Behind the Scenes
... the talent that puts the spark in American Spark
In 2008, Preston Gannaway won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, so the least we can do is spell her name right: it’s two n’s. Seriously, she’s that good. And the Pulitzer is just one award of many for this California-based photojournalist. We're grateful as all get-out to be working with her.
Lee Fritz is a northerner-turned-southerner. Born in New York, he now plies his craft in New Orleans. He and his wife Jenna Morse run Calm Dog Productions – set them loose anywhere and they will produce a beautifully crafted story.
Andrew Hida is a California filmmaker - look for the lauded short film he directed about his father, Im/Perfection. Andrew has served as multimedia coach for the National Press Photographers Association and Syracuse University. He’s come a long way since his days as a conservation ecologist.
Griffin Moores and Autumn Parry (see below) are photojournalists and videographers based in Colorado. While each has his/her own projects in the works, they often collaborate as a duo. Like McCartney and Lennon, their talents merge seamlessly, and it’s hard to tell exactly who contributed what to their masterpiece.
Autumn Parry and Griffin Moores (see above) are photojournalists and videographers based in Colorado. While each has his/her own projects in the works, they often collaborate as a duo. Like Taupin and John, their talents merge seamlessly, and it’s hard to tell exactly who contributed what to their masterpiece.
While we’re all pretty cool to hang out with, Alex Gazio is as fun to work with as he is talented with a camera. Based in the Sunshine State, Alex has shot for Extreme Homes, Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, and many top productions. We can’t get enough of the amazing footage he comes up with.
Currently based in Atlanta, Damien Kincannon has worked in advertising and production environments. Damien’s a videographer and editor with a passion for storytelling - but he’ll settle for lunch.
If you meet Gunther Friedrichs, get him to show you his passport. He's a globetrotter. He’s traveled to more than 60 countries shooting videos and telling stories, and oh the stories he tells. Versed in long- and short-form documentary, Gunther immerses himself in all aspects of video production. Even making coffee.
University of Virginia alumnus Charles Tinsley has more than two decades of production experience under his belt. His martial arts belt, too. Don’t mess with Charles - he keeps nun chucks in his production van. Not only do we enjoy working with him, he makes us feel safe.
Gavin Stout, who specializes in shooting and editing commercials, has branched out into editorial work as well. Based in Virginia, he loves to travel wherever the shoot takes him. And yet he’s right at home seated at a Mac editing for hours into the night.
Beneath Brian Kluender’s easy-going personality is another easy-going personality. As a skilled sound tech, he can handle audio issues like a magician. Holding a boom microphone isn’t his only skillset, though he does have really strong arms.
As our associate producer, Krista Blakely is not just the glue, she’s the super glue. She’s not just the princess, she’s the warrior princess. You get the picture. Krista wins our stuffed bear award for the highest GSD score (Getting Stuff Done).