[ SPEAKERS AND INSTRUCTORS ]
Updated July 6, 2005
While schedules dictate availability to our various programs and events, A3 is privileged to include among its instructors & presenters the following industry professionals.
NORMAN C. BERNS' work as a producer, director or assistant director spans feature-lenth drama to episodic television and international documentary. A member the DGA, SAG and Actors Equity, his credits include My Dinner With Andre, The Exterminator, Scalpel, The Premonition, the acclaimed PBS series The Human Language, CBS' Wish You Were Here and Universal's The Street. He produced nine films for the Metropolitan Opera's Live From the Met broadcasts, earning an Emmy and Golden Eagle award, among others, and was instrumental in BMW's widely popular web-based film series. Additionally, Norman spearheaded the development of ProductionPro Budget software for Set Management, a favorite budgeting program among indie filmmakers.
NICHOLAS BERRY works both in the studio and independent features worlds, as well as television, commercials and industrials. Nick's credits as
gaffer, best boy or electric include Fathom, The Antoine Fisher Story, Kissing a Stranger, Traffic, The
Tiger Woods Story, Bring It On, Get Goosed, Prodigal Son, Veronica Mars, Hunter, The Invisible Man,
18 Wheels of Justice, Splitsville, among many others spanning the gamut of genres and production formats.
STEVEN BONICA, two-time winner of the NPPA Editors Award and two-time Emmy award winner with NBC News. Former Vice President of Advanced Technology Research and Development for NBC, he was responsible for the implementation of high-definition studio and recording technology. Also the former president and COO of Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems, Steven has played a key role in five international Olympic broadcasts.
LARRY BRODY has either won or been nominated for every major TV
award as a writer, creator and/or producer of such series as Walker Texas Ranger, Star Trek (original,
Next Generation, Voyager) Baretta, The Streets of San Francisco, Ironside,
Hawaii Five-O and others. His recent series include Silver Surfer, Diabolik, Spider-Man
Unlimited and Ace Lightning, developed for the BBC. He is the author of nine novels (under
various pseudonyms) and three books of poetry, and is owner of the popular TVwriter.com. His latest release,
Television Writing from the Inside Out: Your Channel to Success, is just out from Applause. Turning Points
in Television, from Kensington Books, is slated for a 2005 release.
CHARLES CHIODO, artist, illustrator and designer, is co-chairman and head of production design for The Chiodo Bros., the special effects house behind, among other things, the puppets in Team America: World Police. From storyboarding to final finishing, his job is to create, develop and oversee the art direction of all projects. Charles is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and was a senior graphic artist for ABC News in New York as well as a freelance illustrator before starting his own business. His credits include Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, Beastmaster: The Eye of Braxus, Screamers and Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
STEPHEN CHIODO is co-chairman and head of creative production for The Chiodo Bros., the special effects house behind, among other things, the puppets in Team America: World Police. Stephen began his career by winning Best Young Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976 while still a film student at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Since then he has worked with such noted directors as Tim Burton, Francis Ford Coppola, John Landis, Joe Dante and Sam Raimi as an effects artist or animator with credits including Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, Beastmaster: The Eye of Braxus, Screamers, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, and, as director himself, the cult film classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
ROBERT COLLINS is an Emmy Award-winning director of photography and member of the Directors Guild of America, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and Society of Operating Cameramen. His feature and TV credits include Miami Vice (pilot), Twilight Zone, Hart to Hart, Dinosaurs, Airwolf (pilot), Superman I, Octopussy, Grand Prix, National Geographic specials, The West of John Ford and ABC's Wide World of Sports. His documentary work includes N.G.S. The Urban Gorilla, The Making of Captain Eo, The Voodoo Connection and Exploring the Unknown, and for commercials such clients as Miller Lite, LA Gear, Bank of America, Toyota and Johnson's Yogurt.
TOM DENOVE is an international award-winning Director of Photography, including a 1990 Technical Academy Award for the Belco/Denove Cinemeter exposure system. His resume includes over 40 feature films, including Midnight Witness, Puppet Master II, Cold Steel, Hunters Blood, Flexing with Monty, The Curse of the Crystal Eye, The Last Horror Film, 700 plus comercials (L'Oreal, McDonald's Hamburgers, Shell Oil, Yamaha, Select Comfort, Canon Printers, Turtle Wax, Sears, U.S. Olympics, Bran Chex, J.C. Penney) and more than 100 television shows (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Ally McBeal, Deep Space Nine). He chaired the Cinematography Department at the American Film Institute (1988-1994), and is on the UCLA film, television and degital media faculty.
