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Film & Video

Film & Video

When Dave was 19, he moved from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA to Los Angeles, CA to work for Americorps and to see what LA could offer. One morning, his roommate woke him up. "Hey, a friend of mine is working on a film and they need production assistants,” he said. “If you can catch a bus and be there today by 9, you'll have the job." Needless to say, Dave caught the bus. After that movie wrapped, he moved on to a few more Hollywood projects, ultimately working as a story producer on a nationally-syndicated reality game show. Having found a career that he loved, he returned home to Pennsylvania to learn the basics of filmmaking at Temple University. While interning for a Philadelphia-based animator, Dave met a producer who got him started as a location sound mixer. He quickly realized that his love of music recording and acoustics could be translated into a career in sound for film. Since then, he has worked on a wide array of projects as a sound editor, camera operator, and director for clients such as Hulu, Nickelodeon, and Food Network. A natural innovator, he is always looking for ways to surpass expectations and challenge himself. His interests lie in directing documentaries and creating immersive binaural sound experiences. Dave would love to work on more science fiction pieces, and hopes to someday invent acoustical levitation.

Dave Willis-Lorenz

Film & Video

Cesar is an award winning film & video production specialist with over 20 years in experience in TV production, independent films, music videos, commercials, documentaries, marketing videos and corporate videos. He has worked with such talent as singer Beyonce Knowles, Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones while working on productions for Lucas Film, E! Channel, Dick Clark productions, Outdoor Channel and many others. Aside from his extensive production work, Cesar has had the pleasure of bringing his knowledge and experience into the classroom as an adjunct professor and high school video production teacher before joining F.I.R.S.T Institute.

CESAR CRUZ

Film & Video

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY as an only child. Real Estate was the family business and occupied the majority of her adult working life. Donna studied Economics and African American studies at Pennsylvania State University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Film in March 2016 and a masters degree in Entertainment Business in 2017 from Full Sail University . Donna was born a filmmaker. Although she was not able to follow her passion until later in life, this proved to be her advantage. A lover of art, music, film and fashion; she is a unique urban artist with a raw and edgy writing style. As an independent creative in several digital mediums her works are self-defining. 

DONNA DAVIS

Film & Video

Ian is a passionate visual storyteller with over 10 years of experience writing, shooting, editing, and teaching graphic design and the video production process. He is a proficient camera operator that uses light, lenses, movement and framing to tell a compelling story with imagery and empathy. Ian was buried in books and movies for his entire childhood. Given to writing fiction and poetry he was encouraged by teachers and family to pursue his passion for storytelling. In 1998, at the age of 13, Ian bought his first camera from ebay. He would often be found filming around his neighborhood as it stood in for fantastic locations. Ian pursued a degree in film history and theory from the University of Georgia, during this time he began working as a freelance filmmaker and graphic designer. He has been lucky enough to have his work seen in galleries across the U.S. and film festivals around the world.  He has even seen some of the locations he used to imagine; he has flown drones off the Spanish Coast and shot video throughout the Italian countryside, he even got the chance to film a movie in Morocco. While the cameras have gotten better and the locations more fantastic. Ian is still doing the thing he’s loved since he was a child, finding an interesting way to tell a story.

IAN CARROLL

Film & Video

 Jamile Johnson is a passionate video professional from Sacramento, California. Jamile received his degree from Valencia College where he studied graphic design and motion graphics. He started his career at the University of Central Florida where he honed his chops as a producer creating promotional and educational motion graphic videos. He then moved on to work as a Creative Producer for ABC Network Television, creating hundreds of compelling commercials and video marketing ads for local and national businesses. Outside of the world of video marketing and production Jamile is known in the local Orlando art scene as a fine artist. Jamile creates paintings and drawings of realistic portraits using an expressive style. Jamile has has been showcased in many galleries across Orlando such as City Arts Factory Galleries and the Orlando Museum of Art. With almost 10 years of experience working as a creative producer he has gained the knowledge and skill to be respected among his peers as a leader and educator in the field. 

JAMILE JOHNSON

Film & Video

Josh’s interest in film and television production began at a young age, eventually leading him to Full Sail University where he received his bachelor degree in film production in 2006. Since then, Josh has worked on a number of short films, commercials, and documentaries as a freelancer. Along with a partner, Josh ran a production company that brought student filmmakers onto each project so they could have the chance to gain experience on set. He also has experience in other fields, including live television, theater, and software development. Most recently, Josh taught film and video production to high school students here in Orlando.

JOSHUA GRAHAM

Film & Video
Davia Taylor has been working in video production for over 8 years. While pursuing her degree in video production from UCF, Davia worked multiple production internships and was often on set. After graduating she worked seasonally as a camera operator and editor for Camp IHC and eventually worked as the Head of Daily Video Operations. Davia then moved on to working full time for Chewy.com as a production assistant and general set hand. After working as a production assistant for 7 months, she became a full time stop motion editor within the company. After working for over a year and a half at Chewy.com, she decided she wanted to pursue producing and project management. Davia found a position at an Orlando creative agency as a Creative Producer and worked diligently for over a year planning video and photos shoots from top to bottom and editing the final results.

davia taylor

Film & Video
Patrick has always had a love of film and video. He loves bringing order to chaos in the editing suite. He has several years of experience working with Final Cut Pro, AVID, and Adobe Premiere Pro. Before joining the F.I.R.S.T. team, He worked in production and television news for 11 years, starting as a video editor. He later began directing a newscast and producing news stories for the station. He is also a freelance editor and sports videographer. He recently taught video production and post-production to high school students in Marion County.

patrick briar

Film & Video

Tim has been capturing moments since he discovered his first tape recorder when he was just 7 years old. Born into a family of artists, he jumped at any opportunity he could to tailor his craft by intentionally surrounding himself with the right people. Since learning the basics of video and audio production at an early age and refining himself through college, Tim eventually landed his first job in the industry as a Producer/Director for Time Warner Media. From conception to delivery and everything in between, his tenure at Time Warner landed him many other projects with the likes of NCAA Woman’s College Sports, Reality Check of New York State, and more. All the while, in his spare time, producing EDM music with releases on various labels around the globe. Tim’s journey has since taken him from the frigid climate of the Northeast to the wonderfully warm and welcoming climate of Orlando Florida. During his time here in Florida, he has been certified as a legal videographer as well as assist his local church build and maintain media departments with everything from live video to creative media content creation. Fun Facts about Tim: • Loves Transformers, so much that he has tattoos • Produces House music and has major releases on various record labels • Loves the beach, body boarding, and FPS games • A big fan of cultural foods • Born and raised in Syracuse, NY 

tim owens

Film & Video

Michelle Hill has worked in the professional film, video, and digital media industries as a Project and Production Manager for over 20 years. During her tenure, she has managed film and television projects for clients such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and Nickelodeon, as well as a plethora of commercial clients. While working within the industry, Hill developed a passion for education and the passing on of knowledge to the next generation. She has spent well over 10 years educating students in the areas of new business development and presentation as it pertains to the entertainment industry. Hill graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film production with an emphasis in business.

michelle hill