Todd Kniss—Writer/ Director A recipient of the Master’s of Fine Arts degree, Todd Kniss is a member of the American Film Institute’s 2004 graduating class. Credited as the Director of Photography, his AFI thesis project, David & Dee, is now competing in several film festivals including The San Francisco International Film Festival, Cinemuerte, San Diego International Children's Film Festival, Indie Fest and others. Todd also wrote and directed “Last Stop,” his first competitive independent short film which can be seen at www.ifilm.com
Also a graduate of California State University of Long Beach, Todd wrote, directed and edited his short film A New Day Sun, which screened at the Student Filmmakers Short Film Festival. His short film “Butterfly,” to which he is credited as Director of Photography, showed at the DGA, Cinema Lounge Festival, and was eventually picked up by the Independent Film Channel. Todd graduated CSULB in 2002 with honorary graduate Steven Spielberg.
Todd Kniss is a lifetime resident and native of Long Beach, California. While growing up Todd played numerous sports and studied the arts of drawing, sculpting and painting, but always found time in his busy life to make movies. “I was always known as the ‘film guy’ or ‘the artist’ among friends and neighbors,” says Kniss. While attending the University of California at Irvine, Todd met professional make-up artist Richard Miranda. Under Miranda’s tutelage, Todd was able to work on numerous projects in many different formats. Projects included American Ninja 4, Shock ‘em Dead with Tracy Lords, Texas Chainsaw Hookers with Michael Berryman, and music videos such as “The Creature from the Black Leather Lagoon” by the Cramps.
Seamus Tierney—Director of Photography A distinguished graduate of the American Film Institute, and the Director of Photography on “Last Stop,” Seamus’ most notable accomplishments include “Codename Simon,” a student short recently screened at the 2004 AFI Fest and the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. His credits on over 50 independent features and short films also include “Movie Theatre Hero,“ recipient of the 2002 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmakers Award; and “Zen: The art of Landscaping,” recipient of the 2001 Student Academy Award.
Seamus spent several years in Hawaii before moving to Australia where he spent the majority of his youth. In 1996, returning to the states to pursue his film career, Seamus worked his way up the ladder in the lighting department on hundreds of commercials, music videos and feature films. He is credited on Boys Don’t Cry and A Beautiful Mind.
Vikash Patel—Editor Vikash ‘Viks’ Patel is one of the hottest new stars in the post-production world, having just completed a pilot episode for ABC’s “Vacation Swap,” Viks turns his attentions to the international Emmy Award-winning television show “Faking It,” in association with RDF. Viks completed his distinguished Master of Fine Arts at the American Film Institute where he was awarded the Dana and Albert R. Broccoli Scholarship. His student film, Alexandra Kerry’s “The Last Full Measure” premiered at the Cannes festival. Another project, “Codename: Simon” was screened at the 2004 AFI Fest and 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Viks lso edited Todd Kniss directorial debut, “Last Stop.”