Lumatouch and Filmic Pro – Bringing the Mobile Creator Community Together Starting April 17

Cirina Catania, the host of OWC RADiO, talks with Terri Morgan, co-founder of LumaTouch and the lead product designer for LumaFusion and Neil Barham, and the guiding vision behind FiLMiC Inc. and the primary architect behind FiLMiC Pro.

Luma Touch (www.luma-touch.com) and FiLMiC Inc. (www.filmicpro.com) announce the launch of an ambitious free online educational initiative in direct response to the impact of Covid19 on the content creation community: The Mobile Creator Summit. (Register Now!)

The Mobile Creator Summit – designed, developed and hosted by the teams from Luma Touch and FiLMiC – is an entirely free global virtual training summit designed to teach new mobile filmmaking, journalism and storytelling skills to content creators from all corners of the globe and who may have lost work as a result of Covid19. Mirroring familiar conference speaking and presentation track formats, The Mobile Creator Summit will take full advantage of the interactive Live Streaming platform, StreamYard, to create an online presentation and interactive panel discussion format in a completely virtual environment and easily accessible to anyone.

The premiere Mobile Creator Summit on Friday, April 17 will be hosted by mobile journalism industry expert, Glen Mulcahy, and will feature presentations from celebrity YouTubers Justine Ezarik (iJustine) and Cielo LaPaz, influential mobile filmmaker and trainer Cassius Rayner, and filmmaker/cinematographer Richard Lackey.  Each week, the FiLMiC and Luma Touch teams will announce upcoming Mobile Creator Summit tracks, featured presenters and schedules via both companies’ social channels and websites. 

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In This Episode

  • 00:08 – Cirina introduces Terri Morgan, co-founder of LumaTouch and the lead product designer for LumaFusion, and Neill Barham, the guiding vision behind FiLMiC Inc. and the primary architect behind FiLMiC Pro.
  • 02:40 – Luma Touch and FiLMiC Pro on creating the Mobile Creators Summit to help their community.
  • 06:04 – Terri, Neill, and their team on taking initiative to gather 70 people as speakers for the virtual summit.
  • 09:12 – Terri shares names of people; Glen Mulcahy, Cassius Rayner, iJustine, in different areas in their creative community to participate as speakers or educators.
  • 12:09 – Terri and Neill shared how Glen helped them manage the whole production.
  • 15:01 – Neill shares Cassius’ advocacy of sharing short videos of places people barely see. 
  • 17:58 – Terri shares how one of the speakers, Angelo Chiacchio traveled the world for 300 days where he went to 30 communities to shoot and edit.
  • 23:28 – Cirina shares how she loves millennials because of how they fearlessly explore new creative technologies.
  • 27:39 – Neill explains the streaming setup from StreamYard and Skype to make it more convenient for the audience to access.
  • 30:00 – Follow FiLMiC Pro and Luma Touch on their social media channels to get more news about the Mobile Creator Summit.

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Transcript

This is Cirina Catania with OWC Radio. I have two amazing guests today because we’re announcing something that I think you’re all going to find incredibly wonderful. I have Terri Morgan, who’s the co-founder of Luma Touch, and you all know LumaFusion, which we use to edit on our iPads when we’re traveling, right? And Neill Barhams is here from FiLMiC Pro, which I don’t know how we can shoot without Filmic Pro these days. You’ve been very, very involved in the film industry, your whole lives one way or another, Terri is an editor and Neill is a filmmaker. And so we’re announcing today that given the current restraints for people traveling, among other things, you are going to be starting a mobile creative summit. And you’re making it available free worldwide. I’m so excited, and I can’t stand it. So who can tell us what that is and what it’s all about?

TM: Yeah, I’ll start, and then Neill can jump in. We reached out to our mobile filmmaking community because so many of our customers reported that they were out of work. Most of our customers go out into the world as journalists or filmmakers, and their jobs have just been canceled. We thought Neill and I and some members of Filmic and Luma talked about what we can do to help our community. And one thing that we came up with is the fact that we are in a great position to be able to bring people together and help people who are out of work in this industry to learn how to do mobile filmmaking and mobile editing. And so we decided to put on this event. We reached out to our mobile communities, filmmakers, mobile journalists, producers, and asked if they would help us provide that information via these webinars to people for free. So there are so many people in the video community that are out of work due to COVID-19. Some journalists can’t go out and shoot. Some people shoot all sorts of things, from weddings to events, and those have all been canceled. So we Filmic and Luma Touch got together, and we’re talking about how we could help our community. 

