KEY CREATIVES BIOS
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Writer / Director
Linda founded Runaway Productions, a boutique production company specializing in low to moderate budget commercials and feature films. She recently wrote / directed and produced the comedy, HALLOWEEN PARTY (2012), produced and production designed THE WEDDING VIDEO (2009), and produced LOOK @ ME (2006). Currently she has two scripts in pre-production, she is set to direct in 2014 and 2015 (TURNOVER and BON VOYAGE), and she is production designing writer, Patrick Hludzenski’s OCTOBER 30TH, with Michael Yurinko attached to direct. She studied film production at HFI, UCLA and Long Beach City College. (view more at: www.runawayproductions.tv)
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A Southern California native, Sandy graduated from Cal State Long Beach where she earned a degree in Film and Television Production and her college internship at Entertainment Tonight resulted in seventeen years working on the show. Her contacts and experience led to subsequent leadership roles on television productions for Paramount, MGM, and Fox. After acquiring skills in various positions on short-films, episodics, and commercials, Sandy was brought on by Runaway Productions to work on two commercials and the feature, Look @ Me, and was hired again as Associate Producer on The Wedding Video. Following a brief ven ture into the world of small business ownership, Sandy has regained sanity and returned to production to join the party – Halloween Party.
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Director of Photography
PJ Gaynard grew up in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, home of Perry Como and Bobby Vinton. After high school, he attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated with a BFA in film/video/animation production. PJ then began his freelance career in production, working in Rochester, NY and Boston, MA as a Production Assistant , Assistant Director, Set Lighting Technician, Best Boy Electric, Gaffer, Grip, Key Grip, Video Engineer, Camera Operator, Director of Photography, Editor, Director (both Multicam, and Single cam), and Producer . He and his wife Cindy moved to L.A. in 2004, and he joined IATSE Local 728 as a Set Lighting Tech. From there he began Directing and Producing in Los Angeles, including two multi-award winning short films, Love Sick Love, and Rooftop, both of which have distribution deals through Ouat Media. Since 2008, PJ has focused his career solely on Directing and DPing for commercial, industrial, web and feature markets. He produces for his own production company as Goat Milk Fudge Productions, and his client list includes California State University Northridge, National Geographic, The Mercury Men (SyFy.com), Geek and Sundry, and many others.
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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Karina studied both film and theater at California State University, Long Beach where she earned her degree in Arts & Communication. She has continued to sway between the two worlds, working in various aspects of stage and screen ever since. She has worked with the Lost Studio Theater, where she stage managed their American premiere production ME, AS A PENGUIN and the World premiere production of THE GRAND IRRATIONALITY. She also produced and directed TOENAIL for the Los Angeles One Act Play Festival. Karina was a producer and assistant director of the web-series SIX FIGURES and THE VICKI WAGNER SHOW. She also assistant directed CATS DANCING ON JUPITER starring Amanda Righetti of THE MENTALIST. Karina has two stage plays and one screenplay currently in development and is a contributing editor for the writer's resource website scriptsandscribes.com.
Born in 1984, André is a young portuguese composer, who has studied Musical Production in Lisbon and undergone an internship in the well-known Sigur Rós made studio, Sundlaugin in Álafoss, Iceland in 2012. Composing the soundtrack for “Wounds of Waziristan" - a documentary by Journalist Madiha Tahir - was his most recent work. Currently working on "Ruins" by Icelandic director Vilius Petrikas and "Boundary" by Yuichiro Nakano. André also often collaborates with dance companies, such as Nicolas Ricchini Company from Barcelona.
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As a long term systems integrator and consultant in the Medical Imaging field, Mark has worked with many companies worldwide. Mark’s creative interests involve photography, cinematography, music production, and currently film production with his partner, Linda Palmer. They developed a low budget commercial division for Runaway Productions and he’s executive produced HALLOWEEN PARTY, THE WEDDING VIDEO, and LOOK@ME.
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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Colleen began her legal entertainment career at the CBS Inc. offices. She now has more than 20 years (and counting) of experience in various functions, most in the legal departments of studios and productions companies. Her wide variety of experience, includes positions at Imagine Films, New Regency Productions, MGM/UA, Energy Productions, Live Home Video and Regent Entertainment. She held positions as production coordinator, paralegal, contract administrator, clearance administrator, credits administrator, music administrator and, most recently, as Director of Legal Services where her primary function was the legal delivery of films. She has also touched on marketing duties as well. The more than 100 films Colleen has worked on include "Parenthood," "Heat," the "Free Willy" series, "Time to Kill," "Fight Club," "Empire Records," "Mr & Mrs Smith," "Natural Born Killers," and many more. As a producer, Colleen has completed three films in the past 18 months: a dramatic short, "Obstruction," written and directed by Paul Marius Hansen and starring Ulrich Thomsen; a documentary, "In the Name of Love," by director Jon Bang Carlsen and Danish producer, the Oscar nominated Helle Ulsteen; and a short sci fi by Swiss filmmaker Robert Kouba, "The Rift".
With a lifelong passion for acting and the entertainment field, Debra studied acting and voiceover and performed on the stage and screen in some capacity almost her entire life.Later turning her attention to the study of Child Psychology in college, she met her husband, began a family and eventually managed her daughter’s successful career as an actress for many years.She eventually found her love for casting and after a few small jobs was completely hooked. Since then she has cast several feature films, shorts, music videos and commercials and looks forward to continuing to build her business and stellar reputation as a hard-working CD with integrity and professionalism.
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The son of a creative mother and a photographer father, he started exploring his artistic side at an early age growing up in North Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University, and worked for the video department for NC State's football and basketball teams, and made films on the side, one of which, "Chillachin," won the Best Picture Award at his school's annual film festival. After making the move to Los Angeles, Scottie began working on shows like "Funny or Die Presents" with Tim & Eric and films such as "Water for Elephants" and "Madea's Big Happy Family." Scottie's main love, editing, brought him to numerous projects such as the features "Halloween Party", "Ruby Booby," "Warriors of the Discotheque," "Ties That Bind," and "Crooked Arrows." He has worked with companies such as Nike, Easton, Levi's, GAP, Toyota, American Eagle, and Tiger Beat. He also has directed several music videos, shorts, and promos. To see Scottie's work, check out his website simileproductions.com.
Laree’ has done social media for the productions “Three Times a Lady”, and for Amy Simons one man performance, “She’s History.” She co-produced two shorts and is now getting ready to produce, direct her own short. Laree has spent the past three years engaging in screenwriting classes, marketing and creating her own business and while attending a writer/producer meeting in Hollywood, she was lucky to be able to pitch one of her concepts to Linda Palmer of Runaway Productions, which lead to doing some marketing research for Linda’s previous film “The Wedding Video” and onto Social Media for Runaway Productions latest film, “Halloween Party”. Laree’s company, “Ambient Muse Productions”, offers a wide range of production services, creative writing and social media services. During the course of the “Halloween Party” production, Linda brought Laree’ on as a partner in her marketing company, ALTER EGO AGENCY.