Bret Hampton

By: Bret Hampton

Thirteenth in the series. When Hollywood legend Paul Newman spoke at my film school, he remarked that only three of the 200 students in the audience would likely go on to work in the entertainment industry. Maybe it was a slight exaggeration back then, but in today’s digital world where... Read more

Photo by Sarah Browne

By: Shane Ryan

Twelfth in the series. Growing up with a film editor as a father, I fell in love with all kinds of cinema at a young age. He taught me how to edit film when I was five, and I’ve been making movies ever since. Despite achieving some success and recognition... Read more

Christian Keller

By: Christian Keller

Eleventh in the series. When I was 19 years old and just out of high school, I read about Gloria Trevi, the controversial “Mexican Madonna.” This would be the beginning of an epic 10-year journey for me to get the film on the big screen. Being Swiss, I had never... Read more

Photo by Adam Reynolds

By: Dan Selakovich

Tenth in the series. Some years ago, I wrote and self-published a book for filmmakers called “Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build.” As I was the publisher, I was neck deep in the sales and distribution of the book. The first edition sold extremely well (this was the only... Read more

Photo by Dustin Stanton

A couple of months ago, we launched our StandCreative™ Series to put faces to the names of creatives who have shared their stories about the for-profit digital theft of their creative works. We collected these stories to help us make an important point to the U.S. Copyright Office. The Office... Read more

Doug Maddox

By: Doug Maddox

Ninth in the series. I produced The Bill Collector with actor Danny Trejo from Machete and Undaunted starring Allen Williamson from Abduction with Taylor Lautner. The Bill Collector had great success with its theatrical worldwide release. After some time, I got a call from the FBI stating that the film... Read more

Mark Leibowitz

By: Mark Leibowitz

Eighth in the series. I love taking photographs. It’s one way I relate to the world – capturing the beauty of life in an image. After 13 years as a professional photographer and filmmaker, I still take pictures non-stop for personal enjoyment. My personal images, however, are very different from... Read more

Kari Tieger

By: Kari Tieger

Seventh in the series. My name is Kari Tieger and I’m a bilingual singer/songwriter and composer registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). I have written and performed in English since the age of 15 and, in French, since my mid-20s. I duly obtain copyrights for... Read more