In an industry that’s constantly changing, Scott’s “eternally-a-student” attitude has enabled him to stay on his toes and always at his best. With hawk-eye focus, his eyes never leave the monitor, and he’s always attentively listening and crafting new, creative ways to tell stories and engage viewers.
This acuity and awareness has pushed our projects to the highest levels possible. Some of Scott’s favorites include the finish and color work for the ESPN SEC Network spots for McKinney as well as work on Mizuno’s “What if everybody ran” campaign; the high-speed, slow-motion shots for the Carolina Hurricanes Phantom spots; and work on the CBS Sports game day packages for NFL 2014 and 2015.
One day, he’d like to use his man-behind-the-curtain skills for a hit TV show like Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead.
When he’s not running the world of post-production at Trailblazer, Scott is looking for every opportunity to show off his deadly zombie-killing skills. You’ll want him on your side in the event of an emergency … He also does fun stuff like snowboarding, ice hockey and baseball.
Over the past 18 years, Scott has become the master of his domain in post production. His unparalleled experience in offline and online editorial, color grading, compositing, on-set supervision and VFX for broadcast TV, commercials and the web make him invaluable to the Trailblazer team. Working with ad agencies to documentary producers, he uses Jedi mind tricks to tell clients what they want before they even realize it, and he’ll post four versions before lunch.
As VP of Post, Scott oversees day-to-day operations of the Post division to maximize customer satisfaction, quality, image and profitability. His ability to manage effective communication and workflow among editors and artists fosters a relaxed, professional working environment.
Scott has worked on commercials, promos and web videos for a continuously expanding list of clients, including DIRECTV, Nickelodeon, MTV, Florida Marlins, Young & Rubicam, Disney Channel, NHL-Carolina Hurricanes, WakeMed, University of North Carolina, Georgia-Pacific, Travelocity, Piedmont Natural Gas, Fool Lion, Nationwide, Quest, Coldwell Banker, Lenovo, and Sony to name a few.
Believe it or not, Jason and Pablo Picasso have a lot in common. They both march to the beat of a similar drum. As Picasso said, “Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” That’s how Jason views his art form as an editor at Trailblazer.
It’s not uncommon to hear Jason talking to the screen when he’s editing a show. Story is everything, and he looks at every second of footage with a view of how it pertains to the story. He loves taking an idea and raw footage and molding the two together. In this way, Jason acts as translator for the producer – making their vision a reality.
Outside of story crafting, you can find Jason war crafting. He plays video games … lots and lots of video games. Really, we’re talking excessive levels of videos games.
Starting out in the fast-paced, sink-or-swim world of news in the small town of Winston Salem, NC, Jason soon left for the big city of Chicago with no job in sight. He pounded the pavement until Towers Productions took a chance with him. It was there Jason cut his teeth on some challenging shows: Inside 9/11 (NAT GEO), American Vesuvius (HISTORY), Inside Hurricane Katrina (NAT GEO), and Inside Sadam’s Reign of Terror (NAT GEO). Eventually, he got a little homesick, returning to North Carolina where sweet tea flows like rivers, and fried food is on every table.
In 2007, Jason joined Trailblazer Studios where he began editing some of the most-viewed reality TV shows in the business: Jon and Kate plus 8, 19 Kids and Counting, and Salvage Dawgs. In 2013, Jason left Trailblazers in search of new stories to tell. As a preditor for Epic Games, he traveled the globe interviewing some of the most creative game developers of our time and creating mini-documentaries of their gaming successes before returning to the Trailblazer family in 2016.
As the master of whip-cracking and the official wearer of many hats, Susan enjoys her job most because there is never a dull moment. At Trailblazer, she is universally known as the “tell-it-like-it-is” kind of person who supervises the daily ins and outs of post.
Susan has always been interested in television and dreamed of following in the footsteps of Tom Brokaw – Actually, she’d be happy just to have a conversation with him, so Tom, please call.
Instead of making her mark in the world of journalism, Susan found her niche in the post world, producing commercials for national brands and working on reality TV.
