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Larry is a visual artist from Massachusetts whose work encompasses sculpture, story boarding, production design, and directing. He excels at cultivating mood through meticulously designed environments, be they concepts for shoots in miniature or full-scale feature-film sets. He has built large props and displays for clients ranging from Monster.com to the Museum of Science. Most recently, he has designed sets for numerous television commercials, and helped develop a distinctive look for two award-winning kids’ programs on WGBH, Fetch and Design Squad. In addition, he has worked as lead production designer on a handful of local feature films.
Larry has an extensive background in Production Design and Art Direction for Film and Television. He has worked as a set dresser on larger feature films like 2015’s The Judge and as Graphic Designer on Unfinished Business. Larry was the Production Designer for the critically acclaimed The Mulberry Tree and Turntable. Currently Larry is art directing Super Troopers 2, the sequel to Super Troopers, the 2001 cult classic.
Larry was not only the Production Designer for Chimera, but he also doubled up as an actor to play Luke.
Maurice has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Mumbai and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has enjoyed successful careers as a mechanical engineer, as an investment banker, and as a software entrepreneur.
Since 2014, Maurice has studied Filmmaking, Screenwriting and the Entertainment Business at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) and at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension. Maurice wrote the first draft of the screenplay for Chimera in his 8-week screenwriting class at NYFA in January and February 2014, and did a comprehensive rewrite while enrolled in an online 12-week screenplay rewriting class at the UCLA extension in the spring term of 2014.
Chimera is Maurice’s first feature film.
In 2013 and 2014, Jay took courses in Film Production, in Screenwriting, and in Entertainment Business and Law at the School of Professional Studies at New York University (NYU) and at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension.
Jay has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Mumbai, a Master’s degree in Engineering from Villanova University, and an MBA from the the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has had successful careers as an automotive engineer, as a management consultant, and as a software entrepreneur.
Chimera is the first feature film that Jay has produced.
Mark Tillman-Briggle is a member of the Casting Society of America (CSA) and he has over thirty years of experience casting television movies, series, pilots, and independent features.
His many television credits include the MTV comedy series The Andy Dick Show and Scratch & Burn, and the MTV serial Undressed. Mark cast the pilot and the series for the UPN network’s As If and the syndicated pilots and series Highlander: The Series and RoboCop: The Series. Mark has also cast four seasons of ABC’s MacGyver. Mark’s vast experience also includes casting contract roles for daytime’s General Hospital and All My Children and casting the hosts for FX’s DVD on TV.
Mark’s television movies and mini-series include Stephen King’s It, Judith Krantz’s Till We Meet Again starring Hugh Grant and Courtney Cox, Bridge to Silence starring Oscar nominee Lee Remick and Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, ABC’s Small Sacrifices starring Farrah Fawcett, and cable movies such as The Colony with John Ritter, and Showtime’s Hitman’s Run and The Base.
His awarded independent features have been seen at Slamdance (Festival winner Best Ensemble Cast, Drive), the Aspen Comedy Film Festival (winner The Audience Award, Suckers), Tribeca Film Festival (winner Best HD Film, Cross Bronx), Austin Film Festival (winner Best Full Length Comedy, American Cowslip), Beverly Hills Film Festival (Official Selection, Dear Me, and winner Audience Choice Award, Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck), Method Fest (winner Jury Choice Award Intoxicating), Newport Beach Film Festival (official Selection The Waterhole), among many others.
An award-winning Director of Photography and the son of Czech political refugees, David Kruta’s lifetime has taken him through a variety of cultures, experiences and locations spanning the globe, naturally bringing him to New York City to fulfill his passion for cinematography and storytelling. David’s career in the arts included not only still and moving pictures, but also the culinary arts, graphic design and fine art – all of which have inspired him to create cutting-edge visuals in his pursuit for the perfect image.
David has shot feature films, commercials, documentaries, fashion and music videos. He is the visual architect behind the 2013 Sundance competing feature film, Concussion, starring Robin Weigert (Deadwood) and Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy), and most recently was a second-time honoree in the 2015 International Cinematographers Guild Emerging Cinematographer Awards for Lullaby.
