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.
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.
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, YouTube videos and training products. He has consulted and/or trained for Apple, Adobe, Disney, Canon, Walmart and other companies. He is also a writer, producer and avid photographer.
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.
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.
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 Final Cut Pro X.
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.
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.
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.
Iain Anderson is a trainer and freelance editor based in Brisbane, Australia. Among other things, Iain is the author of Final Cut Pro X: Efficient Editing, an Apple Certified Trainer in Final Cut Pro X, 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.
Bijan Machen is an interdisciplinary fine artist, educator and investor based in Los Angeles, CA. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Science, Technology, and Culture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and earned his Masters degree in Fine Art from ArtCenter College of Design.
Machen is the founder and CEO of the We Uplift The World Foundation, a youth arts education organization focused on merging business, technology and art to create life changing experiences for students around the globe. He believes that technology should be used to educate, connect people and create a more sustainable future for all of us.
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.
Geoffrey Orthwein is an independent filmmaker whose work has been shown in theaters, museums, and broadcast television. He is the co-director and editor of the feature film Bokeh, starring Maika Monroe and Matt O’Leary, (edited in FCPX). The film premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and is available on iTunes, Amazon Prime, and On-Demand.
Geoffrey started as an editor and colorist working on the film Ocean Odyssey, a mutli-screen installation wrapping 270º around the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. He went on to live production and commercial work for companies including Google, Salesforce, The Walt Disney Company, T-Mobile and Virgin. Today he continues to work in independent films, commercials and video games.
Ian Robinson is a creative director specializing in motion graphics and visual effects. Working in broadcast for over 15 years with such clients as Discovery Channel, National Geographic International and PBS, he’s seen the definition of broadcast change first hand. As an author and trainer, Ian is the co-founder of the online learning website Creative111, an author for LinkedInLearning/ lynda.com, and has written books for Peachpit. When he’s not scaling 14 thousand foot mountains in Colorado, he can be found taking photos and designing motion graphics with his trusty sidekick Boston Terrier named “Moo.”
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!
Robin is a multi-award winning film-maker from Indonesia who started FOCUSED equipment in 2009 with one mission; Camera + Workflow = Quality. By building customized workflows, his company has become one of the leading rentals in South-East Asia.
His accolades includes won both Best Short Film and Best Feature Film in the Citra Awards 2019 which he helped produce. He is a strong believer of sharing and regeneration, and dedicates whatever spare time he has mentoring filmmakers.
Philip Hodgetts is an expert in applying metadata to make workflows more efficient. He does that via his two companies: Lumberjack System, an innovator in acquiring and using content metadata, and Intelligent Assistance Software, Inc, a technology developer specializing in metadata-enabled, XML-integrated workflows.
He is the author of several books and has been a keynote speaker at many conferences. He is a thought leader in the application of Artificial Intelligence to production workflows.
James Branch has been a trailer, promo and TV spot editor since 1995 working for U.K. trailer house ’The Creative Partnership’ and, since 2013, as a freelancer. He was also an award-winning stand up comedian and well as comedy writer and voice over artist. He has used Final Cut X since its release and, in addition to his trailer and promo work, has post produced a low budget feature and edited commercials, corporate and charity films. Most recently he edited, post produced and delivered series 59 of the BBC1 satirical news programme, ‘Have I Got News For You’ all from his home office at the very start of the U.K. Covid 19 lockdown. He makes no excuses for the large number of toys in his office that you can see on the during the presentation.
George Edmondson owns a video production company based in Tuscaloosa Alabama. His company is partnered with MotionVFX to create high-quality educational and promotional content for their wide array of plug-ins and templates. George has been in business for seven years, and has built his entire company exclusively on Final Cut Pro X and Motion5.
Isaac T. is an independent Content Marketer and Workflow Architect. He’s worked in and supported post-production environments for over 20 years. Isaac’s first exposure to Final Cut Pro was version 7 in 2010, then 10.0 in 2011. He’s also a proponent for Apple Motion in the motion design community. Isaac’s currently the US Workflow Architect for Postlab, the only platform that allows Final Cut Pro editors to work together from anywhere.
Bill spent decades as a corporate video producer/editor and computer magazine columnist helping users understand digital video issues.
He holds multiple FCP X certifications and has been a frequent presenter at industry conferences and and webcasts over the past decade.
Since March, he’s made more than 200 appearances as a panelist (and occasional substitute show host) on on Alex Lindsay’s Office Hours daily tech webcast on Zoom, something that has shocked his wife Linda and dog Charlie, neither of whom expected him to start getting up at 5am every single day to “go live” into the brave new webcast world.
Robbie started Broadcast Media Group, a Starkville, Miss.-based media creation company in 1996. The company is a thriving small business located in Starkville that serves clients across the United States. In 1998, Broadcast Media became the first graduate of the Golden Triangle Enterprise Center, an incubator for high-tech businesses. Over the past decade, Broadcast Media is the annual recipient of numerous production awards, including over twenty national Telly’s for video production and five regional Emmy nominations.
In addition to BMG, Robbie is the managing partner of Tellōs Creative, LLC, a full service ad agency and member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Robbie was also named a Top 40 Under 40 business leader by the Mississippi Business Journal in 2007.
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 counseled 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 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.
CEO/Founder TSMA Consulting Ryan’s resumé spans a decade of digital marketing and media, including leading the west coast experiential team for Diageo, and running events for Oprah and Rodeo Drive clients through his prior business, Alchemy. He currently holds the title of Founder and CEO of the entertainment and media industry’s most recognized social media management firm, TSMA Consulting. Ryan travels the world educating professionals on targeting and capturing the attention of Millennial and Generation Z consumers through utilization of social media algorithms and content.
