Winter Zemens, ’01, and Laura Martin, ’09, are both in Los Angeles working on the hit ABC show “Grey’s Anatomy.” Winter is the production coordinator and Laura is the office production assistant.
Goldie Jones, ’04, is the owner and founder of Subversionz Media, a green video production and animation company based in Seattle with a commitment to creating quality content and reducing the environmental impact of the video production process. Before launching her company, Goldie was a freelancer in the video production industry as an After Effects animator, Final Cut editor, postproduction lead and director of photography.
Emily Houston, ’05, moved to New York City in search of production work after college. She began with an internship in television development, then worked in the radio programming industry and ended her time in New York managing the marketing campaign for a luxury chocolate boutique on Park Avenue. But the call of the production industry was too strong so she moved to Los Angeles in January 2009. Since then she has been working for an independent film distribution company and currently assists in the acquiring and selling of independent narrative films and documentaries.
Stephen Paratore, ’06, moved to Georgia to live near his family after graduation. Soon he was hired at WCTV in Tallahassee, Fla., as the weekend news director for CBS and Fox news. Six months later, he was promoted to the position of evening news director, where he was responsible for six daily live television shows (CBS, Fox, MyTV) from Monday to Friday during prime time. Never letting go of his true passion to produce narrative entertainment, Stephen applied to the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory in Los Angeles and was accepted in August of 2007. While at AFI, Stephen produced five student films including two graduate thesis films. “Nice Knowing You” is in consideration for more than 20 film festivals throughout the world and “Santa Ana Winds” is in post production. Stephen graduated from the American Film Institute in June of 2009 with a master’s of fine arts. He is now employed at Sony Worldwide Acquisitions, specifically Screen Gems and Stage 6.
Matthew Geldof, ’02, worked for PBS in Rochester, N.Y., for a year before moving to New York City to establish his current company, NY Sound Mixer, which specializes in production sound for film and television. The move also enabled him to pursue his music and postproduction sound design career. Since NY Sound Mixer’s inception, Matthew has worked as production sound mixer on an extensive list of commercials, television shows, and short and feature length films. Some of the television series include National Geographic’s “Adventurist,” Treasure HD’s “ I’ll Try Anything Once,” Food Network’s “Food Detectives,” DIY Networks “Against the Grain,” History Channels “Mystery Detectives,” PBS’s “Kate Brown’s Workshop,” and Style Network’s “Opening Soon by Design.” In 2003, Matthew’s musical aspirations were first met with an opportunity to join Waken, a New York City based alternative rock band. Matthew performed as a bassist, playing at local venues throughout the city. He was soon after asked to produce and engineer the band’s first full-length album, “A New Day Rising.” During the same period, NY Sound Mixer was picking up some of its first postproduction sound design work. Some of those first projects include Bill Kotsatos’s short film “Martini’s Shot,” a Volvo-sponsored short titled “Near Misses,” and Matthew Lancit’s “Death of a Gentleman.” Additionally, Matthew was hired to compose music for Raul Maldanado’s feature film “Urban Troubadour,” Towhead Productions’ pilot “Bars and Tone,” Barleau Street Films Feature “Peripheral Vision,” and “Horrorscope,” a Whitney Museum Installation. In 2004, Matthew was approached by director Theresa Thanjan, who was working on a project exposing the issues and concerns revolving around the post-911 Patriot Act. Matthew was hired to work as postproduction sound supervisor on his first feature length documentary. “Whose Children Are These” aired on PBS in 2005 and won Best Documentary in the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, the Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival and the Tupelo Film Festival. Matthew has become a mainstay in the world of Broadway, having mixed and mastered a variety of Broadway shows for advertising and commercial use. Some of these shows include “Curtains,” “Frost/Nixon,” and “The History Boys,” all of which were winners at the Tony Awards the year they were filmed. Matthew’s work with the Warner Brothers Record Label and Live Nation has allowed him the opportunity to record and mix a variety of up-and-coming and internationally recognized recording artists. Additionally, Matthew is one of the original founders and senior producer/engineer for Jigsaw Soul, a New York City based multimedia performance group. Currently Matthew is finishing scoring a feature length documentary titled, “Closer to God.” He recently finished Jigsaw Soul’s most current album, “Bound to Collide,” and began work on their second full-length CD in September. Additionally, Matthew is collaborating on a video installation honoring the late Klaus Nomi and beginning work on Old Solar’s long anticipated, second album. Other projects include the ongoing organization of an extensive catalog of original music highlighting the compositions of NY Sound Mixer’s core collaborators. Matthew’s personal contribution to the catalog can be found under the name Green Coat Face, a continuing archive of his original compositions.
Amanda Pecora, ’06, moved to Los Angeles and worked as a production assistant on an ABC Studio television pilot. After that she worked her way up to the popular television show “Grey’s Anatomy.” Working on Grey’s gave her the confidence she needed to move forward in other directions. She is currently working as a coordinator for a postproduction company. “It was priceless,” says Amanda about her education at SUNY Fredonia. “The one-on-one attention I received from my professors gave me the skills needed to venture into the unknown and begin conquering my dreams. SUNY Fredonia’s Communication program and the amazing mentors that make it shine gave me all of the above and I will be forever grateful.”
Matthew Horn, ’09, was accepted to the American Film Institute in the fall of 2009. He is working toward his master’s degree in post-production and is expected to graduate in 2011.
