Video Symphony instructors are amazingly diverse. Many of our TV & Film Editing Program instructors have 20+ years experience in the industry as film and television editors, ranging from promos, trailers, news magazines/entertainment shows (60 Minutes, E! Entertainment) and documentaries (National Geographic, History Channel, PBS), to Emmy and Oscar award-winning television shows and feature films.
Kurt Mason is a certified Avid Instructor and Avid Certified User, Kurt has been an Instructor at Video Symphony, as well as an editor, post production supervisor and assistant editor for companies such as Disney, Kandoo Films, ABC, Mantra, and Ceilings Entertainment, just to mention a few. Kurt has thrived as
a Producer/Editor (Preditor) on various projects with a forte for rock-u-mentaries, promos, narratives, and music video.
Lugh Powers is a five-time nominee two-time recipient of the Emmy Award for Editing on a Multicamera Drama series. Lugh has worked in the film and television industry for the last 20+ years as an Editor, Director, and Producer. His editing experience includes independent feature films, network promos, pilots, game shows, infomercials daytime drama, movie trailers, internet series and music videos. He has worked with most of the major networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX) as an off-line editor, an online editor, producer/editor and AVID editing consultant (design and application of the digital workflow). He was certified as an instructor by AVID in 1997.
Tamera Martin has been a documentary producer and Avid editor/instructor for over 10 years, editing/co-producing feature length documentaries for PBS, Turner and Discovery and over 50 shortform/commercial programs for Fortune 100 clients and studios. She dedicates half of her professional hours to instruction
and consulting, a commitment that extends to include the entire portfolio of Avid editing courses as well as a small slate of
instructional models designed to simulate the daily trials and pitfalls of feature/documentary editing. As a Senior Instructor specializing in Advanced Effects and Avid Symphony finishing, Tamera brings a wealth of real world problem-solving experience, story telling/aesthetics and technical mastery together for the benefit of her students and clients. Tamera recently co-produced and edited a Gates Foundation documentary, The Day My God Died, narrated by Tim Robbins and Winona Ryder with music by David Robbins and Bono. Without Lying Down: The Frances Marion Story, Tamera’s 2000 centerpiece documentary for Turner Classic Movies, was nominated by the WGA and DGA by GIMP.tv.
Benjamin Hershleder is an Avid Certified Instructor, editor, and director. He received his B.A. in Film Production from the University of Central Florida and his M.F.A. in Film Production from the Florida State University Motion Picture Conservatory. He has taught at various universities and institutions, including The American Film Institute. His varied background ranges from editing the independent feature film “Hollywood Capri” for director Bob Jones, and the feature length concert film “The Original Latin Kings of Comedy” for Paramount Studios, to the award-winning documentary “The Bronx Boys – Hosted by Carl Reiner” which he both directed and edited. “The Bronx Boys” went on to air on HBO/Cinemax as well as PBS. Many of the films he has directed, produced and/or edited have won numerous awards, including the CINE Gold Eagle, the Gold Apple, The Gold Ebenseer Bear, several Telly Awards, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ University Emmy.
Drake Silliman is an ACE editor with 30 years of experience in theatrical entertainment editing. His credits include over 30 TV movies, mini series, and features as well as hit TV series that include Law and Order, Beauty and the Beast and Airwolf. He is a graduate of UCLA film school and was Director of the
UCLA TV station while in graduate school. He has won an Eddie award and an Emmy nomination for his work on The Man who Captured Eichmann with Robert Duvall. He has an additional 2 Eddie nominations for The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer starring Naomi Watts and The Loretta Claiborne Story directed by Lee Grant.
Scott Carrey brings a unique hybrid of business, technological and creative expertise to any project. He has been intrinsically involved in entertainment and technology based organizations for over 20 years and is considered a leading expert in Digital Media Workflows. As an Independent Producer and Consultant he has worked with such companies as Warner Bros., Columbia Pictures, Touchstone, MCA/Universal, Sony Music, Playboy, MTV, Digital Domain, Sprint, IBM, McDonald‘s, and many other film, TV, and commercial clients, not only in the U.S., but also Europe, and Asia. He has served on many professional boards including being a member of Mayor Riordan‘s Multimedia Roundtable and as a peer group member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was an Executive Board member and marketing director for Digital Bayside during the mid-nineties, which brought together leading professionals in the fields of Communications, Entertainment, Interactive, and at that time the emerging Internet. He currently sits on the Steering Committee of the prestigious Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors representing the area of New Media and Digital Initiatives. He regularly speaks on professional panels and at academic facilities.
Kevin Church has worked in the pro audio industry in both live shows and recording studios for over 15 years. With over 25 major label albums to his credit as a 1st or 2nd engineer, he has worked on everything from The Debut Porno for Pyros album to the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Live concert experience has included Joe Walsh, and Edgar Winter tours as F.O.H. engineer, to House gigs at the Roxy, and 3rd Encore, with acts like Black Sabbath and Elton John.
Otto Ferrene is currently a Picture Editor for Nickelodeon Animation Studio acting as off-line/on-line editor for numerous Animation series, (“The Fairly Odd Parents”, “Danny Phantom”, and “TAK and the Power of Juju”), for the past seven years.
