Michael Hanly – Founder/President
Storytelling Obsessive with a special love for Editing, Camera, and Melodrama. But not always in that order.
Michael’s career in the film industry began in High School where he created public service video documentaries for the Orange County, CA Public Cable System. After attending New York University Film Workshops he chose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cinema from Columbia College-Hollywood in California.
While taking his degree he earned a work-study scholarship that made him a liaison between the institution and the various industry rental houses and motion picture laboratories. Since his graduation Michael used this experience as well as his experience as a freelance cameraman and editor to take on various roles in the industry.
He was asked back to his alma mater by Brianne Murphy, ASC – now president of the college – to redesign their film editing classes and supervise the creation of their first non-linear video editing lab. As full-time faculty for Watkins College of Art and Design Film School in Nashville, he creating and taught classes in advanced production techniques and visual storytelling as well as aiding in the expansion of their student post production facilities.
In total, he has created classes in film production, advanced post-production, screenwriting, and American film criticism. He currently holds a Master of Science in Entertainment Business and is co-authoring a soon-to-be-published book on visual character development with Elisabeth Rowney.
Elisabeth Rowney – Board Specialization: Art Direction and Education Development
Elisabeth has an extensive background in theater, fashion, education, photography, and art direction. She holds a Bachelor and a Masters in Art History and started her museum career over 10 years ago as a Gallery Assistant at Seminole Community College. From there, she has volunteered as a docent, intern, and educator at the Goodwood Plantation Museum and Garden, Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science, Saint Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, and the Orlando Museum of Art.
In addition to museum education, Elisabeth is Sole Proprietor of L12 Photos, which is a Central Florida based photography studio specializing in lifestyle and portrait photography.
Elisabeth’s teaching career started as an Associate Professor in Art History for college Film students. Currently, she is the Course Director for Art Design and Location Shooting, where she instructs Digital Cinematography students on location research, location permits and how to use art historical, theatrical and design aspects in order to locate the ideal location for shooting a film.
William Kavan – Board Specialization: Attractions and Events
As director, producer, and production manager of a wide range of projects, from corporate videos and instructional interviews to narrative storytelling, William has taken clients from concept through delivery, coordinating production schedules, resources, and manpower to maximize time and minimize budget expenditure, and has delivered content that receives praise from clients. William’s specialty is designing and creating Transmedia and Multimedia experiences that capture audiences and create brand loyalty.
As a university instructor, William has taught classes on basic and advanced lighting techniques, including digital cinematography lighting techniques, and digital filmmaking.
William holds a Master of Science in Entertainment Business.