Ben Whitehair is a champion for social change through art and business. He is a working actor in Los Angeles, Chief Information Officer of TSMA Consulting—entertainment and media’s leading social media management and growth firm—and co-founder of the premier business academy and coaching community for actors, Working.Actor. He is a serial entrepreneur, certified business/mindset coach, and a SAG-AFTRA National Board Member. Catch him on social media (@BenWhitehair on all platforms), or grow your social presence at TSMAConsulting.com
Noah Kadner brings a unique combination of on-set production experience and in-depth post-production research and analysis. His career spans several filmmaking revolutions, including film to digital, desktop post-production, and virtual production/in-camera visual effects.
Noah also wrote the Virtual Production Field Guide for Epic Games and currently hosts the Virtual Production podcast. He also writes for American Cinematographer magazine and has interviewed many groundbreaking filmmakers, including J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Sir Kenneth Branagh, and Michael Bay.
Noah offers workflow and integration services from FCPWORKS, based in San Francisco. His clients include Apple, the United Nations, Sony, Panasonic, Epic Games, and more. As a senior writer, Noah has covered a wide range of movies including, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Tron: Legacy, Toy Story 4, First Man, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Tshaka Armstrong brings an eye, ear and understanding for creating content that grabs viewers, “followers,” and fans alike. With 26 years of award winning broadcast, film, and digital ad agency experience, Tshaka has unique insight into building a digital presence and messaging that is impactful, and empowering. That insight is further bolstered by working directly with families offline through his non-profit, Digital Shepherds, whose mission is to help families cross the digital divide through digital literacy education and computer science programs for underserved youth.
His clients have included Microsoft, NBC/Universal, Campbell’s, Marvel, and Netflix.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Chris Hocking has been working in the entertainment industry for over two decades, starting out operating and repairing animatronics for the BBC Tweenies, before moving into lighting design and technical production management for live productions. He was the lighting designer for the Moscow Circus tours in South Africa & Taiwan, as well as lighting some of Sony Music’s biggest artists. He was previously the Post Production Supervisor at Melbourne’s award winning editing house The Butchery, and finishing house The Refinery – where he oversaw thousands of high-end commercials, and several short films, feature films and documentaries.
Chris has an incredibly strong and varied technical and business background, and takes care of the day-to-day operations at LateNite Films – ensuring that each production makes use of the best and most relevant technology and workflows. His producing credits include the SBS2 series The Wizards of Aus, the Melbourne based Fairy Tale unit on the Foxtel mini series The Lambs of God, a number of music videos for artists including Peking Duk, Cosmo’s Midnight, Rufus du Sol, American Doubles, Casey Donovan and Guy Pearce and the ABC ME project The Legend of Burnout Barry. He has several editing and sound design credits to his name, including Fremantle Australia’s “Neighbours – Erinsborough High” spin-off series which was edited, graded and sound mixed in Final Cut Pro X.
He is the creator of the open source Mac application, “CommandPost”, which has over 3300 active monthly users, and also maintains a database of known Final Cut Pro X bugs and issues.
He’s a member of the Screen Producers Association, Australian Screen Editors Guild and is an Adobe Certified Expert.
Paul Matthijs Lombert
Paul Matthijs is the co-founder and CEO of Hedge, makers of smart software for filmmakers. After ten years of working as a mastering and sound engineer, he somehow rolled into DIT jobs, which led to Hedge’s development in 2016.
Hedge acquired FCP-focused Postlab back in 2019 and have turned the app into a cloud-hosted platform, enabling Final Cut Pro editors to collaborate remotely on libraries, and as of this Summer, also on media with the launch of Drive: Shared storage in the cloud, it’s the only true collaboration tool for FCP.
When not working on Hedge, Paul loves to run and swim and is an avid (no pun intended) chess player on SocialChess (yes, he’s available for games).
Joseph “PhotoJoseph” Linaschke is a content creator, educator and YouTuber — he’s been shooting since the age of seven, teaching and presenting on stage to audiences around the globe for over 20 years, and runs an online resource for photo and video education at photojoseph.com Following an eight-year tenure at Apple as the lead presenter, producer and photographer for the Professional Applications Division, he stepped out on his own in 2009 to pursue all things photo and video.
Today you can find PhotoJoseph shooting still and video productions for clients ranging from global corporations and international rock stars to local restaurants and hotels in his hometown of Ashland, Oregon… speaking to schools and educators around the world on integrating photography and digital storytelling into the classroom, turning the camera into a powerful learning tool… teaching workshops on photography in person and online on LinkedInLearning.com… and every week, LIVE at YouTube.com/PhotoJoseph for PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment!
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.
Acoma Pueblo Tribal member Jonathan Sims lives and breaths low budget media. That “make it work” attitude alongside FCPX and Apple products help create media in overlooked communities.
With over 20 years experience in the industry bouncing from cutting, motion graphics, visual effects, and now plugin development as osmFCPX, Ryan is regularly testing what can be packed into the title “Editor.”
Chuck Braverman’s has run his own successful production company, has an Oscar nomination, a DGA win for best documentary, two Emmys, been a senior studio executive at Sony, a professor at USC Cinema and Cal State Northridge, the Chair of the Film Department at Brooks Institute, the director of many television episodes, several MOW’s and an indie feature film. More recently Chuck was the executive producer on two documentary feature films, show runner on two multi hour documentary network series, and the founder and executive producer of the new Westdoc Online series all about documentary filmmaking.
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.
For more than a decade Chris Northcross has worked in and around American politics. He was a New Media producer on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and served as a content creator and video editor in both the U.S. House and Senate. Most recently he was an editor and post production supervisor on Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign.
He believes that story is the currency of change in the world and is committed to using stories to change the world for the better. He lives in Washington D.C.
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.