Just days before graduating in 2009 from the Digital Cinema program Shana accepted a Producer / Videographer position at Charter Media (Now Spectrum Reach) here in Marquette, MI.
At Spectrum she writes, shoots and edits TV commercials for businesses across the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. She weaves compelling stories and messages that relate to viewers and provides a final video that her customers are proud to show in their community.
The drive to learn never ends as Shana grows in her videography and editing skills each year winning multiple awards for her work. Working for Spectrum has also allowed her the opportunity to be involved with creating an annual travel program called The UP North Show and in 2013 taking the lead producing a documentary on a 100 Day Art Project. Following local artists as they make a commitment to creating art everyday for 100 days.
At home she continues to thrive creatively. Shana enjoys other artistic outlets such as jewelry design, painting and photography.
Ben is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Rally Interactive, a small design and technology firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Rally specializes in design and development of interactive products for mobile devices, web, non-traditional interfaces, and connected systems. They have won numerous industry awards including the prestigious Apple Design Award in 2012. A few of Rally’s direct clients include: Nokia, Google, National Geographic, ESPN, PayPal, HERE, BWIN, PayPal, and Snowbird Ski Resort.
In 2007, Ben graduated from NMU with a BFA in Computer Art. While at Northern, he skied for the nordic ski team. Following graduation, his passion for the outdoors led him to the mountains where he worked for several different design studios before founding Rally.
Ben still enjoys downhill and nordic skiing in the winter and many cycling activities in the summer. He lives with his wife, also a NMU graduate, and their two black cats. He has recently developed an obsession for modern architecture and interior design, despite not being handy.
I graduated from NMU in 2009 with a BFA in Computer Art. Following NMU, I moved to Savannah Georgia, where I went on to get my MFA in Animation.
In 2012, I started work at Blue Sky Studios, as a production assistant, in the Rigging and Animation Departments. My time at Blue Sky was spent working on the following feature films: “EPIC”, “Rio 2”, “Peanuts”, “Ice Age 5”, and “Ferdinand The Bull”. While working as an assistant at Blue Sky, I knew I wanted to eventually work into a creative role as a modeler. So, I spent all of my extra time building a character modeling portfolio.
In late 2014, I was offered a Character Modeling position at Nickelodeon Animation Studios, where I am currently working on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… and loving every minute of it.
I live in sunny Glendale, California. I spend a majority of my free time with friends and family, learning new modeling and sculpting techniques, and playing/streaming video games.
Gabby Frahry is a Multimedia Designer for Love Grown Foods in Denver, CO., where she creates a variety of materials for both sales and marketing purposes. She graduated from Northern Michigan University, with a bachelors degree in Graphic Communications with a minor in Business Administration in 2012.
After graduation, she spent a year in southern Colorado doing freelance design and photography for local businesses. In July of 2013, she started working at Access Media Group as a Production/Graphic Designer where she continued to grow her design and videography skills. In March of the following year, she obtained her current Designer position at Love Grown Foods. There, she was able to use her various design skills to create materials such as sales presentations and materials, event materials, and packaging.
Cara Jo is the Lead UI/UX Designer at Simple Energy, a Boulder, Colorado-based company whose mission is to help people save energy. She got started with programming in the mid-90s by working with her father, a computer repairman, to build her first computer out of spare parts. Soon after, she built her first website to show off her Pokemon drawings after learning HTML & CSS. After building sites for her friends and family throughout Junior & High school she went to college at Northern Michigan University. While at NMU she dabbled in a few majors and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on photography & web design.
After graduating from NMU Cara Jo moved to downtown Detroit, Michigan where she worked as the Senior Designer for the Detroit Media Partnership as well as Are You a Human. While in Detroit Cara Jo was very involved in the technical community and led several groups focused on getting more people involved in technology. In addition, Cara Jo helped co-lead the Detroit chapter of Girl Develop It an organization with the mission of “Empowering women of diverse backgrounds from around the world to learn how to develop software”. Cara Jo eventually co-founded the Boulder chapter after moving to Colorado in March 2013.
In addition to being Co-Founder for the Boulder chapter Cara Jo also serves on the board as the Chapter Lead, making sure that each chapter gets the resources they need to bring the Girl Develop It mission to their local communities.
Cara Jo lives in beautiful Boulder, Colorado where she trains for marathons, bikes, and goes on photography adventures in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Matt Ziniel feels most in his element shooting people doing what they love in the beautiful outdoors. He graduated from the Art Program in 2009 with his concentration in Digital Cinema. He moved to Denver after graduating to raise his family and break into the industry. With a continuous commitment to work harder than everyone else, he spent several years shooting everything from weddings, to music festivals, to documentary and commercial projects. Through this hard work and a little serendipity, he carved his niche in the outdoor adventure industry, eventually working his way to where he is now; Field Producer and Lead Cinematographer for Jim Shockey’s Uncharted which airs nationally on the Outdoor Channel.
Matt’s work has allowed him to experience and document cultures in many different countries spanning 6 continents. From shattering his own perceptions of a country, Pakistan, to shooting in -60 degrees in the Arctic, to dealing with extreme heat and exotic insects in the the jungles of Paraguay and Zanzibar, each new adventure brings Matt both greater social awareness and a better understanding of the art of digital cinema.
Dusan graduated from NMU in 2003 with a BFA in Computer Art (previously Electronic Imaging) with a diverse skill set including web design and digital cinema. A native of Serbia, Dusan Harminc recently moved from Madison, Wisconsin to Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife and son. Dusan has produced eight short films and edited two feature-length documentaries along with numerous web site designs for professional cinematographers. He has also worked on a number of commercial projects as cinematographer, director, editor, and producer. He owns and operates his commercial production company called Stumptown Media out of Saint Paul.
Most recently he has produced a feature documentary named Forward about the political strife in Wisconsin, a short form documentary called Overpass Light Brigade which was accepted to over thirty film festivals around the country, and a music video for Haley Bonar’s From a Cage which was co-produced with another NMU grad- Josh Quigley. His biggest passions are time-lapse photography, aerial video, building Legos with his son and binge watching TV shows with his wife.