Feb 1 – RYAN HONEY Creative Director, Buck Studio

With over thirteen years of experience, Ryan Honey’s industry awareness and ability to adapt to clients’ needs has quickly made the design-driven production company Buck a top contender in the global commercial production market. Founded in 2003, Buck has offices in New York and Los Angeles and boasts over fifty employees.

Since Buck’s inception, Ryan has directed commercials for numerous major brands from all over the world. Be it live action, CG animation, special effects, cel, stop motion, or a combination of techniques, Ryan’s work continues to push the boundaries of innovation and quality in the commercial realm.

Recent clients include Nike, Google, Honda, Participant Media, GMC, Sundance Film Festival, Burger King, Old Navy, Cheetos, Microsoft, Powerade, NBA, Coke Burn (Russia), Coke Zero (Holland) and Toyota.
Ryan Honey – Creative Director/Partner


Jan 25 – Curt Schulkey, sound designer

Curt Schulkey is a Supervising Sound Editor (aka Sound Designer) and re-recording
mixer in feature films in Los Angeles. He has worked in post-production as a picture
editor, sound effects editor, dialogue editor, ADR editor, and re-recording mixer.

He has worked with a wide spectrum of directors and producers- from George Lucas to
Mike White to Ben Affleck- across many genres, both live action and animated. When he worked as a sound editor, Curt’s specialties were dialogue, ADR and the development of voices for non-speaking creatures; dogs, elephants, a sasquatch, aliens, hawks and robots.

In all of his projects, Curt works at storytelling, whether it is through the spoken word, through non-verbal vocalizations, through the manipulation of the soundscape, or through the addition of concious or subliminal abstract sonic elements. His goal is to make the movie soundtrack richer, more elegant, cleaner and invisible.

Notable films: The Empire Strikes Back, The Iron Giant, Insomnia, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Fifth Element, The Rum Diaries. Emmy Award for TV Miniseries “John Adams” MPSE Awards for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Aladdin, Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Iron Giant.

Jan. 18 – Paul Gailiunas and the work of Helen Hill

Paul Gailiunas will present the work of late wife Helen Hill and the recently completed film they made together, “The Florestine Collection”.

Helen Hill (1970 – 2007) was an independent filmmaker and activist raised in Columbia, South Carolina.  She studied Experimental Animation at Harvard and the California Institute of the Arts, and settled in New Orleans.  Helen taught film workshops and courses in Halifax, Columbia, New Orleans, and many other places, and she compiled “Recipes For Disaster: A Film Cookbooklet”.  Helen championed low-budget and do-it-yourself approaches to filmmaking, including super 8, handprocessing, and drawing-on-film.  A quotation from her film “Madame Winger Makes a Film”: “it is a good idea behind a film, and not fancy technology or a big budget, that makes a great film.”

When her final film, The Florestine Collection, was released in 2011, curators and critics described her as “one of the most well-regarded experimental animators of her generation.”

Paul Gailiunas (born 1971) works at a Community Health Center in Pasadena, California.  He and Helen were married from 1995 until her death in 2007.  He completed Helen Hill’s final film “The Florestine Collection” in November 2010.

Helen’s friends assembled a website in tribute to her: http://www.helenhill.org

Her films are archived with the Harvard Film Archive: http://www.hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/collections

Jan. 11: Richard Taylor

Richard is a true renaissance artist and visualist.
As a director who has always blended media, he values the hand made, the photograph, and the digital image. His work ranges from live visual music to 3D animation and visual effects design. Richard has been an inspiring influence for me since we first met at Robert Abel and Associates in the 80s.

Richard Taylor’s bio:
Richard has an extensive background in live action direction, production design, special effects, and computer generated images for theatrical films, television commercials, computer games, special venues and new media.

Richard began his career as an artist and holds a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Utah. He began making short films in 1965 and in 1967 co-created Rainbow Jam, a multi-media light show and graphics company. Rainbow Jam toured with The Grateful Dead and regularly preformed concerts at The Family Dog, The Fillmore, The Winterland and other concert venues with bands such as Santana, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Crosby Stills and Nash.