When she isn’t managing people and projects, Susan is probably singing an 80’s song or trying to find a way to make the world a better place for man’s best friend – dogs rule!
Susan graduated from Clarion University of PA with a B.S. in Communications. She went on to work for McKinney, producing spots for well-known accounts such as Travelocity, Audi of America and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
All the way from the West Coast, Shawn joined the Trailblazer Studios crew in 2014. He is a gifted online editor and colorist who can really punch up a project and make it shine. For each client, he brings his passion for creating and insight for storytelling, so each piece can reach its fullest potential whether it’s for television, internet and/or theatrical broadcast.
Shawn and his wife, Robin, are avid ice hockey fans. If you hear them cheering about something, it’s almost a guarantee that their favorite team, the L.A. Kings, are playing. Can someone say 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Champions?!
But it’s not all about the ice, Shawn adores playing carpet hockey with his son, Kade, and spending quality time with his family. Coming from L.A., there’s nothing quite like being able to share nature, wildlife and the clean NC air with the ones he loves.
In 2005, Shawn received his Communication degree with a specialty in Film, Television and Radio from the University of South Alabama. Afterwards, he worked in Los Angeles as online editor and colorist for companies including Magical Elves, Cort Howell Productions, and Full Screen. He online and colored a multitude of projects, including Braxton Family Values, Tamar and Vince, Best Bars of America, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, the documentary “Hunger Hits Home,” the Sour Patch Kids web series “Breaking Out” and an infomercial Zumba.
Very passionate about color, Shawn has quickly become one of our most sought after colorists since joining Trailblazer in 2014.
Creativity? Check. Wicked talent? Check. Passion? You betcha. Rodgers is a major force to be reckoned with in the world of animation and design.
Born with a paintbrush in his hand, he is ecstatic that he gets to do one of his favorite things in this world every day – draw. He creates animations, motion graphics and visual effects for commercials, documentaries and television.
Rodgers has worked on numerous projects, but the 3D spine commercials he recently created for client Glyph Interface, is perhaps one of his greatest. His short film, The Discovery, is also noteworthy, having been featured at several U.S. and international film festivals and having won the Bronze Cube Award at the Art Directors Club Annual Exhibit in New York.
Prior to bringing his artistry to Trailblazer Studios, Rodgers served as an adjunct professor at William Peace University in Raleigh, NC, and an animator for the Deep Time Video Installation at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.
He earned his Bachelor’s in painting from Pratt Institute of Art, where he focused on figure painting and abstracts. He went on to earn his Master’s of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art & Design, adding animation to his repertoire of talents.
At Trailblazer Studios, Rodgers spends his time doing motion design and animation for clients such as the NCEL, Carolina Hurricanes, TLC, and PBS.
Rachael wants you to get lost.
… in the story, of course. She’s got a knack for making cuts come together and loves finding that perfect rhythm in a scene. It’s safe to say her editing skills – much like her Massachusetts upbringing – are wicked awesome.
While editing is her main craft, Rachael enjoys all parts of the filmmaking process – directing, producing, camera work, and so on. She just loves making entertaining and impactful movies.
For fun, Rachael competes in 48-hour film festivals and other shorthand type contests. If she could cherry pick her projects, she’d go for trailer-type content or venture into serious, compelling documentaries.
A self-confessed board game geek, Rachael is happy to school you on Settlers of Catan, Small World, Monopoly and Scrabble.
Prior to joining Trailblazer Studios in 2015, Rachael served as an editor for Half Yard Productions and in other positions at Invasion of Sirens Media and Viacom’s MTV Networks. She has worked with many networks including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Bravo, Travel Channel and Animal Planet.
Some of her credits include Diggers (seasons 1-3), Filthy Riches, Time Traveling with Brian Unger, Logging Wars, Hillbilly Handfishin’, Mud Lovin’ Rednecks, Catfishin’ Kings, Real Housewives of New Jersey (seasons 3 and 4) and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (2010).
Rachael graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communications Media with a double concentration in film and video from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts.
