Ben is the Director of Photography at Transvideo Studios in Mountain View, CA where he leads the camera and lighting crews in creating live action elements for the company’s outstanding digital imagery. He studied photography at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA and earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento. He also teaches Lighting courses for De Anza College in Cupertino, CA and at the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) in San Francisco, CA. Notable projects include:Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story – Cinematographer/Editor – Northern California Emmy Award nominee. Winner Best Documentary San Francisco Peninsula Press Club 2012.Crime After Crime – Co-cinematographer – Premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film received numerous awards at film festivals throughout the country. Broadcast premiere November 2011 on The Oprah Winfrey Network.The Legend of Chloe – Producer/Cinematographer – Winner Best Film 2009 San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project.
David is a filmmaker and founder of the media collaborative, Early Man Productions. He currently works as a freelance editor and technical consultant on media projects. He is an Apple Certified Trainer and teaches editing and motion graphics classes at the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco. Recently, David completed the film, Slide Rail Superman, a comedy about the world’s second greatest Slide Railer. The film is currently in submission at festivals. In his spare time, David takes walks and bicycle rides, samples pizza from around the globe and is a long time stickball player best known for his dumbfounding forkball.
Doug Garth Williams is a Bay Area based filmmaker, video editor, and artist working primarily in video and multimedia installations. Doug has a Master of Fine Arts from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Doug is a recent recipient of a Franklin Furnace Fund Award, a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship, the Herringer Family Award for Excellence in Art. He has also won two jury prizes at festivals and has had 18 pieces shown in more than 40 exhibitions and screenings in galleries, museums, and festivals around the world. This included solo shows at The Royal Nonesuch Gallery in Oakland, California, the project space at Swarm Gallery in Oakland, California and at Chashama in New York, New York (in conjunction with the Franklin Furnace Fund and National Endowment for the Arts).
Steve has been working in the media production industry in a variety of capacities since completing a BA in Film Studies in 2005. Largely working in Post-Production on a variety of television and film projects, Steve is well versed in how to oversee a production from idea development to broadcast. In addition to being a skilled media-maker, Steve is also a passionate media educator. Having worked with “at-risk” youth in both Toronto and Seattle, Steve love to share his media skills with other people in order to help them find their own creative voice. Having taught a variety of media applications, from Final Cut Pro to Photoshop, Steve looks forward to bringing his skill-set to Fresh Takes Media Arts Center.
Michaelle is an Apple Certified trainer with over 9 years of professional editing and directing experience. In addition to filmmaking, Michaelle was a product designer for Final Cut Studio at Apple focusing on creating new features and workflows. Michaelle left Apple in 2008 to continue her career as a professional editor and filmmaker and has since worked for such clients as ITVS, Google and Eleven, Inc. Her work has been shown on PBS, MTV and at the SXSW and Noise Pop film festivals.
Eric is a Bay Area designer, photographer and since 2003 owner of Dizzy Pixel, Inc. He has developed/designed eLearning applications, web sites and print, illustrations, animations, interactive Flash widgets and portrait photography. He started his career at United Airlines developing CD-ROM based training applications and has since moved to all digital internet delivery, and is now doing pretty much the sames thing for Tesla Motors.
Gerardo Valencia was born February 12, 1996 and grew up here, in Redwood City. Even at a young age he was fascinated with technology. When he was eleven years-old he, along with one of his friends, created his first animation. It was titled, Battery Law and it was a short, informative piece on why we should recycle batteries. Later on he entered it into the Green-light Film Festival and won first place. When he begun eight grade he became part of the Spark Program and was paired up with Segesse Graham as a mentor. With her help he created his first claymation. When he became a Sophomore in Woodside High School he signed up for the Flash Animation course. His instructor, Eric Ettlin, noticed he was learning faster than the other students so he asked if Gerardo wanted to be part of a 3D Animation course. Sadly the computer lab’s computers where not powerful enough to run Maya, a 3D animation program. Later Gerardo discovered Blender, a free open source 3D animation program, and showed it to his instructor. From that point on, while the other students in the Flash Animation course were learning how to Flash animate, Gerardo taught himself how to use Blender. By the end of Sophomore year, Gerardo created his first Animated Short titled GATE the Robot. During Junior year he begun The Animation Club at Woodside. He recently finished Blender 101, an animation course designed to teach young students to use Blender. He is currently beginning a new class at Fresh Takes named Beginning Blender and Blender Intermediate.