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Our Guest Contributors

From Tech & More, Final Cut Pro to Writing Screenplays...

The Davis Review - Tech and More by Bill Davis. Bill is a professional film and video editor in Washington, D.C. who enjoys striking a balance between creativity and technology. Bill has used Final Cut Pro since 2001 to produce everything from promos to documentaries to independent films, and he's adopted FCP X as part of his daily workflow. Read Bill's blog.

Rick Young is an editor and publisher. He publishes Movie Machine! A magazine where art and technology of movie making is explored at every level, for everyone. Visit Rick's website.

Oliver Peters is an independent video/film editor, colorist, post production supervisor and consultant. He also “moonlights” as a contributing editor/writer for Videography, DV and TV Technology magazines. He's worked in the radio, television and film industries since 1970. Over the years, this has included a variety of hands-on production and post production positions, as well as various facility management roles. Along the way, he has earned numerous awards, including local, regional and national Addy, Telly and Monitor Awards. Visit Oliver's Website

Ken Segall is the author of Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success. Ken blogs on the latest in technology and marketing at his Observatory blog. He consults about branding and naming issues, and he is responsible for the content of the fake Apple news site, Scoopertino. Visit Ken's website blog

Philip Hodgetts is hard to pin down. He has an unusual blend of technical, creative and business skills that he applies to the worlds of digital production, post production and distribution.  A technologist, editor, industry pundit, podcasting veteran and specialist in new distribution, Philip Hodgetts has 30 years experience in production and post; since 1994 all in the digital realm. He is a recognized authority on the changing nature of the digital landscape and has an enviable record of accurately predicting the implication of changing technology over the last decade. Visit Phil's website.

Richard Taylor is a Final Cut Pro editor who has been writing about FCP for a long time. His website All Things Final Cut Pro is fill with a wealth of valuable material. Visit's Richard's website. 

Jan Ozer has worked in digital video since 1990, and is the author of 13 books related to video technolgy. Jan currently writes for, Digital Content Producer and EventDV. In addition to producing seminars and for and the MCA-I, Jan instructs two and three day video production seminars for the Digital Media Academy.He recently released his latest book, Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery. Visit Jan's website.

Julie Gray has over ten years of experience. She directs the popular Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition, writes for the Huffington Post and her book, Just Effing Entertain Me: The Apocalytic Guide to Writing Screenplays that Rock will debut at the London Screenwriter's Festival in England this coming October. Visit Julie's website and blog.

Robin Knight is our trusted Final Cut Pro classroom proctor, screenwriter extraordinaire who works in professional sports (MLB and more!). Read her blog about cool apps and crazy insights into working in the film and sports worlds.

Bill Davis runs the Arizona Final Cut Pro Users Group. He's the creator of the StartEditingNow! video editing curriculum for schools and has been a writer and contributing editor at Videomaker Magazine for many years. You can reach Bill here.

Max Kinnings is a novelist and screenwriter. He is Head of Creative Writing at London's Brunel University. Visit Max's blog.

Don Mintz and Tales from the Technoverse..Commentary on social networking, technology movies, society and random musings. Dan teaches at the University of Maryland, University College and is President and Executive Director of AMARC (Advanced Mobility Academic Research Center). You can visit Dan's website here.

Nova Walsh is a writer currently living in Austin, Texas. Her passion for writers and books began as a toddler laying in her grandmother's bed (she was a writer too), listening to her stories and delighting in her wild imagination. She writes speculative and historical fition and blogs about creativity, writing, publishing and book marketing. She is currently at work on her first transmedia fiction project, set to release at the end of 2013. Check our her website here.

Norman Hollyn has been described as a “media expert,” a reference to his experience in a wide variety of media types – in both the old and new media worlds. He is the co-producer and co-host of the videocast 2 Reel Guys. He is a long-time film, television and music editor (HEATHERS, THE COTTON CLUB, SOPHIE’S CHOICE, Oliver Stone’s WILD PALMS), and is a Full Professor and Head of the Editing Track at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He is an author of nearly 100 articles and his internationally translated book, THE FILM EDITING ROOM HANDBOOK, has just been published in a fourth edition. His previous book, THE LEAN FORWARD MOMENT, also from Peachpit Press/Pearson, has been attracting great reviews worldwide. You can visit Norman's site.

Ellen Friedland is president of two multiple-award-winning video production companies: JEMGLO, which produces documentaries, and Voices & Visions Productions, a corporate video entity. Through JEMGLO Ellen has produced and written eight documentaries, seven of which have been broadcast on PBS stations across the US among other showcases, and one of which was an Official Selection at over 35 international film festivals. Through V&V Ellen has produced and written videos for clients hailing from an array of industries who want to use the medium for marketing, investor relations, HR, websites, social media, education, and other corporate needs.

Gerard Tay is an experienced Film and TV editor who edits largely on local and regional broadcast projects, some corporate videos and commercials. Some of his works include the TV series "Fighting Spiders", which won Special Prize at the 2009 Seoul Drama Awards, and was nominated for various awards at the 2009 Asian Television Awards. He also worked as post technical supervisor on a few reality series namely "The Challenger:Muay Thai" which aired on AXN. Visit his website

Transmedia SF (Beth Rogozinsky & Maya Zuckerman) is a professional medial technology agency and studio that provides strategy, planning, execution and education services that enable their clients to effectively reach customers on all of their devices - anytime, everywhere. Our focus is on divining your core story, matching that story to the needs of your audience, and to delivering your story via all of the devices and platforms that your audiences uses and access on a regular basis. Visit their website.

Seyi Sandra David loves to write and has done that for several years. She has worked as a reporter, teacher and accountant. She had a brief stint as an actor while at the university before she finally decided to write novels full time. She is a committed blogger and a columnist for 'Black Heritage Today,' a London based Magazine. Her first novel, 'The Impossible President' sold out of its first print run in 2004.  She wrote a short story, 'Tales of Five Lies,' which gripped readers worldwide. 'The Feet of Darkness' is her second novel. Her upcoming novel, 'Cydonia: Rise of the fallen' would be released by Arrow Gate Publishing before the end of the year. Seyi lives in London with her husband, Kay, and three children, Samuel, Elizabeth, and Emmanuel. Visit Seyi's website.


Guest Video Tutorial Creators

From Photoshop, DSLR, After Effects, Final Cut Pro and much more...

Marcel Fenchel and Moritz Janisch are a very well known German production company with tremendous insight and knowledge about DSLR filmmaking. Visit their website.

Tom Antos is a film director and cinematography with over twelve years of experience in VFX and animation. He has directed feature films, shorts and numerous music videos. His work has earned him several awards, including Telly, Promax BDA and Worlfet Gold Remi. His tutorials have helped a great many indie filmmakers who dare to aim high whle working with shoe-string budgets. Visit's Tom's site.

Marty Geller has had a long career providing on-air & print work for the television & entertainment industries. Clients include NBC/Universal, ABC, CBS, VH-1, numerous advertising agencies, national magazines, recording labels & major book publishers. His television work includes "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "Saturday Night Live", "Dateline NBC", "Today", VH-1 and Paramount. His print work includes record album covers, book covers, logos, illustrations & theatrical posters that appeared on Broadway and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.. Marty has received Emmy Awards in Artistic Achievement for his work in television and numerous awards for his work in Print. Visit Marty's website.

Denver Riddle is a right brain person, so he loves creativity, loves challenging himself with analytical problems and that's probably why he loves color grading because it strikes a balance between technology and creativity. He's a working colorist and we hope that you will gain valuable knowledge by watching his video tutorials about color grading in FCP X, Da Vinci Resolve and Black Magic. Visit Denver's site.