And one way that we decided we could help is to create a webcast, where people could learn from each other and learn how to do mobile filmmaking and mobile editing. Because this is a new way of working and a lot of people were still using traditional media, which is much more difficult when you’re all on your own in your house, and you can’t leave or in your backyard, wherever you are. But mobile allows you to do a one-man show and get high-quality media out of that. So that’s what we decided to do. So we reached out to our communities of mobile journalists, filmmakers, and video producers and asked them if they would be willing to speak and teach others about what they know about mobile creation. And in days, we had 70 people say a resounding yes, and everybody’s very excited about it. I’m excited to watch these people that I’ve been dying to get to know about. They’re going to be speaking at these events. And so they’re starting April 17th, Friday. And then we had so many speakers that we’re doing it every Friday until we run out of speakers or until it’s done.

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You have 70 speakers, that’s 70 weeks. We’re going to be doing this for a while. This is awesome, this is great!

Two questions per four speakers every week.

Oh, Ok.

Yeah. So it’ll go on for a while, but they’re completely free. So if you want to learn about mobile filmmaking from some of the best mobile filmmakers in the world, you can just tune in and listen for free.

That’s amazing. Talk to me about some of these speakers. But before we get too much further. Neill, you guys are partnered together in this. How did that all come about? Obviously, you both work in the mobile space. I’m sure your friends. Tell me about those initial conversations.

NB: Sure. Well, the two companies go back a handful of years. Obviously, they’re very simpatico. “Shoot on film and edit on Luma” is a mantra that we adhere to, and many people in the creative community adhered to it. We met each other, I’m not even sure where initially, but certainly at the trade show circuits NAB and IBC. We became friends there. We’re both located in Seattle. Actually, out of this friendship came the opportunity to share an office. So that started a year ago, March of 2019. So now it’s very easy for us to collaborate on things, and the community almost sort of wants that to happen because so many of our users are Luma users and vice versa. So in servicing, listening to, and responding to our community, we learned in-depth about how much they were relying on LumaFusion as a tool in the field. So, there are a handful of things that we have subsequently tried to do together. 

Hollywood has been a global force for over 100 years. A lot of people are speculating on what society and culture are going to look like on the other side of the pandemic, but one thing is for sure: stories will never go away.

And this is such a challenging time for people all over the world. And so we wanted to do something selfless and give back. And I think it’s a very hard time to think about. No, I can’t think of a better phrase than like crass commercialization, but that’s not something that either of our companies is particularly interested in at this time. So from the convenience of sharing an office, we really ought to do something not so much for ourselves. But as Terri alluded to earlier for a lot of people who are suddenly out of work. What I find most rewarding is that our creative community took the selfless initiative and ran with it. I think we didn’t even have a list of 70 names at the outset. And the fact that within two or three days we had a list of committed, interested, talented individuals of 70 people. 

It shows that almost everybody that we reached out to responded favorably but they also recommended other people. “Have you considered this person? Oh, they’d be fantastic, you should reach out to that person.” And so the thing is sort of taken on a life of its own. We haven’t even gotten to the first episode yet. And that I think is something that both companies hope to continue. From people watching the series, they will realize, “Hey, either I have something to contribute meaningfully, and I should reach out and see if I could be a speaker on a future episode.” or maybe they know of somebody who has a unique creative slant on the world. And a lot of people would benefit from that as well. So I think for both of us, this just feels like the right thing to do at this particular point in time. And information is always good, and free is always good. We’re thrilled about that.

I’m so proud of both of you, though, because this is a lot of work. I know you have help, but you’re giving so much of your personal time to do this. And I can tell you firsthand too. You don’t just turn the computer on and start talking. There’s a lot of production that goes into creating a live stream, or even a regular video for educational purposes. It’s wonderful, and I thank you for that. Do you want to talk about some of the tracks?

TM: Yeah, we wanted to talk about different people like mobile journalists and mobile filmmaking, and I know we want to talk about vlogging because those are three very different ways of working with the equipment and different ways of working creatively. And we had some great speakers in those three areas as well.

