AVW 2016 SPEAKERS
Adobe Video World Program Manager
CEO & Founder of RHED Pixel, Inc.
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.
Adobe Video World Program Manager
Motion Graphics Artist, SternFX
Eran has over two decades of experience in the Post-Production industry. Coming from the world of Graphics as a commercial artist and a TV Post-Production designer combined with great passion for teaching, Eran has taken upon himself to “Spread the Word” of his expertise on Motion Design. He’s a recognized Adobe expert trainer and one of the most desirable speakers in demand and as such he is the author of the most watched video tutorials and training series for Lynda.com, Adobe and other top productions and software development companies.
Simultaneously, in 2007, Eran founded SternFX. Eran regularly gives talks at local and international conferences like NAB, After Effects World and Premiere Pro World and is part of the creative team at Future Media Concepts as a Program Manager and one of their top speakers. Besides SternFX, Eran is also the head of the Motion Graphics department at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. Prior to that, he was one of the leading mentors in Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
Emmy Award-Winning Director, Designer, Strategist and Educator
He is the Chief Strategist and CEO of Blind, co-founder and CEO of The Skool, an online education platform that teaches the business of design.
Since 1995, Blind, a strategic design agency, has been a pioneer in the motion graphics field and has made hundreds of award-winning commercials, music videos and broadcast promos that combine design, typography, animation, live action and visual effects for screens and clients of all sizes.
Currently, he is an adjunct instructor at Art Center College of Design in the Motion Design program. He serves for organizations such as: SPJA board of directors, Emmy’s M&TD Executive Committee, Saleshood advisory board, Santa Monica College advisory board, Woodbury University advisory board, and completed his term as advisory board member and programming chair for AIGA/LA and Otis board of Governors.
Mr. Do has lectured nationally and internationally at schools and organizations such as: Art Center, Cal Arts, Otis, Cal State (LA, Northridge, Dominguez Hills), San Diego University, TypeCon, Siggraph, SMC, SDC, AIGA: Hecho en LA & Blueprint and Beijing Academy of Fine Art.
He’s also been a judge for: American Advertising Awards, Promax/BDA, and Associate of Independent Commercial Producers.
His firm’s work has been recognized by national and international organizations such as: the Emmys, Effie Gold, Webbie, Communication Arts, London International Awards, One Show, British D&AD, AICP 20, Pictoplamsa, How, 72 dpi, L.A. Weekly, Boards, Res 10, Type Director’s Club (20, 22, 23, 26), IDN, Addy Awards, BDA, Create, Stash (2, 12, 22, 24, 35, 43, 65), Creatie Augustus 2010, Motion Design, Asia Image, Brief, 365 AIGA Year In Design 26, Art Director’s Club, New York Festivals, B Brand, PPaper, I.D., and Print.
Senior Principal Scientist, Dynamic Media Advanced Product Development & Art
David Simons graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Brown University in 1990, and then co-founded The Company of Science & Art (CoSA) in Providence, RI with three friends. He started coding After Effects at CoSA in 1992, shipping version 1.0 in January, 1993. Aldus Corporation bought CoSA in 1993, and then Adobe merged with Aldus the following year. David remained After Effects engineering manager until 2006, and started the Dynamic Media Advanced Product Development group (APD) at Adobe in 2007. APD’s features in After Effects and Premiere Pro have included Roto Brush, Warp Stabilizer, Rolling Shutter Repair, 3D Camera Tracker, Refine Edge, and Character Animator. David is the co-author of twenty-two patents, all related to After Effects. He lives in Seattle with his wife, two children, two cats, and a Labradoodle—all female.
Adobe/Apple Certified Trainer
Video Trainers, Freelance
Luisa Winters is an internationally celebrated instructor, presenter, and musician. An accomplished videographer, editor, 3D animator and graphics designer, she has created and edited scores of broadcast video and web projects for corporate, government, educational, commercial and private clients.
An accomplished violinist at the age of 13, Luisa was a full-time member of the National Symphony Orchestra in the Dominican Republic. While attending the legendary Peabody Conservatory (in Baltimore, MD), Luisa learned from master musicians: Henryk Szeryng, Berl Senofski, Aarond Rosand, Charles Libove, and Leon Fleisher, among others.
Expressing her art in digital form, Luisa became an editor and motion graphics artist in 1985, and has been performing both arts full-time since that point on. Luisa was the Adobe Premiere Pro Technical Chair for the Post-Production Conference at the 2008 NAB convention in Las Vegas.
Luisa is the author of Total Training for Adobe After Effects CS4 – Essentials (DVD), Absolute Training Premiere Pro Essentials (DVD), Adobe Premiere for Videographers (DVD) and Scores of magazine articles on Adobe Production Premium techniques (in English and Spanish).
Owner, J Greenberg Consulting
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.
Jeff is a published author of several books on the subject of editing and post-production. He recently finished a book on Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques (Adobe Press). Jeff writes for various blogs and creates training materials for Lynda.com and macProVideo.com. He’s happy to talk to you about consulting and helping you find solutions for your training needs.
