The Editors Retreat program is still coming together, and speakers are being added daily. You can be sure that no matter who has the mic, he or she is a pro, with vast experience and a long track record.
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Hollywood Professional Editor, Founder of Touchedit
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Steve Audette, ACE
Documentary Editor of Politics and Science Journalism
Steve Audette, ACE has been making documentaries for over 20 years. With more than 50 film credits, his work has contributed to many Emmy Award-winning documentaries, as well as Peabody, Polk and DuPont Columbia Award-winning programs. In 2008 Steve was nominated for an Eddie Award from American Cinema Editors, in the category of Best Documentary Editor for the Frontline documentary “Bush’s War.” The film also went on to win a News and Documentary Emmy that year. In 2015 the Frontline documentary Steve edited “United States of Secrets” won overall Best Documentary at the News and Documentary Emmy’s.
Steve is currently Senior Documentary Editor for Frontline/PBS and was accepted as a member of American Cinema Editors in 2016. This year Steve has cut three Frontline’s “Netanyahu at War” (120 min), “The Secret History if ISIS” (60 min) and “The Choice” (120 min). He is currently editing four hours for January 2017 called “Divided States of America.”
In 2010 Steve expanded his production credits beyond editor to include producer, writer and director. The film short, “Nico’s Challenge,” made with his partner Karen Audette, was the first documentary out of Audette’s company, Mezzotint Films LLC. The documentary has garnered wide acclaim in both national and international film festivals. Including an accreditation at the Cannes film festival, American Pavilion. Mezzotint films second short film “The Nike Chariot Earring” Also screened at Cannes, and is currently in the film festival circuit. A third short film is in production with more in the works.
Hollywood Professional Editor, Founder of Touchedit
Dan Lebental is a known Hollywood professional editor, the founder and the designer of Touchedit. Best known for his work on Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), Dan has been editing feature films for more than twenty years, working with some of Hollywood’s top movie studios and directors.His versatility across genres includes working on comedies, dramas, thrillers, documentaries, TV projects as represented by more than 20 movies and hundreds of music videos cut over the span of his career.
Dan Lebental is a member of American Cinema Editors and the Motion Picture Academy of Arts, has lectured on the art of editing at USC and has spoken at various international conferences. Throughout his career Dan continues to support and mentor students and aspiring beginners taking pleasure in fostering a new generation of editors.
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Author, Master Trainer, Owner of J Greenberg Consulting
Editors Retreat is proud to welcome back the Master of Ceremonies and all-around Editors Retreat Visionary: JEFF GREENBERG.
Jeff has nearly two decades of experience as a Post-Production Consultant and Master Instructor for Adobe, Apple and Avid. Specializing in areas of editorial, workflow, compositing, sound, color grading and compression. He is the principal Instructor for FMC Training and the mastermind behind the success of Editors’ Retreat. Jeff puts himself in the shoes of the attendee at all times, creating compelling programming and an unmatched overall ER experience!
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Monica is an Offline/Online Editor based in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and an Affiliate Member of American Cinema Editors. She has worked for several television networks in addition to independent features that have been released by Miramax, Lionsgate and Anchor Bay Entertainment. Her work for the E! Awards Season Red Carpet Coverage has been seen by millions in over 100 countries around the world. In her spare time she produces/Co-Hosts an industry podcast called Going Postal Show (www.goingpostalshow.com) and promotes health in post production through Fitness in Post. She is currently working in scripted television as an Assistant Editor where she also hosted AMC’s official Preacher Podcast for Season 1. Her shows include Minority Report (FOX), Supergirl (Warner Bros Television), Preacher (AMC) and Colony (USA/Legendary).
Robbie Coblentz is president and CEO of Broadcast Media Group, Inc., a Starkville, Miss.-based media creation company.
Robbie started Broadcast Media Group in 1996, and did much more than merely survive its first decade. The company is a thriving small business located in Starkville that serves clients across the United States. It has won numerous awards, including four Emmy nominations.