Dave Edsell, ’06, moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., after graduation and worked as the head camera technician/department manager for Hand Held Films, a Manhattan based Motion Picture Equipment Rental House. He relocated to Los Angeles in the spring of 2009 and currently works as a freelance camera assistant primarily on music videos, commercials and indie features, while working toward membership in IATSE Local 600.
Luke Crawford, ’05, has been working in production since graduation and has been working toward his union card as an assistant director. He has worked on feature films and episodic television dramas such as “Five Time Champion,” “Temple Grandin,” “A Couple Of Dicks,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Three Rivers,” “Tree Of Life,” “Friday the 13th,” “Whip It!,” “Two Lovers,” “What Happens in Vegas,” “College Road Trip,” “Camp Hope,” “Law & Order ,” “I Am Legend,” “Prevention Inc,” “Six Degrees,” “NYC Serenade,” and "Unstoppable."
David Mink, ’05, is the 6 p.m. producer for WTEN News 10, the ABC affiliate in Albany, N.Y. Prior to that, he helped launch and then produce a morning show at WXXA Fox 23 News in Albany for two years.
Gary Phillip, ’06, is an executive producer/director. His outstanding work in various programming quickly led to jobs as a producer and, over the past five years, he has also worked in television broadcasting where he has been responsible for a number of television’s most acclaimed shows within the Viacom Network. During the past few years he has created, directed, and edited spots for the World Series of Video Games; Viacom Network shows like “The Real World,” “Cribs,” and “The Hills”; television spots for Guitar Hero, Dell, Best Buy, and Nikon; and, a handful of music videos for various artists. Traveling the world to places such as Egypt, Italy, and Spain have come along with the territory while working with clients on their specific needs. He is also an accomplished mechanical engineer with a strong dedication for the craft. The mechanical engineer has been called the general practitioner and the jack-of-all trades among engineering professions. This is because it requires education and skills that span a broad range of technical, social, environmental, and economic problems that all translate to dealing with video production. Currently, Gary is creating spots through Echelon Marketing & Design, his recently launched full-service creative agency for which he is president and CEO.
Gavin Mevius has been living in New York City for the past two years, working for Fox News as an editor. Before moving to the Big Apple, he worked for a year at Fox 23 in Albany as a producer. He had a weekly column on ZoomInOnline.com called ‘You really need to see this” before the company recently downsized.
Newt Calkins, ’03, is currently completing his master’s of fine arts in film (screenwriting) at Boston University's "Writer in Hollywood" extension program in Los Angeles. He is interning for the development department of Lionsgate Entertainment. In addition, he has received BU in LA's Comedy Writing Mentorship Grant, which pairs him with an entertainment industry professional specializing in comedy.
Jeff Eggleston, ’06, has worked as a production assistant for Pepsi, Fox News, Food Network, “Emeril Live” and “Iron Chef America.” He has also worked as casting coordinator for the game show “Chain Reaction” and as first assistant director for Prelight Day Productions on a sitcom pilot. He was associate producer of casting and development for the reality show “The Ultimate Design Project” for TLC, a production/field coordinator for the Emmy nominated reality show “Project Runway” for Bravo, a casting coordinator for the Emmy award winning show “Cash Cab” for The Discovery Channel, an assistant field coordinator for NBC's “Celebrity Apprentice,” an associate producer of casting for CBS's “Million Dollar Password,” and associate producer of casting for ABC's hit show “Wife Swap.” He will soon start as casting producer for a new Ryan Seacrest Productions show that is in pre-production.
Barry Sonders, ’05, started his Rochester and New York City based production company, FILM ORANGE, in March 2007. In the first three years of business, he acquired national and international clients. He currently represents five directors on the FILM ORANGE roster. During the last year, FILM ORANGE has been a nationally recognized name in music video production, being represented by Heidi Gregory Management and working with such music video clients as EMI, RCA, Witichia, Victory, Dovecote, Merovingian, and Sugar Hill. The music videos have aired all over the world, including MTV, MTV-EUROPE MTV2, MTVU, FUSE TV, and Much More Music. They have also been featured on AOL and YAHOO as music video of the day, MTVU Music Video of the Week, and London BBC4 Music Video of the week. FILM ORANGE’s commercial clients include The Hard Rock Café, Kodak, and Constellation Brands. FILM ORANGE was one of the first production companies to produce a commercial inside the new Yankee Stadium. Currently, the company is in development on two projects. Barry has been asked to produce/line-produce a new Farrelly Brothers TV pilot venture that was started in Rochester, N.Y., through Fifth Year Productions. In 2010, the company expects to enter into feature production.
Beki Gibney, ’04, began her career briefly working in promotions for Clear Channel radio. Later she moved to a production assistant position with WXXI/PBS assisting in multiple studio productions including membership telethons, the nationally syndicated programs “Second Opinion,” and “Assignment: The World.” While there, she was promoted to segment producer for the show “Assignment: the World” and the Emmy Award winning “Homework Hotline.” After needing a bigger challenge, she made the big leap to New York City. She changed her career path by joining an animation and Visual FX studio as the assistant to the executive producer of MassMarket, which is the Visual FX division of Psyop, Inc. This position covered management of schedule, client relations, and pitching jobs. She was quickly promoted to assistant producer, helping senior producers manage Visual FX based commercial spots from preproduction to delivery. Recently she realized she needed to do more creative work. She is currently working for “Revel In New York,” which is an online Web video series that covers interesting New Yorkers, from the Rev. Al Sharpton to the editor for High Times. She wears many hats doing research and development, booking subjects, and assisting in scheduling shoots.