HDTV projects in 2004.

Scott Sheppard | Chief Executive Officer, Inside Mac Media,

Inside Mac Media, Inc. is the premiere Mac radio broadcaster and technology news content provider dedicated to the Mac culture. Scott anchors the Inside Mac Radio Program, currently syndicated globally on terrestrial broadcast radio stations, Podcast, Audible, Macworld Magazine CD's, and streams live on broadband web radio.

David Lawrence | Host, Executive Producer, Net Music

The Net Music Countdown with David Lawrence is syndicated on a barter basis to radio stations and is produced and presented on the Web in RealAudio G2, WindowsMedia and streaming MP3 formats. NMC tracks the sales and airplay of music online and counts down the Top 20 most popular artists weekly.

Orlando Luna | Trainer/Consultant, Luna Studio, Inc.

Orlando is the Director of Luna Studio, a multimedia organization in Miami, and is engaged in film, video, photography, and design. He has produced work with various responsibilities including Production, Direction, Screenplay, Director of Photography, and Still Photography. Recently, he co-created and edited Handstand, a short form comedy starring Victoria Jackson.

Christopher Phrommayon | Certified Instructor, Future Media

Chris is an Avid, Apple, and Adobe certified instructor who has produced international, independent audio and video productions. Chris has written tutorials for GenArts, and is co-author of Avid Xpress Pro and DV on the Spot. Chris teaches Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Shake, Motion, and After Effects.

Jem Schofield | Producer/Creative Director, Buttons

Jem is president and creative director of Buttons Productions, a production company specializing in video, DVD, web, and postproduction solutions, with particular focus on the film, music, and entertainment industries. He is also an Apple Certified Trainer and is a leader in the Apple DVD Studio Pro forum at

Chris Biggins | Instructor, Future Media Concepts

Chris has authored DVD projects for CBS News, Lifetime Networks, Cablevision, MTV, A&E, and other broadcast and educational companies. In addition to post-work in feature films and music videos, Chris produces motion graphics for video installations in New York City.

Marcus Geduld | Certified Instructor and Author, Future Media

Marcus teaches nonlinear editing; animation; print, web, and motion graphics while working as a freelance designer and programmer. In his spare time, he directs plays, draws cartoons, and wanders around aimlessly. He has published tutorials on and edited a book on Premiere for CMP Books.

Luisa Winters | Videographer, Editor, 3D Animator, Graphic Designer and Certified Trainer,

Luisa is an award winning videographer and editor in the professional videography industry for 15 years. An accomplished nonlinear editor and instructor, Luisa has conducted dozens of training sessions and matte classes for Adobe Premiere all over the US, Central, and South America.

Jeffrey Fisher | Audio/Video Production and Post-Production,

Jeffrey provides audio, video, music, writing, training, and media production services and enjoys working with audio and video editors to create better, more effective media. He also teaches at the College of DuPage's Multimedia Arts department and has authored eight books on music, sound, and video for print and the web.

Yossy Tessone | Apple & Avid Certified Instructor, Future

Yossy Tessone has a BFA degree in Film & Television from Tel-Aviv University. He is an Apple certified instructor for Final Cut Pro, an Avid Certified Instructor, and an Adobe Certified Expert for Premiere. He is an Instructor at Future Media Concepts in New York.

Jeff Greenberg | Principal Instructor, Future Media

Jeff specializes in film and teaches High Definition, Standard Definition, DV, compression, and graphic compositing nationally. His work has been in festivals and on television. Jeff is an entertaining and energetic seminar instructor, speaking on average over fifty sessions a year at various shows.

Marianne Post | Avid & Apple Certified Instructor, Future

Marianne Post is an Avid and Apple Certified Instructor for Future Media Concepts in Washington, D.C. She also freelances as an editor on documentary, marketing and promotional projects. Marianne has spoken at several industry conferences and has contributed articles to industry magazines.

Jim Kanter | Filmmaker, Training Director, Digital Film

An award-winning filmmaker, Jim is currently the Training Director of the Digital Film Institute. A graduate of USC's film school and working professionally since 1976, Jim is a certified instructor for Apple, Adobe, and Boris software, and is a popular speaker at trade shows.

Glen Stephens | Owner, Pixel Post Studios, LLC

Glen Stephens has been involved in the television production industry for over 15 years, and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Arizona State University. Glen is the creator of the Tools for Television Photoshop Toolbox and co-authored Teach Yourself Adobe Premiere in 24 Hours.

Douglas Spotted Eagle | Grammy-winning Producer and

Douglas is a 2001 Grammy recipient, with DuPont, Peabody, Telly, and Nammy awards lining his studio. He's also a participant/producer in two Emmy-winning productions and as a videographer, he's shot, edited, or produced media finding its way into 12 Emmy-nominated productions, and has been exhibited at the Sundance Film Festival.

Richard Harrington | President, RHED Pixel

Richard has completed Avid's Master Editor Workshop, the Avid Certified Instructor Program, and is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Dream Team. His visual communications consultancy, RHED Pixel, creates motion graphics and produces video and multimedia projects.

Yan Shvalb | Founder, VizualFX

Yan is a consultant, instructor, and founder of VizualFX, a professional service provider and training center in NYC, and recently authored Professional DVDs with DVD Studio Pro 2 and Advanced Finishing Techniques for Final Cut Pro4. Yan also worked on the DVD training found inside retail boxes of Final Cut Express.

