Matt Dessner, EP/Creative Director
Based in New York City, Matt Dessner's background is as a Producer/ After Effects designer. He founded Creative Taco, a NYC based content creation company with over 15 years of making commercials for the advertising industry - some of which include campaigns for: Heineken, Nokia, Best Buy, Campbells, Listerine, Valvoline, Lucky Charms, Cheerios, The Marines, HSBC, Trident, Tylenol and GMC.
As a teenager, Matt appeared in commercials for McDonalds, Jell-O Pops and Ora-Gel. As well as 'if you blinked you missed it" extra parts in various movies.
Matt Dessner also founded The Original iPhone Film Festival and iPhoneFilmMaker.com to support the emerging community of iPhoneFilmMakers and to provide a home for anyone that has a story to tell or who wants to learn more about iPhoneFilmMaking. Matt has given presentations at Macworld in SF, hosted panel discussions at SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX , and appeared on CBC Morning News Program with Heather Hiscox, CBC Radio "As It Happens" and ABC"s syndicated show "Electric Playground".
Above all else, Matt believes in the democratization of film making through accessible technology like the iPhone. He is passionate about the empowerment of new technology and shiny bright objects.
Price Blythe, TD/Creative Director
Price's CV isn't terribly sneazable. With a BS (no pun intended) in radio-tv-film from UT and a MFA in film directing from Columbia, he set himself up for failure from the start. Luckily he stumbled into the bizarro universe of media and advertising.
He began in Advertising as an Animatics and Test Director at JWT. Those were fun times. He learned to make a hideaway fort in front of his desk so no one could see him sleeping under it. He also learned through some trial and much error the similarities and differences between creating stories for ads and narrative film - and he's never quite recovered.
Once he decided that computers weren't in fact evil sadness boxes, he quickly found himself exploring all of the different ways 2D and 3D motion graphics and animation can be utilized to make beautiful, entertaining and compelling imagery. He's worked in TV, feature films, and of course advertising while helping build Creative Taco to the place it is today.
Ian Lamont-Havers, Head Animator
Whitney Angstadt, Editor
Ian has been a lead animator and project lead since his time 15 years ago at PBS. He has done just about everything having to do with post and knows visual effects and animation processes backwards and forwards. He's also a great person to have in the room when you run into a problem, always being first to come up with a unique solution, thats usually also a lot of fun.
Whitney has 20 years of filmmaking experience and an incredible eye for composition and timing, which she brings to every editorial project she works on. She's a rock-solid editor who can be trusted with giant projects, but also loves focusing on every detail of the smallest of jobs.