2016 Keynotes

2016 Speakers

Speaker Bios

Glenn Ficarra
John Requa

Glenn Ficarra & John Requa

Directors | Focus, Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have been working together for almost 30 years, as screenwriters, producers and directors. In2009, they directed their first film, I Love You Philip Morris, starring Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor and Leslie Mann, for which they also adapted the screenplay from the book of the same name. A quirky crime comedy, the film garnered Requa and Ficarra a loyal fan base as well as a nomination for aWriters Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (which they lost in a shocking upset to Aaron Sorkin.)
The duo went on to direct the enormously popular Crazy, Stupid, Love. Written by Dan Fogelman and starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling,Emma Stone and Julianne Moore, the movie and its stars were nominated for more than a dozen awards from a Golden Globe to the Empire Award.
Last year, Ficarra and Requa wrote and directed Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie. A crime drama/comedy, like many of their projects, the movie employs elements of various film genres, defying a singular classification.
Ficarra and Requa graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn when it was dangerous and free of moustaches. They have written many screenplays, including Bad Santa starring Billy Bob Thornton and are currently at work directing an as-yet-untitled pilot for Fogelman starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia for NBC. In addition, they are writing a movie based on the popular Jungle Cruise ride for Disney set to feature Dwayne Johnson.

Lucas Wilson

Lucas Wilson

Executive Producer, Supersphere VR

Lucas Wilson is Founder and Executive Producer at SuperSphereVR, a VR production and technology company, creating entertaining, immersive VR experiences that push the boundaries of technology and creativity. Offering a wide range of services – from pipeline consulting to end-to-end VR and AR production – the company collaborates with clients and partners, including Jaunt, FOX, DIRECTV, Samsung and Reebok, among others, to establish straightforward VR workflows with realistic budgets, timelines and deliverables. Wilson is also Founder and CEO of Revelens, a technology company with a pioneering ad tech and interaction platform for VR. A film technology veteran, he also contributed to the widespread adoption of theatrical 3D in former roles with 3ality Technica and Cameron|Pace Group, where he worked with directors James Cameron, Baz Luhrmann, Marc Webb and others.

Chuck Braverman

Chuck Braverman

Award Winning Director, Producer

Chuck Braverman is a two time Emmy winner, has won the Directors Guild award for best feature documentary and was nominated for an Academy Award® for another documentary. Chuck has produced docs for the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, A&E, Lifetime Movie Network, Discovery Times, HBO, Showtime, TLC, Court TV, MSNBC, Discovery Health and last year was the executive producer on two new feature documentaries on OJ Simpson that were edited on FCPX.


Ché Baker

Ché Baker

Award Winning Director, Producer

Ché Baker is an author and film-maker from Australia. Fresh off working on Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Trilogy, Ché returned home to produce the film adaptation of his 2nd novel – ‘Blue World Order.’ The film is an action Sci-Fi created entirely in FCPx, and stars Billy Zane, Jack Thompson and Hobbit star Stephen Hunter.
Ché has 20 years in film and TV and has been Apple’s ‘Master Mentor’ trainer in Australia since the early days of Final Cut Pro. He has worked as a professional editor, University lecturer and Corporate video producer.
Ché will share a warts and all insight into creating an indy film on FCP – talking about process, plug-ins, pain and power. Check out: www.bwomovie.com

Duncan Shepherd

Duncan Shepherd

Editor / Creative Director, Duncan Shepherd Films

Duncan Shephed is the editor of the Paul McCartney VR series from Jaunt VR. He has have a 30 year history of collaboration with world renowned clients, agencies and auteurs in Virtual Reality, TV commercials,film, music videos and corporate.


Thomas Grove Carter

Thomas Grove Carter

Video Editor, Trim Editing

Thomas Grove Carter is a commercials and music video editor who cuts at Trim Editing in East London. After studying film at university and editing 16mm on a Steenbeck, Thomas went on to cut his teeth in the music videos working with artists like Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and James Blake. He’s also been lucky enough to work with some of the most exciting directors, which led to an ever growing commercials reel featuring Honda, Perrier, Audi, Adidas and BMW.
Jan Kovac

Jan Kovac

Editor, Focus, Whiskey Tango, Foxtrot

Jan Kovac (Editor) was born in the Czech Republic and graduated from Prague’s Charles University with a degree in Film Journalism. Realizing he had more of an interest in working in film than writing about it, Jan moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at UCLA to study editing.
Kovac honed his editing skills by working on the syndicated and international versions of HBO’s hit series, “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” among others. By re-editing these successful series, Kovac learned how to interpret and honor different directing and writing styles that enriched his visual story-telling skills. Focus is his first feature film.


Mike Matzdorff

Mike Matzdorff

Mike is a writer, director, editor, assistant editor and has composed the score for one indie film and a stage play. He has spent over 20 years in editing rooms of feature films and Emmy winning television shows, including, Fight Club, Analyze This, Last Comic Standing and Monk. He recently finished, as first assistant editor, FOCUS the first major film edited on Apple’s Final Cut X software and is the author of “Final Cut Pro X: Pro Workflow” a book on the experience loaded with real world tips, tricks, and proven workflow techniques.

