Our Instructors

 
 
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Adobe & Apple Certified Instructor

Mark Chandler

Mark's interest in editing was instigated by his fascination with the diversity and excitement of living in New York City.  Having moved here in the early 90's from New Zealand, he developed his skills creating numerous documentaries including The Hip-Hop Vernacular and The Garden.

He created his own company, Nervous City Productions, which produces videos and DVDs for corporate clients and he is also a freelance editor whose clients list includes BBC America and MTV.

He has been an Apple Certified Trainer for years and enjoys incorporating his practical experience in the industry to create both a technical and creative environment for his students.  Mark is also an Adobe certified Premiere Pro and After Effects instructor.


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Adobe & Apple Certified Instructor

Ari Feldman

Ari is a certified Adobe Premiere Pro & Apple Final Cut Pro instructor.  He is originally from South Florida.  He is a graduate of the University of Miami where he double majored in motion pictures and theatre arts. Ari is also a graduate of Manhattan Edit Workshop's Six Week Intensive workshop.

Since relocating to New York several years ago, he has been the editor and assistant editor of independent films, documentaries, television shows, and corporate videos.  He was the assistant editor of the film, Wedding Bros., and has edited for Lifetime and the Princess Grace Foundation.

Most recently Ari edited the documentary Shelter Island and is currently editing his second feature-length documentary.


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Apple, Autodesk, and Adobe Certified Instructor

Kiri Roberts

Kiri Roberts is the creative director of One Media USA, a multimedia production house located in Albany, NY. He's a graduate of the University of Westminster in London with an MA in Audio Production and minored in Sound Design for Film. With a diverse international experience he has worked on both sides of the Atlantic and South of the Sahara on music production, TV commercials, documentary films, music videos including the Sony Pictures feature film, ‘Frozen River’. Kiri is also a contributing writer for several video and technical magazines such a the Edit-Well magazine and Mac Pro Video magazine. Kiri balances his time between real world studio production and has joy teaching the same tools he uses as a trainer for Apple, Adobe and Autodesk Smoke pro apps.

Kiri is still able to find time to write and produce music, and is currently producing a studio album being recorded in New York and  Abbey Road studios in London.

He is a certified Apple Final Cut Pro, Motion, Autodesk Smoke, iWork, Logic Pro, iLife, iWork & Adobe Premiere Pro instructor.


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Adobe Certified Instructor

Chad Anderson

Chad Anderson is a college professor, animation geek, poet, video editor & skateboarder from the Jersey Shore.   He has worked on a range of editing and visual FX projects for corporate, educational, broadcast, non-profit and military organizations all over the country (and once in Korea).  Previous clients have included E! Entertainment, The Charlie Rose Show, the WB, The Count Basie Theatre and a film that went straight to video with John Stamos in it. He holds a Master’s in Education from NJCU and has been teaching for over 17 years.  His favorite movie is Joe Versus the Volcano.


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Blackmagic Instructor

Jamie Dickinson

With over 30 years working in TV and film, Jamie trained at the BBC, starting out balancing studio cameras and using telecine to transfer film to video tape. He's been at the cutting edge of post-prodiction technology, working in London as senior online editor and colourist, creating everything from graphics-heavy promos to grading and delivering feature films (shot both digitally and on film). He’s delivered training for The London Film School, the BBC, HBO in New York and many more. Jamie is also a certified Blackmagic instructor.  He’s currently based in the USA.


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Avid Certified Instructor

Mike Cruz

Mike Cruz has been involved with Pro Tools and Avid training since 1998 when he began working at Digidesign’s HQ in Palo Alto. He is currently a master instructor with Avid’s training division, certifying programs and instructors offering Avid’s Pro Tools curriculum. In addition to teaching Pro Tools, Mike is a freelance audio engineer and has worked on numerous film and TV projects over the years released by Paramount, Lions Gate, Showtime, CBS, MTV, VH1, and various others. He holds a BA in Theater Arts/ Film from UC Santa Cruz and is also an Avid certified Media Composer instructor. Mike originally came to audio production as a musician and still occasionally plays shows.


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Adobe Certified Instructor

Tyrone Williamson

Tyrone Williamson is a certified instructor who has been in the Video, Audio, and IT industries for over the past twenty years.  He started off as an Audio Engineer in the early 90’s and then opened his own record label (Internet Records), which then led him to  his love for video.  He shot and edited several music videos for his own record label as well as music videos for other clients

Tyrone Williamson has received several certifications in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, & OS X Client/Server.  He is currently a full-time trainer. His passion for training permeates in every class he facilitates.


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Avid & Blackmagic Certified Instructor

Frank Herold

Frank Herold is a professional video editor and certified instructor Avid and Blackmagic Instructor.  He was the owner of VideoWorks, a full service video production company located in New York City. Since 2009, Frank and his wife have been teaching "Broadcast News and Video Production", a summer course at Anglo American University in Prague, CZ. Frank has also been a consultant and editor for Drew University's Career Center in Madison, New Jersey. Frank has worked with most major advertising agencies producing and editing hundreds of commercials. He has also edited long form programs and received an Emmy nomination for his work.  As a working owner he has always found it more cost effective and rewarding to promote from within and as a result has trained numerous young people in the art of video editing. Many of these people have become highly regarded in the video community.


