Rory Dean - Writer | Director | Producer | Executive Producer
Melissa K. Smith - Associate Producer | Stills | Storyboards
Eric Gustafson - 1st Asst. Director | Executive Producer | 2nd Unit Director
Amy Schilling - 2nd Asst. Director
Genevieve McCarty - 2nd 2nd Asst. Director
Kelly Hobby - Producer
Alexa Gulliford - Casting Director
Aaron Sheddrick - Editor | Post Production Supervisor
John LaRosa - Sound Designer | Foley Artist
Mitchell Covington - Composer
Tom Sepenzis - Director of Photography | Producer
Charles Kamzelski - Camera Operator
GRIP, ELECTRIC, & SOUND
Jeff Hamed - Gaffer | 2nd Unit Camera
Brokken Wralstad - Best Boy Electric
Thomas Fitch - Grip
John LaRosa - Sound Mixer
Julia Yacenda - Boom | Production Asst.
Emily Rolph - Production Designer
Roxy Hyden - Art Director
Joe E. Rivera - Lead Carp
James Panco - Carp
Aidan Humrich - Set Dresser
Shelley Kim - Set Dresser
Marisa Stertz - Set Dresser
HAIR, MAKE-UP, & WARDROBE
Rachel Esterline - Costume Designer
Crystal Titus - Asst. Wardrobe
Margaret Caragan - Lead Make-up
Kun Shin - Asst. Make-up
Iris Brightwater - Craft Services
Ric Robson - Caterer
Laney Hobby - Set Production Assistant
Miles Steuding - Transportation Coordinator
Lina Swislocki - Web Designer
Tracy Ward - Advisor to the director
Donna Laemmlen - Advisor to the director
Writer | Director | Producer
Rory Dean is an experienced writer and director. He wrote and directed the 16mm short Just Before Over and The Dinner Party in 2005. He completed the 24p NTSC short The Way We Say Goodbye and the 16mm color film The Rail Yard in 2006. In 2007 he earned his MFA in Motion Pictures & Television from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He has been a camera operator on Boxing Dreams, a gaffer on the short Ashes and Blood Stolen , and Assistant Director on The Shroud and Vicious. Currently he's working on two feature length screenplays, a novella, and collaborating with his wife Melissa on a documentary about famed North Beach Caffe Trieste and West Coast coffee pioneer Pappa Gianni.
Producer | Stills | Storyboards
Melissa is a photographer, storyboard artist, and fine artist who has worked as a script supervisor, art director, production assistant, actor, and assistant director for many of my productions. A graduate of JFK University in Berkeley, Melissa has also served as still photographer and developer of promotional material such as movie posters, postcards, and illustrations. She has acted in many of my short films and has garnered recognition from peers and staff at the Academy. Melissa is also a co-founder of the artist collective We Are Pale and creator of the comic Bloodroses. She is currently working on various projects including the documentary about Pappa Gianni.
First Assistant Director
Eric has worked in a variety of positions on several short films over the past year. He executive produced and served as technical advisor on the short Vicious, worked in the camera department on The Shroud and Blood Stolen, and has proven himself through dedication and attention to detail. He has also worked on several other projects for the Academy of Art University and abroad.
Second Assistant Director
Amy wrote, produced and starred in her first film, Vicious in 2006. In her professional career, she has served as the Communication Director for a Bay Area biotech company and PR for a national gift company based in the East Bay . She was featured in the short The Shroud and has completed other short projects for the Academy of Art.
Producer | Location Coordinator
Kelly is a storyboard artist, illustrator, videographer, and serves in the Air National Guard. She has been a production assistant, key grip, and assistant camera operator for many of my productions. She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program at the Academy with an emphasis in storyboard design and pre-production. She has been an invaluable part of many of my productions.
Editor | Post Production Supervisor
Aaron Sheddrick brings a high degree of creativity, talent and industry experience to the role he fills as a post-production supervisor and editor. He combines his commitment to the creative process with his technical expertise to ensure that whichever project he is representing maintains the highest degree of excellence.
