AVW 2017 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.With well over a decade 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 writes about post-production at The Editblog on ProVideoCoalition.com which he has maintained for over 10 years.
Founder and Head Instructor of School of Motion
Joey Korenman is the Founder and Head Instructor of School of Motion, an online school for Motion Designers. The company creates one-of-a-kind training programs that focus on Design & Animation using Adobe products almost exclusively.
Prior to launching the company, Joey taught at the Ringling College of Art & Design in the Motion Design department, teaching students After Effects and Cinema 4D and trying to cram as much knowledge into their eager brains as possible.
Joey was also the Co-Founder, Creative Director and Lead Animator of Toil in Boston, MA. There he led projects for clients such as McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Saucony, Bank of America, and many more. He has been a Motion Designer for almost 15 years, and has been on the After Effects bandwagon since Day 1.
When not sitting in a dark room looking at an iMac, he’s playing with his 3 kids, running marathons, or hanging out in sunny Florida where he and his wife live after deciding they never wanted to shovel snow again.
Ashley Kennedy is a video post-production staff author for lynda.com. In addition to creating online courses, she has hundreds of hours of experience leading face-to-face classes and facilitating online and hybrid courses. She has also written two textbooks on video editing, which have been widely used by editors and film students worldwide.
Prior to joining the lynda.com team, she taught in the post-production track at Columbia College Chicago for five years. Before that, she was the principle instructor and certifications program manager at Avid, where she taught and developed the Avid Certified curriculum and managed the Avid Certified Instructor worldwide program.
Ashley holds a BS in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois, and an MFA in film from Boston University. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two children.