Our Instructors

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ADobe, Apple & Blackmagic 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.


Adobe & Blackmagic Certified Instructor

Ari Feldman

Ari Feldman is a certified Adobe & Blackmagic instructor.  Originally from South Florida, he graduated from the University of Miami where he studied motion pictures and theatre. Ari edited the documentary "Shelter Island" and is currently editing videos for The Daily Beast.  He has also edited or been an assistant editor on many independent films, documentaries, television shows, and corporate videos. 




Janet is a freelance editor who has been in the film and video world for over 15 years. She first became interested in film while studying audio engineering at The New School. Since then she has edited for PBS, MTV, CNBC, and Link TV.

She has been an Avid certified instructor for over 10 years and teaches both the introductory as well as advanced edit and effects classes. She is also one of just a handful of instructors who teach Avid's high end HD edit systems, the DS Nitris. She has taught editing classes at NYU, Columbia, SVA as well as taught industry professionals on-site at CBS, NBC and Fox. Her work is primarily short format though she is currently working on a feature length documentary.  Janet is also an Adobe Premiere Pro & Apple Final Cut Pro certified instructor.


AVid, Adobe & Blackmagic 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 a minor 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, and music videos including the Sony Pictures feature film Frozen River. Kiri is also a contributing writer for several video and technical magazines such as the Edit-Well and Mac Pro Video. Kiri balances his time between real world studio production and teaching.

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 Avid, Adobe, & Blackmagic instructor.


Adobe & Avid 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 18 years.  His favorite movie is Joe Versus the Volcano.


Blackmagic CErtified 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.


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.


Adobe, APPLE & Blackmagic 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.  His passion for training permeates in every class he facilitates.


Avid & Blackmagic Certified Instructor

Frank Herold

Frank Herold is a professional video editor and certified 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", as 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.


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.




Amy Leland is a director and editor. She is currently an editor for CBS Sports Network. Prior to that, she was the assistant editor for "Inside the Actors Studio" on Bravo TV for three seasons. She is also a filmmaker. Her short film Echoes is currently making its way through the film festival circuit, and her first feature documentary is in production.  Amy is an Avid Certified Instructor, an Apple Certified Master Trainer, and an Autodesk Authorized Smoke Trainer. She is the owner of Summer Woman Productions, which provides videography, editing, and motion graphics services to a wide range of clients, which have included 1800Flowers, Fresh Direct, and Scripps Networks.  Amy is a member of New York Women in Film ant Television and the Playwrights and Directors Workshop at The Actor's Studio.

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Adobe CERTified 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.