Yeah, so there’s the whole mobile filmmaking aspect. There’s vlogging, and there is a documentary and features, journalism, and storytelling. I love the storytelling for mobile and social media. And then your mobile educators is what I have in front of me here, but some of the names you have already wrangled, I mean Glen Mulcahy that’s wonderful, and iJustine– everybody loves iJustine- Cassius Rayner, Richard Lackey, this is like a who’s who of the mobile world. I know you guys are well connected, but I think it’s awesome that you’ve gotten these people to commit to this. So how long will each seminar be? And you said, four people per seminar or how’s that going to work?

TM: Each person there’ll be four per seminar, and there’ll be two seminars a day one in the US time zone and European time zone. And each one will have 20 minutes to present their ideas, and then 10 minutes for Q&A. And I think Glen and Elliot from Filmic and probably PhotoJoseph will be moderating and helping to take questions and get those questions answered for 10 minutes at the end of each person.

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These are not being set up like webinars, these are video on demand or live video at two times a day one for the European. So it’s live, and they can just tune in live, and you’ll give everyone the link. 

TM: Right.

That’s awesome. And then will they be available on-demand after they go live as well?

TM: Yes, of course.

So, where’s the platform for this? Is it on YouTube?

TM: It will be posted on YouTube. I think that we’re using- was it StreamYard Neill?

NB: Yep. And it should publish to both Filmic and Luma’s YouTube and Facebook channels. So there’ll be numerous places to watch it on multiple Filmic and Luma channels on social media. We are trying to reach as broader than that as possible.

Absolutely. And I am here to help. I got a big mouth, and I will spread the word. So who does what in the mix between the two of you and your two teams? 

TM: Well, we’ve both reached out to Glen Mulcahy. So he is basically heading up this initiative. And so he’s the one managing, getting all the people set up and making sure that technically they are set up to do it and doing a dry run with them like a dress rehearsal. And those will be recorded in case something goes wrong during the live session that can be played instead. So he’s working for both of us equally and doing that.

The world is desperate for authentic stories, and that is an area where mobile has actually outpaced Hollywood.

NB: Yeah, and I think for your listeners who might not know who Glen Mulcahy is, he was the innovation and technology lead at RTE, which is Ireland’s version of BBC, the national broadcast channel. And he founded something called MojoCon, which turned into Mojofest and members of both Luma and Filmic have been frequent presenters at those yearly events. And we were scheduled to go back. I think it was going to be in London this year and the event was canceled. Terri and I know that Glen is the ideal person to lead this initiative because he’s done something similar to MojoCon or Mojofest, year in and year out, so he has direct relationships with a lot of the speakers. He teaches year-round on what the best mobile technologies are for people to make a strong emphasis on journalism, but overall video storytelling. And he frequently uses Filmic and Luma in the field and his classes. So it is essentially like a no brainer on who we wanted to reach out to. And Glenn was as enthusiastic about the idea as we are.

So do you want to give us any more names of people that are coming on? Do you have any thoughts about previewing for us some of the kinds of people who are coming on?

NB: Cassius Rayner is a filmmaker. His father was an editor for Stanley Kubrick so he grew up learning filmmaking at a very early age. He teaches underprivileged youth in the UK in and around London and travels outside that to use mobile tools to share their story. This is very near and dear to Terri and my heart. The organizations collectively and a lot of people are on the speaking list. But that’s one of the wonderful things that mobile does in the 21st century that didn’t exist prior. It democratizes who has a voice in the world. And Cassius is as passionate as an advocate of bringing those tools to the underrepresented as almost anybody that I know. Also, I guess it relates to COVID-19 and stay-at-home initiatives. 

Cassius lives in London and has created a handful of stunning short videos of the city in a way that nobody has ever seen in the modern or a deserted, quiet, eerie, moody, and kind of introspective side of London. So I would encourage people to check out his work on social media, on Twitter, it’s under the handle @gofilmit

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You mentioned Richard Lackey as well. He’s based in Dubai, a color grading specialist, who has been enamored with what mobile has led him to create as it pertains to higher-end traditional tools, like desktop tablet color grading with DaVinci Resolve. And now he has created educational materials on how mobile is closing the gap and what you normally had to rely on for expensive tens of thousands of dollars of gear, you can now do for $50 or less. Let’s say you mentioned Cielo as well. I think she is probably best described as maybe like a social media blogging expert. Still, her creative skills extend into photography, where I know she’s been featured in some of the Apple curated shots in iPhone series. And some of the books that they put out are a collection of the year’s best work and teach mobile video to some of the technology companies and around the bay area where she’s based. And then I just saw it might be the most popular member of the first two weeks of programming, whose work community stands for itself. And she’s certainly a social media advocate with almost no peers in that regard. So that would be, I guess, half of the first weeks of programming. Let me just queue it up for you, Terri, can you tell us a bit about Angelo and Vanessa?

