8K Seminar at SMPTE 2020 – Photos and Bios

8K Production Session

Dan Duran

Head of Post Production & Workflow Specialist, RED Digital Camera

Dan Duran has been with RED Digital Cinema since 2007. He is the face of many RED tech videos as well as RED’s head post production and workflow specialist. Most recently, he’s been on the front lines visiting post facilities, rental houses, and production companies catering to their workflow needs and promoting best practices while utilizing RED cameras and 8K footage. He has experience supporting production and post ranging from commercials and music videos to episodic and features. Dan Duran is currently based at RED Studios in Hollywood, CA.


Aaron Kroger

Director of Product Strategy, Panavision

Working at the nexus of production and post, Aaron Kroger has distinguished himself as someone who can relate to both creatives and engineers alike. In 2010, he joined post facility Light Iron, where he was instrumental in designing the Outpost mobile post labs, training camera crews how to use them on set, and teaching classes to union crew on best practices in file-based cinematography. After Light Iron was acquired by Panavision, Aaron joined the team that created the Millennium DXL and DXL2 8K camera systems, playing a key role in bringing both to market and familiarizing Panavision’s customers with the creative benefits of large-format acquisition and the efficiencies of a streamlined 8K workflow. In 2019, Aaron was appointed Director of the newly formed Department of Product Strategy. In this role, Aaron oversees the development and commercialization of new product and workflow solutions for the motion-picture community.

Dr Ben Cope

Technical Lead, Internet of Things Group, Intel

Bio: “After completing his PhD from Imperial College London, Dr Ben Cope joined Altera in 2008, where he worked as market segment owner and system architect for Pro-AV and Studio business. Following Altera’s acquisition by Intel in 2015, he moved to the Intel IOTG group as technology lead in EMEA supporting architect-level discussions with clients on video, AI and workload consolidation. He now works as platform architect focused on product planning in the same team. Ben holds seven patent disclosures and seven technical publications including in the Journal of Computers and SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.”



Ravi Velhal

Digital Media Standards, Technologies and Immersive Cinema programs globally at Intel

Recognized by the industry as a Cinema Virtual Reality Experience (VRE) pioneer, he co-produced Le Musk multi-sensory VR by A.R. Rahman, Save Every Breathe: Dunkirk VRE by Christopher Nolan with Warner Bros, FIRST MAN: VRE with Universal Pictures and RYOT, directed Rio Carnival 2018 VRE with GloboTV, Repangea, technoshamanic VRE from Brasilian Amazon tribes, collaborated with Sony Pictures on SpiderMan: Home Coming VRE which was nominated for prestigious Emmy, and he recently launched Innovation Studios with Sony Pictures. At Mobile World Congress in Feb 2019, he collaborated with Sony Pictures to launch SpiderMan: Far From Home, the world’s first multiplayer VRE gaming experience over 5G. He initiated and executive produced remake of Grease in Volumetric Cinema with Paramount pictures, first-ever 5 trillion pixel volumetric cinema experience to initiate media industry transformation from pixels to voxels. His focus is to drive future immersive cinema, including future media formats worldwide. Ravi is recipient of Hollywood’s prestigious Lumiere award twice, Infinity Film Festival of Beverly Hills Audience Choice Award. Ravi holds several global patents, publications and he has served as a director on the AIS/VR Society board, and an advisor to FICCI-Frames, FICCI-MEBC, film and trade organizations, globally. He spoke at more than 100+ conferences worldwide ranging from CES, Cannes Film Festival, NAB, FICCI, VFXRio. He drove Immersive Cinema program globally and created hybrid broadband-broadcast education programs to deliver education to remote places around the world, ranging from Amazonian rain forest to rural India and mentored several students, professionals globally.

Ravi initiated and managed Sony Innovation Studios (SPE, Dell, Deloitte and Intel joint volumetric Studio initiative inside SPE Culver City lot) since 2018. He served as a management committee member, in UltraViolet-your movies in the cloud for the last 12 years, championed  first ever 4K  encoder in 2012 for Intel platforms and deployment of Sony Ultra 4K movie services on Intel in 2016, delivered Roland Garros 2018 in 8K and same year launched 16K at NAB 2018. Prior joining Intel research in 1998, Ravi worked for EastMan Kodak Research on their first digital camera and Siemens Medical R&D.

The Creative Perspective on 8K Session

Derek Bauer

Writer/Director/Cinematographer – Two Yellow Lines

Derek Bauer grew up at the base of the North Cascades, in Washington state. At a young age, his father was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, and after a few hard years, he passed. When Derek grew older, he discovered his dad’s love of the mountains and the outdoors. For him, Two Yellow Lines is the expression of that relationship. It’s about loss, it’s about abandonment, and most importantly, it’s about the human spirit and its ability to heal.

Derek is an Award-winning cinematographer with over 15 years of professional experience. Notable films include Two Yellow Lines, Butterfly Caught, Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, and The 24 Hour War. He shot 40 episodes of the award-winning streaming series, Mr. Student Body President. Additionally, he has worked extensively in the commercial world as both a director and cinematographer. Clients include Ruffles, Audi, Adidas, Nissan, and Universal’s Jurassic World, to name a few.

