The Dark As Night Crew
Our seasoned crew translates the elusive bits of captured sound and video into a comprehensive and compelling drama that remains true to the screenplay and pays tribute to the actors.
STEPHEN NEWTON | RAZAR FILMS
Writer | Director | Producer
Whether he’s behind the camera or in the studio editing, Stephen Newton is always focused on the most effective, yet compassionate way to tell a story. He has been an awarded communication professional for nearly 40 years. In 2006, he started a new career making short documentaries for Tennessee nonprofits that make a difference in their communities. “Outcasts: Surviving the Culture of Rejection” is his first full-length documentary.
TIM ALTONEN | QUANTUM ASCENSION STUDIOS
Assistant Director | Director of Photography
A Tennessee native raised in the town of Dunlap, just outside Chattanooga, Tim Altonen first came to Johnson City in 2005 to complete his undergraduate work after receiving his associate of science degree from Chattanooga State Technical Community College. As his final project in 2007, he wrote and directed ETSU’s first high-definition short film, “Mindscapes”, which won the Murvin H. Perry Award for Creative Achievement in the Department of Communication and premiered in front of a sold-out crowd at Real to Reel Theatres.
After graduating from ETSU with his B.A. degree, Altonen worked on several independent feature films in the region, serving in many roles on the sets, including director of photography, assistant director and script supervisor. He spent a few years as a freelance filmmaker before returning to ETSU to earn a Master’s Degree in New Media Studio, where he produced his first feature-length film, The Human Virus. Altonen now serves as the Studio Manager for Quantum Ascension Studios, a brand new, start-up production studio renovated from an old Elementary School in Erwin, TN.
PAUL VANDERBECK| BROWNSBURG WEST
Sound Design | Music Producer
Paul Vanderbeck is a multiple award-winning composer and music producer. He is best known for the musical images he produced for hundreds of TV and radio clients, including the international award-winning jingle I Want My Baby Back, which was picked up by Chili’s and featured by Charles Osgood on CBS Sunday Morning in 2006 as one of the Top 10 jingles of all time. Vanderbeck has worked with many notable artists, including Johnny Cash, Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager, and Peter Allen. Most recently, he composed and produced the score for “Outcasts: Surviving the Culture of Rejection.”
SERGEI PROKHNEVSKIY | UKRAMEDIA
Motion Graphics | SFX
Sergei Prokhnevskiy is a graduate of East Tennessee University and senior graphic designer for the Fox Sports Network in Charlotte, North Carolina. In his spare time, he provides tutorials and podcasts online at UKRAMEDIA. He has collaborated on several RAZAR films including The RCAM Story, We’re All About People, LiteFoods (2015 AAF Silver Award Winner), and Outcasts: Surviving the Culture of Rejection.
MELINDA WOODALL | EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY SENIOR
Makeup Artist | Wardrobe
Melinda Woodall is a senior at ETSU with dual majors in chemistry and theater arts. When she’s not in class, or creating amazing makeup artistry, she’s works full-time as a supervisor at Nuclear Fuel Services, Erwin, Tennessee.
TESSA KLINGENSMITH | KING UNIVERSITY SENIOR
Tessa Klingensmith is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was first introduced to Appalachian culture when she moved south to study at King University. She is now a senior at King and plans to graduate in May 2016 with a degree in Digital Media Art and Design. Her short film “Go The Distance” was an official selection of the 2015 PUSH Film Festival, Bristol TN/VA.