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2013 Film Makers

 

 

Deanna Buller

Deanna Buller is a senior at Northwest High School in Omaha, Neb. Buller has a passion for storytelling, video production and television broadcasting. That passion led her to the OPS Career Center where she is currently in her third year of the TV broadcasting program. She has been involved in a couple of television productions, including the student-produced news magazine “The O-Zone.” She is currently acting as a student crew leader for the show “The Vibe.” Buller is also involved in the Career Center’s CSN Sports Program where she has taken on the roles of a sideline reporter, camera operator, editor and director.
Buller has won awards, including second place with her package of Northwest Victory in the Sports News Story category at the UNO High School Media Conference. She and “The O-Zone” cast won second place for its seventh season.
Following her high school graduation, Buller hopes to pursue a degree not only in English but also a field related to film and video production.
   

Zach Cook

Zach Cook is currently a Video/Audio Communications student at Metropolitan
Community College. A Marine Corps veteran, he’s spent the last four years studying theater at UNO, acting with local theaters such as The Blue Barn Theater and the UNO Theater department. He got his start in film learning from local artists Miguel Cedillo and Bill Grennan. Cook hopes “Dark Ages”— his first solo foray into writing, directing and filmmaking — will become a fully supported Web series that showcases the diverse and talented Omaha artistic community
not only in film but also in music and design. He also models occasionally for local fashion designers but is in no way a model.
   

Kreg GIlson

Kreg Gilson is married to the beautiful Elizabeth and has a 16-year-old son. He always had aspirations of being an actor, which is how he started in the film industry. While disappointed his scenes were often left on the cutting floor, he was not discouraged. This aspiring actor wanted to create more acting opportunities for himself, so he started writing and directing a few short films. Gilson found himself more intrigued and fascinated by what was happening behind the camera than he ever did as an actor. To learn more about what it takes to make movies, he found himself volunteering with many film projects,taking on any duties that had to be filled. To learn the technical aspects of filmmaking, Gilson made a career change, left his job and went back to school.
   

Amber Gresser

Amber Gresser is a 24-year-old student at Metropolitan Community College. At the early age of 12, she found solace in the silver screen and was captivated by the dark minds of Alfred Hitchcock and M. Night Shyamalan. It was then that her passion for filmmaking sprouted, and she produced amateur shorts such as “Two Friends Pretending to Drive,” and “Girl Gets Dragged Down Hallway by Ghost.” In high school, she took on the role of photographer for the studentproduced newspaper The Voice, while dabbling in editing, writing and graphic design. She has since created, and helped create several short productions. Her aspirations lie in cinematography, editing, and one day writing and directing her own films.
   

Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson grew up creating worlds; now he works to show them to audiences, bringing them into what he has made. With a vision steeped in myths and legends, he challenges traditional ideas by refusing to compromise.
   

Jesus Narvaez

Born in Omaha, Neb., Jesus Narvaez struggled in his early childhood with a learning disability that put him in special education until high school, where he excelled. By his early 20s, his love for art and movies led to a fascination with filmmaking. In 1998, Narvaez attended Metropolitan Community College to pursue an associate degree in art. He got involved in storyboarding and other visual media, such as video, animation and painting. In 2004, he submitted several short films to the Hot Shops Film Festival in Omaha and won second place for animation. In 2008, he was diagnosed with a mental illness, schizotypal personality disorder, and dealt with hallucinations and psychosis. In 2010, he returned to MCC to pursue an associate degree in TV/Audio Communications and Digital Cinema. Since then, Narvaez has been involved with writing, experimenting with photography and editing short films in Omaha. In 2012, he submitted a short documentary to the Omaha Film Festival. Narvaez continues on his goal of becoming a great filmmaker.
   

Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson graduated from Metropolitan Community College’s Video/Audio
Communication Arts program in 2011 and has spent the last few years working
on a variety of film projects, including the short film “The Legend of Israel
Grimm” and the upcoming feature “Flyover Country.”
   

Ryan Redler

Ryan William Redler was born and raised in Omaha, Neb. During his teenage years he traveled around the world. He lived in the Philippines where he developed his interest in the arts and studied and played music. He came back to the U.S. in 2003 and began fulfilling his dreams as an audio and visual artist, musician, painter, photographer and film media maker. He currently resides in Omaha and attends Metropolitan Community College, studying audio and visual arts.
   

Morgan Runice

Morgan Runice is a student filmmaker and professional fraud, having made movies for more than four years despite an apparent lack of grace, originality or skill. Born and raised in Omaha, he dreams of one day moving to California to study film, leading to a fruitful career as a Jungle Cruise Skipper. He can be contacted by electric post at morunice@gmail.com.
   

Chloe Russell

Chloe Russell is a senior at Bryan High School in Omaha, Neb. Russell has passion for video production and television broadcasting. That passion led her to the OPS Career Center where she is currently in her third year of the TV broadcasting program. She has been involved in a number of television productions, including the student-produced news magazine “The O-Zone” for which she is currently the acting student crew leader. Russell is also involved in the Career Center’s CSN Sports program where she has taken on the roles of sideline reporter, camera operator and announcer. Russell has won a number of awards for her productions, including first place for her public service announcement and second place for her news story in the UNO High School Media Conference competition. Following her high school graduation, Russell hopes to pursue a degree in a field related to film and video production.

 

 
 
 
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