TM: Yes. Angelo is a filmmaker who has spent a year traveling the globe looking for communities that will disappear within the next 30 years. So he went to spend 300 days, he went to 30 communities around the world with just what he could carry on his back in a backpack. And so he would go to these communities to shoot and edit. Sometimes he’d be editing out of a tent. I have some images of him editing with a bunch of reindeer. And then he would get it all finished. And when he’d stopped on his way to the next place, he’d go to a city with an internet, upload his finished piece and then move on. So he spent a year doing that, and he just has some fantastic stories to tell about his challenges and how he solved them. He’s just a great guy as well. He’s very interested in the mobile world. And then we have Vanessa Fox, one of my personal favorites. She’s an experimental filmmaker who uses only mobile, and her dedication to experimental film is just second to none. She does it for the love of doing experimental films. She’s not doing it to get likes or to get views. She’s just doing it because she loves it, and I love to watch her channel and just see what she’s coming up with. It’s just beautiful work. 

We also have PhotoJoseph, who has done well. In his own right, he’s his personality online. He has his whole PhotoJoseph channel, and he does a lot of tutorials and a lot of speaking about different cameras and lenses. And it is amazing to see. It is a democratization of stories, and we’ve been telling stories before television. We’ve been telling verbal stories to one another forever. And then when TV came along and all of a sudden you had to have professional equipment to be able to tell a story that a lot of people would want to hear. And now we’re kind of getting back to that, well, the quality has caught up. And now an average person can tell their story to thousands of people, and it’s heartwarming to me, and I love it. And I love the kids that are out there. It reminds me of what life is like when you’re young, and how you see the world. And just to see that they have the tools to do that and express themselves is cool.

The one thing I wanted to say to both of you is really, thank you for making this so accessible because I believe that we as content creators, as media, as journalists, as storytellers have an obligation to tell those stories in the world and anything that you are doing. You are both of your companies are constantly doing something to advance that in the world. It’s really important, especially now, when things are tough. And people need reassurance. They need to know that they’re important that their stories are important. And I think that you’re giving us all tools that make us better at what we do.

NB: Hollywood has been a global force for over 100 years. However, a lot of people are speculating on what society and culture are going to look like on the other side of the pandemic. Will people go to movie theaters? Will the industry be the same as it was, or will it go away completely? I have no idea about any of those. But I think that the world is desperate for authentic stories and that is an area where mobile, I think has outpaced Hollywood which has predominantly become the domain of comic book movies that translate well into international box office but don’t actually tell, in most cases, especially resonance stories about how people have to live their lives and interact with other people in the challenges that they face. 

And so in the absence of that, a lot of people are creating those stories on the tools that they have in their home, or their backpack, in the case of Angelo. And these are profound, meaningful stories. The series that Angelo created with the help of Luma is one of my favorite things that I’ve ever seen. And I think it’s haunting and evocative and thought-provoking. And so the gap between what was considered professional broadcast in the domain of either television or Hollywood, and what is a credible top-tier story, I think has never been smaller. And I think in a matter of six to 18 months, whenever we come through this, the gap is even going to be smaller still. Now is an ideal time to learn the tools and then empower your own voice to be a storyteller for a new generation. 

People are living in completely different cities or in different parts of the country, yet they can still feel connected thanks to modern mobile technology.

We took Smartphone Studio here to Rancho Bernardo in the San Diego area, and we were teaching elementary and middle school kids. And it is amazing how they just jump on those computers. They have no fear. In large part because of what you guys have all created. And I do want to throw something in for millennials too because I love them, they get a bad rep, but they have a different way of communicating than the older generation does. And I’ve mentored a few of them, and I deal with them a lot on crews, and I just gotta put that in there for them because I think they’re awesome. So everything from the Little Tikes that are just in elementary school up to even the older generation.

