Customer Biographies

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Award-winning cinematographer Bill Dill, ASC saw his first feature film Sidewalk Stories win international acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival. His feature credits include B.A.P.S., Nervous Ticks, The Five Heartbeats, and Dancing in September. His television work includes American Playhouse's Fires in the Mirror, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, HBO's Ace Award-winning  program Mommy Buy Me That, Showtime's Soul Food series, as well as specials for Robert Townsend, Damon Wayans and Whoopi Goldberg. He is a full professor with tenure at Chapman University in Orange, California, and an adjunct instructor, teaching core curriculum at USC's School of Cinema-Television.

sam_bayer.jpg Director-cinematographer Sam Bayer graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His breakthrough project was the video for Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." His video for Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" swept the 2005 MTV Awards, garnering seven Moon Men. He has been equally successful directing and shooting high-end commercials for Coke, Pepsi, Nissan, and Lexus. He collected AICP honors for Nike's "If You Let Me Play" and Packard Bell's "Home" spots. His Mountain Dew "Showstopper" spot earned 2001 Clio Awards for directing and cinematography. Bayer's foray into feature film directing is the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street.
ben_baker.jpg Ben Baker is the head of digital lab (DI and mastering) at Framestore. His professional experience has covered a broad range of postproduction workflows as a project consultant, producer and manager in feature films, editorial, mastering and restoration. This includes lab work, multiple-language audio mastering and Pro Tools sessions, 16 and 35 mm film scanning and recording, grading, rushes, editorial workflows, digital compositing, paint and restoration. Clients include Fox Studios, Warner Bros, Walden Media, Disney/BVHE, Paramount, Miramax, The Weinstein Company, and Pathe International, to name a few.
vanja_cernjul.jpg Cinematographer Vanja Cernjul is a native of Zagreb, Croatia. After graduating from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1995, Cernjul moved to New York and earned his master's at New York University. His credits include director Michael Burke's The Mudge Boy and director Goran Dukic's Wristcutters: A Love Story. He photographed the pilot for ABC's Ugly Betty, and has shot more than 20 episodes of the award-winning show 30 Rock, for which he earned a 2008 Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Cinematography.
stefan_sonnenfeld.jpg Stefan Sonnenfeld is president and managing director of Company 3, which is known as a leader in the field of commercial postproduction. Founded by Sonnenfeld in 1997, Company 3's clients include Nike, Gatorade, Microsoft, Pepsi, Lexus, Jeep, Audi, Coors, Nissan, Budweiser and Levi's. Company 3 has developed a thriving digital intermediate department and provided services on such feature films as 300, Transformers and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Sonnenfeld remains active as a colorist, and has contributed to dozens of commercials and music videos, including work by such artists as Jennifer Lopez, Madonna and Eminem.
joe_wright.jpg Joe Wright graduated from St. Martins in 1994, and opened a graphic design shop called Studio Barbara in his hometown of London. Alongside print design, the company started working on motion graphics idents and titles for MTV Europe, the BBC and Film4. Wright began concentrating on shooting through London's Spectre Films. In 2002, Wright moved to New York. He is now the executive creative director at Trollbäck + Company, a visual and conceptual creative studio producing design, graphics and live action for advertising, broadcast and film. A select group of his clients has included Nike, Infiniti, Target and HBO.
darren_aronofsky.jpg Writer-director-producer Darren Aronofsky studied live action and animation at Harvard University, and later earned his master's from AFI. Aronofsky's premier feature,  π (Pi), earned him the Best Director's Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. In 2001, Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream earned five Independent Spirit Award nominations, including one for Best Director and a win for Best Actress Ellen Burstyn. Aronofsky directed The Wrestler, which won Best Feature, Best Male Lead and Best Cinematography at the Independent Spirit Awards, and garnered Academy Award® nominations for Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei.
sam_pollard.jpg Sam Pollard's professional accomplishments as a feature film and television video editor and documentary producer-director span almost 30 years. He co-executive produced Henry Hampton's last series I'll Make Me A World: A Century of African-American Art, for which he received a George Peabody Award. In 2003, he received another Peabody as a producer on The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. Pollard edited Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Girl 6, Clockers, and Bamboozled. Pollard and Lee have co-produced documentaries, including the Oscar®-nominated 4 Little Girls, Jim Brown: All-American, and When the Levees Broke, Pollard is a professor of Film Studies at NYU.
asa_shoul.jpg Senior colorist Asa Shoul has earned three International Monitor Awards for his work on the Hallmark miniseries Merlin, Alice in Wonderland and Arabian Nights. His television credits also include Shackleton, DreamKeeper, Generation Kill and The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Shoul has graded some 20 feature films, including The Constant Gardener, Layer Cake, Nanny McPhee, United 93, Stardust, Becoming Jane, Inkheart, The Descent: Part 2, Me and Orson Welles, Triangle and Creation. NOTE: Shoul left Framestore and moved to Technicolor in June.
haris_zambarloukos.jpg Cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos, BSC began his career shooting commercials, documentaries and shorts in the United States, Europe and Central America. In 1999, Zambarloukos shot his first U.S. feature Camera Obscura. In 2004, he earned a nomination for Best Technical Achievement at the British Independent Film Awards for Enduring Love, and quickly went on to build a reputation through his work on films like Venus and Sleuth. He recently photographed The Other Man, Death Defying Acts, and Mamma Mia!
