How many people…
can wake up every morning and get to do exactly what they love to do? Still and Moving pictures are in our blood. We revel in it…we’re consumed by it…we unconsciously study it non-stop…it even torments us from time to time. But most importantly, the work we do FILLS our souls and allows us to express our love of life and the experiences it affords.
Over 15 years of business, Eric has surrounded himself by what he considers some of the best talent and representation in the industry. From the producers to writers, hair and wardrobe, to the gaffers that work tirelessly in the trenches, Eric attributes the success of each project to a fantastic network of creative professionals, associates, and life-long friends around him.
“Eric has an extraordinary vision for artfully creating dynamic and powerful work. Eric and his team effectively took on our large project and quickly were able to translate our vision of what we needed into a workable solution. We continue to get many compliments on the quality of work they did for us.”
BRIAN VERHAAREN //
E-MARKETING MANAGER, SELECT HEALTH
Eric Russell //
Director of Photography, Principal
Eric Russell is a NY – SLC based Director of Commercial Photography and Film. Over the years, his background in Advertising as a Creative Director and owner of his own Design and Production Studio (www.ericrussellcommercialarts.com) combined with almost two decades of production experience has become a valuable asset for his clients, as well as the many crews he works with.
Eric’s work has been featured in many traditional and new media campaigns, including work on accounts such as Hilton (Waldorf Astoria), BMW, Pepsi, NuSkin, Select Health, and The Killers to name a few. While his studio is located in SLC, Utah, Eric splits his time between Salt Lake, New York and traveling on assignments throughout the country.
Eric specializes in Architecture, Travel Lifestyle and Product work and as a Director of Photography for a number of motion picture productions. On set, Eric is tenured and tireless, and has the pre-production organization and quick eye to maximize production budgets. This energy translates seamlessly into his post production work where Eric still today does much of the post grading and optimization of his work.
Eric loves his ‘work’. Even on his off days, you’ll still see him, camera in hand, documenting the world around him including the personal travel, skiing, mountain and road biking he does – much of which with his son and sidekick Preston.
Lauren Kruse //
From Filmmaking to Television Production, Lauren feels incredibly fortunate to have a wide range of interests that have led her to some of the most rewarding producing experiences and talented colleagues and friends. One of the most impactful experiences has been working as a producer for Sony Pictures Television the past 7 years on 2 of the most successful syndicated shows in history, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, filming over 80 episodes all over the world. Recently Lauren produced an award-winning Sci-Fi film that has been selected into 18 film festivals worldwide, including the Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival.
The ability to travel and see the world for her work has provided an incredible opportunity for personal and professional growth. Passion, creativity, meticulous analytical thinking, and tireless work ethic are characteristics she upholds with great importance in any project she takes on and is a perfect compliment to Eric’s unique right-brained thinking. But in her own right, Lauren is an incredibly artist herself. As a classically trained and SAG affiliated actor, Lauren is the focal point of many of our still and motion shoots.
Lauren holds a B.F.A in Theater and Film Production with a minor in Music from The New School University in New York City.
Jon Hammond //
Jon comes with a background in Project Management and Marketing, but given the highly dynamic nature of the job he also brings to the table his proficiencies in Accounting, Logistics, and Business Development. Being that he grew up in the sticks of northern Utah, Jon can actually be pretty handy on set too.
Jon is often on the front lines and with his keen interest in the business of filmmaking, he has increasingly played a larger role in the various assignments that come through the studio over the last couple of years. Jon’s organizational abilities and time management skills are key to our shoot days going smoothly and his eagerness to learn, his work ethic, and his even his contributions to strategic thinking in relation to projects in development is invaluable.
Jon holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Utah and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah where he is close with family and his dog Ozzie.