2021 Speakers

FCP Summit Program Manager

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.

Actor / Producer

Vince Vaughn

Vincent Anthony Vaughn was born on March 28, 1970, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and was raised in Lake Forest, Illinois. His parents are Vernon Vaughn, a salesman and character actor, and Sharon Vaughn (née Sharon Eileen DePalmo), a real-estate agent and stockbroker. They divorced in 1991. He has two older sisters, Victoria Vaughn and Valeri Vaughn. His recent ancestry includes Lebanese (from his paternal grandmother), Italian (from his maternal grandfather), English, Irish, German, and Scottish. His mother was born in Brantford, Ontario.

Vince was interested in theater early on and grabbed a spot in a Chevy commercial. In 1988 he moved to Hollywood. He managed to hit a few spots on television, but his real goal was to make it to the big screen. He made his first credited role in the film Rudy (1993) where he met his friend Jon Favreau, who was writing a script detailing his life as an out-of-work actor. Vince was written into Swingers (1996) by Jon to play the character of “Trent”. He signed on just as a favor to his buddy, not realizing it would be a career changing role. Though not a commercial success, it was a critical success in which Steven Spielberg saw him and cast him in the big budget sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). This role gave Vince the exposure he needed to become a movie star and, for the first time, choose the roles he wanted to take. A Cool, Dry Place (1998) put him as a loving father, Return to Paradise (1998) cast him as a man having to make a life or death decision to save a friend, and Clay Pigeons (1998) cast him as an interesting serial killer. Since then his roles have been primarily in comedies such as Old School (2003), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005), and Couples Retreat (2009).

Film Editor

Knut Hake

29.01.1971 born in Heidelberg, Germany
1991 abitur (high school diploma), Kurfürst Friedrich Gymnasium, Heidelberg
1987 exchange student, Roosevelt High School, Seattle
1992-1994 architectural studies, Darmstadt, Germany
1994-1996 camera assistant, AVP, Köln
1997-1999 assistant editor, Cut Company, Köln
1999-today editor
2005 marriage with costume designer Nici Zinell We have four children.

lead contributor for FCP.co, the CEO of We Make Movies, and founder of LumaForge

Sam Mestman

Sam Mestman is the Chief workflow architect for OWC and the founder of We Make Movies (www.wemakemovies.org), LumaForge, and FCPWorks.  As a professional editor and colorist, he has worked for Apple, ESPN, Glee, and Break Media (to name a few), and has edited or colored hundreds of shorts, features, web series, and probably every other type of content you can think of.  His specialty is the Apple creative ecosystem and he is also the architect behind some of the largest FCPX integrations in the world, including Focus, the world’s first studio feature edited with Final Cut Pro X.  On the video educations side, his Smartphone Studio mobile filmmaking workshops (www.smartphonestudio.tv) are taught in person and remotely to communities around the world and his focus is democratizing filmmaking and storytelling for everyone no matter who they are or where they live.  

Founder / CEO of Other World Computing (OWC)

Larry O’Connor

Larry O’Connor, 46 years old, is the founder and chief executive officer of Illinois-based

OWC, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company. In 2011, Larry was a 40

under 40 business leader by Dealerscope. Last year Larry was awarded Best CEO by

Comparably and was the recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Honors Society Medal of

Honor award. He is a technologist skilled in marketing, product development, software

architecture, and more.

Under Larry’s leadership, OWC has demonstrated dynamic growth in each of its 30+ years

of operation. Starting as a one-person business in 1988, Larry has provided the leadership

and vision to establish OWC as a leading provider of technology products and services.

OWC was the culmination of that forward movement. Larry’s “Green” building design

principles of energy efficiency, protection of natural resources, and lowered pollution

emissions have demonstrated a commitment to environmental responsibility that matches

OWC’s commitment to customer service and product quality.

In 2008, Other World Computing was named one of the Top 12 Green-IT Companies by Computerworld Magazine for the innovative, environmentally responsible design of the OWC’s corporate headquarters building

Lead Content Strategist, Blade Ronner Media

Ron Dawson

Ron combines an eclectic mix of experience from a 25+ year career working for large companies and small. From Vice President of the Movie Magic line of software, to business marketing manager for Intuit’s Quicken, to running a successful video production agency for nearly 20 years, there are few industries and disciplines in which he is not comfortable. Just prior to starting Blade Ronner Media, as managing editor and senior content manager of Frame.io’s blog, he helped it grow to become one of the most respected in the industry.


