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Abba Shapiro

Abba is an Award winning Writer/Producer/Director with over 25 years experience in video and film production. He has done work for a wide range of commercial, corporate, and federal clients, including; USA Today, The Associated Press, NASA, Univision, and the CNN. Based in Washington, DC - Abba is a Master trainer for both Adobe’s and Apple’s Pro Video Apps certified training programs, certifying other instructors to teach applications in their production suites. In addition to production, Abba is a featured presenter at such conferences as NAB, IBC, Macworld, Government Video Expo and New York Post Production World. He teaches video editing on a variety of platforms, Scriptwriting, Photoshop for Video, and a host of other production workshops.

Alexis Van Hurkman

Alexis Van Hurkman divides his time working as a colorist, writer, and director. Based in Saint Paul, his popular "Color Correction Handbook" has been acknowledged as an industry reference in the field of color grading. He’s graded a variety of programs that have aired on The History Channel, The Learning Channel, and BBC Four, 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, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. When not grading (or writing about grading), he writes and directs works of fiction; his first feature, “Four Weeks, Four Hours,” has screened at  festivals around the world.

Brian Gary

Brian Gary is CEO of Flying Chaucer Films and an award-winning filmmaker (director, producer, editor). His three part mini-series, Jefferson Davis, An American President (PBS) has garnered multiple 2009 Best Documentary of the year awards.

He has also produced and edited festival award winning independent films; worked extensively in television, most recently directing and editing the series SpeedFreaks (ESPN and MavTV); and as a commercial and video director crafting campaigns for clients such as: Dow/Jones Factiva, Verizon Wireless, and Lucky Brand Jeans. Upcoming projects as a producer are the feature film adaptations of Stephen King’s Bag of Bones and James Ellroy’s Clandestine.

Christine Steele

Christine Steele is the founder of Steele Pictures, a Los Angeles- based post and consulting firm. She has worked on film and video for broadcast at ABC, Paramount, MSNBC, Frontline, Showtime, PBS, VH1, Zoetrope, MTV2, Bravo, LinkTV and Electronic Arts. Recently, Christine has been busy post supervising and editing for talhotblond - currently the number one documentary in iTunes.

Damian Allen

Damian Allen is well known in the visual effects and post-production industry as a leading technique and technology consultant. Most recently he has served as the Chief Technology Officer and Compositing Supervisor for 3DRevolution, a 2D-3D conversion studio who have completed conversion work for Hollywood features such as Immortals (2011) and Cats and Dogs 2 (2010). He concurrently owns and operates Pixerati LLC, a high end design and consultancy company for the Hollywood film industry.

Mark Spencer

Mark Spencer is a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. He runs a website dedicated to Motion users (www.applemotion.net). Mark is also an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 and the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion, including the Apple Pro Training Series Motion 5, all from Peachpit Press.


Steve Kanter

Steve Kanter is an Avid editor and Avid Certified Instructor who has cut features, documentaries and television shows on both Avid and Final Cut systems for nearly 20 years. In addition to editing, he is a freelance trainer and consultant for studios and networks such as NBC/Universal, Warner Bros., ABC, CBS, FOX, and HBO, as well as numerous local and national news facilities like CBS and FOX. You can visit his website at www.editdog.net for sample reels and consulting info.

Steve Martin

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 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.

Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor is founder and Senior Creative Director at Digitla Spatula, a boutique motion graphics and video post production company based in Los Angeles. With over 25 years film and video experience, Steve's passion for creating compelling visuals have garnered him high profile clients like Sony, ESPN and BMW.