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Explore the collaboration between inspiration and logic in creativity

Find the groove in your soundscapes

Develop your artistry through improvisation, risk, and collaboration

Reconnect with your playful inner self to achieve creative freedom

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Thomas "TomSka" Ridgewell

Thomas "TomSka" Ridgewell is a British filmmaker, actor, content creator, and vlogger. He is known for writing, directing, producing and starring his live-action sketch comedy YouTube videos and animated web-series such as asdfmovie, Eddsworld and Crash Zoom. His main YouTube channel has over 7.98 million subscribers and his videos have garnered over 2.1 billion views.

Tom studied Media Production at the University of Lincoln, and whilst studying created a series of unofficial advertisements for the university which received millions of views. 

He has appeared as a guest on the BBC's The One Show and created short films for Comedy Central.

Dan Mace

Dan Mace is a young creative and visionary Film Director, Youtuber and the founder of JOE Films in Cape Town. Over his 10-year career behind the camera, he has directed over 100 commercials, music videos, documentaries and short films spanning across four continents. Having joined YouTube in 2011, he has grown an audience of over 770,000 subscribers and has amounted over 35 Million views of his films.

He writes, produces, directs and edits the majority of his own work and considers himself to be an all-round creative. As a Director, his talent lies in his authentic story-telling abilities and honed technical knowledge both on and off set. However, he believes his greatest asset is his open mind and the ability to think differently in order to craft a meaningful narrative that moves people. He is an altruist with an earnest desire to see the world changed for the better and it is this desire that he uses to fuel and inspire his films.

Over the span of his career Dan has won multiple accolades including three Young Director Awards at Cannes Lions, an African Crystal Film Grand Prix, Bronze Loerie Awards, Ciclope Africa Editing Craft awards, and the Creative Circle ad of the month, amongst others.

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Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove is a Canadian-born film producer and founder of the Raindance Film Festival in 1993 and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998. Elliot lectures on screenwriting and filmmaking throughout the UK, Europe, North America and Japan.

Tamika Lamison is an award winning actor, writer, director and producer. She graduated from The American University, Howard University and is an AFI Alum of the prestigious Directing Workshop for Women.  Tamika was a Research/Consultant at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences before accepting a position as the Exec.

 

Tamika has produced/written and/or directed a plethora of shorts, features and documentaries including: Last Life, Spin, Hope, The 3rd Era of Medicine, The Male Groupie & Sex & Violence or: A Brief Review of Simple Physics.  She was also the Director and DP on BET’s first reality TV show- College Hill. 

In an effort to give back, Tamika created and founded, MAKE A FILM FOUNDATION (MAFF), a non-profit that grants ‘film wishes’ to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, writers and directors who help them create short film legacies.

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Vashi defected from Czechoslovakia as a child during the Cold War and grew up in Toronto & Detroit. Following his career as a professional hockey player, he has been a professional film editor in Los Angeles since 2000. Vashi has edited 11 feature films including “6 BELOW: Miracle on the Mountain,” the global phenomenon “Sharknado 2,” the comedy “An American Carol” for director David Zucker (Airplane!, Scary Movie) & PTSD documentary “That Which I Love Destroys Me” for director Ric Roman Waugh (Angel Has Fallen, Snitch).

 

Vashi has cut over 50 national commercials for numerous brands including Nike, Volkswagen, Ford, NHL, EA Sports, Adobe, Medal of Honor, US Army, US Navy, US Marines, US Reserve & the US Air Force. His company VashiVisuals has provided post-production workflow, consulting services and Premiere Pro training for numerous projects including: Deadpool, Gone Girl, The Good Doctor and House of Cards. Vashi has also trained fellow ACE film editors in transitioning to Adobe Premiere Pro including: Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall, Billy Fox, Don and Dean Zimmerman, Julian Clarke, Nicolas De Toth, Jon Corn, John Venzon, Joan Sobel, Bruce Green and many more. Vashi has collaborated on projects with: Jerry Bruckheimer, Michel Gondry, John Landis, Dennis Hopper, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. & Disney Studios.

Kerry Michelle - Starting in the late 80s on 16mm, a stint making Video Disks for immersive interactive projects, early adopter of Quicktime tech, Lightworks expert, director of live music TV and selling her soul to commercials and gameshows. Finally Kerry became a product specialist at Adobe helping launch Creative Suite in Europe and then touring launching CS3 in major cities across the USA.

 

Working as a production and pipeline/workflow expert for major studios, including Disney and Sony, she decided to step back and build out her editorial chops as an AE on feature films and documentaries. Most recently Kerry has been the executive producer on the film "Lupe", .lu efilm.com edited in Premiere Pro, where she is seen on the festival circuit as she gives good "panel". Kerry Michelle has a long and checkered past in post over the last 35 years, obviously she started cutting when she was two.