As the lead content strategist for Blade Ronner Media, he works with his clients to create results-oriented content, from blog posts to podcasts to video series. (A little known fact: he used to dance on a semi-professional Lindy Hop swing dance troupe.)

Actress

Victoria Moroles

Victoria has built a robust acting career, known for roles including Andie on the Disney Channel series “Liv and Maddie”, Hayden Romero on MTV’s “Teen Wolf”, and starring in the Hulu comedy “Plan B”, directed by Natalie Morales.
In the midst of being surrounded by the family art business, she fell in love with dance which led to a realization that performing anywhere felt like home.


She currently has 500K+ followers on her Instagram: instagram.com/victoriamoroles.

Founder & Executive Chairman

Andrew B. Stein

Andrew Stein founded the Orphaned Starfish Foundation in 2001 to help orphans, victims of abuse and at-risk children worldwide escape their cycles of poverty and abuse through education and job training. From humble beginnings building a small computer vocational training center in an orphanage for young victims of abuse in Santiago, Chile, he has built the Foundation to now serve over 15,000 children in 70 programs in 29 countries around the globe. Andy has collaborates with local partners in each of these countries, including Save the Children, Rotary Club, and USAID.

“Tio Andy! Tio Mago!” Andy makes yearly visits to each Orphaned Starfish program. Mago is Spanish for Magician. He brings a magic show complete with balloon animals for all the children. (His highest amount recorded was 1,000 balloon animals in one sitting.) His visits also allow for a personal connection not only to the children but to the institutions and their directors and teachers. Every visit helps OSF learn what is needed at our programs so we may better serve these children. Every trip also allows for new program scouting.

For his work helping the children of the favelas of Brazil, Andy was awarded an Honorary Citizenship in Rio De Janeiro by their Congress. In the United States, he has also been awarded the Jefferson Award for Community Service, the key to the city of Miami Beach, and several other state and local honors. He and the Orphaned Starfish Foundation have been featured on CBS News, Fox News, ABC News, Telemundo and Univision as well as in the Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Star Ledger, Jewish Week and US Magazine. Andy has also been a member of the Benefit Committees for Aleh Foundation, National Academy for the Arts, US Doctors for Africa, and Harlem’s Playing 2 Win Foundation. Prior to his work with Orphaned Starfish, Andy was active in Special Olympics, Rotary Club and Counterpart International.

Andy Stein is also currently President and CEO of Makopastreet Partners, LLC. Makopastreet Partners provides senior debt financing for luxury and ultra-luxury hotel, and mixed-use developments, as well as infrastructure projects worldwide. In addition, Makopastreet Partners coordinates all stages of development for luxury and ultra-luxury hotel and mixed- use developments in the Americas, with a focus on the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Andy has been a featured speaker at several industry conferences worldwide and has been a guest professor on the topic of international hotel finance at Wharton for the past several years. From 1993 – 1996, Andy was based in Manila, Philippines as the Joint Head of Corporate Finance for Chase’s (formerly Chemical Bank’s) Manila Branch. During his tenure in Manila, Andy developed the Bank’s project finance and hospitality expertise in the Philippines. Andy also was instrumental in the execution of the Brady Plan bonds, which restructured the bank debt of several Latin American and Asian countries.

Andy holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of Virginia. Andy has two sons, both very much involved with Orphaned Starfish Foundation. Andy lives in Miami when not traveling for the Foundation.

Executive Vice President, SAG-AFTRA, COO, TSMA

Ben Whitehair

Ben has been a champion for social change through art and business for the last twenty years. Alongside leading the operations of TSMA, he sits as Executive Vice President of the performer’s union, SAG-AFTRA, is a certified business and mindset coach, and has built and scaled numerous successful businesses.

Actress

Gabrielle Elyse

Over the last few years actress Gabrielle Elyse has quickly become known for her natural talent, charm, and passion for her craft. She can be seen starring as Hayley Chamberlain in the horror-comedy series “Snatchers,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.


