We've been in the industry for quite some time, with over three decades of experience under our belt. Throughout the years, we've had the opportunity to work on a wide range of productions, from big-budget movies like Titanic, to music videos for American Idol alumni, to corporate videos for a Fortune 22 company, and even a video game tournament TV series for Dish Network.
Dave brings strong creative, technical, and management skills to the Macintosh Films team.
In addition to being credited on a diverse slate of productions as executive producer, producer, writer, director, cinematographer, and editor, Dave is also an accomplished entrepreneur with a proven track record for innovation. His adventures in media and technology would make an entertaining movie.
In 1990, Dave pitched a Los Angeles record label on a music video concept for an up and coming band. The label took a risk on a young director and gave him a budget. He produced, directed, and edited the music video "Deliverance: Weapons of Our Warfare." The video aired on MTV throughout the 90s and placed among the top three on MTV's Head Banger's Ball countdown twelve weeks in a row, resulting in over 700,000 albums sold. Lars Ulrich of Metallica hosted a show in which he named the video one of his top ten favorite metal videos of all time.
With a desire to grow as a filmmaker, Dave went to film school at the University of California Los Angeles Extension. His teachers included Hollywood veterans like Oscar-winning screenwriter Ron Bass (Rainman, My Best Friend's Wedding, What Dreams May Come) and producer Stephen Deutsch (Somewhere in Time, All the Right Moves, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure).
While attending film school, Dave worked at the Academy Award-winning visual effects company Digital Domain, assisting in the production of the blockbuster movies Titanic and The Fifth Element.
In 2000, Dave founded the media and technology company Gamecaster and created one of the first "eSports" TV series to air on American television. He was an executive producer/producer and managed a $1 million production budget and 60-person crew.
The series, which featured a live studio audience, was sponsored by leading video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA), and broadcast nationally by Dish Network. PC Gamer Magazine applauded the series for “Giving viewers a new level of quality for tournament shows.”
To enhance the spectator experience, Dave invented virtual camera technology. Leading a team of industrial designers, mechanical and electrical engineers, Dave oversaw the research, development, and manufacturing of the GCS3 Virtual Cinematography System. The technology enables professional sports camera operators to film within video games. Referring to the technology, CBS News wrote: “The ability to broadcast from within the game completely changes the way people view video game competitions.”
Dave's virtual camera system crossed over into other markets. He licensed the technology to studios to produce animation for cartoons, visual effects for movies, and cinematics for video games, including the AAA Xbox 360 game, Gears of War 3, which was developed using Unreal Engine by Epic Games and published by Microsoft.
In a press release, Epic Games said, “GCS3 integration with Unreal Engine makes it easier for game developers and cinematographers to achieve immediate, fantastic results in virtual film-making. With GCS3, developers can open the Unreal Editor, record live camera movement within a cinematic scene, and play back results instantly. It’s that simple and it can save a huge amount of time on tasks that usually require manual keyframing.”
In 2012, Dave founded his second startup, Macintosh Films, a boutique video production and distribution company that helps companies of all sizes elevate their video storytelling to attract customers, employees, investors, and voters.
Born and raised in Albania, Orinda is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) with over 22 years of experience providing assurance and consulting services to the federal government, including conducting research and interviews with government personnel. She holds an active Top Secret security clearance. Orinda’s client roster includes auditing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation, the United States (U.S.) Air Force, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of the Interior’s Presidio Trust Fund, etc.
Orinda's experience has provided her with insight into these agencies’ operations, as well as the federal government’s procurement, billing, travel, and project management process. As a consulting producer, Orinda is responsible for project management and implementing Macintosh Films' internal control procedures in accordance with government contractual requirements, budgets, and project milestones, including billing and reporting to the Contracting Officer Technical Representatives (COTRs).
Orinda’s father is a cinematographer who has shot 17 artistic films and several documentaries. She grew up on movie sets watching him work and she also acted in one his movies.
Orinda has an innate passion for poetry and filmmaking. She assists Dave during all phases of production, collaborating on research, script writing, filming, and editing.