Tristan Le Rudulier | Avid DS Artist and Instructor

Tristan has won two international awards for a graphics oriented short he co-directed and has worked in the postproduction business since 1993. He moved to Montreal in 1996 and led the development of all courseware material from Softimage|DS version 1.0 to Avid|DS version 6, as well as the award-winning Avid|DS Tutorial.

Tony Jover | Director, HD Heaven

Always spurred by digital work, Tony gained the dubious distinction of ‘successfully’ crashing a jumbo jet three times, while working on a 747 simulator. Years later, he heard of a “Digital Studio.” Knowing that he shared that same vision for the industry, in 2003 he set up HD Heaven, a boutique DS HD facility.

Bob Donlon | Founder, Bleecker Street Productions

From acting in the Michael J. Fox film, For Love Or Money, to touring as the opening act for Sheryl Crow; Bob has done it all. In 2003, he formed Bleecker Street Productions, a multimedia production company, and is a trainer of DVD authoring, nonlinear editing, compositing/effects, and multi-format encoding.

Angie Taylor | Animator and Storyboard Artist, Angie Taylor

Angie is an animator and (digital) filmmaker based in the UK working on a freelance basis for production companies and broadcasters producing animation, motion graphics, and visual effects. She regularly tours with Adobe and Apple, giving software demonstrations and seminars on digital filmmaking and animation processes.

Dan Selakovich | President, Angel Dog Entertainment,

Dan is President of Angel Dog Entertainment, Inc. a production and publishing company based in LA. He has used his 25 years experience as a filmmaker to author the book Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build: How to build your own Camera Cranes, Car Mounts, Stabilizers, Dollies, and more.

Steve Martin | Director of Media Development,

Steve has been an in-house editor for Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising and has been producing and teaching digital video since 1994. He has taught workshops at Macworld, DV Expo, QuickTime Live, and the American Film Institute as well as establishing the Web's first talk radio show dedicated to DV content creators.

Wes Plate | Freelance Editor and President, Automatic Duck,

Wes is a freelance editor and president of Automatic Duck, Inc. Going back to his earliest days with After Effects, part of Wes' expertise was getting stuff done fast. This knowledge led him to start Automatic Duck, Inc. to create popular timeline-translation plug-ins for Avid, FCP, and After Effects.

Ben Waggoner | Digital Video Consultant, Trainer and Encoder,

Ben compressed his first video file in 1989, and co-founded Journeyman Post in 1994, becoming one of the nation's first full-time “compressionists.” He now runs Ben Waggoner Digital, a compressed media consulting, training, and encoding company that advises clients on compression technologies and workflow.

Kevin Ames | Commercial Digital Photographer, Trainer, Contributing Columnist, Ames Photographic Illustration, Inc.

Kevin began his photographic career at age 12, when he sold pictures of a class field trip to schoolmates for a tidy profit. From this entrepreneurial and creative beginning, he has become a recognized leader in the fast-evolving world of commercial digital photography and is co-author of the Photoshop World Dream Team Instructors Book.

Franco Sacchi | Avid Instructor, Editor and Producer

Franco is a senior Avid Instructor and freelance Editor/Producer working for over six years in the Department of Educational Services at Avid Technology. While at Avid he contributed to develop the Avid Certified Instructor Program, taught hundreds of classes and conducted Train the Trainer courses to certify new Avid Instructors.

Anne Renehan | Director of Communications, Boris FX

Anne is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Boris FX, where she oversees the Authorized Training Center program and develops the Boris training curriculum. Before joining Boris FX, Anne worked for PBS as an Avid editor on Antiques Roadshow, ZOOM, and Championship Ballroom Dancing.

David Bigelow | Senior Editor, Moody Street Pictures

David is the Senior Editor at Moody Street Pictures where he edits broadcast commercial campaigns, long format television programs and feature films. A specialist in high definition postproduction, David has embraced Final Cut Pro HD as his primary editing tool.

Ken Brady | Director of Technical Operations, Turner

Ken started at Turner in the Editor's chair of Turner's then four Avid suites and six D2 linear tape suites. In 1998, Ken played an integral role in the operational design and integration of Turner Studios' new 125,000 sq ft., all-digital production facility with new post suites, tape support areas, and networked content support.

Victor Milt | Founder and CEO, Interactive Publishing

Victor studied art and architecture at the University of Michigan, and Cooper Union, NY, two of the country's top art and architectural schools and has won numerous awards, including Clio's, Cindy's, Cine Golden Eagles, and dozens of national and international film festival awards. His latest book, Quit Whining, released late-2004.

George Avgerakis | VP Creative Director, Avekta Productions,

George is VP Creative Director and principal of Avekta Productions in New York City. He is author of Desktop Video Studio Bible, and Digital Animation Bible, from Mc Graw-Hill and lectures frequently on the business aspects of e-media production.

Sandro Corsaro | Creative Director, Crest National

Sandro has worked in creative development for Warner Bros. Animation, MTV Networks, and Sony Pictures. As an accomplished author and animator, Sandro has spoken at numerous tradeshows. At Crest National, he has been instrumental in implementing Flash into their production pipeline and generated new services to produce games for DVD-ROM, Web, and mobile content delivery.

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