I think what you’re giving us is that mobile filmmaking allows us to work anywhere in the world. No matter how old you are, the physical restrictions are being eliminated. For example, I don’t have to walk around carrying 75 lbs of equipment, in backpacks, and on my shoulder, I’ve got these small A cam and B Cam 11 pros from iPhone and what comes out of that is amazing. So anyway, I interrupted your flow, but you got me going, Neill.

NB: Great, and let’s talk about two more great educators in the first two sessions, and this would be PhotoJoseph and Henny tha Bizness and Terri, so why don’t you tell us more about him? 

TM: I can tell you a little about PhotoJoseph. He is a photographer, filmmaker, YouTuber, content producer, and an all-around good guy. He represents a lot of different brands in cameras and lenses. And he is also the tutorial maker now for Luma touch. So he has done our first set of 20 tutorials and has 40 more coming. And so he’s a great person to talk about, at least the post-production side of mobile filmmaking and then Henny tha Bizness is also…

Henny was at NAB with you. He’s great. Do you know what I remember about him? He told me something that I’ve never forgotten. He said he realized that he could do rap music and still have his nine-year-old listen in. That you didn’t have to be negative, or you could do the kind of music he likes, and kids could access it. He’s awesome. So is he going to be one of the trainers?

TM: Yes, he will be one of the speakers. And he’s very accomplished. I think he’s on the Grammy board. He’s won several awards for music, but he’s also a great communicator and a vlogger. So we’re excited again to be working with him. He was with us last year at NAB, and we just found him. He is such a delightful personality to learn from. So that’s our first week.

That’s unbelievable. Well, what do you consider your biggest challenge with this?

TM: So far, everything has been going well. But I think we’ll have to do a dress run with each person, and we’ll record that, and I think we don’t know what technical challenges will be faced with at the last minute, but we have a team that’s ready to fix those. So I think it’s just gonna be a great lot of fun to do.

So the format is going to these people are going to record video, you’re gonna do a Skype call with them, kind of like what I’m doing with you now?

NB: The format will look somewhat similar, but StreamYard will be a slightly different platform than Skype and allow for a little more interactivity. So Glen is going to exist as a moderator, at least initially, to oversee the first session. So he will introduce each of the speakers, then they’ll take over the session for about 20 minutes, they’ll be able to have it interactive with video elements that they have created. They can talk about a film that they shot while also referencing it and showing it to the viewers. Viewers are possibly pausing on a frame to talk about how they achieved a particular shot or what the effect was that they were going after. The whole time this is running, viewers will be able to contribute their comments on whatever platform they’re watching. 

They’re all going to be consolidated into the back end of StreamYard, and there are Filmic and Luma each contributing some very capable, technologically savvy employees that are going to be handpicking some of the best questions and prompting the speakers at the end of the session to kick off the Q&A. So while the series will be available VOD, I think to get the most value out of it and make it as interactive as possible, if you can watch live, please do so and contribute your questions into the forum.

It’s really like sitting in class from your home, which a lot of us are doing now that the schools and universities are closed down, so it’s the norm. It makes you feel connected. I mean, we’re sitting in completely different cities in different parts of the country, but I feel connected because we’re looking at each other at least and we’re all very visual people. So this is launching April 17th, correct?

TM: That would be our first day. Yes.

Oh, you guys have a lot of work to do from now to then. You’ll get it done now. You’re awesome, and I know you’ll get it done. I’m looking forward to it. So, where do people go to see this? And how can they find some information out ahead of time?

NB: Any of our social media channels, I think, will carry the info. And we’ll all be points of entry into the actual live webinars as well.

So, Terri, can you tell me where people go on social to find Luma Touch?

TM: We’re at @LumaTouch on Twitter, and you can find a user group on Facebook for Luma Touch just by searching for Luma Touch, and our YouTube channel- just search for Luma Touch find us.

And Neill, same with Filmic Pro, right? 

NB: Yep, pretty similar. So facebook.com/FilmicPro and on Twitter @FilmicPro, and then ever so slightly frustratingly on Instagram @Filmicapps.

Come on, IGTV, the sky’s the limit, right? So the name of this is The Mobile Creator Summit, right? So people want to find this they can Google Mobile Creator Summit. And as things start populating, they can see the schedule. But I’d like to tell everybody to be prepared on April 17th to join live.

NB: I would encourage your listeners to follow both Luma and Filmic on social media channels immediately prior to basically googling Mobile Creator Summit and so following our social channels.

