A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Neel is a film and commercial director well versed in live action, visual effects, and many diverse genres. He has created TV spots and trailers for several critically acclaimed video games including EA's Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 4, and is currently the Brand Creative Lead on the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront. His work achieves over 20 million views annually worldwide. Neel is also the co-creator of the TV pilot “Shark Bites” which sold to Disney Television Animation in 2014. In addition to directing, Neel edited the film Jay & Seth vs. The Apocalypse (starring Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel) which sold to Columbia Pictures and released as This Is The End in 2013. Neel's films include official selections at festivals such as the Palm Springs ShortFest, the Las Vegas Film Festival, the San Diego Film Festival, the Berlin East-West Competition, and many others. As a writer, Dating Daisy marks Neel’s fourth feature length screenplay. Born in India, his world travels have had a distinct effect on his art as he endeavors to tell gripping stories with lasting impacts. His laugh can be heard almost anywhere, and the inner musical theater star inside him just won’t shut up. Check out his portfolio at www.neelreel.com.
Jon has been producing films, commercials, video game trailers, music videos, and visual effects for the past 12 years. During that time Jon has had the opportunity to work for and been entrusted by legendary producers & directors such as Lorenzo DiBoniventura, Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg. In 2008, Jon raised $160,000 in venture capital and millions more in commitments for a groundbreaking animated film and an innovative production pipeline. Jon has several films in development including a film based on an Amazon.com bestselling book which is currently in development. Jon loves the sun, and surf of Southern California and has served as a juror at the Bel Air Film Festival. A long time collaborator with director Neel Upadhye, Jon has produced a majority of Neel’s films and commercials, including his TV Pilot, Shark Bites, and his crime thriller, Capture. Check out www.batterieproductions.com for more information about his work.
A graduate of Loyola Marymount School of Film and Television, Tanner has been working in the Film industry for over 10 years. His passion for cinema and travel has allowed him to direct/produce a variety of documentaries in Panama, Italy, Armenia, Cambodia, and many other countries across the Globe. Tanner entered the Video Game industry 6 years ago and since then has directed dozens of AAA marketing assets such as the Mass Effect 3 launch trailer, the Command and Conquer E3 trailer, the Dragon Age Inquisition Behind the Scenes documentary, several upcoming Star Wars documentaries and over 60 other trailers. He also produced the Bioware Pulse Television series which has over 1.5 million views to date. In 2015, Tanner joined Dark Burn Media, which has produced many short films recognized at festivals around the world for the past 5 years. He continues to grow the company producing high-quality and emotional storytelling films.
Chase Boyajian has been working professionally in the entertainment industry for over 13 years. Starting out filming live events for Los Angeles radio stations, he quickly moved to video editing and motion graphics. This ultimately led to work at video game companies such as Electronic Arts, BioWare, and THQ on franchises including Titanfall, Battlefield,Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Need for Speed. These high profile game titles have given his videos millions of views on YouTube, and millions of impressions from national TV commercials. In 2009, Chase started his own company, Dark Burn Media, which has produced many short films recognized at festivals around the world for the past 5 years. Being at the helm of a company has given him the opportunity focus on visual effects and compositing for live action video. In his spare time, Chase enjoys photography and not being at a computer.
Sam Shimizu-Jones is a California based Cinematographer and Documentarian. His affinity for traveling has led him to work as a Director of Photography on productions of all types and sizes across the United States, Asia, Western Europe, Central and South America. Today, he co-owns and operates Will Call Cinematic, a Los Angeles based production company that specializes in producing quality cinematic videos and has spent the past half year documenting Major Lazer’s world tour.
Rachel Robb Kondrath's work spans television (Comedy Central's Drunk History and Another Period), film (Dating Daisy, Lifetime), commercials (Taco Bell, Denny's, Sprint), music videos (Olly Murs & Flo-Rida, Sara Bareilles, A Fine Frenzy), and new media content (MTV.com, FreddieW, Rhett & Link, Geek & Sundry). She honed her skills for aesthetic narrative development and architectural theory at the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Southern California's school of Film and Television, the Film & Television School of the Performing Arts in Prague, the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts, and at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Rachel is a Chair of the Young Artists Committee at the Art Directors Guild, and is also active in IATSE Local 800's professional development programs.
Zak’s passion is editing, a craft which he has been refining for over a decade. Since graduating from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he has edited short films, commercials, trailers, promos, and music videos for numerous artists across a wide variety of genres. Most recently, Zak has completed promo work on Unravel, the new game from Coldwood Interactive and Electronic Arts, launching in Spring 2016. With Dating Daisy beginning its festival circuit, Zak now adds feature films to his list of completed work. His partnership with Neel started at USC and has grown to include nearly all of Neel’s short films, beginning with Dim Light in 2009. Other frequent collaborators include producers Jon Judelson and Tanner Boyajian, for whom Zak edited the 2014 short film I Like You a Latte. To see more of his work, visit www.zakhammond.com.
Charley has been sound designing and mixing post-production audio for nearly ten years. An alumnus of the Recording Arts program at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television, Charley has experience in many aspects of sound. While at Electronic Arts, Charley was sound designing and mixing trailers on such titles as 'Mass Effect 3' and 'Dragon Age'. Currently, Charley hones his craft in the heart of Hollywood, at Technicolor Sound at Paramount Pictures, alongside Emmy and Oscar-winning sound mixers and editors. Charley is an active member of the Motion Picture Editor's Guild, Local 700.
Award winning composer Jay Vincent has been creating unique music for feature films, television, and games for over a decade. In 2012 he composed original music for the Golden Globe Awards, had a #1 television series, "LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu," and became one of the youngest composers to receive a BMI Film & TV Award. His beloved score for "Ninjago" was also nominated for the 2015 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production, and has been added to the legacy of film music released by Varese Sarabande Records. His recent score for the Spanish film "El Regreso de Elías Urquijo" (directed by Cannes Film Festival winner Roque Madrid) was honored with the award for Best Original Soundtrack at the Festival Internacional de Cine Bajo la Luna in Islantilla, Spain. Passionate about telling stories across genres and cultures, his work is as diverse as his credits: Iraqi folk music ("The O.R."), Hip Hop ("Love for Real"), Bluegrass ("The Midnight Anthology"), K-pop ("Comfort Girls"), Salsa ("This Is Who We Are"), rural Italian ("Finding Little Italy"), Punk ("Shark Bites"), and the classic orchestra ("Fake"). Like many of the industry's top composers, Jay received his graduate degree in film scoring from USC, where he previously earned degrees in Composition and Cinematic Arts. His formal studies of cinema technique and history provide him rare insight into the possibilities of how music can interact with the film medium. As a performer, he has brought Haydn to life with the Vienna Philharmonic and toured the islands of Japan. As a listener, his diverse and meticulous study of sound, story, and history has yielded an arsenal of abilities that make even the most challenging project possible. As a collaborator, his relationships with filmmakers have produced breakthroughs in careers and lasting works of art.