THE STEAM TEAM
Matt Yang King (Creator/Writer/Director) is the winner of the CAPE/Hollywood Foreign Press Young Screenwriters Award, winner of the Words From Here award, and he was a finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship. Matt has been acting professionally for 15 years; most notably in Numb3rs, 24, World of Warcraft, GI Joe: Renegades, and Red Dawn. His feature The Harrowing is currently being optioned by Larrikin Entertainment.
Steve Preeg (Director) has helped bring some of the world’s most memorable digital characters to life. He was recognized with an Academy Award® for his work creating a wholly believable aged likeness of Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. For TRON: Legacy, he led the development of the CG likeness of the young Jeff Bridges’ Clu character and oversaw the animation of all digital characters, vehicles and objects. He was the lead creative behind the virtual likeness of the late rap star Tupac Shakur for the Coachella Valley Music Festival. Steve has created digital characters for movies including Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and King Kong, and worked on films including Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Flags of Our Fathers, and I, Robot. He recently completed work on Oblivion, on which he was the Animation Supervisor. Steve is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Peyton Skelton (DP, Producer) Became interested in photography at early age, “borrowing” his parents expensive SLR camera for months at a time. After attending school for photo journalism, Peyton found work on various projects over the next years with various Hollywood greats; Lauren Bacall, Gregory Peck and the Cohen Brothers among others. In 2002 Peyton began the second season of Greys Anatomy becoming the Chief Lighting Tech after two months. Though the rigors of a full time TV season absorbed most of his time and energy, he was able to work as a Director of Photography on various projects in his spare time. Now, seven seasons of Grey’s Anatomy later, he has become a full time Director of Photography. Peyton is currently finishing a web series, and in preproduction on an indie feature about the south.
Lawton Metcalfe (Gripducer) graduated from Towson University in 2000 with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. Upon graduating he moved to Los Angeles California to pursue a career in film. He worked every production job he could until he joined the union as a grip in 2002 . Along Came Polly, Crash, Collateral, Anchorman, the TV series "24" and currently Shameless are among his grip credits. His work as a producer includes a documentary, infomercial, and recently a web series. He lives in the mountains of Sierra Madre with his wife and dog.
Bear McCreary (Composer) At the age of 24, McCreary was launched into pop culture with his groundbreaking score to SyFy’s hit series Battlestar Galactica, for which he composed “the most innovative music on TV today” (Variety). It “fits the action so perfectly, it’s almost devastating: a sci-fi score like no other” (NPR). Io9.com declared Bear McCreary one of the Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of all time, listing him alongside legends John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann. McCreary’s many other credits include AMC’s smash hit The Walking Dead, where he collaborated with writer / director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and producer Gale Ann Hurd (The Terminator). He has also composed critically-acclaimed scores for series such as Outlander, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Eureka, Caprica, Trauma and The Cape. His swashbuckling score for Human Target featured the largest orchestra ever assembled in the history of series television and earned him his first Emmy nomination. His feature film work includes Disney’s worldwide hit Step Up 3D, and his videogame credits include Sony’s successful SOCOM 4: U.S. NAVY SEALs, CAPCOM’s Dark Void and its retro spin-of Dark Void Zero.
Lisa Lassek (Green Screen Editor) is a frequent collaborator with writer-director Joss Whedon, having worked with him most recently on Marvel's The Avengers, and on his previous feature Serenity, as well as the series Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Other credits include the horror-comedy The Cabin in the Woods, thecritically acclaimed series Community, Wonderfalls, the Emmy-winning Pushing Daisies, and the Emmy-winning internet sensation Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
Tommy Aagaard (Editor) gained much of his post production knowledge while working as an assistant to the SVP of feature post at Lionsgate. His technical expertise and perseverance have allowed him to work on major hollywood blockbusters such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Thor, and The Avengers as well as others. He aspires to follow his oscar-nominated mentors’ footsteps as an editor. He is currently working on Dark Skies for Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity) as the First Assistant and Visual Effects Editor.
Scott Folsom (Hieronymous, Prop Designer) is a Master Welder and Automobile Technician with an interest in pneumatics and electronics. He holds degrees in English Writing and Drama. With such a background, it wasn't hard to make the transition to Victorian Science Fiction costuming and propmaking. He co-founded the live Steampunk Entertaiment troupe, The league of Steam. He has been seen performing with his wife, Gail, at various events such as the Pyrate Daze aboard the Queen Mary, the Labrynth of Jareth Ball, events at the Edison, and other venues around LA. His emphasis is in working mechanical props.
Gail Folsom (Mary, Costume Designer) has her education in Art and Art History. She has been designing and fabricating costumes for theatrical and private use for the past five years. With her husband, Scott, she conceived and constructed key costume components of the performance group The League of S.T.E.A.M., with which she performed at various venues in and around Los Angeles. Gail draws on historical fashions and construction techniques when designing her creations, while incorporating modern elements such as LED lighting and mechanical properties. In her recreational time she enjoys anachronistic events and is a talented amateur soprano.
Zafer Mustafa (Visual FX) is a seasoned creative visual story teller. By day, he is a Senior Consultant developing visuals to present complex technical information in US and international courts, and by (very late) night he is a 3D and Visual FX generalist professionally moonlighting for indies, broadcast, and film. He’s had opportunity to work with veteran and aspiring filmmakers in productions ranging from Star Wars: Revelations and Sony Crackle’s Trenches to Jamie Foxx’s Tommy’s Little Girl and ABC’sFlash Forward and hopes to continue playing in the sand box with all the big boys and girls.
Thomas Surprenant (Makeup/Special FX) has been a professional makeup artist for twenty-two years and has instructed others in makeup techniques for seventeen years. In the course of his careen Thomas has been nominated for two Emmy Awards. In 1995, for his work on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, he won the Emmy for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup.” His work has been featured on the covers of Fangoria and Rue Morgue Magazine and in the pages of Men’s Health and Inside Motocross. Thom has been a part of two Academy Award-winning makeup crews. Most recently he has worked on X-Men 3, Vacancy and Big Fish.
Evelyn Kriete (Interactive Marketing) is a social media and marketing expert with over 10 years of experience. She has worked as a consultant on a wide range of topics and projects, including films, books, and comics. She has extensive experience working with independent artists to help them raise their visibility, promote their projects, and get the support they need to continue producing their art.
May Mitchell (Props) is an LA-based designer who works in both film and theater. In either medium she enjoys playing a part in building immersive and tactile worlds. She holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles from the school of Theater, Film, and Television. www.maymitchell.com
Jacqueline Martinez (Costume Design) received her Bachelor in Fine Arts at Florida International University. While there, her designs for Luis Alfaro's ELECTRICIDAD were featured at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. In 2009 she completed a year-long internship as a costume shop manager at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee. Jacqueline's current works include the films American Sniper, Jersey Boys, and Season 1 and 2 of Magic City. She recently finished designing the costumes for the supernatural thriller We Go On. Jacqueline Martinez earned her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of IATSE's Florida Local 477 as a costumer and will soon be a part of LA's Local 705.