David has shot for an extensive list of clients including Porsche, Canon, Gillette, NBC Sports, Sony, MTV, Mizuno, Pantene and Saturday Night Live, and is always on the lookout for new and interesting projects.
Aled is a film composer who produces original soundtracks in his basement studio in Brooklyn, NY. Aled likes to mix organic and processed sounds to create unique soundscapes and use his musical intuition to write stuff that sounds awesome. A multi-instrumentalist and multi-genreist, Aled is musically flexible and able to adapt his profound sense of tone, melody and harmony to any visual and emotional cue.
In 2015, Aled scored the feature documentary Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective, which has screened at over a dozen festivals across the country and was Audience Favorite at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale and Princeton Environmental Film Festival. The soundtrack was described as “effervescent” by Radical Discipleship, also saying “It effortlessly melds with the visuals.” His score for Louis Gordon‘s short film, Girl in the Chair, won the Original Score Craft Award at the 2015 First Run Film Festival. Aled also participated in the ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Workshop where he scored director Marie Schlingmann’s short film, Canary, which screened at Montclair Film Festival and made WBUR The ARTery’s list of Ten Must-See Shorts at IFFBoston. Make Ends Meet, a song Aled co-wrote with singer-songwriter Kevin Garrett appears in the feature film Skating to New York. In 2012, Aled created the music for director Patrick Biesemans‘ first self-released short Charles Bukowski’s Nirvana, which was included in Vimeo’s Staff Pick List.
Fritz is an award-winning editor who, in 1994, created Aftershock Digital as a cutting-edge HD post house and creative boutique to serve the advertising, film and television industries. Aftershock has assembled a group of hard working, inventive, and client-oriented editors who are committed to excellent work, extraordinary service, and a superior end-product.
Born and educated in New York City, Ken Golden started his career as a child actor and attended the High School of Performing Arts. During his undergraduate work at New York University, he discovered filmmaking and stayed on to graduate with a Master of Arts in Film Production.
During a career that spans over 40 years, he has worked as Production Manager, Associate Producer, Line Producer and Producer on many theatrical feature films as well as films for television and for producers/directors including John Schlesinger (Honky Tonk Freeway), Louis Malle (Atlantic City and Alamo Bay), Mel Brooks (84 Charing Cross Road), Ivan Reitman (Ghost Busters II) and Joan Micklin-Silver (Big Girls Don’t Cry).
He is currently producing for Major Motion Pictures LLC, a development and production company in New York and Los Angeles. Ken is a long term past member of both the Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America. He also has taught Producing, Production Management, Screenwriting and Film History as Adjunct Faculty at Emerson College, the New England Institute of Art and Lasell College.
He is a father of three and currently resides in the Boston area.
Independent feature film producer Franco Sama boasts a remarkable and extensive history in public speaking, public relations and a decade of independent film development, production and financing.
Franco has executive produced an impressive array of over twenty (20) independent feature films including most recently, Guns, Girls and Gambling starring Gary Oldman, Christian Slater and Dane Cook which is quickly becoming a cult favorite. The film was released into theatres on December of 2012 and, in January 2013, acquired a worldwide distribution deal from Universal Pictures. Other films Franco has produced include; Black Limousine starring David Arquette and Vivica Fox, Tooth and Nail starring Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones, Paid starring Corbin Bernsen and, The Penitent Man starring Lance Henriksen. Franco also served as Executive Producer on the recent film festival darling Petunia starring Thora Birch, Brittany Snow and Academy Award winner Christine Lahti.
His shingle Samaco Films is currently producing a slate of several independent feature films, including Bless Me Father starring John Turturro, as well as a moving military drama titled Through my Daughter’s Eyes.
Samaco Films released two films in 2015, the first, The Livingston Gardner which stars James Kyson the beloved “Ando” from the NBC television hit series Heroes and the second, Three Days in Havana starring Ally McBeal alum, Gil Bellows; both of which have been released through Samaco Films’ sister company, Synergetic Distribution and have been released via all digital and Video on Demand (VOD) platforms worldwide.
The company’s latest film Game of Aces is scheduled to hit theaters early this winter.