KeyFrames Conference Program Manager

Eran Stern

Motion Graphics Artist, SternFX

Coming from the world of graphics & animation combined with great passion for teaching, Eran has taken upon himself to “Spread the Word” of his expertise on Motion Design. He’s a recognized Adobe expert trainer and a desirable speaker in demand, and as such, he is the author of many poplar video tutorials and training series for Lynda.com, CreativeCOW, Adobe, Artbeats and others.

He teaches at local and international conferences like NAB, After Effects World and Adobe Video World and is part of the creative team at Future Media Concepts.

In 2007, Eran founded SternFX.com. A training hub with many free tutorials, training and active Hebrew forum. Besides SternFX, Eran is also the head of Motion Graphics department at Shenkar – Engineering. Design. Art.

He lives on the verge between geek and cool.

Hayley Akins - Keynote
Keynote

Hayley Akins

Founder of Motion Hatch

Hayley is the Founder of Motion Hatch, an online learning hub for motion designers and animators. When Hayley started freelancing as an animator she noticed a severe lack of information and support on how to build a successful motion design business. So she decided to do something about it!

Motion Hatch offers training, resources and a biweekly podcast discussing the business side of motion design. Hayley has been in the motion design industry for 10 years working with clients such as The United Nations, Gates Foundation, Google, and the BBC.

If you see Hayley at the conference say Hi! People from the North East of the UK are known for their friendliness! Promise...

Speaker Aharon Rabinowitz
Keynote

Aharon Rabinowitz

Head of Marketing, Red Giant

Aharon Rabinowitz is a filmmaker, software designer, and motion graphics/VFX artist. He currently works at Red Giant as the Head of Marketing and the Executive Producer of Red Giant Films. Aharon has worked for clients like Coca Cola, MTV, Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, VH1 and much more. The tools he’s helped design at Red Giant are regularly used in big budget Hollywood films and TV shows, and he often consults with artists on the use of those tools. Always on a quest to learn more, his favorite aspect of the industry is interacting with the talented community of Mograph and VFX artists.

Speaker - Mikey Borup

Mikey Borup

Founder of Cinema Spice

Mikey is an After Effects and Video Production professional, Motion Graphics artist and all around great guy. Mikey is the owner and founder of Cinema Spice, a company currently splitting time doing both client work for local and national clients, and building an online community, teaching online classes, and creating production assets, presets and sound effects for professionals.

Mikey also runs a large After Effects tutorial channel on YouTube nearing 200k subscribers The channel has hundreds of free training videos mostly in After Effects. Bragging rights include, After Effects certified expert, One of a handful of grown men named Mikey, Taught university (after effects of course) and Happily married with 6 kids.

Mikey is always happy to help and answer questions about After Effects, so feel free to connect.

www.cinemaspice.net
youtube.com/user/longlivemikey
twitter.com/longlivemikey

Speaker - Mathias Mohl

Mathias Möhl

Co-founder of Mamoworld

Mathias is a co-founder of mamoworld and is known for the tools and tutorials he develops for the motion graphics and visual effects industry. He developed popular extensions for After Effects, Premiere Pro, NUKE and Audition like Squash & Stretch, BeatEdit, MochaImport+, Auto Lip-Sync, QuickImporter or mamoworldJSON.

On mamoworld.com, Mathias has published more than 150 free tutorials about After Effects, Premiere Pro and NUKE. Some of his tutorials where also published by Creative Cow, Red Giant, Imagineer Systems, SternFX.com and Motionworks.net.

Mathias studied computer science and worked in his diploma thesis on formal grammars that allow computers to understand the grammatical structure of natural language sentences. During his Ph.D. he worked in the field of bioinformatics where he developed algorithms that assist biologists in the structure prediction and comparison of certain molecules. During and after the work on his Ph.D. thesis “Dynamic Programming based RNA Pseudoknot Alignment” which got the top rating “summa cum laude” he published more than 15 articles in international, scientific conferences and journals.

Speaker - Joey Korenman

Joe Clay

Owner, Yellow Dog Party

Learning how to use After Effects in the pre-YouTube early 2000s meant that there were approximately 2 places to learn how to use After Effects online. It was at that point that Joe decided he’d give back to the community with tutorials one day. But Joe is an excellent procrastinator so “one day” was about 11 years later.

After working at a few studios during the last recession, Joe decided to start his own studio, Yellow Dog Party, in 2010. At the end of 2015, Joe started a side-project called Workbench with a goal of putting out a tutorial every week. Many excellent resources had since launched to learn the basics so Joe set out to make tutorials for more advanced/extremely nerdy users.

Since posting that first tutorial in January 2016, there has been a new Workbench tutorial every week and it has grown to over 30K subscribers on YouTube with the help of Severo Ojea.