In addition to “Snatchers”, Gabrielle got her start working for Disney appearing on top shows including “Liv and Maddie” and “Austin & Ally.” In 2014 she landed her first series regular role as Josie on Nickelodeon’s “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn.” She continued her work with Nickelodeon recurring on the network’s long running hit series “The Thundermans”. Gabrielle also appeared on the hit TNT drama series “Rizzoli & Isles,” then on “Teen Wolf” for MTV, and went on to book “The Catch” for ABC, “Dimensions 404″ and “Blackish.”


Gabrielle prides herself on being multi-racial and is passionate about breaking African American stereotypes.
She currently has 140K+ followers on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabrielle.

CEO/Founder, TSMA Consulting

Ryan Walker

Ryan’s resumé spans a decade of digital marketing and media, from leading the west coast experiential team for Diageo, to negotiating the first influencer partnership ever done with Uber.

As the founder and Chief Executive for TSMA, his unique perspectives on digital consumer behavior, organic social growth acceleration, and content placement algorithms has informed the marketing decisions of numerous celebrities and Fortune 500 businesses.

Director of Client Care and Acquisition, TSMA

Bethany Gayton

TSMA Bethany’s background spans over a decade of experience in the entertainment and social media fields. From helping build a small social media firm, Actor Influencer, to hundreds of clients, to quickly joining the leadership team at TSMA when Actor Influencer was acquired, Bethany has supported thousands of profiles in creating powerful and leverage-able social media presences. An expert in audience growth tactics, Bethany now sits as Director of Client Care and Acquisition with TSMA, a leading national social media management firm. Her personal YouTube channel has received fast success, with growth of tens of thousands of subscribers each month.

Actress

Jadah Marie

To say Jadah Marie Johnson is up-and-coming would be an understatement. She’s known for her role in Oscar Nominated “Ready Player One”, directed by Steven Spielberg.


Jadah portrayed Celia in the hit action adventure movie “Descendants 3”, directed by Kenny Ortega, which starred Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, and Sofia Carson. Most recently, Jadah was cast as Flynn in the family fantasy comedy series “Julie and the Phantoms”.


She currently has over one million followers on her Instagram: instagram.com/thejadahmarie.

Editor - Writer - Post Production

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.

Founder/Lead Creative, Catania Group

Cirina Catania

Cirina Catania, 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 Founder/Lead Creative at the Catania Group est. circa 1989, Host of OWC RADiO and partner, Lumberjack System, as well as Tech Ambassador for companies such as Blackmagic Design, Zeiss, etc.. She is a long-time member of the Producers Guild, Writers Guild, 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. 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. She is very proud of the fact that she has not yet contracted Malaria and that after all these years, she still loves her job!

Apple Distinguished Educator

Steve Douglass

Steve Douglass is an Apple Distinguished Educator who has taught New Media at Lake Forest High School on the North Shore of Chicago since 2005. Steve created showNtell as an effort to democratize the video storytelling process he learned while at ESPN producing highlights for SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight and ESPNews. ShowNtell was first an iOS app, and is now a fully customizable process and structure based on what Steve learned from producing over 10,000 student videos. It has enabled students to tell their personal story authentically to their specific audience. This was proven at a regional level through the Chicago Summer Stories program and now with remote learning, it can transform student learning around the world.

Partner at Foundry General Counsel

Seth 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.

Video Producer · Editor · Content Creator

Sasha Williams

Sasha Williams is a professional video producer, editor, and content creator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Sasha has been a powerhouse producer at SL\CE Editorial for nearly a decade, guiding thousands of video projects from concept to completion for major corporate clients, and empowering a strong talent pool of fellow producers, editors, animators, videographers, and creatives to do their best work. 

Most recently, Sasha is the founder of Create Illuminate, where you can find a digital treasure trove of resources for video professionals who want to work smarter & take their careers to the next level. Don’t forget to subscribe to her YouTube channel!

Webiste:https://createilluminate.com/

Apple Certified Trainer, Training Brisbane

Iain Anderson

Iain Anderson is a trainer and freelance editor based in Brisbane, Australia. Among other things, Iain is the author of Final Cut Pro Efficient Editing, creator of funwithstuff Annotator (available on FxFactory), an Apple Certified Trainer in Final Cut Pro, a lead trainer for macProVideo.com, a tutorial creator for coremelt.com, a videographer, an editor, an animator, a writer, a designer, and occasionally a coder of Apple Watch and iPad apps. In the past he’s created animations and live videos for Microsoft, virtual islands in Second Life for government, and screensavers for fun.