Mitchell Covington is a classically trained composer, arranger and conductor who produces music in a variety of styles including Acoustic, World/Ethnic, and Rock to name just a few. He has 25+ years experience as a composer, arranger, songwriter, conductor and music director. His professional digital audio studio is located in Northern California - near San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose. Mitchell is committed to creating custom music that will serve your vision and enhance the images and drama of film and video.
Sound Designer | Foley Artist
John is a professional location recordist, sound designer, and foley artist working from his home studio in Oakland, California. His attention to detail, love of the craft of sound recording and design can be seen in the variety of projects he has worked on. John brings a level of professionalism to everything he does both on and off set.
Cinematographer | Producer
Tom is an expereinced director, cinematorgapher, and editor. He has directed a number of short films including A Moment of Silence, Ashes, The Chase and the Fall, The Shroud, Cinematographer on Vicious, Blood Stolen and others, and has worked as the 1st AD for the feature film, The Last Nightmare. He currently resides in Los Angeles and is an Academy of Art alumni.
Charles is a skilled editor and cinematographer who has also written and directed. He has shot indie films like Ashes and my own film The Way We Say Goodbye, to name a few. His own recent films, Boxing Dreams and Untitled #044 were completed in the past year. Charles put his editing skills to work for KMPT Channel 32 in San Francisco on the show One Life. Charles is currently a master’s candidate at the Academy.
Jeff is a writer, director, and cinematographer. He has directed and acted for The Game, Severance Pay, and PRS as well as served in various crew positions for my projects and short films. He has worked as assistant director on Ashes, The Fall, and The Way We Say Goodbye. Jeff recently completed his graduate thesis film, Falling Forward for the Academy of Art University.
Boom | Production Asst.
Julia is a UC Berkeley grad, double major in history and film theory. She wrote her honors thesis on female sexual radicals during the fin de siècle England. While at Cal she taught a De-Cal course (democratic education at Cal) titled "Female Sexuality" for 2-1/2 years. She interned at the International Museum of Women in San Fransisco producing multimedia pieces for the museum's first curated exhibit "Celebrating Women All Over the World." For the past three years she has worked for Onomy Labs, Inc., a start-up company that designs and builds high tech interactive exhibits for museums and visitor centers. As their first employee she started off as a production assistant and machinist and now does marketing and operations. In her free time she volunteers at LYRIC (lavender youth recreation center) in SF, teaching a women's health series to teens.
Emily is an artist and musician with varied interests that serve her passion for production design. Emily was the score music supervisor for the feature Journey from the Fall in 2006 and Lead graphic designer/set decorator for the local feature Harrison Montgomery, now in post production. She has lent her attention to detail and creative eye on the short, The Shroud and juggles her time between a variety of pursuits including music and art.
Lisa "Roxy" Hyden is a creative and resourceful production designer and art director in the bay area. She worked on the short Eyes of a Child in 2005 and was the production designer for the short Sun After Darkness in Berkeley that same year. In 2006, she put her talents as an art director to work on two short films, Filter and Indiscreet in San Francisco. Her latest project as production designer, the indie feature Harrison Montgomery is currently in post production.
Best Boy Electric
Brokken joined our production and immediately impressed everyone with his positive attitude and willingness to help above and beyond his job duties. Everyone on set benefitted from Brokken's desire to learn and lend a hand whenever asked. Already familiar with other film and video projects, Brokken is currently working in and around the Bay area.
Crystal is currently enrolled at California College of the Arts in Oakland and balances her time with pursuits in photography, fashion design, and art. She works with found objects and enjoys incorporating them into new and unique clothing and accessories. She is a neophyte photographer and co-founder of the artist collective We Are Pale.
Lead Make-up & Effects
Fall 2006 I finally finished at the Academy of Art University. The degree is sculpture, but as anyone on campus can tell you, I worked on special effects makeup. I founded a makeup effects club, and collaborated with film students and instructors, which eventually led to jobs with local production companies.