Mark Fletcher has been involved in post production as an assistant editor, online editor, graphic artist, technical advisor, and post production supervisor for over seven years, creating shows for ESPN, Discovery, FOX, NBC, and Speed. Due to his experience as a computer programmer and database administrator prior to his film industry debut, he specializes in the technical side of the ever-changing worlds of digital acquisition, asset and media management, and content delivery.
Larry Jordan is an internationally-renowned consultant and Apple-Certified trainer in digital media with over 25 years experience as a television producer, director and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits. His informative and entertaining teaching style provides video editors around the world with unique techniques, methods and resources to increase productivity and enhance their skills. He is a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America, as well as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Edit Well, the rich-media newsletter for Final Cut Studio, published by Peachpit Press. He is the author of hundreds of hours of online training, published by Lynda.com and two books on Final Cut Pro, published by Peachpit Press. Jordan is also executive producer and host of three talk radio shows including the weekly industry-leading digital media podcast Creative Planet’s Digital Production BuZZ; Video Production Radio, a monthly audio podcast syndicated by wsRadio; and Digital Production BuZZ, a weekly video podcast syndicated by GIMP.tv.
Sue Kinzie is an Editor, Trainer, Entrepreneur and Artist. She started as an Avid Editor in 1996 after being one of the first “Avid Bootcamp” students at Video Symphony and has a unique perspective of being a student at Video Symphony and the transition into being an editor in the industry. Sue has edited
everything from promos to long form narrative and co-owned an infomercial production company. She is an entrepreneur and finds passion in teaching new budding editors how to be successful in entertainment production.
Dan Nelson has over 20 years experience in a variety of TV and sound production environments, including such networks as NBC, ABC, MTV, Spike TV, UPN, Discovery Channel, ESPN 2 and the Speed Channel. He has taught over 90 classes in short form and promo editing to over 800 students and specializes in promo editing and 1/2 hr magazine style shows with an emphasis in motorsports. Nelson is also Editor of the Mulholland Stunt Driving demo with Tanner Foust, host of Top Gear America on the History Channel. To date it has garnered over 1,129,115 views on YouTube.
Paul Petschek is an internationally known editor, specializing in feature films and documentaries and with substantial experience in editing TV series, TV pilots, music videos, trailers, and commercials. He’s had the pleasure of working as an editor on films like Waterworld, Flipper, Another Day in Paradise, and A
Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies. Petschek’s editing project Most (The Bridge), was nominated in 2004 by the Motion Picture Academy for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film. As a film editor, Paul enjoys being a key participant in “the final draft of the script”, when every nuance and eye-glance counts. Initially trained in Visual Arts at Harvard College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, he has also studied acting (Lee Strasberg, Playhouse West, Second City), music (jazz with John Mehegan), and writing (Harvard, John Truby, others). He has had his photographic sequences exhibited at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Paul is an Avid-Certified Instructor and a member of The Motion Picture Editors Guild and The Directors Guild of America.
Jason Rose is an Apple Certified Final Cut Pro Instructor, as well as, an Avid Certified Instructor with a Bachelor of Science degree in TV-Film from Texas Christian University. He has over 15 years of film and video production experience that ranges from independent film to corporate training videos.
Mike Sale alternates between feature films, TV editing, and
training. He has been an assistant film editor and editor of television & documentaries for more than a decade. Sale’s list of television credits includes seasons as editor of the popular TV series Judging Amy, History Channel documentaries (Underground Railroad, Hell’s Angels, Unknown Marx Brothers), and the Fox TV pilot,Scariest Place on Earth. His feature film editing credits include Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps, Undercover Brother, Naked Gun 33-1/3, Tommy Boy, My Fellow American, Wild Things, and Hangover 2. Mike is also an Avid Certified Instructor.
TOI JUAN SHANNON
Toi Juan Shannon is an Avid Certified Instructor and has been a valued member of Video Symphony’s staff for nearly six years. His editing experience spans editing several features, commercials and promotional spots, to 11 documentaries for a series entitled “The Saints”. Shannon’s latest feature edited was the award winning “I Am Somebody”. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.
Tracy Smith has worked in the entertainment industry for 20 years as a Producer, Director, Director of Photography and Editor. Tracy now works as an online HD editor, effects editor, and colorist working with both film originated material and digital formats. Tracy’s current passion and career goals is in the field of 3D Stereoscopic editing, color grading, and finishing. Tracy has been an Avid editor since 1994 and his experience includes network television shows, commercials, music videos and independent films. Tracy Smith is an Avid Certified Instructor and has been an Avid Certified Support Representative. Tracy has trained clients nationwide, such as Warner Bros., Nickelodeon Studios, Fox, Universal Studios and NBC.
Misha Tenenbaum is a film and television editor, a certified Advanced Final Cut Pro Instructor, and an Avid Certified User (ACU). His editing includes the comedy film Immigration Tango, Best Picture Winner at the Boston International Film Festival, and the popular Speed Channel TV show, Super Cars Exposed.
In addition to editing, he also trains employees at Technicolor, Comcast, and countless other independent professional editors. Tennebaum graduated Georgia College & State University with a degree in broadcast journalist.