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Staff Contributors

Jamie Alac

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Jamie Alac is the Technical Manager, and the lead Digital Cinema Specialist and Phantom Technician at AbelCine LA.

Originally from Perth, Australia, Jamie has worked as a camera operator on numerous Australian productions.. Additionally, he has provided technical support for features such as Transformers: Age of Extinction and Gangster Squad, as well as the IMAX 3D films Born to be WildMadagascar: Island of Lemurs, and Flight of the Butterflies.

In his free time, Jamie enjoys filming sports such as snowboarding and surfing. He also holds a private pilot’s license and flies from Santa Monica Airport.

Girvan Calder II

Girvan CalderGirvan has been a member of the Abel Service Department since 1996. He began as an Aaton camera electronics technician and was named the NY Service Manager in 2003. Born and raised in New York, he moved west in 2007 to head the Abel LA Service Department.

Girvan holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (1995) from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He has served a technician and consultant on Scrubs, Sex in The City and NFL Films productions.

Megan Donnelly

Megan DonnellyMegan Donnelly is a Camera Technology Specialist based out of AbelCine’s Chicago location. An accomplished Director of Photography for commercials, music videos, and narratives, she has won several awards including a Midwest Emmy in 2014.

Prior to joining AbelCine, Megan was the Technical Manager at Fletcher Camera and Lenses / CineVerse in Chicago, where she provided technical and workflow support for multiple features and television series. She also developed the curriculum for the International Cinematographer’s Guild Digital Loader Workshops, which she taught nationwide.

Originally from Mesa, Arizona, Megan Donnelly graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media Arts with a concentration in Cinematography. See more of her work: www.megandonnelly.net

Follow Megan on Twitter: @cinemamegan

Anna Feil

Anna FeilAnna made her film debut in He Knows You’re Alone (1980) in the role of Flower Girl. She has not appeared on-screen since, preferring to work behind the scenes, primarily as a researcher and editor.

Anna earned a B.A. in Anthropology with Great Distinction from McGill University and a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Concordia University, both in Montreal, Canada.

Anna began her career at Abel as a Rental intern in the summers of 1996 and 1998. In 2003, she joined the web and marketing team, a post she retains to this day.

Kari Hess

Kari Hess Kari is a former news photographer turned sales associate with 19 years of experience in the acquisition side of our industry. She has taught industry seminars and private classes on subjects ranging from “ENG Field Lighting” to “Choosing The Proper HD Camera Package” to groups small and large.

Kari, a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Communication, Broadcasting and Film program, joined the Abel team in 2008. She heads up Abel’s Midwestern Production Sales from their newest regional location in Chicago.

Follow Kari on Twitter: @Gearchick

Dave Kincaid

Dave_8905ccOriginally from Albuquerque New Mexico, Dave Kincaid studied Audio and Video at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dave works with AbelCine’s Sales and Training departments as an HD Camera Support Technician.

With an extensive background in electronics, Dave found his true passion in cameras while working with Canon DSLRs. Dave is a self-professed camera geek with a passion for both film and digital.

Follow Dave on twitter: @dkincaidthetech

Jeff Lee

jeffl_DSC1149Jeff Lee joined the AbelCine team in 2009. Born and raised in New York City, Jeff Lee attended Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of Arts where he concentrated in both photography and filmmaking. In addition to his current role as Training Manager, Jeff is also leads specialized classes and workshops in AbelCine NY’s training center. He also serves as a Technical Editor on the AbelCine blog, CineTechnica.

Additionally, Jeff is an accomplished still photographer who has traveled extensively working on documentary projects. His work has appeared in publications such as Shutterbug and he has been a featured Gawker Artist. See more of his work: jeffleephoto.com

Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffleephoto

Ian McCausland

IAN_2530ccAs one of the original staff members of Abel, Ian was integral to the formation of the company’s rental department back in 1990. Ian reprised this role in 1997 when he moved out West to launch the rental department of Abel’s Burbank operation. He currently serves as Abel LA’s Camera Technology Specialist.

Ian holds a BA in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts. His credits include the 1999 Black Sabbath concert video The Last Supper and the 2008 Smashing Pumpkins documentary If All Goes Wrong.

Most recently, Ian shot and edited a short-form documentary about vintage travel trailers called Aluminum Skins, which was screened at the 2009 Phoenix Film Festival.

Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanMcCausland

Mike Nichols

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Currently Rental Manager at Abel NY, Mike Nichols joined Abel in June of 2008. Previously, he was the head of production for a commercial production company in SoHo, Zooma Zooma. Zooma Zooma was co-founded by Spider-Man director Sam Raimi and Joseph Mantegna.

Mike earned his B.A. in Film Production at Brooklyn College, where he was the president of the Film Society. His first professional job was as a production assistant on the Robert DeNiro film, “A Bronx Tale.” In 2000, he was invited to the Cannes Film Festival as part of Kodak’s Emerging Filmmakers Program and has attended the festival every year since. In 2011, Mike’s first feature film, “BreadCrumbs” was released worldwide.

Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikeymoves

Claire Orpeza

Claire Orpeza is AbelCine’s Community Manager, having joined the company in 2007 as a receptionist. Originally from Connecticut (by way of the Philippines), she graduated from Drew University as an English major with a minor in Sociology.