At Trailblazer Studios, Rachael spends her time offline editing long-term content, pilots and whatever else comes her way.
Nitesh is always ready for a challenge. Just make it technical and artistic, and he’s your man. Passionate about the relationship between story and image, Nitesh uses all of his craft, from editing to graphic design, to bring the language of film to life. It’s really how the juxtaposition of images can cause different interpretations of meaning or how simple changes in color can set the mood of a scene that continually ignite his inspiration.
At Trailblazer, Nitesh looks forward to one day creating an animated opening and credit sequence for a non-reality show at a major network. In the future, he also hopes to have his name on the credits of another dream project, an animated feature film, where he contributes in a high capacity. Maybe one of Nitesh’s favorite Hollywood Animation and Visual Effects Directors like Brad Bird or Joss Whedon will jump on the project.
When he isn’t in the studio, Nitesh sometimes likes to play drums and percussion. His musical tastes are stuck in the 90?s, so he might just play a beat if you ask.
More than 15 years ago, Nitesh dived into the world of film and video production. His work as a producer, animator, editor and visual effects and motion graphics artist has benefited notable clients such as Cartoon Network, IBM, BlueCross BlueShield and several other Fortune 500 companies.
Nitesh worked as a freelancer for several years in his native Maryland before studying at Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2009, Nitesh graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Animation and moved to Raleigh with his wife and son.
Since joining the Trailblazer crew in 2014, Nitesh jazzes up many of the network programming, commercial and corporate video projects with his motion design, animation and visual effects expertise.
Natasha knows the real magic happens behind-the-scenes. She’s one of the amazing Trailblazer crew members in Post who help bring television shows and other media to life.
Her favorite medium is the documentary. Natasha thinks documentaries are beautiful forms of visual story-telling, and she loves that they address non-fiction and are so often educational and enlightening in some way. As an Environmental Science and Policy graduate from Duke University, her passion project would be a documentary that spotlights an environmental issue. In particular, she would love to focus on recycling or conservation.
Besides her flair for post production, Natasha is a talented painter who loves using acrylic paints, and she’s spent over 14 years of her life dancing. She danced en-pointe for two years at a Dance Academy in Mississippi.
As a Production Coordinator at Trailblazer Studios, Natasha ensures that projects stay on schedule and that editors, producers and clients receive high-quality, timely deliverables.
Prior to joining our team, Natasha dedicated her talents to Duke University Screen/Society, National Geographic Television and the Hearst Corporation. She wrote, produced and created a documentary short on food insecurity in an urban city; exhibited photographic prints at local gallery; and wrote and self-published a documentary photo journalism book on food and its environmental effect.
Kevin wants to create impact and inspire positive change through his work. He looks forward to using his technical skills on any type of show or feature that will serve a catalyst to drive social progress and enhance the lives of many people. You can call that his dream project.
When he’s not working on jobs for clients or networks, he’s making everyone’s life in post production easier. Recently, Kevin built a large customized storage unit, holding over 200 hard drives, that now serves media to all the edit bays in our office. These types of contributions help shape the camaraderie and positive company culture here at Trailblazer, which Kevin has pointed out is his favorite thing about his job. So really, Kevin’s passion for positive change has already come full circle.
A graduate of Elon University, Kevin received his B.A. degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies. He went on to join the Trailblazer team in 2007. Currently, Kevin serves as assistant editor in post production, where helps with technical infrastructure design and engineering, post-production workflow design, media asset management, and Linux systems administration and programming.
Wise people never stop learning. And luckily for Trailblazer, we have one wise editor on board. Katie, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, is thrilled by the prospect of learning something new each day from either the project at hand or the Trailblazer crew, who she thinks is really amazing. (We’re blushing.) Her enthusiasm elevates the overall work on the post side.
If she were to be granted one wish, you better believe she would be working behind-the-scenes on the Game of Thrones series as an editor or colorist. Honestly, she’d be happy to just be involved with any part of it. For any other project, she looks forward to helping one (or both) of the renowned filmmakers Quentin Tarantino or Christopher Nolan achieve their visual style of storytelling.