Speaker - E.J. Hassenfratz

E.J. Hassenfratz

Eyedesyn Founder

EJ is a multi-Emmy winning freelance motion design artist based out of the Mile High city of Denver, CO. And I loves me some 2D style animations made in the world of 3D.
Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, PA,I come from a family of designers. My father and uncle are both Art Directors for broadcast news stations and my mother is a doctor. Since I can’t handle the sight of blood, I opted to make pretty pictures for a living. My love for art started back when I was younger playing the heck out of Mario Paint for SNES and drawing anime all the time and even on desks at school, much to the chagrin of my teachers.

Considering I probably couldn’t make money creating crappy anime drawings on desks, I decided to grab a Fine Arts major at Slippery Rock University. There I learned traditional art, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photograph (the in the darkroom, sniffing chemicals kind of photography), and graphic design. Learning Photoshop was the extent of my digital art learning experience in school, so I had to teach myself animation and 3D. It was a huge help that my dad allowed me to intern at NBC, where he was art director, to have the opportunity to learn more about Photoshop and After Effects. From there I got a job at ABC in Washington DC where I had the opportunity to teach myself C4D. Striving to learn more everyday & working hard on nights and weekends to gain clients, I decided after about 8 years of full-time work to take the jump to freelance and been loving every moment of it.

I started Eyedesyn because of the fact that I wouldn’t be where I am right now unless there was enough people willing to give up their knowledge for free online. I wanted to give back in some way and create tutorials that were accessible to anyone of any level of experience. I have a path unlike many designers out there, I didn’t learn 3D or animation in school, I never joined a big design studio, I never worked on big national spots and had to work hard to teach myself to get to where I am at today. Because of my non-traditional design background, I hope to bring a different perspective to training and design. Through speaking, I’ve discovered there’s a lot of us out there who have similar backgrounds and are self taught.

Athanasios Pozantzis

Noseman Productions

Athanasios Pozantzis has been making visuals for the advertising industry since 1989, and began teaching Adobe Illustrator a year later. Since then, he has tutored numerous digital artists in his motherland, Athens, Greece, and his adopted home of London, on Adobe software and Cinema 4D. It should be noted that most of his students ended up switching careers, becoming Yoga or Pilates instructors, and one of them became an unsuccessful real estate agent.

His main focus is still on converting briefs into images and animations, an undertaking that has definitely NOT won him an Emmy Award, although he did receive a Grand Epica in 2005.

He picked up Cinema 4D in 1997 and never looked back. He now resides in Toronto, from where he runs his company “Noseman Productions”. Closely affiliated to Maxon as an Alpha & Betatester, Thanassis calls himself a “Cinema 4D fan boy,” and he is one of the very few Maxon Certified Instructors on the globe.

Speaker - Kyle Hamrick

Kyle Hamrick

Motion Designer/Video Editor

Kyle is an Emmy-winning motion designer, video editor and software trainer based in Kansas City. Since 2003, he's worked at various agencies and production houses, co-founded a small studio and cultivated a successful freelance career. A workflow & efficiency nerd who enjoys the challenge of an ever-changing workflow, Kyle hops from animated explainer videos to live event visuals; from IMAX documentaries to full graphics packages for professional sports franchises. His work has aired on ABC, Fox and FXX, been shown in 11 major league sports venues.

Discovering a love and natural talent for sharing knowledge after becoming an Adobe User Group Manager and Adobe Community Professional, Kyle soon became an in-demand trainer for After Effects and Premiere Pro around the Midwest, and speaker at conferences around the U.S. He's taught animation at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is currently a teaching assistant and content contributor for School of Motion.

Speaker - Joey Korenman

Joey Korenman

Founder, School of Motion

Joey is the CEO and Founder of School of Motion, an online school for Motion Designers with over 6000 alumni across the globe. Prior to starting School of Motion, Joey was the Creative Director and Lead Animator at Toil in Boston, MA. There he lead projects for clients like Subway, McDonalds, Progressive, Saucony, and many other high-profile brands. He has also freelanced extensively for studios and agencies, working on network rebrands for Speed, Discovery, HBO, and SyFy. He's been using After Effects for close to 20 years and is one of the baldest dudes you'll ever meet.

Speaker - Ryan Summers

Ryan Summers

Creative Director at Digital Kitchen

Type Lover. Pixel Peeper. Pencil Pusher. Curve Operator.

Throw in root beer aficionado, hockey fanatic, and keyframe wrangler and you fairly accurately describe the life of Ryan Summers. He's worked with the likes of Guillermo Del Toro and JJ Abrams and is currently a Creative Director at Digital Kitchen where he designs, animates, and directs for film, television, and other assorted (and oddly proportioned) canvases.

Please approach with abandon, high fives, and a firm handshake. He will not bite.

Speaker - Andrew Embury

Andrew Embury

Creative Director, Yellow Lab - Creative Studio

Andrew Embury is an Emmy nominated, Award-winning motion design director, producer and editor at Yellow Lab - Creative Studio. With a career start at the largest animation studio on the east coast of Canada (Fatkat Animation Studios) and more recently working for one of the top mobile manufacturers. His client list includes VW, VISA, Apple, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Pepsi Co., NHL, NBA, Microsoft, Sylvan Learning, Family Guy, & Happy Tree Friends to name a few.