Tech Talk America

David Cox

David A. Cox is the one-man crew behind the YouTube Channel, Tech Talk America (690k subs), where he has created over 550 tutorials to teach Apple users how to get the most out of their Apple products. He recently launched a new podcast, The Creative Source, where he interviews creative professionals around the world about their process. David is also recognized for his Droning Provincetown videos (DroningProvincetown.com) where he has chronicled LGBTQ life in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

CEO / Editor-in-Chief, This Week In Photo (TWiP)

Frederick Van Johnson

Frederick has been a professional photographer since 1989, and he is also a passionate entrepreneur and marketer.

He is the host and Editor-in-Chief of “This Week in Photo aka TWiP”, one of the world’s most popular photography podcasts, and also the founder of TWiP PRO, a highly engaged and exclusive community of photographers.

Frederick began his career as a Combat Photojournalist in the United States Air Force, where he served for 8 years and was decorated multiple times for his work in the field. Frederick’s squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base was among the first in the armed forces to receive and put into daily action DSLR camera equipment. As a result, Frederick was awarded the prestigious Air Force Commendation medal for his key role in facilitating the USAF’s transition from film-based photography to digital.

After the military, Frederick went on to study visual communication and marketing at the University of California in Santa Barbara, California, ultimately becoming Chairman of the Board at Brooks Institute of Photography.

An Apple alum, Frederick was also instrumental in the development of iPhoto, Aperture Apple’s award-winning photo management application.

Today he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and continues to make photographs, record the podcast, and binge on Netflix whenever possible.

Director, Producer, Editor

Kim Furst

Kim Furst is a director, producer and film editor who has has been trusted consistently with A list talent to bring her distinctive brand of visual poetry and story structure to the screen. After editing and structuring 2006’s iconic “Made on a Mac” film ONE SIX RIGHT, Furst joined the Editor’s Guild, and her work caught the eye of Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford, both of which she has since worked with on numerous doc and branded projects.

As a producer and supervising editor, Kim helped earn Paramount Pictures a Golden Satellite Award for the behind the scenes for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, after which she supervised documentaries for multiple other tentpole features — then founded Kilo Foxtrot Films.

FLYING THE FEATHERED EDGE was listed by FLYING Magazine as one of the top aviation films of all time. Her latest feature doc, currently in post, THE LAST GRANDMASTER, chronicles the head of the Bujinkan, the 34th Grandmaster of Ninjitsu, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, a Japanese National Treasure.

On the narrative front, Kim recently re-created 1827 in Jackson Browne’s childhood home for MISS BROOKE, starring Chelsea Alden (13 Reasons Why), lensed by Denis Moran (Mad Men) and Tammy Fouts (AVATAR 2, 3), sound mixed by Academy Award winner Gary Rizzo (Inception, Dunkirk), color timed by Jan Yarbrough (Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter series.)

Kim serves on the Executive Board of the Alliance of Women Directors, where she founded their flagship “Works in Progress” program sponsored by Canon and FotoKem.

Certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid trainer

Nick Harauz

Nick Harauz is a certified Adobe, Apple, and Avid trainer.

Nick has an uncanny ability to engage his students and create a level of relatedness that keeps them coming back for more. Since 2002, Nick has also worked with domestic and international brands, offering a wide variety of video production and motion graphic services. He has worked with clients such as Proctor & Gamble, Diageo, Virgin Mobile, Nando’s, Visa and Blackberry.

In 2013, Nick wrote his first book on Apple Motion 5, which is available on Amazon. He spoke at Adobe MAX in 2018 for Adobe and at the launch of CC 2014 in Toronto . Currently, Nick is writing a book in Photoshop for 2021. When he is not teaching, travelling, or creating video content, Nick can be found on his new e-bike.

Cinematographer, Producer, Apple Certified Trainer, Capture.ink

Lee Herbet

Cinematographer, Producer and Apple Certified Trainer, Capture.ink —- Lee Herbet is a filmmaker and educator. Through his company, Capture.ink, he and his team have helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their stories. He loves teaching and delivers workshops all over the world. He writes for a number of online photography and video sties on topics ranging from reviews to “how to” articles. He is also a certified Final Cut Pro Master Trainer.