Adobe Certified Trainer
Nick Harauz is a Adobe Certified Trainer in Premiere Pro and After Effects. He has an uncanny ability to engage his students and create a level of relatedness that keeps them coming back for more. Since 2002, Nick also works with domestic and international brands offering video production and motion graphic services. He has worked with clients such as Proctor and Gamble and Virgin Mobile.
Currently, Nick is working on his first feature film entitled ‘Lost and Found’. You can find some of his online training for Adobe on the Creative Cloud Learn website.
Co-founder of mamoworld.com
Mathias is a cofounder of mamoworld and is known for the tools and tutorials he develops for the motion graphics and visual effects industry. He developed popular After Effects products like iExpressions, MochaImport+, Auto LipSync, Beat Assistant, CINEWARE proxy and Orient World.
On mamoworld.com, Mathias has published more than 100 free After Effects and NUKE tutorials. Some of his tutorials where also published by Creative Cow, Red Giant, Imagineer Systems, SternFX.com and Motionworks.net.
Mathias studied computer science and worked in his diploma thesis on formal grammars that allow computers to understand the grammatical structure of natural language sentences. During his Ph.D. he worked in the field of bioinformatics where he developed algorithms that assist biologists in the structure prediction and comparison of certain molecules. During and after the work on his Ph.D. thesis “Dynamic Programming based RNA Pseudoknot Alignment” which got the top rating “summa cum laude” he published more than 15 articles in international, scientific conferences and journals.
Creative Director, Steele Pictures Studio, Inc.
Christine Steele is director, producer and lead editor at Steele Pictures Studios, Inc., providing production and post-production, consultation and training for clients all over the world. She has worked for ABC, BBC, FOX, Disney, Pixar, Paramount, Warner, Showtime, Frontline, Electronic Arts, VH1 and PBS.
A popular speaker and Adobe Certified Master Instructor, Christine enjoys collaborating with other filmmakers and shares her experiences through teaching. Check out upcoming speaking events at steelepictures.com and download her online editing courses at Lynda.com.
Emmy Award Winning Motion Designer
EJ Hassenfratz is an Emmy award winning motion designer, who has worked in the motion graphics industry since 2005. His clients include Nike, National Geographic, Discovery, NHL, and Twitch.tv. He is a well-known member of the online Cinema 4D community and has an extensive and varied experience in the motion graphics industry. EJ runs his own freelance business, eyedesyn.com, where he hosts his own blog for motion graphics tutorials and other relevant resources. In addition to being a Lynda.com Cinema 4D course author, he frequently works for MAXON, representing them at trade shows, user groups, and beta testing CINEMA 4D.
Owner, Noseman Productions
Thanassis Pozantzis has been making visuals for the advertising industry since 1989, and began teaching Adobe Illustrator a year later. Since then, he has tutored numerous digital artists in his motherland, Athens, Greece, and his adopted home of London, on Adobe software and Cinema 4D. It should be noted that most of his students ended up switching careers, becoming Yoga or Pilates instructors, and one of them became an unsuccessful real estate agent.
His main focus is still on convertingbriefs into images and animations, an undertaking that has definitely NOT won him an Emmy Award, although he did receive a Grand Epica in 2005.
He picked up Cinema 4D in 1997 and never looked back. He now resides in Toronto, from where he runs his company “Noseman Productions”. Closely affiliated to Maxon as an Alpha & Beta tester, Thanassis calls himself a “Cinema 4D fan boy,” and he is one of the very few Maxon Certified Instructors on the globe. He also get’s invited to the legendary Maxon parties and attends if he’s within a 500 mile radius and hungry. He has a British-esque accent and his jokes are definitely not funny.
Adobe Master Trainer
Maxim Jago is an Adobe Master Trainer, and the Author of the Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book, as well as an award-winning writer-director, editor, and regular speaker at creative media conferences and film festivals. Maxim has developed a great number of online training courses, and several of his tutorials contribute to the Adobe online help. In addition, he’s Chief Innovation Officer at filmdoo.com, the online film distribution platform, and a mentor for new film makers. Having directed over 50 short films, Maxim is developing feature film projects, while speaking as a futurist and continuing to help organizations like the BBC, Google, HP, Nvidia, JVC, and Al-Jazeera with their media technology and workflows.
Premiere Pro Master Instructor Trainer
Jarle Leirpoll is a Premiere Pro Master Instructor Trainer and runs PremierePro.net, where he shares free Premiere Pro templates, presets and projects. He worked at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) for 14 years before starting his own company in 1996, making corporate movies and documentaries. He’s also writing books, doing Premiere and After Effects training and teaching media production at three universities.
Jarle has trained people at Disney, BBC, NRK, DR, Monster, Valve Media OY, Nordic Film & TV and many other broadcasters and media production companies. He has even trained Adobe’s own employees in Premiere Pro! He is also an official Test Pilot for Premiere Pro, and has written a book on advanced editing techniques named The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro.