In 1998, Broadcast Media became the first graduate of the Golden Triangle Enterprise Center, an incubator for high-tech businesses. It currently operates from company-owned commercial property at 1012 North Jackson Street in Starkville. It employs six people.
In addition to BMG, Robbie is managing partner of Coblentz Properties, LLC, a commercial real estate company, and managing partner of Tellōs Creative, LLC, a full service ad agency.
He is part of the core leadership team for the Media Motion Ball, the annual gathering held each year at the National Association of Broadcasters.
Tony Cacciarelli is a production and post workflow professional with over 25 years of experience divided between working in product development and sales for technology manufacturers such as Avid, Softimage, Assimilate, AJA and Vitec Videocom; and as a creative online editor/graphic artist working on commercials, live events, awards shows, television and feature films; earning him three Emmy nominations.
Ian Robinson is a Creative Director specializing in the creation of motion graphics and visual effects for broadcast and film. As the owner of SoftBox Media LLC in Virginia, he has been working in broadcast for over 15 years for such clients as Discovery Channel, National Geographic International and PBS. Not one to sit still, when he’s not creating his next graphics package, he spends his time teaching the intricacies of the business as both a consultant and as a popular instructor on lynda.com.
Cheryl has over twenty years of audio experience. She is a member of the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild, Cinema Audio Society and the Audio Engineering Society. Cheryl has graced the doors of some of the most prestigious studios from New York to Washington D.C. and has worked on projects for PBS, National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel and Discovery. She specializes in surround environments and streamlining workflows, including permanent museum exhibits. Cheryl also has years of working on national advertising campaigns. After over a decade in the game, it wasn’t until 2006 when she was able to forge out with her husband and business partner, John, to establish Ott House Audio.
Cheryl has always been an audio geek. During her college years she played clarinet in the Auburn University Marching Band and to this day she remains a loyal Tiger. It’s a full house in Kensington, Maryland where Cheryl hangs her headphones. When the Ott pack is near you’ll hear them long before you see them! Husband John and daughters Madeleine and Zoe keep things interesting for Cheryl long after she leaves the studio.
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.
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.
Misha Tenenbaum is the CEO and Founder of EditStock.com, a site that provides unedited films for editors to practice their craft with. As a proud member of the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild (MPEG), Misha has logged more than 5,000 hours of union work on TV and film projects including the FX series American Horror Story, Wayward Pines on FOX, and the feature film JOBS starring Ashton Kutcher.
Misha graduated Georgia College & State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He is a certified Advanced Final Cut Pro Instructor, and an Avid Certified User (ACU).
In the film and television industry, fewpeople exemplify advances in the technological landscape for digital cinema more than Gary Adcock.
Gary’s knowledge of advanced CameraTechnology, Image Acquisition and OnSet Data Workflow is regarded as one of the single most knowledgeable resources in Media and Entertainment. His understanding of OnSet and Production technologies and their relationships toPost Production has been a guide to the evolving relationship between acquisition, edit and delivery. From Gary’s jump into High Definition postproduction (1999), Demo of a laptop based Uncompressed HD edit system (2004),Tapeless camera acquisition (2005), Digital Recorders as a replacement for Tape(2008), Workflow for Arri’s Alexa Camera (2010), and his latest focus is on the advancement of Thunderbolt technology it’s various workflow opportunities (2011).
Gary is also one of the authors and the tech editor of the Data Handling Procedures and Best Practices guide used by IATSELocal 600 (Cinematographer’s Guild) as part of an ongoing education initiative in the film and television industry. This helped define him as influencer across the industry. As Tech Chair of the Director of Photography Conference track held during NAB Las Vegas since 2007, Gary has help educate thousands of current and aspiring industry professionals.