Zac Titus


Zac Titus grew up on a small farm in central Ohio. His love for adventure lead him deep into the woods at a young age. His imagination ran wild with war games and adventure stories. The initial spark of “Two Yellow Lines” came from his own daughter’s experience on the back of her Grandfather’s motorcycle riding across the northern US.

Zac is an Award-winning actor and an Award-winning producer with 12 years experience. As a TV and Film actor living in LA, Zac continues to fine tune his craft, currently studying with Yale Drama School’s on-camera professor, Gregory Berger-Sobeck.


Bruce Markoe

Senior Vice President of Post Production/Operations and DMR at IMAX

Mr. Markoe joined the Company in July 2015 and works closely with filmmakers to utilize IMAX cameras and new technologies to best optimize and produce their movies for the immersive IMAX theatrical and home formats. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Markoe ran Post Production at Marvel Studios, Overture Films, Revolution Studios, MGM Studios, George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound South and JHD Sound.

Mr. Markoe is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Sound Branch. He has been a featured speaker and mentor over the years at post production industry and educational events.


Erik Messerschmidt, ASC


Erik Messerscmidt, ASC, is an American cinematographer. He is best known for his collaborations with director David Fincher on the films Mank (as director of photography) and Gone Girl (as gaffer), and on the Netflix series Mindhunter. He has also shot episodes of the TV series LegionRaised by Wolves, and Fargo.[1]






Peter Mavromates

Post Producer

Peter Mavromates has worked in Post Production for more than 35 years.  Early training in both film and video positioned him to witness and participate in the merging of those two vastly different forms of media production.  He produced his first DI on “Panic Room” in 2002.  And he produced his first DI of a digitally acquired movie on “Zodiac” in 2007.  Most of the last 25 years have been spent working on projects with David Fincher, but he has also worked on projects with Quentin Tarantino, Stephen Gaghan, and George Clooney.  Peter is currently wrapping up “Mank” with David Fincher which streams on Netflix starting December 4.


8K Workflow Trends

Andy Blondin

Senior Product Manager, Epic Games









Michael Cioni

SVP of Innovation, Frame IO

As SVP of Innovation at Frame.io, Michael Cioni is one of the most well known international voices for workflow technologies in the cinema space. After winning 4 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy® awards early in his career, Michael founded and served as President and CEO of Light Iron, a workflow-centric post production company. After Light Iron was acquired in 2015 by Panavision, Cioni served as SVP of Innovation and became the product director of Panavision’s Millennium DXL 8K large format camera ecosystem.

A frequent speaker on workflow and camera systems at many international industry events, Cioni is also an active Academy member, as well as a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, focusing on research, development, mentoring, and the education of all people in the media and entertainment space.

Katie Fellion

Head of Business Development and Workflow Strategy, Light Iron

As one of Light Iron’s founders, Katie Fellion has been impacting the company’s evolution in workflow since 2009. She was instrumental in establishing Light Iron’s Outpost Mobile Post Systems, and she has produced a number of firsts in file-based finishing, including the first 6K DI (Gone Girl), the first studio feature cut on FCPX (Focus), and Amazon’s first HDR series (Transparent). Prior to launching Light Iron, Fellion worked at PlasterCITY Digital Post, where she played an integral role in the company’s first stereoscopic Digital Intermediate. Fellion is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), Women In Film (WIF), and Women in Media, and is a past mentor for the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA). She is a graduate of Whittier College with a self-designed bachelor’s degree in Aspects of Contemporary Popular Culture and a minor in Film Studies. Fellion is also an avid equestrian and currently competes in Western Reining across the Southwest region.

Thierry Fautier

VP Video Strategy

Thierry is in charge of defining and driving the execution of the long-term strategy of Harmonic’s video business. He is also President of the Ultra HD Forum, the global organization responsible for promoting market adoption of UHD by defining industry best practices for the phased introduction of technologies facilitating the next-generation viewing experience.




Solving the 8K Distribution Challenge

Bill Mandel

VP, Industry Relations at Samsung Research America 

Bill Mandel is Vice President Industry Relations at Samsung Research America, representing Samsung in various industry groups on topics of HDR10+, Cinema LED technologies and picture quality. His interests lie in imagery, image processing and video technologies. He has over 20 years of experience working on new media technologies spanning video, interactivity and digital distribution.




Mickaël Raulet

VP Innovation

Dr. Mickaël RAULET received his Ph.D. degree in 2006. He joined ATEME in 2015 where he is now VP innovation. He is leading the standardization effort at ATEME and he is following the different activities for ATEME: ATSC, DVB, 3GPP, ISO/IEC, ITU, MPEG, DASH-IF and UHDForum. He is managing for ATEME several collaborative R&D projects.





Stephan Wenger

Senior Director, IP & Standards at Tencent 

Dr. Stephan Wenger is Sr. Director of Intellectual Property and Standards in Tencent America LLC.  Until early 2018, he was VP IP & Standards at Vidyo Inc.  He served on the Board of Directors of UB Video Inc. and eBrisk Video from their incorporation until their successful acquisitions in 2006 and 2016, respectively.  Dr. Wenger is active in the standardization of Multimedia technologies, especially in the IETF, ITU-T, and MPEG.   He has been inventor of some 50 patents. He received the diploma and Dr.-Ing degrees in Computer Science from Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, in 1989 and 1995 respectively.