Meet the Motion Picture Production Chair
In a film and video career that spans four decades, Robert Castaldo has worked on hundreds of films, television shows, commercials, music videos, and corporate/industrial training videos. Along the way, he has explored every aspect of bringing script-to-screen, from writing, producing, and directing, to cinematography, location sound recording, and set dressing, to picture, sound, and music editing. His quest to understand the production process from the perspective of each crew position has allowed him to contribute a unique continuity to every production he has been involved with. And nowhere has this insight been put to better use than in his two signature specialties: fictional narrative filmmaking,and education
In 1983, Robert enrolled in the University of Texas at Arlington’s film production program to be trained by the esteemed filmmaker and educator Andy Anderson. Within the next two years, Robert worked on fifteen short films, three feature films and gained a wealth of experience.
In 1985, Robert work alongside mentor Anderson on the low-budget independent film, POSITIVE I.D., working as the UPM, co-editor and associate producer as the film traveled through the festival circuit—including the Sundance Film Festival in 1987—and ultimately a Universal Pictures theatrical release.
In June of 1988, he produced Anderson’s next project, LOOK IT UP and attended the Sundance Institutes Filmmakers Workshop, later returning to participate in Sundance’s Producers Showcase.
In the 90s, Robert became a post-production specialist, working as a picture editor, sound editor, foley artist, and motion graphics designer—often doubling up positions to see a project through. FALL DOWN DEAD, GARRISON, LIVING AND DYING, HALLOW’S END, SHE GETS WHAT SHE WANTS (aka SLAP HER SHE’S FRENCH), AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, NIGHT VISION,TAKEDOWN,and WINNING COLORS are just a few of the thirty-plus narrative features he has worked on. Additionally, he worked on the documentaries NED ROREM-WORD AND MUSIC, THE STAGES OF EDWARD ALBEE and OUR NEW FAMILY.
In 1995, he Directed and Edited his first feature, TAKEDOWN. In 1998, he produced and edited Anderson’s film DETENTION (later to be retitled LEARNING CURVE). In 2008, he wrote and directed the short film, “THE LAST TURN,” which was selected to the Texas Filmmakers Showcase.
In 1996, Robert began teaching part-time at his alma mater, The University of Texas at Arlington. There he developed a successful “Introduction to film and Video” course that established the foundational groundwork for hundreds of successful young filmmakers. In 2002 he joined the faculty full-time and over the next four years, taught a variety of classes from narrative film production, to commercial video, to video art.
In 2009, the Motion Picture Production Chair of KD Conservatory, Dennis Bishop, asked Robert to join the faculty at KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts. Bishop was developing this new degree-program for KD Conservatory and Robert was excited to contribute to its evolution.
Throughout his career, Robert has remained active in the filmmaking community, participating in numerous panel discussions, seminars, workshops, conferences and appearing in print, digital media and television. He is a past member of the University Film And Video Association and the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700. He was one of the original members of the Dallas After Effects Users Group and is one of the founding members of the Dallas DaVinci Resolve User Group.
Robert continues to probe the nuances of storytelling through sight and sound while exploring more innovative methods to educate and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.
For more than 44 years, Bert Guthrie has been a part of motion picture production of feature films, television, documentary, commercial, and web-based media, including the short film Bottle Rocket, which launched the Owen and Luke Wilson to fame, and the Peabody and Emmy award winning PBS television series Wishbone, for which he served as co-producer and director of photography. His work has been distributed theatrically as well on HBO, PBS, BBC, and Showtime. His focus began with cinematography and expanded to directing and producing as media moved progressively onto the web. He has designed and produced visual elements relating to a series of applications for Ericsson, as well as many other web-based business-to-business video and HTML productions. Guthrie’s teaching experience includes University of Texas at Arlington where, as an adjunct professor, he led an advanced class in Cinematography.
As a child growing up in Dallas, Texas, Michael Goldermann was frequently seen taking photographs with his family’s 35mm camera. It was at this early age that Michael learned his passion for capturing images, but he always felt limited shooting single frames. In 2014, Michael graduated from KD Conservatory with an Associate of Applied Arts in Motion Picture Production. Under the mentorship of the Motion Picture Production Chair, Dennis Bishop, Michael’s dream for filmmaking came to fruition.
Michael was soon hired as a director and editor for M3 Films, where he led the productions for Montessori Children’s House and School and Rainbow Days. He was also a vital component for the productions on Earth Day Texas, Texas Capital Bank and a variety of others. As a freelancer, Michael has directed shoots for the Kim Dawson Model Search, Rescue Air Heating and Cooling, Temple Emanu-El, ACES, and Giveable.
In 2018, Michael co-founded Capstone Films, a production company based in Dallas, Texas. He is currently writing his first feature film.
Looking to the future, Michael strives to continue broadening the reach of his work and reputation, while enjoying the longterm fulfillment of impactful, artistic collaboration.
Tom Aberg began his professional career in New York City as assistant editor at a post house called Editing Concepts, in mid-town Manhattan. “We edited TV spots for Madison Ave. agencies. Commercial editing is all about speed and accuracy. Everybody there was A++.”