In her spare time, she does something that most people don’t know. It’s not a secret or anything, but she’s a DJ. If you ask her to turn up the volume, she definitely will.
At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Katie graduated in communications with a concentration in media production. While there, she served as a photographer and graphic designer for UNC Campus Recreation, which also inspired her to start freelancing. As a photographer and graphic designer on the side, she created numerous video projects and animations.
Making a jump to the West Coast, Katie continued to make her mark in the real world after moving to Los Angeles in the summer of 2014. She began working as a QC Operator for Netflix at MyEyeMedia in Burbank, CA and edited small video projects for a few clients.
Returning to the Triangle, Katie joined Trailblazer in 2015. As assistant editor, she syncs footage, makes interview transcript mp3s, adds graphics in shows and organizes media.
Mad fast at syncing dailies, Greg is Trailblazer’s puzzle master – in editing, not jigsaws. Greg takes raw footage and creates a cohesive, compelling story from the assortment of pieces.
Completely inappropriate but wildly funny, Greg once imported dialogue and music cues from various sources and cut them into the scene he was editing. Don’t worry, it was deleted immediately, but not before his colleagues got a glimpse of his comedic side.
If he’s not making magic behind an Avid, you¹ll find him spending time with his family, cooking up a mean gumbo or cruising in his ’67 GTO convertible. He has owned many classic muscle cars over the years. Ask him about it; he loves to talk cars.
With over 20 years of experience, Greg is a City of Angels native who started his career in the industry working with film. He’s proud of his work on Hollywood blockbusters including Meet Joe Black, Remember the Titans, and Iron Man – just to name a few. Cutting these feature films was the name of the game until 2010 when he chose to move to North Carolina.
Now you can find Greg at Trailblazer Studios cutting shows and the occasional pitch piece, sizzle reel or agency spot. His recent credits include Bringing Up Bates, and Salvage Dawgs. For ESPN, he edited an hour-long, documentary-style episode of the 30 for 30 series, and co-edited another documentary-style series, Bonds on Bonds.
As the senior assistant editor on the block, David likes to think of himself as the Master-Sergeant of Trailblazer AEs – a career soldier in his specialty. Now that the cramming of 65 minutes of content onto a 64 minute tape has become a dying art, he’s accepted that and moved on to transforming HD projects into works of art through the post process.
For his dream project, David’s already issued a challenge to editor and product designer Ian Krabacher. Ian, in case you missed it, “Bring it …” David would love to collaborate with you on an excellent documentary about history or music. If you’re not available, Ken Burns will do.
Also known as the reigning Sketchy Mustache Champion, David leads a rock star lifestyle, drumming for his punk band and driving in demolition derbies. If either of those two things are happening, you should immediately stop what you’re doing and go check it out.
According to David, when great music is married with great images, it creates a feeling that speaks for itself. At Trailblazer, he’s been able to capture that in some of his proudest work such as The Great Inca Rebellion, Winged Planet, Mini Monsters, Twice Born, A Chef’s Life and Emptying the Skies.
As the assistant to both online and offline editors, David has worked on every one of Trailblazer’s TV shows, including Salvage Dawgs, A Chef’s Life, Twice Born, Sister Wives, Bringing Up Bates, Kate Plus 8, as well as some agency work with clients like WakeMed.
David says he’s proud to be a part of one of the leading post houses in North Carolina. He, alongside the Trailblazer crew, has the satisfaction of knowing they will deliver a quality-controlled program on time, every time.
David is a big fan of the balancing act. He sees filmmaking as the perfect blend of art and science, and he loves the challenge of perfecting that balance. He’s enthralled by the process and the teamwork it involves.
Speaking of perfection … David believes there’s a movie just waiting to be made by director Wes Anderson and starring Bruce Campbell. If that project ever materializes, he wants to be a part of it!
In the meantime, he is passionate about his work at Trailblazer Studios, as well as his side project – creating his own TV series for Adult Swim.
