Director of Photography
Scott Stender has worked as a freelance producer, director of photography, writer and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area market since 1983. He has worked for all the major US and International television networks and has won numerous awards for his work. He specializes in high quality documentary work with a Nature/Science emphasis and through this project has developed a new fascination with Space and Astronomy.
Kimberly Generous White
Kimberly's passion for editing began in her Connecticut high school's
Television Production department. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine
Arts in Film and Animation Production from Rochester Institute of Technology
in upstate New York with a concentration in advanced Avid editing techniques.
Since moving to Los Angeles, she has edited four independent feature films
featuring talents such as Andy Griffith, Paul Sorvino, and Tony Curtis.
In addition she has edited show content for various programs airing on
PBS's NOVA, The History Channel, NBC, G4, and promotional material for
FOX Searchlight. As one of the youngest members of the Motion Picture
Editor's Guild under the Picture Editor classification, she eagerly continues
to work on a variety of new projects.
Slater was born in Reigate, England into a musical family. His father
Christopher Slater, a professional conductor and organist, was a professor
at Royal College of Music in London. Mark started playing the Cello and
Piano at the age of 5. His early musical gifts earned him a scholarship
as a chorister in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, followed by a scholarship
to one of the oldest schools in the UK, Oakham School. After Oakham School
he studied composition at London College of Music and techniques for composing
for film at the Ealing Studios (1998), and studied with Nick Ingman and
Mark had his debut as concert pianist in 1998 at the Dorking Halls
performing Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by Sergei Rachmaninoff. He
has worked on several films, documentaries, plays, and concert commissions
over the last several years since 1998, including Flatland the Film (2007)
[Flatland Productions Inc., Ladd Ehlinger]. He worked briefly with
David Arnold on The Musketeer (2001). In 2007 he composed music for the
Philips Aurea website. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with members
of the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 Mark competed in the Gary
Garritan Competition. He was a runner up.
Dan Shimer served as AC/DIT and B-cam operator on 400 Years of the Telescope. Dan has been a filmmaker in the California Bay Area for more than ten years. He has a degree in film and sound recording from the Full Sail Center for Film and the Recording Arts in Florida; he also studied film at the College of Marin. He has worked as a cinematographer, camera operator, AC, and other positions on hundreds of projects ranging from narrative features and shorts, documentaries, commercials, television, high-end corporate, music videos, and more. With a background in film, He knows how to get the best out of the new digital Formats. He uses all kinds of cameras (from HD to 35mm), including his new favorite: the RED ONE.
Krista Shelby, Production Assistant, has worked on a variety of small
production projects through college, including two short films and numerous
pop-culture parodies starring her peers and family. She has written, produced
and edited all of her own work.
Field Audio Recordist
Nils Koenig is the field audio recordist for the film 400 Years of the Telescope and for the planetarium show, Two Small Pieces of Glass. In addition to his audio responsibilities, Nils assisted the cameramen, set up lights and gear. He is a natural photographer, shooting behind-the-scenes production stills, and exotic animals. Nils also assists his father, Kris Koenig, with the time-lapse photography in the documentary.
California State University, Applied Computer Graphics
The Applied Computer Graphics Program is an interdisciplinary degree
program at Chico State that embraces computer graphics, computer science,
design, and art. The program helps prepare students for careers in diverse
fields requiring expertise and knowledge of animation, computer modeling,
concept design, storyboarding, video game design, web design, and special
effects, as well as the ability to communicate and collaborate with others
in diverse content domains. The program provides the students with exposure
to and practice in the various aspects to the production pipeline.
The Applied Computer Graphics Program has produced skilled and talented
students. Our alumni have entered career paths in major studios (Pixar,
ILM, EA, etc.), a host of mid-size and smaller production studios, as
well as choosing the entrepreneurial path. These talented students have
also produced award winning animations, video games, and music videos
during their tenure in the program. In the last three years at the Media
Arts Festival program students placed well; 2007 – 1st in Interactive
Media with a video game, 2nd in the highly-competitive Music Video segment,
and 3rd and 5th in Animation; 2006 – 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Animation;
and 2005 – 2nd in Animation and a Special Jury prize for Interactive
Chico State Game Studios, which has produced such video games as Bronze
Age and Viathan, allows students to learn more about the industry pipeline.
The group is currently in the process of producing a new game, High Noon,
which is a first-person single player steampunk adventure video game.