After 5 years in New York he moved back to his native Dallas, and opened his own postproduction studio called Tom’s Easyway. For 23 years, the company worked primarily for advertising agencies Tom has always fely that variety fuels creativity and found time to work on a variety projects including documentaries, music videos, and entertainment projects. In 1999 he edited the original 15 min. short film Bottle Rocket for Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson. “We entered it in the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and the rest is history. I’m proud to be part of their amazing success.”.
Over the years Aberg has received numerous industry awards from the likes of Cannes, The One Show, The Clio’s and Communication Arts, distinguishing himself as a colorful reconteur. “Stories are powerful ways to connect with people. I believe the editor takes the leadership role of storytelling. I love sifting for the best way to make an emotional connection with audiences, it’s a really exhilarating experience”.
Tom Aberg continues to be prolific editor in the Dallas market. He is also teaches post production at KD Conservatory of Film and Dramatic Arts.
Carolyn received her B.A. in Journalism and English at Stephen F. Austin University and her Masters of Science in English Education at Florida State University. She is a writer/producer/director who has worked at many levels of production on a variety of film projects, including music videos, shorts, features, and industrials. She has written/directed/produced three shorts; Murder by Mistake, Emma’s Wish, and The Adventures of Little Miss Mischief. The short film she produced, NEAL, was an official selection in 2011 of the prestigious South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Dallas International Film Festivals. She is a native Texan but spent 18 years in the United States Air Force, traveling the globe in service to her country, retiring with honors as a Major.
Carolyn is currently the President of the Dallas Screenwriters Association and is a member of the Women in Film Dallas, the Dallas Film Society, the Dallas Table, and Texas Motion Picture Alliance. Carolyn has eight years of teaching experience, first at the University of Maryland extension campus at RAF Bentwaters, when she was in the Air Force stationed in England, and currently at Tarrant County College and KD Conservatory.
Chris studied Drama at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he received his B.A. in Speech and Drama. Upon graduation, he worked primarily as a lighting designer and stage manager for local theaters and in club and concert venues. It was not until he worked on a small independent feature film that he found his true passion for film and television production. With nine years of freelance experience in the Los Angeles film industry, Chris moved to Dallas to form his own company, Professional Scenic Services, a full-service set design and construction firm at the Studios at Las Colinas. Through this company, he worked on feature film projects like David Byrne’s True Stories, Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio, and multiple industrial and commercial projects. As a Production Designer, his television and feature film credits include the NBC situation comedy 13 East, the theatrically released feature film After Midnight, produced by MGM, and the HBO golf-themed feature film Dead Solid Perfect.
Chris later collaborated on the development of the much-acclaimed PBS television series Wishbone, for which he was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, as well as Emmy Awards for Art Direction, Set Decoration and Scenic Design. Henry has expanded his involvement in digital delivery and display technologies in the trade show and meeting industry: as creative director for Viewics Corporation, developing engaging animated surrounds for video e-mail; and as a designer for casino developments for the Chickasaw and Cherokee Nations.
Clarke has been active in the Los Angeles film and television industry for over 40 years, and his knowledge of the business is extensive. He has been licensed by the State of California Office of Postsecondary Education and ran his own camera school in Los Angeles for a number of years.
Clarke has won awards from the Houston International Film Festival and the Southern California Motion Picture Council. He was recently awarded the Bronze Halo Award by the Southern California Motion Picture Council as well as an honorary membership in the Fort Worth Black Woman’s Chamber of Commerce.Clarke has worked as a stuntman, actor, writer, producer, and director with Bill Cosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Dalton Trumbo. He has taught a number of notable professionals in the field, among them Ron Howard, Sally Field, James Brolin, Josh Brolin, Sam Elliott, and Debra Winger.
David has been a professional cinematographer and freelance editor since 1980. His film and video projects include features, narrative, documentary shorts, commercials and web base interactive videos for corporations. The client list includes NYPD, Price Waterhouse Cooper, SuddenLink, United States Air Force, Hilton Grand Vacations, Audi, Texas Health Resources, Miss Texas, Van Cliburn, KERA/PBS, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, City of Fort Worth, Texas Christian University, Baptist Radio and Television Commission. Several projects have won awards and citations of excellence. David’s teaching experience includes adjunct professor for seven years in advance cinematography and introduction to filmmaking at the University of Texas at Arlington, nine years as a film instructor in cinematography at KD Conservatory in Dallas, thirteen years as an instructor in astronomy, solar science, model rocketry, radio programming, drawing, general science, origami, kirigami, filmmaking and animation at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and numerous workshops in cinematography, photography and lighting. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in cinematography from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Master of Fine Arts in screen writing and directing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and additional training from the American Society of Cinematographers and the IMAX Corporation.