She enjoys photography, cute things, and is always on the lookout for delicious restaurants where she can raise her foodie cred.

Follow Claire on Twitter: @quirkyrocket

Jesse Rosen

jesse_DSC3315Before coming to work at Abel, Jesse was a client; he purchased the Aaton Super16 camera with which he shot Trans. The film was shown at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival where it won an award. Since then, he has worked on many film and television projects, including Martin Scorsese’s blues documentary Lightning in a Bottle, as video engineer, and several documentary projects as cinematographer.

Jesse is Abel’s Director of Technical Development, a position that allows him to combine his background in computer science with his love of filmmaking. He is responsible for evaluating new technology and bringing it into the company and to its clients.

Andy Shipsides

Andy-337_BBAndy joined AbelCine in 2007. He recently moved into the role of Director of Education, while still teaching specialized camera classes in the training department and serving as the technical editor of the blog.

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, he received his Bachelors of Science in Digital Arts & Sciences from the University of Florida. He received his MFA in Film & Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

His thesis film Bottleneck received a screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007. Andy was also a finalist for the 2007 Student Academy Awards. Recently, he directed a music video for Lin McEwan’s song Now I Know, which won OnStage.com’s award for Best Pop Music Video. Andy’s Vimeo Channel»

Follow Andy on Twitter: @AndyShipsides

Moe Shore

Moe_DSC3635_BMoe just joined Abel after 23 years with Panavision as VP of Product Development and recently as VP of Technical Marketing and Strategy. While at Panavision, he was responsible for many different products from 3perf film to Phantom HD to the HD Initiative, which involved deploying digital cameras and optics throughout their worldwide rental inventory. He managed strategic relationships with companies like Sony, Kodak, Canon, Panasonic and AbelCine. Prior to that, Moe was a film and video editor at WGBH-TV and developed laser disc games for Atari.

Geoff Smith

GeoffSmith_bio5792CGeoff Smith joined AbelCine in 2015 as a Camera Technology Specialist with a focus on workflows from capture to post-production.

Geoff has a background in technology from web development to content management at companies like VMware, Lucasfilm and Silicon Graphics (SGI). Prior to joining AbelCine, he worked on an independent feature as a DIT and Assistant Editor. A passionate photographer, his editorial and fine art work has been published in newspapers and magazines, as well as exhibited in New York City and online.

Originally from New York, Geoff graduated from California State University, Chico earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design with an emphasis in Media Arts.

Follow Geoff on Twitter: @geoffsmithphoto

Juliet Verni

Juliette-01201Juliet joined Abel’s Burbank office in 2005 as a rental assistant, one of seven employees in that office at the time. When the company moved into a larger building, she also moved into the role of Digital Cinema and Broadcast Technician. She has recently stepped into a new role as one of AbelCine’s Camera Technology Specialists in the LA office.

Juliet earned a B.A. in Film at Emerson College in Boston where she was nominated for Best Cinematographer and won a Best Advanced Film Evvy Award and a Best Director Award. She continues to work as a technical supervisor and digital imaging technician on concert, commercial, and feature film shoots. She is also the founder of Abel LA’s Cheesedog Fridays.

Follow Juliet on Twitter: @julietverni

 

Guest Contributors 

Jorge Diaz-Amador

Jorge_IMG_5001-150x150Jorge Díaz-Amador is known in the industry for his technical expertise, and as a longtime proponent of high quality small format acquisition and quality optics.

He holds a B.A. in Communications (Motion Pictures Major) from the University of Miami (1991). He has completed the Cooke Optics S4 service training program in Leicester England, and the Carl Zeiss service training program in Oberkochen, Germany.

Jorge worked as a camera assistant and cinematographer for years before transitioning to technical service. His Director of Photography feature credits include Southern Justice (2004) and Never Look Back (1998).

Mitch Gross

A Director of Photography by trade, Mitch is a respected voice on industry blogs & discussion boards and has been working in the New York film industry for more than fifteen years. He recently completed principal photography of his twenty-first feature film, Get Faamous.

His credits also include dozens of short subjects, documentaries, commercials and music videos,  as well as two television series. His work has been screened and has won awards at festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Edinburgh and New York.

Noah Kadner
Noah was born in New Jersey and raised in New Mexico. He graduated from the MFA program in production at the USC School of Cinema-Television. Noah lives in Los Angeles and runs High Road Productions, a film, television, production and post-production company. He has directed several short films, commercials and music videos, and works as a DVD authoring specialist. His clients have included the U.S. Army, United Nations, NBC, PBS, Sony and FOX.

Noah writes for industry magazines like Videography, 3DWorld and HDVideoPro. He is also a longtime contributing writer for American Cinematographer. Noah is the author of RED: The Ultimate Guide to Using the Revolutionary Camera, the industry’s first book on the RED ONE 4K Camera.

Noah also hosts and produces Call Box, a series of HD and 24p digital filmmaker training courses. In addition, Noah also works as a forum administrator for 2-pop.com, CreativeCow.net and DVXuser.com. Noah is an Apple Certified Trainer.

Follow Noah on Twitter: @noefresh

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