Sonscreen 2018 Special Guests
As a CG Supervisor, Aaron Adams brings a wealth of animation experience and a unique perspective to every project, including such major animated features such as Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and Tangled. Aaron’s knowledge and skill set ideally complements a team of passionate artists who have also taken the bold step of following their heart to create beautiful animation and meaningful storytelling.
Aaron cites his experience as a former Associate Professor and Adjunct Instructor at Southern Adventist University as helping pave the way for his current role. “I saw the potential to live the dream that started over 15 years ago as we built up the animation program at Southern,” he said. “To be part of a high quality Christian animation studio is a dream come true.”
Aaron makes no personal distinction between work and his faith, but finds that to be genuine, they must be on in the same—an “integrated life.” He hopes that everything he does will be a witness to others and a testament to God’s grace and guidance in his life.
After finishing film school at California State University, Northridge, Chris Cibelli began his television career by working on the first season of "Miami Vice." Shifting his focus to feature films, he coordinated over 2500 complex visual effects–many in 70mm–as visual effects coordinator with ILM under the mentorship of Academy Award winning editor Anne V. Coates. Chris edited feature films such as Masters of the Universe, Congo, Waxworks, and Hellraiser: Hell on Earth, and also produced behind-the-scenes documentaries for several of the films he edited, collaborating with Mariah Carey, Mira Sorvino, Joe Mantegna, and Andy Garcia. He has worked with such filmmaking luminaries as Francis Ford Coppola, Jerry Bruckheimer, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, David Anspaugh, Richard Donner, Michael Mann, Danny DeVito, and Dino DeLaurentiis.
This in-depth work experience has secured him residency at major studio lots including Universal, Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony, MGM, and Disney. He has lectured on and taught film editing at both UCLA and the Los Angeles Film School, and presently owns Lightstruck Entertainment Inc., a California corporation dedicated to servicing the post-production community and the art of film finishing. He is a Company Director of London-based God's Lions Productions Ltd (a Kuys Entertainment Company), which is producing a major motion picture of a screenplay Chris co-wrote based on the best selling book, God's Lions: The Secret Chapel, by John Lyman.
From 2008 to 2015, Chris edited the CBS world-wide hit series, "The Mentalist." He is an active member in the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and is represented by the Worldwide Production Agency.
Tatia Cibelli has worked as an assistant editor on shows such as "The Mentalist," "Code Black," "Suits," and the feature film Frank and Ava.
Joshua began working in the entertainment business as an assistant for the WBTV Network in 1998 and found his way into the art department shortly after. His creativity and eye for design quickly propelled him to become an Art Director on network promos and national commercials for corporate giants such as ABC, Disney, McDonalds, Home Depot, Microsoft, and several Bud Light Super Bowl spots, one earning "Best Super Bowl Commercial of 2006."
While working as an Art Director, Joshua remained focused on his lifelong goal of filmmaking and wrote and directed several multi-award-winning short films along the way, culminating with his recent short film "The Butterfly Circus." "The Butterfly Circus" has received over 35 million online views to date, and still receives nearly 1,000,000 views each month. It won over 35 awards at festivals across the country, including Best Director at the Mammoth Film Festival and the first ever Clint Eastwood Filmmaker Award at the 2010 Carmel Art & Film Festival presented by Clint Eastwood. Joshua and his wife, Rebekah, have recently completed the screenplay and are in active development on the feature length version of "The Butterfly Circus." Joshua is represented by CAA and Gang Tyre Ramer and Brown.
David George is a cinematographer and film educator at Southern Adventist University where he acts as the coordinator of the film program that he helped found in 2001.
When asked about what first drew him to film, he recalls seeing the film “Chariots of Fire” as a child. That experience inspired him by the artful juxtaposition of philosophy, character, and competition. It wasn’t until after learning how to use camera and editing equipment as a teenager at the TV station where his father worked that he thought he might be able to be involved in filmmaking himself. His love of the creative and technical challenges of photography eventually lead him to focus on cinematography.
In 2003 he completed his M.F.A. in video/film from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Having shot numerous short form narratives and commercial works, he helped spearhead the production of the family adventure film “Secret of the Cave” in 2005. He was producer and cinematographer for this feature film that earned a prestigious Crystal Heart Award when it premiered at the Heartland Film Festival and then released nationwide in 2007.
Most recently he served as the director of photography for “Old Fashioned,” a faith based romantic comedy that released theatrically on Valentine’s Day 2015.
Sven Fockner is Vice President of Content at Stimme der Hoffnung, the European Media Center of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and is Executive Producer of Encounters: The Series.