Website:capture.ink

CEO & Founder OF RHED Pixel, Inc.​

Rich 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

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.

Director of Photography

Marcos Rocha

I’m a San Francisco Bay Area-based Director of Photography specializing in Commercials and Documentaries. My job description is: to communicate ideas using the power of video. In addition, it is my responsibility to make the images look beautiful while maintaining integrity to the story we are telling. I work primarily with tech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area to produce online promotional content. Although most of my work is local, I do travel all over the states. Whether I am working with a full crew or a small one, I am able to adjust and be resourceful.

Webiste:https://marcosdp.com/

President, OWC

Jen Soule

Throughout her 22-year career at Other World Computing, Jen Soulé has valued personal relationships as equally crucial as bottom-line profits. By taking a real interest in people – both internal team members and external customers – she has gained a unique perspective on how to serve others with a genuine human touch. 

After joining OWC as a Sales Representative in 1997, Soulé quickly became Sales Manager. During her 12-year stewardship, OWC recorded double-digit annual revenue growth. As Product Process Manager from 2009-2014, she played a crucial role in developing an innovative and award-winning product, creating channel marketing collaboration, developing new international partners, and communicating new corporate strategies and goals. 

Named OWC’s first President in 2014, Soulé is responsible for strategic development, expansion opportunities, performance management, budgeting, and guiding technological innovation via products and services. 

Soulé received a Silver Stevie Award for the category Female Executive of the Year – Consumer Products – 11 to 2,500 Employees at the 14th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Secondary English Education.

Creative Partner of Ripple Training

Mark Spencer

Mark Spencer is a creative partner of Ripple Training, where he has trained thousands of people on production and post-production techniques through classes, workshops, YouTube videos, and online training products. He is also a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. Mark is an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5, a Blackmagic-certified instructor for Davinci Resolve and the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion and FinalMark Spencer is a creative partner with Ripple Training, producing tutorials and plugins for Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Davinci Resolve. He is a video producer, editor, trainer and writer, and is the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion and Final Cut Pro, including the Apple Pro Training Series Motion 5.

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

Video Technology Coordinator, Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Marteana Davidson

Marteana Davidson is the Video Technology Coordinator for Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She manages the Charles Marshall Video Technology Center and TV Studio. Marteana grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri and currently resides in St. Louis City. She is a graduate of Webster University,(Mo) where she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Media Communications and Interactive Communications and former adjunct professor. Her goal is to keep students abreast of the latest technologies and strategies related to media production and literacies. One of Marteana’s passions is media literacy education. She is the former board member and president of Gateway Media Literacy Partners (GMLP), a group who advocates for media literacy education and training.

In her free time Marteana likes to take walks, work on freelance video work and spend time with her family which includes her husband Kendall, Kendall Jr. (29), Madison (15), Mason (11) and Koda, their Australian Cattle dog (11 months).

Editor | Writer | Director

Mike Matzdorff

Mike Matzdorff is a dad, film editor, writer and post-production trailblazer. Currently in Southern California working as Associate Editor on Paramount Pictures animated film Treehorn.

Owner of Cre8ive Beast, Workflow Architect at Hedge, and host of FCP.co Live Sessions

Felipe Baez

Felipe is the owner of Cre8ive Beast, a small creative agency in Prague, Czech Republic. He works as an Editor, Workflow Architect and Postproduction consultant helping clients improve their postproduction processes efficiency and enabling remote collaborative workflows. Most recently Felipe worked as a Workflow Consultant and Lead Assistant Editor for a 6 part documentary series for HBO titled “Q: Into the Storm”. Previous to starting his own creative agency, Felipe worked at McKinsey & Company and then at Accenture as a Creative Producer and Head of Post Production for Accenture Productions. His team was involved in over 2000 Live Broadcast events per year across an organization of 450.000+ employees. He led a team of Editors in 4 countries and created workflows that allowed his team to collaborate and handover projects every day, delivering over 400 videos a month.