ANTON DIETHER is the writer of the 1998 Hallmark TV miniseries Moby Dick, the highest-rated long-form show in basic cable history, nominated for five Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards; the 1999 ABC-TV miniseries Cleopatra; and the 2002 Hallmark Channel miniseries Stranded. Born in Los Angeles and bred on films and television as a professional child actor, Anton majored in cinema at UCLA and began his adult Hollywood career as a script analyst for Largo Productions. He then served as story editor for producers at Warner Bros., 20th-Century Fox, Paramount and Working Title Films. Anton recently developed Beauty and the Beast for Fox Family, Land of Oz for Disney, Gold Fever For Phoenix Pictures, Operation Greylord for Showtime, and Taj Mahal for Threshold Entertainment. He recently wrote Lost At Sea for TNT, starring Patrick Swayze.
AMY ELDON is the producer and presenter behind the Emmy nominated feature, Dying to tell the Story, which also won both Director's Guild of America and Independent Spirit nominations and was selected "best documentary on television" by the National Headliners Association. She co-produced and co-hosted Global Trek: In Search of New Lebanon, a travel program for CNN International, and co-produced Children of Peace: A Children's Crusade, a one-hour documentary. In 2003 Amy presented GlobalTribe for PBS, a series focusing on ordinary people searching for solutions to the 21st century challenges we face, and is currently producing GlobalTribeNet, a new volunteer website for young people wishing to "Be the Change" they wish to see in the world around them.
STAN FOSTER is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has been active
in the financing, managing, planning, budgeting, writing, producing and directing of major television and feature film
productions. His credits includes work on films directed by Steven Spielberg, Danny DeVito, Barry Levinson, James Cameron,
Peter Bogdonovich, Jackie Cooper, and Hal Ashby. He is the founder and CEO of The American Academy of Arts, a non-profit
organization dedicated to recognizing and awarding student achievement in the visual, digital and performing arts.
ANDY FRIEDENBERG is a distribution & exhibition consultant and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A graduate of Boston University, School of Public Communications, with a B.S. in communications, he has worked with Columbia Pictures and United Artists as regional publicity/promotional manager, coordinated several film festivals and cinema series, including “Academy Award Winners and their Films” with Charlton Heston, Louise Fletcher, Karl Malden and Robert Wise and “The Directors Guild Golden Jubilee Celebration” with Mark Rydell, Richard Donner, Buck Henry and Michael Apted. He is also director of the Cinema Society of San Diego, which he founded in 1984.
CHANCE GARDNER is a writer-producer of television and interactive documentaries, and president of Cydonia Entertainment, a motion graphics lab. For such clients as 20th Century Fox Studios, Fox Broadcasting, Paramount Studios, UPN, Warner Bros., Newscorp and MTV, he has created hundreds of award-winning on-air campaigns which include thousands of promotional spots and special event graphics, TV show titles and logo treatments ranging from the X-Files to the Rolling Stones. Currently he is producing the 8-part documentary series Magical Egypt, featuring legendary Egyptologist and author John Anthony West, and a stand-alone film featuring Lon Milo DuQuette that unveils the mysteries of Kabbalah, Kabbalah with a Q: The New Ancient Order.
BONNIE GILLESPIE, an author and casting director, has taught seminars to working actors in Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles. Her books include Casting Qs: A Collection of Casting Director Interviews, ,Self-Management for Actors: Getting Down to (Show) Business, and Acting Qs: Conversations with Working Actors. Bonnie specializes in casting SAG indie feature films and provides career consulting services to actors. She is co-founder and co-host of Hollywood Happy Hour and co-founder of the Flickering Image Short Film Festival. Her weekly column, "The Actors Voice," is available at Showfax.com.
ANNA GILSON is a journalist-turned-screenwriter. In less than a year she co-wrote and closed deals on three feature-length scripts: the relationship drama Valentine Carol and romantic comedy Wish were both optioned by Pendle View, and an ensemble drama, Armageddon Jones, was bought by Mnemosyne Pictures.
HOPE R. GOODWIN works as an assistant, first assistant, or second assistant director. Her credits span The Karate Kid, Rocky V, and Ghost Dad, to Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back, Stolen Women, Captured Hearts, and The Antoine Fisher Story.
MICHAEL STEVEN GREGORY is an independent filmmaker and
screenwriter of material ranging from mainstream drama to bio-pics to documentary to animated action-adventure. With several
features in the works, he has also been a staff writer on TV series for Fox, UPN and HBO, and is currently
attached as either a director or producer on projects including The Great Idea, Behind the Badge and
Spooks. We, The Screenwriter, the follow-up documentary to his acclaimed We, The Writer, is his latest
film. He is also president of The American Academy of Arts and executive director of the Southern California Writers' Conference.
THOMAS JEWETT is a director of photography for both feature films
and television, spanning the independent and studio systems. Having shot in a variety of formats, extending from 35mm to
Hi-Definition at a wide range of budgets, his credits include Instant Karma, Peacemaker, Rolling Thunder,
Talking About Sex, Mikey, Trust Me, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, The Pretender,
The Chronicle, and others.