In 2013, David graduated from Western Carolina University with a B.A. in Motion Picture and Television Production. He worked in production mainly as a camera assistant and camera operator for many types of projects such as feature films, reality television and corporate commercial shoots.
His feature film credits include Stranger in the Dunes, Changeover, Liberty’s Secret Television: Garage Gold (DIY). David’s commercial work has spanned multiple companies such as Microsoft, GlaxoSmithKline, Global Knowledge and Special Olympics of North Carolina.
David joined Trailblazer in 2015 as an assistant editor. He handles media management, syncing and grouping all of incoming footage, transcribing audio files and editing selects, string-ups, and webisodes.
If you hear stomping down the halls at Trailblazer Studios, chances are it’s Christine in her little boots – because when you’re coordinating multiple TV series at once, there’s very little time to sit down!
Christine is a fireball and a peacemaker. She has great working relationships with national networks, including Discovery, PBS, DIY & TLC to name a few. She never misses a beat in making sure everyone has their marching orders to ensure every episode of every show hits that airdate!
Although she now calls Raleigh home, don’t let that fool you. Christine is masterful at escaping; she’s lived in the Deep South, on a boat in Fiji, in many tents, on numerous Australian couches, in a yurt in Oregon and on a hilltop in Italy. And when not exploring new territory, or at least dreaming about it, you can find her in a restaurant or the kitchen, eating and making items from scratch that are far more easily purchased at the grocery store.
A graduate of Elon University, Christine headed West after college to enter the niche world of underwater documentary film, cutting her teeth at the award-winning Sea Studios Foundation in Monterey, CA. There she filmed sea otters for a documentary that made its way to PBS. She later ventured into the world of post-production.
Film and Television is a crazy business, so it’s a good thing that Chris is a big fan of crazy. In fact, he wouldn’t have it any other way. Working with crazy people, in a crazy medium, telling crazy stories is the highlight of his day. Chris is thrilled by the fact that he can help bring a filmmaker or storyteller’s vision to life on screen, while making it look its absolute best.
Come to think of it, Chris wants everything to look so good that you might want to hide your TV. He will recalibrate it whether you like it or not. He’ll do you the favor of adding a clean, neutral viewing environment since he considers it the key to a long, healthy, “eye strain-free” life of media consumption. Take that to heart.
A bonafide history nut, Chris dares you to get him started on the subject of the Tudors, the Napoleonic Era, the War of 1812 or anything else that occurred more than 20 years ago. With this mindset, he’d be the perfect fit for his dream director Steven Spielberg’s next epic historical film. Can anyone say “Saving Private Ryan Again” or “Schindler’s Second List?”
Before bringing his color grading and online editorial skills to the Trailblazer team in 2015, Chris worked in Hollywood as a finishing colorist for eight years. During his time at Culver City based Bandito Brothers and Prehistoric Digital in Santa Monica, he worked on award-winning feature films including the 2012 Navy Seal action film “Act of Valor” and the documentary “Rich Hill,” which was a 2014 Sundance Grand Jury prize winner and one of his personal favorites.
As a freelancer, Chris colored a plethora of commercials, television and music videos. His client list has included major national brands such as Jaguar, Lexus, Jeep, Polaris, Mercedes, BMW, Naturemade, and Mattel, as well as celebrity personalities such as Courtney Cox, Jillian Michaels, Keith Urban, Frankie Ballard, and Brooks and Dunn.
Chris earned his Master of Fine Arts in Cinema and Television Production at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and completed his BA degree in Communications and Theater at North Park University in Chicago.
If you hear uncontrollable laughter flooding down the halls of Trailblazer late at night, you’ll know Bonnie is hard at work in the editing room. Signaled by the slightest thing, her infectious laugh can go on for quite some time, and it usually ends with tears running down her face.
The air is still ringing after Bonnie wrapped her latest work, “TWICE BORN Stories From The Special Delivery Unit” – a three-part mini-series for PBS. As co-producer and editor, this is her proudest project to date. Next up, she would love to tackle an exquisitely shot nature film with a really strong story line and spectacular music.