Deborah Stone started her career in the entertainment industry as an actor in Dallas, Texas. After several years of being cast in commercials and television projects she and her family moved to New Jersey, where she was represented by the William Morris Agency, NY. During this time, she discovered her love for production and especially writing, and began working with TV One Productions where within two years became a director. After moving back to Dallas in the early 2000’s, she opened her own production company. Over the years she has produced numerous commercials, several music videos, directed two national series, and produced feature films. Some of her industrial clients include; The Smithsonian Institute, The National Science Center, NASA, and The Bible Museum. She has worked for several networks producing over 500 episodes for a talk show and hundreds of episodes for network television. In 2016 she directed the animated feature film, The Adventures of Azzu and Gazzu, and currently is working on a project with Dr. Daniel Wallace, following his search for ancient Greek New Testament manuscripts throughout Europe and the Middle East, to preserve and digitize. In May, 2017, she was awarded an International Film Award for directing and producing the documentary, Brushstrokes of a Man, the story of Thomas Kinkade.
Harper Robinson is an award winning producer and writer. Robinson got his start in the industry working on “American Idol”, “The Biggest Loser”, and others. He then began working with Andrew Stevens, an accomplished Actor, Director and Producer of over 150 films. Robinson soon started producing his own films, which have screened at upper tier festivals like SXSW in Austin, TX. He recently produced an investigative documentary narrated by Dean Cain covering the BP Gulf oil spill, entitled “Beyond Pollution”. It premiered at “The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital”, the largest and most influential environmental film festival in the world. Since it has obtained worldwide distribution, official selection of 14 festivals, numerous awards, a Cinema for Peace “International Green Film Award” nomination, and 1 of 4 films chosen by “The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences” to be showcased in an environmental series. Robinson has a BA from University of Texas in Austin and an MBA from Texas A&M, extensive experience in all areas of production, an in-depth understanding of film/TV marketing, distribution, and business and is passionate about using the art of visual storytelling to spark conversation, create awareness, and inspire change.
Dr. Dolan received his B.F.A. with High Honors in Theatre Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas-Dallas. He has participated as a director, dramaturge, and performer in over 35 productions, collaborating and/or studying with such noted theatre practitioners as Robert W. Corrigan, Richard Schechner, Aaron Frankel, Israel Horowitz, Alexa Visarion, and Ljubisa Georgievski.
A scholar with many interests, he has written articles on a broad range of topics in the area of theatre, dance, and somatic practices. He once chaired a panel discussion on Maria Fornes’ dramas at the Association for Theatre in Higher Conferences in which Ms. Fornes acted as respondent to the presentations. Dolan is also a member of USA Track & Field and has competed in Masters and Senior Olympics events around the country since 2005.
Linda Duran has been an Instructor of Social Psychology at KD Conservatory, College of Film and Dramatic Arts since 2012. She previously taught psychology at Midland Junior College in Midland Texas. Linda worked in the public schools system for 35 years as a teacher and Guidance Counselor, specializing in Grief and Trauma issues.Linda is also a Certified Consultant and Trainer for the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC). She conducts trainings throughout the United States for school districts and other organizations that deal with traumatized children and adults.
Linda graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. with Honors and earned her master’s degree in counseling from the University of Texas.
Linda previously served on the Rockwall Independent school district’s Board of Trustees where she served as President. Additionally, Linda was selected for the Texas Association of School Boards and serves on the Rockwall ISD School Health Advisory Council.
Mike is the Acting Chair at KD Conservatory, College of Film and Dramatic Art and has been an instructor at KD Conservatory since 2004. He holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Wayne State University, a B.S. in Secondary Education from Baylor University, and is currently completing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in the Arts and Humanities with an emphasis in Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. Mike has presented his research at several conferences throughout the country, including the Film and History Association, The Literature and Film Association, American Studies of Texas, Texas Educational Theatre Association, and RAW: Research, Art, and Writing Graduate Symposium. In 2004 he co-founded the acclaimed Second Thought Theatre, serving as Co-Artistic Director, Public Relations Coordinator, and Advisory Board Member for the company’s first three years. Mike has performed in over seventy professional theatrical productions in venues across the country, including New York City, Detroit, Nashville, Atlanta, and Dallas. In addition to his work on the stage, Mike has made appearances on national television series including Friday Night Lights, Inspector Mom, and Guiding Light, along with award winning independent films, and several national and regional commercials. Most recently, his play The Bookman was produced OFF OFF Broadway in New York City at the historic Under St. Marks Theatre. Additionally, he has taught Theatre and Film at The University of North Texas, Baylor University, and Tarrant College.
Reis Myers McCormick
Reis Myers McCormick is known professionally in the worlds of broadcast, gaming, network television, indie film, commercial print, and regional theater from Texas to Virginia. She is an award-winning performer in thousands of national commercials, corporate projects and television and radio voice-overs for an international clientele. Behind the camera she has written for screen and produced a documentary on the late, great artist/educator/Texan, Paul Baker. Reis has served the Texas talent pool as a national delegate and first VP of SAG-AFTRA, past president of Women in Film, Dallas, and on the board of Echo Theater. In the realm of education, Reis has been a guest artist and taught workshops and performed commissioned works for students of all ages all over the U.S. At KD she serves on faculty as well as being the conservatory’s Director of Development. She is a Founding Member of Lone Star Comedy and is represented by the Callidus Agency. Reis has appeared in the hit series Breaking Bad and is a recurring co-star of the series American Crime.