ROSS KALLEN has been a digital media specialist and educator for over ten
years, creating the internationally acclaimed Rancho Bernardo High School Digital Media Arts Program which has been honored
by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Several of the program's graduates have gone on to top production
companies, won numerous awards at the local, regional, and international level, and been showcased on both Apple Computer's
and Sorenson Media's websites. Selected by the California Legislature as a "High Tech" Teacher in 2000 and as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2001, he is COO of The
American Academy of Arts, and unit production manager of the Indie Filmmaker's Bootcamp.
MICHAEL KARP alternates between the worlds of Hollywood visual effects and independent theatrical cinematography/story development. As a camera operator for directors James Cameron, Stan Winston, Ridley Scott and Michael Bay, he has worked on some of the biggest blockbusters, crewing on such films such as Titanic, Apollo 13, True Lies, X-Men, X-Men 2, Fifth Element, Terminator 2, T2-3D, and commercials for Levi's, Budweiser, Dodge and Minolta. As a 3D digital artist and cameraman, Michael has worked for Warner Brothers, Sony, Disney, Kodak, Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues and ILM, and has photographed performers such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Jackson and the Pillsbury Doughboy.
STEPHEN LIGHTHILL is a cinematographer whose work spans anti-war films to 60 Minutes news segments, Oscar nominated documentaries (Berkely in the '60s) to Grateful Dead music videos, hit TV shows such as Earth 2, The Huntress and Nash Bridges, to independent and studio feature work like Stranger in my House and Kidnapped in Paradise and Kissing Jake.
GEORGE MARSHALL's career spans over 20 years in film and television sound recording, with credits including MacArthur, Gray Lady Down, 18 Wheels of Justice, The Invisible Man, The Chronicle and Hunter.
AARON MENDELSOHN wrote the Disney feature film Air Bud and its sequel Air Bud: Golden Receiver. For the small screen his credits include the Lifetime movie Change of Heart starring Jean Smart, and staff work on the Fox TV drama Kindred: The Embraced. Aaron has written screenplays and teleplays for Disney, Fox, Paramount, Miramax/Dimension and Showtime, and for producers Arnold Kopelson, Wendy Finerman, Charles Gordon, and Craig Zadan & Neal Meron. He recently made his directorial debut with the independent comedy Chapter Zero, based on his screenplay. The film stars Dylan Walsh, Penelope Ann Miller and Colm Meaney.
MATTIA MONTUORO is an Emmy award-winning titler, editor and motion graphics specialist. His bio is coming.
JIM ORR is an award-winning cinematographer who has lensed 10 independent feature films including Fly Boys, starring Tom Sizemore (Black Hawk Down), Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects) and Jesse James (As Good as it Gets, Pearl Harbor), Clipping Adam, starring Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest), Kevin Sorbo (Andromeda), and Chris Eigeman (Maid in Manhattan), and All You Need, starring Kellie Martin (ER) and Robert Pine. In documentary, he has filmed several shows for National Geographic International and the Discovery Channel, was DP for the PBS's multi-Emmy Award winning Liquid Stage: The Lure of Surfing, Searching for a Safe Place, Tolerance on Trial, La Mera Frontera (The Very Edge) and the upcoming Bigger Boxes: America's Love of Superstores. Recognition for his work includes three Emmys, a CINE Golden Eagle, The Vision Award.
MICHAEL PAGE is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and composer who began his career scoring the New York City off-off Broadway theatre productions of Cars & Guitars and Short Butt Suite, presented at the Theatre of the Riduculous and the Truck & Wherehouse Theatre under the direction of John Waters and Sam Shepard. He formed the rock group The Criminals with Sylvain Sylvain and members of the New York Dolls, and as a tour musician toured and recorded with Chubby Checker from 1976 to 1980, playing 340 dates a year in nearly every city and country on the planet. Twice. Following a brief stint with Jerry Lee Lewis, Michael joined Iggy Pop in 1980 appearing on over 12 albums with the punk legend and touring non-stop from 1980 to 1985. His work has appeared on albums released by RCA Records, Munster, Surfdog Records, Arista Records, Skyfdog, BMG-Arista, Columbia, Virgin, and EMI. After retiring from active touring in 1990 Michael created Abingabangaboom Music and Creative Group, which composes and records original musical productions for film, radio and television.
STEPHANIE PALMER is the Director of Creative Affairs at MGM. She is responsible for acquiring new material, hiring writers, and developing feature films. Her projects include: Legally Blonde, Good Boy!, Return To Me, A Guy Thing, Agent Cody Banks and the upcoming Sleepover and Be Cool, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard, which is the sequel to Get Shorty. She developed The Brothers Grimm which will be released next year starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. Stephanie is an honors graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and received a B.F.A. in Theater Directing. During college, she interned on Titanic and before taking her final exams, landed a position as an assistant at Jerry Bruckheimer Films where she worked on Armageddon and Enemy of the State. In 2003, the Hollywood Reporter chose her as one of the "Top 35 Entertainment Executives Under 35 Poised To Lead the Industry."