TM: We’ve been creating this, putting this together for two weeks as fast as we can, and meeting daily on it. Things are moving quickly, and they will be ready by April 17th, but it’s not all put together yet.

I am not worried about it. I know this is gonna be awesome. If the two of you are behind it, it’s gonna be awesome. And I know you have great teams. I want to say thank you to Terri Morgan and Neill Barham on behalf of the Mobile Creator Summit, and tell the people to go to all of your social media channels and stay tuned because April 17th, this is going to launch and it’s going to be awesome. So we need to all be there. And we’ll be able to ask questions and listen in and learn a lot and it’s free and available worldwide. So thank you both for taking the time. I know you’re incredibly busy, scheduling the two of you together is difficult to do and I appreciate it. So I wish you the best, and I’ll be there with you on the 17th. I’ll be in the audience.

TM: Thank you so much for having us on and allowing us to tell everybody about this.

That’s great. 

NB: We greatly appreciate it, and it’s wonderful being with you again.



Checklist

  1. Collaborate with others on projects you collectively feel passionate about. Teamwork makes the dream work, and two or more heads work better than one. 
  2. Reach out to your current network. You’d be surprised how many people are willing to extend a hand when someone’s in need. 
  3. Develop a sense of community with the people in your industry. Life is full of ups and downs. It’s great to know some people have your back when times are tough. 
  4. Learn more about mobile filmmaking and mobile editing if you’re used to the traditional way. Since filmmakers, journalists, and the likes can’t go out these days, mobile serves as a great alternative to doing your craft. 
  5. Listen to your customers. Their feedback is vital to your business’ growth. Being accessible online goes a long way in customer service.
  6. Take advantage of live streaming to connect. Since it’s required to physically distance yourself from others, it doesn’t mean you should be anti-social.
  7. Publish an online portfolio on social media so people can discover your work. Instagram is a great avenue for creatives.
  8. Be familiar with the technicalities of running a live stream or webinar. It’s a good idea to have a team on standby in case there are glitches.
  9. Check out LumaFusion and Filmic Pro for your mobile editing needs.
  10. Check out The Mobile Creator Summit for awesome content that will teach you how to master mobile filmmaking and editing.

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More about the Summit:

Morning and evening times to accommodate many different time zones.

Co-Sponsored by Lumatouch and FiLMiCPro, 

Featuring experts in all areas of mobile filmmaking. The first week features sessions from:

Angelo Chiacchio, Director, “Ephermera: Documentary

Born in Basilicata (Italie) in 1986, Angelo studied design all around Europe. Today he’s based in Paris where he researches the past of technology to design its future with innovative products, services, and exhibitions. Since 2009, Angelo is part of design studio Nodesign.net. He is also a photographer and filmmaker, co-founder of italiasenzatempo.it, a project to tell about Italian natural heritage with innovative techniques, and author of EPHEMERA (www.ephemera.life), a mobile documentary to explore and tell about some of most fragile realities on the planet. Angelo also collaborates regularly with dance company “Balletto Lucano” to merge visual arts with performing arts in projects rooted on local heritage.

Sal Massimini, Director

Born in Connecticut, Sallyanne Massimini’s love of storytelling began as a child; her old sketchbooks are filled with storyboards and creatures. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Sal shifted from painter to visual effects artist and supervisor. Her VFX credits include Fast and Furious, Straw Dogs, True Blood, Fringe, Once Upon a Time, Hemlock Grove, Banshee, and Castle. Commercial clients include Prada, Target, Dodge Ram, Mary Kay, Sunday Night Football, EA, Sapporo, Visa, and Mountain Dew. Sal garnered several VFX Emmy nominations before transitioning to directing. Currently, Sal is the second unit director and producer on season 3 of American Gods. In addition to her visual and cinematic endeavors, Sal is a partner in Master Cinematographers (MC4), a film company dedicated to creating technological innovations that both speed and ease the art of cinematography and photography.

Richard Lackey, Filmmaker/Professional Colorist

Richard Lackey combines a cinema camera approach to shooting video using a smartphone with professional colour correction and post workflow. What started out as an experiment has become an ongoing journey to push the limits of what’s possible using a smartphone to capture professional, cinematic video.

Professionally, Richard is a digital cinema technology and workflow specialist with an extensive knowledge and experience of digital motion-picture imaging and post production. Full member of Colorist Society International (CSI Member) and Digital Cinema Society (DCS).

