After heading up all video production for The Culture House in Olathe, KS, for several years, Benjamin attended Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, MI, and interned at Mpower Pictures in Santa Monica, CA. “NUAT” will be his first project since moving back to the Olathe area and will be the first project for his production company, Futon Films. In addition to having written the script, he will produce and direct the first of the two films and oversee The NUAT Experiment as a whole.
Since 2004, freelance artist and director of photography Sam Sullivant has been working in the film and video industry, establishing a reputation for blending creativity with technical expertise to bring about polished and poignant results. From the Oprah Winfrey Show to American Idol and Fox Sports Net, he brings both experience and creativity to each production he works on. In addition to being Director of Photography for Blue’s production of “Now Upon A Time,” he will also be co-producing through his company, Sully Productions.
Elizabeth Nelsen – Director of Photography
Elizabeth’s career as a filmmaker began with her keen interest in still photography which grew into a passion for cinematography. During her time at Compass College of Cinematic Arts, she produced two short films and DPed a number of projects, as well as serving as Assistant Camera on Blue’s “Relative Situation.” She currently resides in Appleton, WI, pursuing a career in cinematography and has plans of producing her own projects in the future.
Eric Sandefur graduated from Compass College of Cinematic Arts and moved out to Los Angeles for an internship. During school he worked on numerous projects, including serving as Assistant Director on Blue’s “Relative Situation.” Now back in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he continues writing and completing yet another internship. Eric’s easy going attitude but commanding presence (not to mention his extreme tallness) make him an ideal Assistant Director.
Dylan Borger moved from Minnesota to Michigan to attend Compass College of Cinematic Arts and now works at a well known local lighting studio there in Grand Rapids. He too worked on Blue’s “Relative Situation” as Gaffer. With the unique opportunities Michigan’s film incentive has brought to its residents, Dylan has been able to work in the lighting department on several independent features, including the $12+ million production, “Setup.” Before going to school, Dylan worked as an editor for his church’s national broadcast program. He continues to write in his off-time, aspiring to write and direct a feature.
Noah Sampsel received his first camera on his 14th birthday, shot numerous videos for his church, and knew that filmmaking was his niche. With an undying passion for lighting & camera work, he pursued his dreams after High School by attending Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, MI, where he DPed, acted, and gripped on several projects, including Blue’s “Relative Situation.” He now has 4 feature films under his belt and continues to chase his dream of becoming a Cinematographer.
Over the past 15 years, Nicholas Suddarth, who holds a black belt in Wu Chi Kung Fu and a 2nd degree black belt in Chinese Kempo, has served as a lead instructor of Kickboxing, Jujitsu, MMA, and Chinese Kempo at AKKA Karate. Supplementing his extensive martial arts experience, US Army service, and many 1st place competition victories, is a long held passion for film fight choreography. He is definitely on the path to becoming the fight choreographer in the Kansas City area. In addition to choreographing the climactic fight scene in “Now Upon A Time,” he will serve as general stunt coordinator and lead stunt performer.