About the Filmmakers




Randall Dark, Producer

Randall Dark is a pioneer within the digital media industry and renowned expert in emerging technologies. Dark and his companies, including Randall Dark Productions, have been involved in more than 2,000 high-definition (HD) projects including feature films, documentaries, commercials, music videos, corporate presentations, product launches, and live events, and he has received one of the International Electronic Cinema Festival's (IECF) top honors, The Pioneer Award, in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the success of HD. HD programs directed by Dark have received awards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Telly, IECF, Communicator, Aurora, Axiem, WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, Videographer, The American Corporate Video Awards, and Cinema Chicago. In 2007, during the making of "Closing Escrow," Dark earned an Independent Filmmaker Award for Achievement from the Maxell Corporation. He also served as executive producer of the independent feature "Angels Sing," released in November 2013. Dark is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS).

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Howard Lukk, Director

Howard Lukk is the former vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios, where he was responsible for helping to incorporate new technologies into the studio workflow. He earlier served as director of technology for Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), where he researched and documented digital cinema system specifications. Lukk recently finished directing his second short film, titled "Emma" (2014). This project followed his directorial debut, "Make Believe" (2013), which was shot in 3D with the prototype hybrid 3D camera rig in Berlin. He has been named the director for the production of the SMPTE documentary, "Moving Images." Lukk is a SMPTE Fellow and an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

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Travis LaBella, DP

Travis LaBella is a director of photography based in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from New York, he studied film at Northwestern University and was the recipient of the ASC Student Heritage Documentary Award for" Language of the Unheard," which was featured in American Cinematographer magazine and screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner. In 2014, he spoke on NAB's "Technology Summit on Cinema" panel for his work on "Telescope," one of the first films to go through a complete 4K ACES workflow, and was also converted to Dolby HDR.

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Bobby Hewitt, Editor

From the time Bobby Hewitt was 18, he has been in the entertainment industry. As a drummer he has toured the world and was awarded best electronic drummer in 2001 and 2002 by Modern Drummer magazine. Hewitt's love for film has taken him from on-camera and on-stage to behind the camera as a cinematographer, editor and director.

Hewitt has worked on projects ranging from music videos for Motley Crue and Darius Rucker to Global campaigns for Owens-Illinois "Glass Is Life" and Go RVing "Find Your Away." Other projects include work for Billabong, Reebok, Delta Sky, Sion, BonTon and Lancaster Paris.

In 2014, Hewitt shot and/or edited 7 short films including "Ces't Jane," starring Gina Rodriguez of "Jane the Virgin" on the CW network. www.bobbyhewitt.com

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Aimée Ricca, Associate Producer and Production Supervisor

Aimée Ricca began her career in music management. She later went on to Clearview Cinemas where she directed all special events and alternative content for the chain of 54 theatre locations and 258 screens in the New York Metro-Area. The theatres included the Ziegfeld Theatre, one of the last movie palaces built in the United States and the largest single screen cinema in New York. It has been used extensively for world premieres and large scale press screenings. Ricca was heavily involved in the digital cinema roll-out across the chain, in the 2000's, which enabled higher quality experiences as well as efficient projection of pre-show and alternative content. She also worked as the property location manager for on-location shoots such as Burn After Reading and Law & Order, in addition to marketing the theatrical releases of alternative content.

Ricca joined SMPTE in 2012 and leads all marketing and publicity efforts. She holds a BA in Communication, with honors, from William Paterson University with a minor in History. Ricca is a a member of the the American Film Institute (AFI), Tribeca Film Institute, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), National Assn of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP), and American Marketing Association (AMA).

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Richard Welsh, Associate Producer

Richard Welsh is co-founder and CEO of Sundog Media Toolkit Ltd. He also serves on the board of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) as International Governor for EMEA, Central and South America.

Welsh has worked in the cinema industry since 1999. He has been involved in various technology developments during this time, primarily in digital cinema and is named on patents in the area of visual perception of 3D. He founded cloud software company, Sundog in 2013, which specializes in scalable post-production software tools aimed at high-end broadcast and movie productions.

Prior to Sundog, Welsh worked at Dolby Laboratories where he held various positions including Film Sound Consultant, Mastering Engineer and Director of Digital Cinema. Subsequently, he was Head of Digital Cinema Operations at Technicolor, where he managed the teams servicing both Hollywood and independent studio releases and was responsible for cinema mastering, sound mixing, subtitling and distribution technical services in the UK. Welsh has also lectured in Media Technology and continues to give guest lectures.

Welsh holds a BSc (Hons) in Media Technology and an honorary Doctor of Technology degree from Southampton Solent University.

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