In 1971 Richard received The Cole Porter Fellowship to USC where he earned his Masters Degree in Photography and Printmaking.

In 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco.

In 1973 Richard joined Robert Abel and Associates, the pioneer TV commercial graphics/special effects studio, where he served six years as art director/director. Richard received four Clio awards for his work on the 7UP Bubbles, 7UP Uncola and Levi’s Trademark commercials. He directed promotional films and network graphics for ABC, CBS, and NBC and designed new theatrical logos for CBS and Columbia Pictures. While at the Abel Studio Richard worked for Paramount Pictures on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, where he supervised the storyboarding of the film and designed and supervised the building of the miniatures including The Enterprise.

In 1980 Richard became the Creative Director at Information International Inc. (III) one of the first companies to create computer-generated images for film and television. While at III Richard designed and directed the special effects for Looker, a Michael Crichton feature and became the co-effects director of the innovative special effects and computer-generated images for Walt Disney’s Tron, the film that introduced the world to computer simulation.

In 1983 Richard became Creative Director of Magi-Synthavision’s west coast studio. While at Magi Richard created special effects for Disney’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and John Lasseter’s Where the Wild Things Are. He also directed numerous commercials including Atari’s Worm War One the first commercial to receive a Clio award for computer animation.

Richard joined with Lee Lacy and Associates in 1985 where he directed award-winning commercials for clients such as Ford, 7UP, RCA, and Duracell.

In 1987, Richard moved to Apogee Production Inc. where he launched the internationally acclaimed 7UP Spot campaign. The 7UP commercial Baseball won the CLIO for Best Live Action/Animation Combination and the spots Teacher Lounge and Christmas both won Best Director at the International Monitor Awards.

From 1989 thru1992, Richard directed at Image Point Productions where he created spots for numerous clients. His Reebok commercial Cowardly Baskets won three Clio Awards.

In 1992, Richard joined with director David Dryer to form Dryer/Taylor Productions, where he directed campaigns for Duracell, McDonalds, Warner Bros., and Disney. Richard won three Clios, two Hugos and two Mobius Awards while at Dryer/Taylor.

From 1998 to 2000, Richard directed for Rhythm & Hues Commercial Division expanding his clientele to include Disney Cruise Lines, UPS, Honda, Bud Light, Intel, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Census 2000.

In 2002 Richard moved into the gaming industry. Initially he became Cinematic Director for Indie Studios, a division of Microsoft Gaming Studios. While there he designed and directed the cinematic sequences and the marketing trailers for Top Spin, Amped 2 and Links 2004.

In 2003 Richard became the Cinematic Director at Electronic Arts Los Angeles where he directed the cinematic sequences for Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II, Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, Kane’s Wrath, Command & Conquer, Red Alert 3 and Red Alert 3 Uprising. He was nominated four times by the Academy of Interactive Media and The Visual Effects Society for Best Cinematics in a Video Game. Command & Conquer 3 won Strategy Game of the Year in 2008.

Richard has been a member of the DGA (Directors Guild of America) for 28 years. He is the Vice-Chair of the VES (Visual Effects Society) and is on the Presidential Advisory Board of The Academy of Art University of San Francisco. Presently he is artist in residence at the Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television.

Richard has worked freelance since 2009. He designed and directed multiple projects at Yu+Co including trailers for the Ubisoft games Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Smashup and Call of Juarez, the Cartel. He designed and directed 3D projects including the end title sequence for Shrek 4 and a new 3D logo for 3ality. His Turner Classic Movie 31 Days of Oscars won a Gold and Two Silvers in the 2010 BDA Awards. HIs Showtime Energy Logo just won a GOLD for Logo Design/Network Channel at this year’s BDA awards.

Presently Richard is the Creative Director at his company XLNT FX.