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Avid, Adobe & Blackmagic Certified Instructor

Tibor Spiegel

Tibor is originally from Yugoslavia where after receiving a BA in Composition and Conducting he worked as a staff composer for RTV NoviSad. Since immigrating to the US, he has earned two Masters Degrees from Montclair University, NJ in Music Composition and Communication Broadcasting. He also holds a mini-MBA from Rutgers University, NJ. Tibor is certified in all levels of AVID Media Composer and Newscutter. Since 1999 he trained staff of all major US broadcast networks and cable channels; students and staff of NYU and Columbia University; staff of Lockheed Martin and NASA; all five branches of the US military; members of Secret Service, FBI, CIA, Embassy in Baghdad and the royal videographer of QATAR.  Tibor is also an Adobe Premiere Pro certified instructor.

For ten years he has also served as adjunct lecturer for CUNY and has contributed documentaries for DUNA TV-Budapest. Tibor has published articles in Hungarian, Serbo-Croatian and English. Currently he is a fully accredited US correspondent for Magyar Szo, a Hungarian daily published in Serbia. During his last F/T position as Executive Director of CTV, Staten Island's Community Access TV, he designed and implemented a 1.8 million USD move from analog to digital and sponsored the 2005 Guiness World Record longest TV talk show (33 hrs non stop) marathon featuring Frank Morano, producer of the WABC radio Curtis Sliwa show.

Tibor’s featurette Overnite Shift was presented at the 2009 Cannes Festival. (He also trademarked Overnite Shift as a T-shirt brand.) He recently finished a book “Amerikai vagyok” (I’m American) - collection of essays and interviews in Hungarian - and is recording his second CD of original music.


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Adobe Instructor

Michael Venzor

Michael Venzor brings with him extensive work experience, spanning 20+ years in all areas of production and post-production. After graduating from Stanford University in 1996, Michael created trailers for films produced by the legendary Roger Corman at Concorde Pictures. Over the years, Michael produced and edited video for a variety of broadcast companies, as well as ESPN and Showtime. He has recently completed his first short film, which will be submitted to major film festivals in 2018. The valuable lessons he’s learned from working with other professionals in all areas of the industry allow Michael to deliver a comprehensive educational experience to all his students.

Michael’s career in teaching started with one-on-one training with specific clients. He has since moved on to classroom level instructing in different schools around Manhattan. But he still enjoys the value of working directly with one student at a time, when the opportunity presents itself. 

As an instructor, Michael is extremely patient, thoughtful, and well-prepared. He believes that the most effective way to teach software it simply to use it, spending the majority of class time engaged in activity, actually using the software, as opposed to discussing it. Armed with both a vast knowledge base, and also an overwhelming passion for teaching digital media, Michael’s goal is always to offer the very best in production classes for the future filmmakers of the world.


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Apple Instructor

Alexander Kaluzhsky

Alexander Kaluzhsky is a filmmaker born in Odessa, Ukraine who immigrated to the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, NY with his family in the late 80’s. He studied filmmaking at S.V.A. and N.Y.U., and Theater at the Actor’s Center under the guidance of teachers from Juilliard, Yale, Harvard, and Tisch.

Under his production company Apropos Films he has produced the features The Missing Person directed by Noah Buschel, starring Academy Award Nominees Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was released in theaters, named one of IFC’s Top 10 films and nominated for a Gotham Award in 2009; and Weakness written & directed by Michael Melamedoff, starring Bobby Cannavale, Josh Charles, and Lily Rabe, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2010. 

As writer/ director he has made the short films- Westbrook recently completed; I.Aria, Arkadya, a winner at Hammertonail.com’s Short Film Contest judged by Sundance’s Mike Plante, and Beast of the Southern Wild writer/director Benh Zeitlin; The Visitors, an experimental short form documentary for which he received the 2010 Blueprint Fellowship and was screened as part of CURRENTS 2013 at the Santa Fe Museum of Art; Bad Moon Rising which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and Apropos which played at New Filmmakers New York. He has also edited the films Notes on Blue by Moyra Davey, commissioned by the Walker Art Center to commemorate Derek Jarman, Hemlock Forest for the Biennale de Montreal, and worked with filmmakers such as Bruce Weber and Ondi Timoner. 

As actor he has worked on films such as The Taking of Pelham 123 directed by Tony Scott; Solitary Man produced by Steven Soderbergh; You and I directed by Roland Joffe; and the indie The Brightest Star, directed by Maggie Kiley, which premiered at the 2013 Austin Film Festival and was released in theaters around the country. He is currently in development on two feature length films centering around his family, and was invited to participate in the 51st New York Film Festival’s Artist Academy. He is the co-founder of Honey Ramka, an artist run gallery space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, an active member of the Brooklyn Filmmaker’s Collective, and a professor of Cinema within the CUNY College System and a visiting professor at institutions like Columbia University, The New School, and N.Y.U.


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ICA Instructor

Dado Valentic

Instructor Dado Valentic is an award winning master colourist with over 16 years of industry experience. He is a founder of MYTHERAPY, UK’s leading creative studio and a research lab for Digital Color Grading. Credited for several developments in the field of RAW camera processing, Dado Valentic is at the very forefront of color grading technology, continually pushing the boundaries and bringing innovations within this field. Working on some of the biggest feature films and commercials across the world, he is one of the most sought after colorists around.

MASTERING COLORS

Dado Valentic’s approach to color training blurs the boundaries between the arts, science and technology. The aim of his color training work is to bring innovation and offer a deeper understanding of color and perception that reaches far beyond perimeters of his research lab.

Dado Valentic’s approach to communicating color science has won him a wide audience with over 20 sell-out classes at the ICA-International Colorist Academy in London.

Reducation classes in London, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Singapore, Moscow and Gothenburg. Guest lectures at International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, National Broadcasting Convention in Las Vegas, British Society of Cinematographers Expo, BAFTA and Creative Week in London. He is a regular lecturer at the Dutch Film Academy, London International Film School, Moscow International Film School, SAE Oxford and Edinburgh University of Arts.