Owner of SoftBox Media LLC
Ian Robinson is a Creative Director specializing in the creation of motion graphics and visual effects for broadcast and film. As the owner of SoftBox Media LLC in Virginia, he has been working in broadcast for over 15 years for such clients as Discovery Channel, National Geographic International and PBS. Not one to sit still, when he’s not creating his next graphics package, he spends his time teaching the intricacies of the business as both a consultant and as a popular instructor on lynda.com.
Jessica Weiss Thomas
Associate Creative Director, Tytan Creates
Jessica Weiss Thomas is a young creative superstar in the world of video design and production. As Associate Creative Director of tytancreates.com, she uses her mastery of cutting edge video technologies to create outstanding work that has won a number of national awards, including Addys, Tellys and three Emmys. She has helped Tytan grow from a commercial house to a company that produces compelling documentaries and narrative films. Jessica loves to create exciting projects, and loves to share what she’s learned with others. She is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Motion Graphics and Photography, and has used her education as an inspiration to keep learning and growing as an artist.
Jessica specializes in After Effects and Premiere Pro, but relishes discovering new techniques and solutions for evolving creative challenges. Since her work spans the entire life of a project, covering everything from storyboarding and camera op all the way to final graphics and music selects, Jessica has a unique perspective and wide range of expertise in the video industry.
Partner, Designer & Developer at Codify Design Studio
Senior Mixer and Creative Director of Ott House Audio
Cheryl has over twenty years of audio experience. She is a member of the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild, Cinema Audio Society and the Audio Engineering Society. Cheryl has graced the doors of some of the most prestigious studios from New York to Washington D.C. and has worked on projects for PBS, National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel and Discovery. She specializes in surround environments and streamlining workflows, including permanent museum exhibits. Cheryl also has years of working on national advertising campaigns. After over a decade in the game, it wasn’t until 2006 when she was able to forge out with her husband and business partner, John, to establish Ott House Audio.
Cheryl has always been an audio geek. During her college years she played clarinet in the Auburn University Marching Band and to this day she remains a loyal Tiger. It’s a full house in Kensington, Maryland where Cheryl hangs her headphones. When the Ott pack is near you’ll hear them long before you see them! Husband John and daughters Madeleine and Zoe keep things interesting for Cheryl long after she leaves the studio.
Owner of BodeMedia
Dave Bode is the owner of BodeMedia and has been working in audio and video production and post-production for over 10 years. Dave is also a popular instructor for TutsPlus.com and has produced 32 instructional video courses (over 74 hours of content) on video editing, motion graphics, color correction, photography, lighting for video, lighting for photography, motion tracking, audio production and postproduction, music composition, and more! In addition to the video courses Dave has also produced over 60 video tutorials focused on audio and music.
Dave is a trained musician and loves to compose music. Although he spends most of his work life in Premiere Pro or After Effects, he jumps at the chance to use his composition skills for work. Recently, he worked on a project for BMW, where he was tasked with creating 40 ringtones using nothing but BMW 3 Series car sounds. Sound like fun? Check out bmwfsringtones.com to see how Dave transformed a handful of car sounds into music.
Paul is an editor and motion graphics designer based in Brooklyn, New York.
He has worked on everything from feature films and documentaries to broadcast news, commercials and music videos. His work has screened at film festivals around the world, including Berlin, Tribeca and Toronto.
With over 12 years working in Premiere and After Effects, he is an in-demand trainer and consultant, and has provided training for companies such as HBO, Vice, Bloomberg, CBS and Viacom.
Paul also has a website (www.thepremierepro.com) where he regularly publishes free tutorials for people using Adobe software in film and broadcast.
Dave is a Senior Experience Design Lead for the Character Animator team at Adobe. His past projects include the FWA-winning portfolio site Okaydave, TechCrunch50 finalist Atmosphir, and the Extraneous Lyrics video series. Dave’s work has been featured by Wired, The Verge, Gawker, Entertainment Weekly, TechCrunch, Kotaku, College Humor, and Sesame Street.
Kyle Hamrick has been a motion designer and video editor since 2003, working for a string of ad agencies and production houses while cultivating a successful freelance career, then co-founding The Feral Few in 2010. Apparently enjoying the challenge of an ever-changing workflow, Kyle hops from animated explainer videos to live events for corporate clients; from historical IMAX documentaries to full graphics packages for professional sports franchises. His work has aired on ABC, Fox and FXX, and been shown in 11 major league sports venues.
Discovering a love and natural talent for sharing his knowledge after becoming an Adobe User Group Manager, Kyle soon became an in-demand trainer for After Effects and Premiere Pro in cities around theMidwest, and more recently became an animation instructor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Kyle also fills many of his off-hours creating things like photography, music, t-shirt designs, furniture, origami, and overly elaborate Halloween costumes. He enjoys using his talents for good, often contributing video and design to charitable and community organizations and events.