Cassius Rayner, Director

Cassius started his career in camera operating in 1995-97 overseas for UNOPS (United Nations) filming in hostile conditions.

In 2014 Cassius began to explore the possibilities of filming with mobile phones, discovering the Filmic Pro app online, he began to shoot content and was amazed and excited by the possibilities. Since then he has not used main stream camera systems. Against the advice of many colleagues in the film industry Cassius continued to explore the creativity and freedom he was finding by using mobile phones. In 2015 he was commissioned to shoot a documentary on graffiti artists in London using iPhones and has continued to use mobile technology to shoot a variety of professional projects including documentaries on a fashion designer in Hong Kong and China, Medical teams rescuing children in Ethiopia, circus elephant rescue missions in South America to UK based projects including ‘Walking in our Shoes’ which has won several awards.

Cassius has received 14 international film awards for projects he has shot using mobile phones including ‘Best Cinematography’, ‘Best Music Video’, and Best Foreign Documentary’.

iJustine, YouTube Star / Vlogger

Justine Ezarik is a one-woman digital phenomenon: techie, gamer, vlogger, and digital creator. She is one of the top female personalities online. Justine was named one of the Hollywood Reporters 50 most powerful digital players as well as one of Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100. In 2014, she was on Time’s Most 100 list and in 2012, she was ranked the #6 most influential personality by The Daily Beast’s Digital Power Index, amongst the rankings of Lady Gaga and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Justine published her first book, I, Justine: An Analog Memoir, in June 2015 under Simon & Schuster and is a New York Times Best Seller. A popular brand ambassador, Justine has worked with partners such as Google, Lays, Mattel, Microsoft, H&R Block, Toyota, Canon, Intel, eBay, P&G, Starbucks, Banana Republic, Samsung, Nestle, Pizza Hut and DJI Drones. She has been featured in numerous magazine and publications from The Chicago Tribune to Fast Company and Maxim Magazine and also appeared on shows such as Chopped, The Celebrity Apprentice, Dr. Oz, The Talk, The Rachael Ray Show, The Vampire Diaries, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, E!, MTV.

Henny tha Bizness, You Tube Influencer

Henny is an Award winning, Multi-Platinum Record Producer, Songwriter, Professor, and Youtuber. Henny has produced numerous hits records for various recording artists including Drake, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Lil Wayne, Jay Z, 50 Cent, Black Eyed Peas, Young Jeezy, Brandy, Jay Rock, Trey Songz, Ab Soul, Ice Cube, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Birdman and many others. A graduate from Morehouse College, Henny is also a professor of his alma mater where he teaches Music Production, Online Branding and Music Technology. Henny has developed a strong following online guiding individuals on how to use iOS devices in a professional manor via his YouTube channel.

Cielo de la Paz, Filmmaker / Vlogger

Cielo is a mobile filmmaker and photographer and founder of TheStoryographist.com and the person behind the Youtube channel- iPhone Filmmaking. Cielo teaches iPhone filmmaking worldwide at institutions like Stanford, Google, large government agencies, and conferences. With her mobile videography and filmmaking courses, Cielo has taught thousands of individuals tell their stories – using nothing but their mobile phones. Her work was featured in Apple’s Shot on iPhone billboard and TV ad campaigns has been awarded the Gold Cannes Lions Award, as well as honors from Mobile Photography Awards and iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA).

PhotoJoseph, Photographer | Filmmaker | YouTuber

PhotoJoseph is a content creator, educator and YouTuber — he’s been shooting since the age of seven, teaching and presenting on stage to audiences around the globe for over 20 years, and runs an online resource for photo and video education at photojoseph.com

Following an eight-year tenure at Apple as the lead presenter, producer and photographer for the Professional Applications Division, he stepped out on his own in 2009 to pursue all things photo and video. Today you can find PhotoJoseph shooting still and video productions for clients ranging from global corporations to local small businesses in his home town of Ashland, Oregon… speaking to schools and educators around the world on integrating photography and digital storytelling into the classroom, turning the camera into a powerful learning tool… teaching workshops on photography in person and online on LinkedInLearning.com… and of course on YouTube at YouTube.com/PhotoJoseph

You can find PhotoJoseph online as @PhotoJoseph just about everywhere… mainly Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

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