When she’s not in a dark room, Bonnie is enjoying justice, peace and family. And cupcakes. Not necessarily in that order. Why? Because they all make her feel good.
Bonnie is an Emmy award-winning editor, most recently for her work on Twice Born Stories from the Special Delivery Unit, who has a knack for telling a story with the raw material she is given. She has edited more than 300 short- and long-form documentaries and reality programs in genres ranging from children’s films to investigative documentaries. Her work has appeared on major networks, including CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, PBS, as well as many cable channels.
A master of her craft, she figures out how to best structure a story from the hundreds of hours of footage shot, and uses music and sound effects to enhance that story.
Before joining Trailblazer Studios, Bonnie worked at National Geographic TV and Film, editing more than 30 shows for “National Geographic Explorer” and many National Geographic Specials. An Emmy winner and three-time nominee, Bonnie has worked on many critically acclaimed programs: “Inside Arlington Cemetery;” “Dawn of the Maya;” “Inside the Vatican;” and Winner of a Craft Emmy, “The Pigeon Murders.” She also edited the Peabody Award-winning “The War We Left Behind” and National Emmy Award Winner for Best Investigative Documentary, “In Our Children’s Food.”
After working in New York on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City; Ashley returned to her home state for the BBQ and to try her hand at post coordinating reality TV. Ashley works on a variety of shows including PBS’s A Chef’s Life, TLC’s Kate Plus 8 and Up Network’s Bringing up Bates.
One day Ashley would like to write and produce her own feature which is the perfect job for someone whose mind works like a walking IMDB, her brain is full of useless movie knowledge and she’s constantly playing the celebrity look alike game in her head.
Some kids grow up wanting to become doctors or astronauts. Alan, a born and bred North Carolinian, wanted to work in post-production. At Trailblazer Studios, he handles online editing, color correction and creative offline editing for TV shows, documentaries and commercials. Or as he likes to put it, he “adds the finishing polish to make projects nice and purdy.”
Working on a variety of projects such as HBO’s Private Violence, PBS’s A Chef’s Life, HGTV/DIY’s Salvage Dawgs and numerous TLC shows including Sister Wives, and Abby & Brittany, Alan gets a thrill helping passionate clients bring great projects to fruition.
Alan is passionate about Hitchcock movies. Just quiz him. He’s seen them all. Maybe someday we’ll be watching his remake of Rear Window that he plans to tap David Fincher to direct.
To decompress from a long day, Alan loves to bake pies, play drums and listen to the sweet tunes of Hall and Oates, which he thinks is the best duo ever. No contest.
His early-formed passion in film led Alan to UNC Wilmington, where he sharpened his post-production skills and earned bachelor’s degrees in Film Studies and Spanish. After a stint studying abroad in Spain, he returned to Raleigh with broadened film and production knowledge. He found a home for his post-production zeal at Trailblazer Studios, editing, color correcting and finishing TV shows, documentaries and commercials for our clients.
Alan is currently working on his M.A. in Technology and Communication, Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill.
Some call it an addiction, some call it a passion, and some call it crazy, but Abby’s heart belongs to the world of post-production. When it comes to efficient project workflow and media management, she’s a guru.
At Trailblazer Studios, Abby crafts customized media delivery for producers, editors, transcribers, press outlets, promo houses and broadcasters. And she still has time to research and develop best practices and troubleshoot post-production IT issues.
Abby’s dream project is to work on a groundbreaking network docu-reality or scripted series that gains national attention and shines a light on what North Carolina has to offer. Until then, she’s happy finding new, applicable ways to streamline workflow and utilize new technologies for the Trailblazer crew.
Abby is a UNC Wilmington graduate in Film Studies who spent most of her collegiate years in the edit suite. Shortly after graduation, she had the chance to combine her travel passion with her love of production and took off for Guatemala to join a small production crew.
Abby later became a production assistant and editor for BabyWeightTV. She joined Trailblazer Studios in 2012 and hit the ground running.