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Adam Leipzig is one of those rare leaders who has the ability to truly deliver. As a game-changing visionary and leader, Adam has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. 

Adam is the former President of National Geographic Films, where he raised US$125 million in production financing, and he is also a former Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Studios.

Currently, as CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, he is providing informed guidance, dealmaking intelligence and relevant connections for corporations and prestige media companies to garner greater success in the marketplace.

Working with the “Top 10” worldwide brands such as National Geographic and Disney, Adam’s projects have generated over US$2 billion in revenue on US$300 million production spending and twice, he has been responsible for the ‘most profitable picture of the year.’

He is also the Publisher and Managing Editor of Cultural Weekly.

Cirina Catania, CEO of Catania Studios, an international filmmaking company, is one of the co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival and former Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at MGM-UA and United Artists.She is a tech evangelist, futurist, and hosts podcasts in her spare time! (OWC RADiO at OWCRADiO.com and the Oh!Zone on USTimes.biz) Cirina is a partner in Lumberjack System, offering creative and time-saving solution to video editors and producers, as well as Tech Ambassador for companies such as Blackmagic Design, etc...

 

Cirina is a long-time member of the Producers Guild, Writers Guild, IATSE Cinematographers Guild, the National Press Club, National Press Photographer’s Association, and more. She has worked as a writer, director, supervising producer, cinematographer, post-producer, or marketing exec on over 150 film, television and new media projects for the big screen as well as for networks such as National Geographic and Discovery. She is the director of “Kionte’s Storey,” a feature doc currently in post-production after five year of filming a athletic and charismatic wounded warrior in his travels pursuing his dreams.

 

Cirina is based in San Diego, D.C. and Berlin when she is not on the road filming in the Amazon or other exotic locations. 

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Amy Peck is Sr. Director of Enterprise Content at HTC Vive Studios. Amy founded EndeavorVR, a leading global XR strategy & consulting firm. She is a recognized thought-leader in the space and speaks globally on the future of XR. She is a venture partner at the Capital Region AR/VR Accelerator, holds several Advisory Board roles and Co-chairs the VRARA Enterprise Committee. Amy's passion for this technology began at Leap Motion where she launched the Enterprise division working with clients across every major vertical including healthcare, entertainment, retail, hospitality, education and government. Amy’s work at Vive entails working with the top developers, creating content for the Vive Enterprise Portal. She focuses on strategies and solutions for Fortune 500 companies, helping them adopt XR for both internal process and consumer-facing initiatives, Her own personal mission is to see XR fundamentally improve every aspect of our lives with the goal of making this technology accessible and transformative for everyone.

Jeff Greenberg

Educator, editor, and consultant Jeff Greenberg brings 25 years of post-production expertise to his students and clients in the film and video industry. He has worked internationally with a large diversity of clients, including major television networks, HBO, Disney, and all four branches of the U.S. military.

Consistently voted a top seminar speaker, he's spoken at NAB, Adobe Max, CabSat, IBC, CES, and Inter Bee. A Master Trainer, he specializes in editorial, workflow, compositing, sound, color grading, and compression.

Mr. Greenberg is the Chair of the annual Editors Retreat, a getaway for Editors by editors. An author, he has published several editing and post-production books, including Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques. He blogs for ProVideo Coalition, among other websites, and creates training resources for Lynda.com and MixingLight.com.

Though he began as an editor, Jeff has become more known as an educator. An Instructor at iColorist.com and an Influencer for Dell, NVidia, and G-Tech. He is a Master Trainer for various products, including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCPX, Avid Media Composer/Symphony, and Black Magic Design DaVinci Resolve. In 2018 he taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

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Elizabeth Blake-Thomas

Elizabeth Blake-Thomas is a British award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist based in Los Angeles, having recently completed her 8th feature film. Elizabeth is the founder and resident director of the Mother & Daughter Entertainment company, whose motto is “Making Content That Matters,” each project starting a conversation amongst viewers. Wanting to give back to the forgotten freelancers of the film industry, Elizabeth has created the MD Foundation Initiative, where allocated donations of smaller amounts are used to produce short films, TV pilots, and even low-budget feature films over a quick weekend or week span, employing new filmmakers through an on-set mentorship experience where all positions are paid equally, with Elizabeth not taking a salary. An Official Ambassador of Awareness Ties for Human Trafficking, Elizabeth hopes to raise more awareness to the horrific nature of human trafficking and help put a stop to it. Her award-winning short film UNSEEN is currently being used in multiple educational systems for trafficking awareness seminars, as her film addresses the role technology plays in the facilitation of child trafficking. A regular on panels at Sundance, Cannes and Toronto International Film Festival, Elizabeth mentors wherever possible, ensuring she sends the elevator back down to all other female directors and filmmakers.