Mark Chesak is an editor specializing in long form documentaries, with 30 years experience that spans promo producing, independent film and experimental video. Mark’s editing credits include: “Crash of Flight 111” for NOVA, “Dangerous Prescription” for Frontline, “Surviving Mars” for the Discovery Channel, plus numerous shows for History Channel, NAT GEO, NBC Sports, as well as the DIY Network.
Along with work in broadcast television, Mark is also an Avid Certified Instructor and Adobe Premiere Pro trainer and has taught editing to students from varied backgrounds, countries and news organizations such as: CNN Middle East Bureau, Al Jazeera America, Fort Bragg’s Kennedy School of Special Warfare as well as to members of the White House Communications staff. He is also an adjunct professor at Boston University and Emerson College, and has taught classes at The Maine International Film Television Workshops, Future Media Concepts and at Harvard University’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.
Patrick is the Chief Workflow Engineer at LumaForge in Hollywood, CA. He previously worked as an Editor and Assistant Editor on documentary projects for A&E, Riot Games, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and the Lifetime Movie Network. He has also acted as a FCPX Post Production Consultant on a number of independent feature documentaries.
Alexis Van Hurkman
Alexis Van Hurkman is a writer, director, and colorist. His award-winning short film “The Place Where You Live” played 18 festivals in 2015, and his feature “Four Weeks, Four Hours” screened at festivals around the world in 2006. As a colorist, he’s graded programs that have aired on The History Channel, The Learning Channel, and the BBC, features and shorts that have played at the Telluride and Sundance film festivals, and video art pieces that have been exhibited at the NYC Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Alexis has authored and contributed to over twenty books and user manuals on post-production, including two editions of the industry standard “Color Correction Handbook,” the Color Correction Look Book, and five editions of the DaVinci Resolve User Manual. Alexis also consults for DaVinci as part of the product design team for Resolve.
Tracy Dethlefs is owner and creative director of Hullabaloo.tv. Over the past 25 years, he has worked on television series for MTV, VH-1 and PBS and has edited and post produced documentaries that have aired on PBS, Nat Geo, History Channel, and internationally on the BBC, CBC, and NHK. He won an Emmy for the editing of “Pilchuck: A Dance With Fire” and was nominated for PBS’ “The Secret Files of the Inquisition” and “Violin Masters.”
For Hullabaloo, Tracy oversees videos from concept to delivery as creative director and supervising editor. From their offices in Seattle, Hullabaloo does work for clients such as Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Zillow, EMC Dell, Nordstrom, and the Seattle Seahawks.
Nicole Haddock is a freelance editor, colorist and motion graphics designer based in the DC area. She works on a variety of long form and short form content for clients such as Discovery, National Geographic, PBS, the US Army, Marriott, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Every year she looks forward to learning new things at Editor’s Retreat and Post Production World and putting it to good use in her clients’ edit suites.
Michael Kammes is the Director of Technology at Key Code Media, and host of the tech series “5 THINGS” (http://5thingsseries.com). He works on the technical and consulting side of post production, and has been a keynote speaker at conventions, technology retreats, symposiums, and colleges. Plus, he just really, really, digs Post.
Born in Maryland, raised in Indiana, educated at Syracuse Univeristy, and now working at the Univeristy of Georgia, James Biddle has made some of the worst professional decisions you can make over his 25+ year career. Trusted buy, Avid, Adobe, and Apple to be a certified instructor, Biddle teaches over 200 students each year and has trained editors at Turner Studios in Atlanta. As an editor, he has denied most of the work he has done on indie and feature films.
Bill Cousins is the Creative Director/Senior Editor at dPost in Buffalo, NY. Coming from a strong editorial background, he has cut national spots for clients such as Nike, Burger King, New Era, and Ford. Bill also has a strong knowledge of After Effects and Cinema 4d, which is benefiting him in his transition to Directing Motion Graphic and 3d projects.
Peter McAuley has been involved in the development of state-of-the-art graphics technology for print, video and film since the mid-1990s. Since 1999, he’s been a part of the Boris FX team, managing Boris Continuum Complete and other Boris FX product lines.