Creative Director for We Make Movies Creative Services

Steven LaMorte

Steven LaMorte is the Creative Director for We Make Movies Creative Services, a Digital Marketing Agency Specializing in Remote Branded Content Production. Steven moved to Los Angeles to make his feature film directing debut “Never Leave Alive” starring WWE Superstar John Morrison and Joseph Gatt (Dumbo, Thor). His other features include Christmas movie, “One Stop Away” starring James Boland (HBO’s Vinyl) and WWF legend Rowdy Roddy Piper’s final film in 3D, “Fighting with Fire”.


In 2019, Steven directed Miss World America in Las Vegas, Nevada, which aired for a global audience of over 100 million people in over 30 countries. Steven has been nominated for various industry and festival awards for his various commercial and new media productions.

Webiste:https://www.stevenlamorte.com

Plum Productions Video Founder

Jenn Jager

When Jenn Jager started Plum Productions Video, she had a vision: a woman owned business where projects began with a collaborative spirit between creatives and clients. In the past decade, Plum Productions has grown into one of South Florida’s busiest production houses, with clients ranging from SAKS 5TH Avenue, Newell Brands (makers of Oster, Mr. Coffee, Sunbeam and others), and the University of Michigan. In 2018, Jenn started her own YouTube channel where she gives tips on video marketing strategies. Her audience has swelled to 100,000 subscribers from every corner of the world. In March of 2021, she launched a new channel, “Jenn Jager Pro Tutorials” which is solely focused on helping editors sharpen their Final Cut Pro and Apple Motion skills.

Webiste:www.jennjager.com

Film Editor

Steven Moyer

Steven Moyer is a film editor (La Leyenda Negra | Sundance, HBO) and assistant editor (Q: Into the Storm | HBO, The Banker | Apple TV+) working exclusively in Final Cut Pro for the last 8 years. Moyer specializes in all things Final Cut and works to align himself with projects and directors that bring attention to important topics and underrepresented communities.

Communications Manager for FilmConvert

Henessey Griffiths

Henessey Griffiths is the Communications Manager for FilmConvert, a software company based in Wellington, New Zealand, offering solutions to all your color grading needs. Following her studies in Memetic Science at the University of Otago, Henessey has dived straight into the world of video production and color grading. She is currently working on producing a tutorial series aimed at beginner filmmakers, teaching them the skills for planning, editing, and shooting their own video content.

Website:https://www.filmconvert.com

Techie, Gamer, Vlogger, and Digital Creator

Justine Ezarik

Justine Ezarik is a one-woman digital phenomenon: techie, gamer, vlogger, and digital creator. She is one of the top female personalities online. Justine was named one of the Hollywood Reporters 50 most powerful digital players as well as one of Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100. In 2014, she was on Time’s Most 100 list and in 2012, she was ranked the #6 most influential personality by The Daily Beast’s Digital Power Index, amongst the rankings of Lady Gaga and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Justine published her first book, I, Justine: An Analog Memoir, in June 2015 under Simon & Schuster and is a New York Times Best Seller.

A popular brand ambassador, Justine has worked with partners such as Google, Lays, Mattel, Microsoft, H&R Block, Toyota, Canon, Intel, eBay, P&G, Starbucks, Banana Republic, Samsung, Nestle, Pizza Hut and DJI Drones. She has been featured in numerous magazine and publications from The Chicago Tribune to Fast Company and Maxim Magazine and also appeared on shows such as Chopped, The Celebrity Apprentice, Dr. Oz, The Talk, The Rachael Ray Show, The Vampire Diaries, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, E!, MTV.

Filmmaker, Owner, FOCUSED Equipment

Robin Moran

Robin is the Founder and Workflow Architect of FOCUSED equipment, a boutique customized workflow solutions provider and camera rental in Indonesia. His versatility as an award-winning filmmaker enables him to direct, produce and edit high quality fiction and non-fiction content all over the world. He’s an advocate for education and provides workshops, and mentoring to younger filmmakers. He is also part of the advisory board for Hedge.

Founder FCPWORKS

Noah Kadner

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

Editor

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin is a fancy, award-winning editor. Before starting his editing career in 1998 he worked as a post production mixer, professional musician, and wore a variety of hats in film, TV, and live production. He began cutting on Media Composer and moved to the OG Final Cut Pro at the turn of the century. Charlie jumped into FCP X when it first came out, and has been using it for professionally since early 2012. He also has a bunch of other stuff in his tool kit. Charlie currently cuts TV spots, trailers and other advertising in glamorous Hollywood CA.

