Speakers need to look natural onstage or people lose interest and stop listening. What’s worse is when the audience won’t believe them.
Be careful— a script can look great on paper but sound awkward when spoken aloud. That’s why our multi-lingual operators will wordsmith it to flow better, too.
We train presenters so they look like they just came up with the perfect speech right on the spot.
Neil Tanner attended CSU, Chico for video. He then studied in Canada at Confederation College and Concordia University for film and photography. He’s worked as a radio DJ, grip, audio tech, set builder, and art director. When you hire him, you get all his other production experience too. Neil volunteers as a guide for kids with disabilities to have fun cross-country skiing and sea kayaking.
As founder and President, Neil is responsible that you are extremely happy with your event. Please contact him with any concerns about our equipment or crew.
Charlie Kuttner left the high tech world to make movies. He’s worked every position in camera, lighting, and sound departments, as well as a rental house camera technician, production manager, studio manager, assistant director, editor, and post production supervisor. Someone on your crew has probably worked with him. Charlie’s attention to detail and quick edits on set have our teleprompting clients requesting his services again and again.
Dawn Scribner graduated from Antioch College in Media and began her career at McCune Sound & Video. She spent the next 20+ years providing client support, labor scheduling, and production management at AVTS, Large Screen Video, VER, and Magnetic Image. She went on to produce live events and remotes at every kind of venue from boardroom to stadium. In 2006 she but all retired from the “business” and became a massage therapist with a private bodywork practice in Marin County until she came to work as our Operations Manager.
Jason LaBatt has held a number of production positions over the years and cites teleprompter operator as one of his favorites. Whether working in a corporate, commercial, or live event environment—with anyone from a staffer to the Cookie Monster to Michelle Obama—he brings a positive attitude and a calm demeanor to productions.
Jim Thylin is happily married and a proud father of three musical kids. His background is sales for high tech companies in Silicon Valley and real estate. Jim has helped hundreds of speakers, from Dr. Oz passionately telling the world about the California Endowment to Nicole Kidman addressing the United Nations as Goodwill Ambassador. From Snoop Dog reviving an old album he had not sung in 20 years to Lee Hammond, President of AARP addressing the largest club in the world.
Martin Hyland has extensive experience both in front of and behind the camera. He studied acting with Lee Strasberg at the New School in New York, the American Conservatory Theater’s Professional Actor’s Training Program and Graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. As an experienced actor, Martin can coach your talent to appear more relaxed, present, and engaged. He volunteers as a Big Brother with SCAN, and volunteers massage services in local hospitals and hospices.
Ralph Kelliher is the nicest cat you could ever have working on your team. He’s dapper, calm, and brilliant on all things teleprompting. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, then created illustrations for numerous books and magazines including Harper’s, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal before coming to prompting in 2003. His clients range from multinational corporations to local celebrities who request him time after time.
Thom Tanner lives near the mountains and covers Sacramento and Reno, working with clients such as UC Davis and Warren Haynes. He’s been a mechanical engineer for 27 years involved with DoD research and medical devices but also enjoys inventing products, rock climbing, surfing, exploring, and mountain biking. Thom volunteers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Special Olympics as an EMT. His idol is the inventor Thomas Edison. Thom’s first major invention is the TeleStepper, already purchased by Apple, the White House, and used worldwide.
Zak Eby is the son of two Bay Area events legends. He’s put in a lot of hours with Local 16 and has a ton of experience in all areas of production. He’s awesome and will likely lend a skilled hand in other departments just because he sees the need.