STARR PARODI and JEFF FAIR are the award-winning husband-wife composing team behind numerous films and TV shows, including The Division, Ghostworld, Do You Wanna Know A Secret?, The Sky's On Fire, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, and The Secret She Carried. Their trailer soundtrack work includes The Last Samurai, Identity, The Lizzy McGuire Movie, Star Trek: Nemesis, The Hulk, The Italian Job, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life, Gangs of New York,, and Johnny English.
PAT PINNEY is among the top voice talents working in features, television and video games. The voice of SpongeBob, SquarePants in the SpongeBob TV series theme song, he was also the voice of Mighty Mouse in the animated film. His credits include Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, The Powerpuff Girls, Hercules, Aladdin, Look Who's Talking Now, Pryde of the X-Men, Superman and many others.
JOHN ROSENBERG is a studio and independent feature film
editor whose many credits include Mannequin 2, Totally Blonde, Made in Heaven, Poison Ivy 3,
The Convent, Net Games and Prancer. A periodic editing instructor for UCLA Extension, he is
also the former head of post-production for both Live Entertainment (now Artisan) and Alpine Pictures.
FAUSTO SANCHEZ is CEO and President of Performance Post, a leading provider of film and television editing and post production services. With its emphasis on emerging technologies, Fausto's vision has enabled Performance Post to be recognized as an innovator in the development of high-definition television.
THOMAS B. SAWYER has written over 100 network TV episodes (both comedy and drama), nine pilots, and has served as producer, creative consultant or story editor on 15 network series, including Murder, She Wrote, for which he wrote 24 episodes, and The Law & Harry McGraw — both of which he was head writer and showrunner). An Emmy and Edgar nominee, Tom also wrote the libretto and lyrics (with composer Will Holt) for JACK, backed by the Shubert Organization, which has played to acclaim internationally. Additionally, Tom is the creator of the award-winning Plots Unlimited interactive plot generating software for fiction writers and is co-creator of its acclaimed successor, Storybase™.
MICHAEL SCAGLIONE is a production designer and set builder, scenic painter and propmaster. From studio & indie features to network television, corporate videos and national commercials to informercials, his credits span the gamut of budget challenges, ranging from The Arrival and Slaugherhouse to Jazzercize, Kinplinger Washington Newsletter and Superbowl XXXII.
GEORGE STOKES, Vice President, Allied Artists Pictures, has been involved in every aspect of film production for the past 35 years as a film producer, line producer, production designer and production manager. Having worked for Paramount, Warner Brothers, Columbia, Amblin' Entertainment and other studios, he is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Southern California's Film School, UCLA and elsewhere.
STANZI STOKES has been casting motion pictures for 27 years and was instrumental in launching the careers of Leo DiCaprio and Keanu Reeves. Her film and television credits include The Terminator, Silent Night, Deadly Night, The Return of the Living Dead, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Fish Don't Blink, The New Lassie and Harry and The Hendersons TV series. As director of Stanzi's Kidz, a children's acting studio, among her current and former students are Miranda Cosgrove (Drake and Josh and School of Rock), Jason Dolley (Complete Savages), Jasmine Anthony (Catch Me If You Can and Little Athens), Anthony Skillman (The Partridge Family) and Charlie Lea, a 5-year-old who just booked a lead in the feature Touched.
JAMES TEIPER owns JT Services, a mobile lighting and grip package company. As a lighting technician, key grip, gaffer or best boy, he has worked on feature projects ranging from Independence Day, Heaven and Earth, Sleepless in Seattle, Don Juan DeMarco,, Last Action Hero and The Usual Suspects to national television spots and Superbowl broadcasts.
CINDY TOLLIN, former production executive, The Walt Disney Co./Buena Vista Television; former VP operations of Global Satellite Network, where she produced Rockline, the first national live-via-satellite radio show that set the standard for many others that followed.
MICHAEL TOLLIN, of Tollin/Robbins Productions, is an Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated writer-producer-director whose credits include the TV series Smallville, What I like About You, I'm With Her and Arli$$. His feature-length films include Big Fat Liar, Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, Hard Ball, Varsity Blues, Radio, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris, which Michael directed, and most recently Coach Carter, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
STEPHAN WILD is a visual effects supervisor who came to Hollywood in 1995 to work on Independence Day. He became Digital Effects Supervisor for Centropolis Effects LLC, overseeing the digital effects on Godzilla and, in particular, the computer generated creature itself. He has worked on such films as The Faculty, Stuart Little, Thirteenth Floor, and Baby Geniuses 2: Super Babies.