Former head of Design for Apple's Pro Video Applications

Colleen Pendergast

Former head of Design for Apple’s Pro Video Applications. After 16+ years on the Pro Video design team, Colleen Pendergast has stepped out of the mother ship and back into civilian life. Colleen joined Apple with a background in editing, producing and teaching and quickly fell in love with user centered design. Her ability to empathize with the user and to create innovative workflows and designs, has garnered her dozens of patents and most notably a seat on this creative summit panel!

Director of Marketing, Media and Entertainment, Quantum

Skip Levens

Skip Levens drives Media and Entertainment outreach for Quantum, maker of the Xsan-compatible StorNext shared storage file system and collaboration platform, and Quantum CatDV, a media asset management platform. Skip was the original Apple Technology Evangelist for Xserve, Xserve RAID and Xsan products.

Video Teacher Workshop

Tracy Misner

The Video Teacher Workshop, by Tracy Misner, is a program designed to help film, broadcast journalism, and video teachers get the most out of their programs. The workshop is designed to get your program up and running like a business so the teacher can concentrate on teaching rather than the roadblocks often associated with teaching film and video. Run It Like You Own It is a podcast from Tracy Misner that gives the film and video teacher easy steps they can implement in their own classroom to help make the experience better in their class. We focus on class management, video tools to use in the classroom and ways to improve the teaching technique!

Website:http://www.thevideoteacher.org/

Award-winning Multimedia Instructor

Don Goble

Don Goble is an award-winning Multimedia Instructor at Ladue High School in St. Louis, MO. Don advises LHS-TV & Films (LHSTV.net) and has published numerous digital media resources for students and educators all over the world. Don is an Apple Distinguished Educator and global Adobe Education Leader, who speaks internationally at education conferences, conventions, and provides professional development workshops and webinars, offering educators innovative ways to incorporate video, multimedia, and media literacy into the classroom. The National Journalism Education Association named Don as their Broadcast Adviser of the Year 2015. Connect with Don at DonGoble.com or on Twitter @dgoble2001.

Website:DonGoble.com

President, We Make Movies

Aubrey Mozino

Aubrey Mozino is the President of the tv/film community We Make Movies (wemakemovies.org). After 20 years working as a professional actor, Aubrey realized how performers (and small businesses!)  are now expected not only to be in front of the camera but also be multi-hyphenates who can develop, shoot and distribute their own video content. Through We Make Movies, Aubrey has helped creatives produce over 350 short films, a dozen features, and countless web series, commercials, and sketches.  Recently Aubrey developed a curriculum on smartphone filmmaking that shows how you have the power of a professional production studio right in your pocket. She’s been teaching this workshop around the country and empowering creatives to take back control of their careers and make the movies THEY want to see.

Filmmaker, Editor, and YouTuber

Dylan John Dickerson

Dylan John Dickerson is a filmmaker, editor, and YouTuber. On his channel, Dylan John, he covers Final Cut Pro and filmmaking tutorials. Dylan is also a MotionVFX tutor who aims to create engaging, fun, and informative content to help FCP users become better creators.

Chris Fenwick

Chris Fenwick has a 35 year history of creating broadcast television and corporate video projects that started years before even owning a computer. As a broadcaster and an early adopter of what we used to to call “desktop video”, Chris brings a unique perspective to what we now do everyday. 

In 2007 Chris moved his personal edit suite into Slice Editorial in Oakland, CA where he spends his time catering to Fortune 100 companies. In late 2008 he was an early adopter of the Canon DSLRs being used in digital cinema and perfecting their use in his workflow. 2020 has brought on all new challenges in the corporate video space which lead to a deep dive binge into all things streaming and perfecting remote workflows. Slice Editorial now has editors spread all over the Western United States and, as Lead Editor, Chris works to make the team appear as a unified workforce to Slices clients.

Filmmaker, Editor, and YouTuber

Brad van der Westhuizen

Dylan John Dickerson is a filmmaker, editor, and YouTuber. On his channel, Dylan John, he covers Final Cut Pro and filBrad started editing video as a hobby when he was 11 years old. Fast forward many years later and he now runs a remotely-operated production company and creates Final Cut Pro tutorials on his YouTube channel ‘Brad & Donna’.