Justin Mohlman

In his 18+ years of experience in the video gaming industry, Justin has contributed to over 20 titles at studios throughout the Midwest. You can find his work in legacy franchises, such as Tony Hawk, Kingdom Hearts and Mortal Kombat as well as other AAA titles like Singularity and Stranglehold.

 

As the acting Creative Director for the Rookies, the industry standard for animation, visual effects and the gaming industries, Justin brings with him his extensive knowledge of games as well as his 12+ years of experience as an instructor in higher education. He is currently teaching game design and art development at Cg Spectrum and Pixl Visn Media Academy.

 

His passion for all things creative and how individuals enhance their skill sets has led to Justin's latest project: Game Development Producer and Author at Epic Games. In addition to video game development and education, Justin is a contributing editor with Heavy Metal Magazine, publishing several comic books as well as assisting with marketing and content development.

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Andrea Sweeney Blanco

Andrea Sweeney Blanco is a bilingual and bi-costal working actor, singer, producer and coach. Originally from Monterrey Mexico, Andrea splits her time between the Latin and American markets in the world of Entertainment. Having gotten her BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College, she worked as a radio host for a popular radio segment, Standing Room Only on 88.9FM for Broadway and Filmmusic. Since then, Andrea has appeared as an actor in 6 national commercial campaigns, gathered multiple international film credits and developed an Actor's Studio Theatre Program for a private high school in LA.

 

She directed a play at the Raven Playhouse in North Hollywood about domestic violence, all proceeds benefiting the Good Shepherd Shelter for Women and Children. She has now been Line Producer and 1st AD for various independent feature films and continues to coach actors. Andrea believes all creative endeavors require proactive collaboration, and creativity is just as much a discipline a sit is a form of divine inspiration. An arts-based career is truly a vocation, one unique to the carrier, and when treated with focus, care and resilience, magic happens.

Guy is an average “guy” with the gift (or curse) of too much creativity. He started his professional life of filmmaking as a US Navy Combat Photographer/Videographer, and served for over 20 years. During that time, he graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Communications, and later earned a Master of Science Diploma in International Studies. He became a CBS News affiliate and quickly learned to live and thrive in the brutally hectic world of network television news. After five years, Guy left to work in the motion picture industry at Continental Film and Digital Labs post production facility as a sales and advertising manager, and soon found himself attending dailies screenings on feature films such as The Waterboy, True Lies, Assassins, Jaws 3, Parenthood, Cocoon, My Girl, Rosewood.  

 

Guy travelled to Washington, DC, to work as a video segment producer for a Discovery Channel affiliate at Idea Television. After almost a decade, Guy was inspired to switch coasts to California and throw the dice at creating his very own production company in the world's most competitive market: Los Angeles. In a stroke of amazing luck - Guys’ new production company, Flagship Films, was awarded several contracts with Warner Brothers Studios, Sony Pictures and Paramount Studios. Guy also pursued other endeavours as an independent documentary producer and even Public Service Announcements (PSAs) which eventually awarded him numerous recognitions including two Emmy Awards. 

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Luisa Winters

Luisa Winters is a Certified Instructor for Adobe and Apple (ACI and ACT). She consults for organizations and works at several different training centers all over the United States and abroad. Luisa is one of the few Adobe Premiere Pro Master instructors. A well-known artist, Luisa often speaks at different conferences on topics ranging from video editing to compositing and web.

 

Luisa is a certified Private Pilot and a Commercial UAV Pilot. She’s been involved with video production and cinematography for over 30 years. Having spent years flying, Luisa’s priority is safety. It is this safety mentality that make Luisa’s missions successful: from preparation and planning, FAA Authorization and client expectation to flying and finally, post-production. At the beginning of 2019, Luisa joined forces with Mike Sobola to form Mid-Atlantic Drones, LLC, a drone service provider specializing in aerial mapping and cinematography and missions in flight-restricted zones.

Nick Harauz

Nick Harauz is a certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid trainer and founder of Creative 111, a company that specializes in video and motion graphics training. Nick has the 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, Yahoo, Visa and Blackberry. He spoke at Adobe MAX in 2018 for Adobe and has new classes on Linkedin Learning for creating Title Templates in both After Effects and Premiere. Currently, Nick is writing a book for video workflows in Photoshop for 2021. When he is not teaching or creating video content, Nick can be found on his e-bike.

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