Sam Mestman

Sam Mestman

Sam Mestman is a Workflow Architect for FCPWORKS, and has done numerous FCPX integrations around the world, most notably for places like Ted Talks, Direct TV, and the first studio feature to be edited with FCPX, Focus. He also recently introduced a Final Cut Pro X optimized shared storage solution from Lumaforge called the LumaSHARE.
His true passion is filmmaking, though, and he is also the CEO and Founder of We Make Movies, which, as far as he knows, is the world’s first community funded production company.
At the end of the day, he’s a guy who really likes making movies, and who also happens to know a few things about post production and Final Cut Pro X.

Alex Gollner

Alex Gollner

Alex Gollner is a freelance editor based in London. As well as editing projects ranging from dramatic shorts to films for corporations and charities, he creates complex motion graphics sequences for large-scale live events. Recently he has been working on 360° VR video productions.
Since 2008 he’s shared over 100 of his free ‘Alex4D’ Final Cut Pro plugins with the editing community.
Since November 2015 he has been making commercial plugins for Final Cut Pro X.

Steve Martin

Steve Martin

Steve Martin is the creative force behind Ripple Training and has been using and teaching Final Cut Pro since 1999. Since Final Cut Pro’s introduction, he has introduced thousands of people to Final Cut Pro through his classes, workshops and training products. He is the co-host of MacBreak Studio; a weekly web show focusing on Final Cut Pro post production and has consulted and/or trained for Apple, Disney, Hulu, Canon and other companies.

Abba Shapiro

Abba Shapiro

Abba Shapiro is an award-winning writer/producer/director with over 25 years of experience in video and film production. His production company, Shapiro Video & Multimedia, works in every format from DVCAM to HD to 35 mm film. Abba has done work for a wide range of commercial, corporate, and federal clients, including USA Today, The Associated Press, NASA, The CW, and the Department of Defense. In addition to doing production work, Abba is a lead instructor for Apple’s Pro Video Applications Certified Training Program.

Mark Spencer

Mark Spencer

Mark Spencer is a freelance producer, videographer, editor, trainer and writer based in the Bay Area. He produces Final Cut Pro X-related training and plugins for with his partners at Ripple Training. He is an Apple-certified Master Trainer, and consults for corporations and individuals. He is the author or co-author of a half-dozen books on motion graphics and editing from Peachpit Press and writes for ProVideo Coalition. He maintains www.applemotion.net, a resource for Motion. Mark has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Wes Plate

Wes Plate

Wes Plate is a freelance editor and After Effects user. He is also the President and cofounder of Automatic Duck, Inc., a company that for many years specialized in the translation of timelines between different NLE and compositing systems.

Philip Hodgetts

Philip Hodgetts

Philip Hodgetts is an expert and consultant in digital production, post-production workflows and metadata-assisted editing. He is also a specialist in encoding, web applications, digital delivery and technology innovation. He is the President and CEO of Lumberjack System – muscular, real-time logging and pre-editing for Final Cut Pro X. He remains President of Intelligent Assistance, Inc – a technology developer specializing in XML-integrated workflows for Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro CC.
Philip is an experienced trainer and has written extensively online across a range of topics. He is an expert on metadata-based post production workflows. Philip is the author of “The HD Survival Handbook”; “Awesome Titles with FCS” and “The New Now: How to grow your production or post-production business in a changed and changing world”.
Mr. Hodgetts has presented at many conferences and seminars including Keynote addresses for the New York DV Show; Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ NEXT TV symposium in 2006; and the 2007 Podcast Summit at NAB as well as presented at Streaming Media East and West; NAB Post|Production, Seybold among others.

Alex Kaloostian

Alex Kaloostian is an Apple- and Adobe-certified instructor, currently working full-time for Future Media Concepts in Cambridge MA. He teaches primarily Apple IT courses: OS X troubleshooting, OS X Server, Final Cut Server and XSAN. He also still teaches Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign when needed, and Apple’s Final Cut Studio.
In his free time, Alex is a freelance video editor and motion graphics designer. He also consults on-site and helps implement Xsan and Final Cut Server installations in Mac facilities around Massachusetts.
Alex also speaks at several conferences around the country each year; you can usually find him at NAB in Las Vegas every April, Post Production World in new York in the fall, and the Government Video Expo in D.C. in the winter.

Stefanie Mullen

Stefanie Mullen is CFO and lead Final Cut Pro X trainer for Rampant Design, Inc. In addition to designing Final Cut plugins for Rampant, Stefanie is in charge of customer service, web design and the day to day operations of the company.
Stefanie is also a freelance editor & artist and her latest illustrations can be seen in an upcoming short for Sesame Street.

Gergana Angelova

Gergana Angelova started as an assistant editor in Nu Boyana Film Studios – one of the largest studios in Europe.
In less than 3 years, she became Head of Editing for the studio. Gergana has worked on feature films, documentaries, commercials, music videos and whatnot.
Gergana is an editor, post-production supervisor and assistant editor who recently moved to Los Angeles and is now working with Lumaforge, exploring and developing the most efficient workflows in the postproduction world.

Peter Wiggins

Peter is a broadcast Final Cut Pro X editor working in England concentrating on high pressure, quick turnaround sports and events. He has pioneered many ‘edit whilst ingesting’ workflows that have now become industry standard worldwide.
Since 2006 he has written and published Final Cut Pro plugins and templates under the Idustrial Revolution brand.
You will also find Peter as Editor-in-Charge at the popular Final Cut Pro X website, www.fcp.co.
Peter is proud to have been made an honorary Freeman of Lichfield, where he lives. Unfortunately this doesn’t mean he can herd sheep through the centre of the city on a Saturday morning.