After the Darklights


Michael Morgan (Director/ Writer)
Michael Morgan has been an actor and writer for over twenty years. Born in North Carolina and raised in San Francisco, Michael's family moved to Colorado when he was in his teens. Michael majored in Theatre and English at Doane College in Crete, NE, and returned to Colorado Springs, appearing in numerous theatrical productions around the city. During the day, Michael was a Set Designer and Scenic Carpenter for many Theatre Companies around the Front Range. In 2001, Michael moved to Denver, and continued to work consistently as an actor and carpenter, eventually earning the 2011 Denver Post's Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actor for the play HOMEBODY/KABUL with Curious Theatre Company, where he is an Artistic Company Member. Michael began work on AFTER THE DARKLIGHTS in early 2012, and with the help of his friend and producing partner, Brian Landis Folkins, was able to get the pilot cast, shot, and edited within a very short time. He is currently hard at work on preproduction for the next two episodes, and writing the remainder of the season, and is looking forward to bringing a new and terrifying experience to a computer or smartphone near you
Jack Gastlebondo (Director of Photography)
Jack was born and raised in Colombia. He moved to Florida in 1987 when he was 12 years old. He studied music composition in Florida State University. For the last couple of years he has produced, edited, and directed short independent films. He wrote and directed "The Clearing" and "Souvenir" which both premiered at the Starz Denver Film Festival

George V.K. (Sound) - Filmmaker. Photographer. Actor.
Real name - Egor Vladimirovich Kotelnikov. Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 1990; moved to Denver, Colorado 11 years later and became interested in the art of filmmaking soon after. The ability to communicate ideas and emotions through body language and facial expression on film particularly fascinates him. He specializes in purposeful composition, camera movement and visual dynamics, which is why he is pursuing a career as a Director of Photography. He was boom operator for "After The Dark Lights." His ultimate goal is producing an exceptional product while remaining open minded during the process. He is a co-founder at Perplexity Pictures, an independent Colorado-based film, video and multimedia production company. You can also browse his personal portfolio George is privileged to be a part of Open Media Foundation and is excited to facilitate its endeavors to his full capacity.

Olivia Pecukonis (Art Department)
Olivia graduated with her Bachelor’s degree English with an emphasis in Creative Writing with minors in Physics and Leadership Studies. She loves painting, solving integrals, and thrives on an interdisciplinary lifestyle, which accounts for her excitement to be involved with film. One might say an artist can’t be a perfectionist. This is a constant battle for Olivia, but she has discovered set decoration, costumes, and hair to be areas in which there is plenty of room for artistry and perfection. Thus far, she has worked in all areas of the art department, including art director, which she found to be most rewarding.

Todd Debreceni (Effects Make-up master)
Mr. Debreceni began his career in entertainment with PBS while a graduate student at the University of Tennessee. Before starting his own small effects shop in Denver, Todd worked for cable pioneer Ted Turner at TBS in Atlanta, 20th Century-Fox Television in Los Angeles, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Television Animation. Among his feature credits are Contact; Batman and Robin; My Favorite Martian; Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves; The Enemy God and Ink. Television credits include JAG, Doctor Who and several projects for Starz Entertainment. Todd is the recipient of a 1992 Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, and a 2006 and 2009 Denver Post Ovation Award for special makeup effects. He has created a variety of makeup effects for many stage productions, including Man of La Mancha, Beauty and the Beast; Peter Pan; Oliver!; Dracula; Bat Boy, the Musical; Hoping to See God; Into the Woods; The Wiz; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Urinetown, the Musical; Elephant Man, The Snow Queen, Sleuth and Sideshow. Todd conducts regular seminars, workshops and classes in special makeup effects for film, television and theatre both in the U.S. and overseas, consults internationally, and has written a prosthetic makeup effects textbook for Focal Press called Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen (2008). It is hailed in the entertainment industry as the bible for makeup effects artists; it went into its second printing after just nine months (now in its third printing). The second edition will be available in early 2013.

Hawk Vaccaro (grip)
A native of Colorado and product of the late 1980′s, Hawk Vaccaro, holds more than seven years of filmmaking and photography experience. His curiosity and excitement for media started at the age of seven – shadowing his godfather as a stagehand at the Buell Theater and listening to his tales about film sets like “Die Hard 2″. Using the power of the public transportation, he enrolled into Warren Technical School to expand on digital media, learning video/photo production, editing, illustration and web design. Although a Jack-of-all-trade, Hawk’s main loves are directing, cinematography, photography, and coffee at 2am. Soon to complete his Bachelor of Fine Arts – Emphasis on Writing & Directing with the University of Colorado Denver, Hawk’s work has been recognized in multiple aspects. As the Media Coordinator for the Experiential Learning Center at UCD, Hawk created and produced a commercial series entitled “Internator” – which is the first of its kind within the university to incorporate entertainment and information in one neat, witty package. His most current narrative short “Motel Love” won several awards including: Best Film, Best Writing, and Audience Choice within the Film/TV/Theater department and Best Narrative overall for College of Arts and Media (CAM). In between meeting project deadlines and accumulating school loans, Hawk participated as director and cinematographer in seven local, national, and international film races, with 5 in the top 15 and one that took the grand prize. As a photographer, Hawk has shot anything from portraits to live events. He enjoys highlighting abstract emotions in his subjects – whether animate or inanimate. His recent work was Fashion Night Out in Boulder, covering up-and-coming local fashion designers and models. With Hollywood in mind, Hawk continues to save the world, one frame at a time

Michael May (Gaffer)
A lifelong fan of film, Michael began working on film sets and shooting photos in his late teens. While studying at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he worked on several music scores for independent films and began learning photography. Since then, Michael has worked on short films, music videos, commercials, and documentaries, with his involvement ranging from music, acting, writing, editing, lighting, directing, and producing. After college, he moved to Denver and along with his collaborator, Kris Koester, founded Disposition Productions, a company focused on creating quality filmmaking and photography. Michael is committed to the involvement of the expansion of the film scene and helping others realize their visions as well as his own

Erik Olson (Grip/ Behind the Scenes)

Hannah Fergesen (Make up/ Producing Assistant)

Rob Shearer (Sound/Grip)

Heather Rafferty (Slate)

Michael Morgan
(Director/ Writer)
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