brett_ratner.jpg Brett Ratner grew up in Miami Beach, Florida. After graduating from high school at age 16, he attended New York University Tisch School of the Arts (aka NYU Film School) to pursue his filmmaking dreams. He began his career directing hundreds of music videos, one of which led to his first feature film, Money Talks. He has since compiled an impressive list of feature credits, including Rush Hour, The Family Man, Rush Hour 2, Red Dragon, After the Sunset, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Rush Hour 3. Additionally, his multi-hyphenate career as a producer includes episodes of Prison Break and Women's Murder Club.
florence_buchanan.jpg Florence Buchanan was most recently vice president, senior creative director, at BBDO New York. She has worked at such renowned New York agencies as Deutsch, JWT, Chiat/Day and Carroll Raj Stagliano. Buchanan has art directed TV spots for Westin, Sheraton, Bayer, Alka Seltzer, Almay, Pizza Hut, and J&J, among others. With her copywriter partner, Karen McIntyre, Buchanan co-directed the 2006 independent short Shepherds. In 2009, Buchanan and McIntyre founded FnK Partners, LLC, to work for both agencies and clients on projects including advertising, branding and other forms of content.
tricia_lentini.jpg Tricia Lentini started as a production assistant at Avrett Free & Ginsberg. She moved on to be an assistant producer there, working on Bacardi, Dewars, Nestle Purina, Pharmacia, Tumi, Lugz and AdCouncil. Lentini eventually went to Gardner Nelson & Partners as a producer for TV, radio and interactive, working on Optimum, Metro Co-Op (1-800-OK-Cable), Madison Square Garden, and the Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, where she produced a documentary featuring Matthew Modine and the country's leading research specialists in pancreatic cancer. She is currently a producer for television at BBDO NY.
david_perry.jpg David Perry is executive vice president and director of broadcast production at Saatchi & Saatchi New York. He has 39 years of experience at agencies such as J. Walter Thompson and BBDO. His clients have included Kodak, Pepsi Cola, General Electric, Hertz, Kellogg, General Mills, Miller Brewing and J.C.Penney. He has earned industry creative awards including Clios and Cannes Lions. He is a producer of the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase, which is presented annually at the International Advertising Festival at Cannes. Perry is also chairman of the Broadcast Production Committee of the American Association of Advertising Agencies.
adam_kimmel.jpg Cinematographer Adam Kimmel transitioned from director-cameraman to cinematographer after working in the TV commercial genre. In 1993, he photographed his first feature film, Ted Demme's Who's the Man? Kimmel has subsequently compiled an eclectic list of credits including The Ref, Beautiful Girls, Snitch, Almost Heroes, Lars and the Real Girl and Rudo y Cursi. The artful imagery he created for Bennett Miller's Capote earned him a 2006 Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Cinematography.
peter_lang.jpg Peter Lang founded his commercial production company, Pictures in a Row (PIR), in 1995. PIR has grown from a one-director shop into a highly respected and successful studio employing multiple directors, editors, visual effects artists and graphic designers. The company is known for elevating advertising through classic filmmaking, and pioneering editorial and visual effects. Lang has directed and shot scores of spots for just about every car maker in the world including his most recent work for Jaguar, Mercedes, Ford and Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep.
lance_acord.jpg Lance Acord, ASC studied photography and filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. Acord's career path led him to the top of the music video and commercial industries, where he worked with such innovative directors as Spike Jonze, Stephane Sednaoui, Jonathan Dayton and Michel Gondry. He has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for his directorial achievements in commercials, and by MTV for his cinematography on music videos. His feature film credits include Buffalo 66, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette, and Where the Wild Things Are.
christine_vachon.jpg Christine Vachon is a movie producer active in the American independent film sector. She runs Killer Films along with partner Pamela Koffler. Vachon produced Todd Haynes' controversial first feature, Poison, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. She has since gone on to produce independent films such as One Hour Photo, Happiness, Safe, I Shot Andy Warhol, Go Fish, Swoon, the Oscar®-nominated I'm Not There, the Oscar-winner Boy's Don't Cry and Far From Heaven, which was nominated for four Academy Awards®. She is the author of two books, Shooting to Kill and A Killer Life.
milt_shefter.jpg Milt Shefter is president of Miljoy Enterprises, Inc. a consulting and project management company focusing on media asset protection and preservation. He is known for the creation, design and management of Paramount Pictures Worldwide Asset Protection Program, Pro-Tek Preservation Vaults and Services, and was the moving image consultant for the National Audio Visual Conservation Center. He's currently a principal member of NFPA's Technical Committee on Hazardous Chemicals, and chairs the NFPA 40 (nitrate film) task force. As project lead for the AMPAS Science and Technology Council's Digital Archive Preservation Committee, he co-authored and co-edited its 2007 publication, "The Digital Dilemma."
baca-asay.jpg Joaquin Baca-Asay grew up in Colorado and studied cinematography and filmmaking at New York University. In 2002, he won a New York Film Critics Circle Award for his cinematography on the indie film Roger Dodger. His feature credits include Two Lovers and We Own the Night, both directed by James Gray, as well as Thumbsucker and P.S. Additionally, Baca-Asay has photographed and directed hundreds of commercials for such high-profile brands as Starbucks, Bank of America, Nike and Viagra, among many others. His work in the music video genre also earned him an MTV Video Music Award for the Jay-Z video "99 Problems." In 2010, he was recognized by the Directors Guild of America for his work on spots for CSX, Volvo and Lenscrafters. He is currently on the roster of Park Pictures.