Google News Lab Teaching Fellow

Caroline Scott

Caroline Scott is a passionate media trainer and social media specialist, helping news organizations, marketers and businesses better connect with their audiences online. She specializes in smartphone content creation and has trained staff at a range of organizations such as the BBC, RTÉ, Falkland Islands TV, and Sky News to rethink their workflows and use this exciting new technology in 2020.

Caroline is also a working journalist and has shot and edited video for the BBC, ITV, Thomson Reuters, Associated Press, and British Forces Broadcasting Service. Her previous work as the Deputy Editor of [Journalism.co.uk](http://journalism.co.uk/) saw Caroline report on the latest innovations and trends that are changing the digital media industry, with a strong focus on the growth of mobile journalism in the newsroom and how businesses are using the technology to better connect internally, and with their audiences online.

Although trained on ’traditional’ cameras and desktop editing software, she prefers to shoot, edit and publish her work from mobile devices, experimenting with a range of formats for viewers on different social platforms – and is a huge advocate for vertical video and raw content. Previously, Caroline was based in the South Atlantic where she developed a television station and its news programming for the population of the Falkland Islands. Her work as a videographer includes producing short films, documentaries, and educational material for various companies in the UK.

Broadcasting & Film Teacher

Elaine McDonald

Elaine McDonald is a 20 year veteran of teaching with 15 years in broadcasting and film.  She is currently teaching Intro Broadcast, Adv. Broadcast Journalism, Advanced Film, Advanced Sports Broadcasting and IB Film. Elaine engages her students by using her energetic and inviting personality and meeting her students where they are. She also challenges her students to always tell the story no matter what they are producing. As such, the program has earned over 180 awards including 145 city/state/regional awards and 35 national awards. Elaine lives in Lee’s Summit with her husband, Chris, and has three teenage children who keep her busy in her free time.

Acting Coach

Zak Barnett

For the past fifteen years, Zak has become one of Hollywood’s most renowned acting coaches, helping thousands of actors (aspiring, working, and celebrity) of all ages to artistic success and professional integrity within the industry. His background is supported by an equally impressive seven years of developing and co-chairing the first BA, MA, and MFA performing arts program in the country that focuses on artistic experimentation, spirituality and social activism. In other words – the development of the Whole Self.


Currently, Zak has dozens of students working as series regulars on major television shows, as well as hundreds of others working as guest stars, co-stars, and major roles in both studio and independent films.

Colorist and Color Scientist

Dado Valentic

Dado Valentic has worked as a colorist and color scientist on major film and TV productions like Game of Thrones, Exodus, Sherlock Holmes, Marco Polo, Crazy Rich Asians, Mr. Nice, Total recall, Assassin, etc. His method of look design has been implemented in the plugin and stand-alone applications ‘Colourlab’ and ‘Look Designer’ responsible for the look creation of an estimated 50.000 TV shows, feature films and major commercials. When he is not designing looks, he trains and consults Google, YouTube, Dolby, WB Studios, Univision, Comedy Central, HBO, CBS, Adobe, Activision, NBC Universal, Electronic Arts and Disney. Dado not only works in the industry but also maintains a vast training program and online community. His training program was developed at the British Film Institute’s initiative and is now adopted by SMPTE and is considered the reference on the topics covered. He has been invited to be a guest lecturer at major Film Educational Institutions such as the UCLA, Art Center College, London International Film School, NY Film Academy, UPGrade Berlin, International Colorist Academy, Moscow International Film School, Dutch Nation Film and Television School, Australian National Film School, SAE Oxford, Glasgow University, REDucation and many more. IG: @dadovalentic

Video Producer

George Edmondson

George Edmondson owns a video production company based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and has been working with MotionVFX to create high-quality tutorials showcasing a wide array of plug-ins and templates. George since starting built his entire company exclusively on Final Cut Pro and Motion and has many years of real-life experience with both applications. He also uses a variety of MotionVFX plug-ins for his work, including an Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Alabama: In The Making,” which used MVFX plug-ins: mO2 and mPuppet.

Alex Lindsay

Alex Lindsay has been involved in almost part of media production from coding to audio, video, film, web, AR/VR and live-streaming. After working on Star Wars at Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic, he built a global training organization and now uses that experience to help others engage their communities online.