Donovan Gates has twenty years of commercial and corporate lighting experience in the Bay Area. He has worked on many films, including Paul McCartney: the Space Within Us, Drifting Elegant, The Darwin Awards and We Don't Live Under Normal Conditions. His experience includes work as a gaffer, grip and dolly grip. His experience and knowledge of lighting are a greatly valued asset to the team at the Ranch
Emile Bokaer's filmmaking practice is based on a strong sense of empathy and a sincere desire to connect with people. Collaboration is his favorite aspect of filmmaking. He speaks several languages and has worked around the world, including projects in Central America, South America and Australia. Bokaer's films have received awards and played across the United States and abroad, including at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Denver Film Festival and the Media That Matters Film Festival. Two of his student films were finalists for Student Academy Awards, including In Circles, co-directed with Alaa eldin El Dajani.
Ken Beckman has worked in the film and video industry for over thirty years. After working at the Xerox PARC research as staff producer for eight years, he has worked for well-known companies such as Google, Lucas Digital and Apple. His career has focused on digital technology for feature and independent film/video production.
Tim O'Connor Fraser
Web Developer and Consultant
Tim has been building web pages for Ranch projects since 2003 when he developed the powerhouse site for Oil on Ice. Since then, Tim has contributed to numerous sites and e-commerce solutions. "Not only do I strive to produce the highest quality work, I am working on projects that are vitally important in the world. With my work at the Ranch, I have an opportunity to offer my creativity, knowledge and skill to make a real and lasting impact; it's a great honor."
Will has provided finishing services for commercial clients like Apple Computers, Google, Yahoo!, Nike and Visa. He's also worked on productions ranging from major feature films like Rent and Jurassic Park to independent student films. He currently freelances at local post- and production companies, and from his home studio. Experienced on many color grading platforms like DaVinci Resolve, Scratch and Apple Color, Will can make every scene look exactly the way you want it to.
Charles Michelson 1909-2003
Few people had seen as much change in the media as Charles Michelson, where he first began his career in the 1930's radio with "transcriptions" that were replayed on phonographs with a sharpened piece of birch wood. We will miss him, but we are reminded with his passing at the age of 93 of his philosophy that: "A story well told will live forever."
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