Stephen is from South Africa. He left home at 18 to study in the USA at The Atlanta College of Art. He planned to return to SA, but met his beautiful wife, Ellen. They married in 1990 and have 3 children. Somewhere along the way he struck out on his own, and Elevation began in it’s earliest configuration as “Bigmouth Effects Co.” in 1996. For Stephen, it has been an amazing journey meeting so many great people along the way.
I have the privilege of working with the most talented group of people. Elevation has the best staff, period. -Stephen
Stephen became a US citizen in 2002 and is very grateful to this great country for the opportunity to work and compete in the design industry.
Ellen is from Chicago and is very proud of her Mid-Western roots. She has a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from the University of Illinois. She met a crazy South African and soon 3 children followed, along with late nights and crazy deadlines in the world of motion design as she helped to launch Elevation and run a busy household at the same time. Now with older children, Ellen is able to play a more active role in the business, keeping the finances in order and making sure that staff and clients have an endless supply of snacks and drinks and free nutritional advice to anyone who will listen.
“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.” – Mark Twain.
Yep, that pretty much sums up what makes Dianne tick. Art and design are a big part of her life. August will mark her 10 year anniversary at Elevation. She loves brainstorming and collaborating with artists to create new and rich visuals. When she’s not in front of her computer searching for just the right font, you will find her in the mountains outside of Asheville, NC. Dianne’s husband has a vineyard there where they spend most weekends working in the vines. Regarding hobbies, Dianne is a big fan of traveling.
The world is a big place, and I want to take it all in. I love history, and the challenges of navigating new landscapes. – Dianne
A graduate of Florida State’s art school and Berklee’s Music Production & Technology program, David loves every aspect of the creative process, aural and visual.
He stays busy with his beautiful baby girl, Kaia Rose, enjoys playing guitar, drinking good beer, and spends way too much time collecting limited edition artwork.
Fernanda joined the ranks of Elevation as Project Manager. Her education includes, but is not limited to, business administration, game development, web design, documentary watching, online tutorials and life experience. All of which have landed her here with a well rounded knowledge of everything and nothing in particular.
With no superpowers to speak of, her hobbies include playing video games, honing her sharp shooting skills, eating strange things, attempting to play the theramin and dreaming about joining an Olympic curling team.
… is the walrus, coocoocachoo.
Running a gamut of jobs in the media world, from news camera operator, to editor, to documentary filmmaker and beyond, she found herself at Elevation in early 2012 and hasn’t looked back.
Stephanie aspires to be an astronaut, Simpsons character, Willy Wonka’s successor, Tom Savini’s best friend, the owner of the world’s inventory of orange Tic Tac’s and the next Doctor Who companion. She feels confident she will accomplish these goals.
Alina graduated in 2012 from the University of Georgia with a degree in Mass Media Arts, AKA movie magic. She has dubbed herself “the designated crack-filler” meaning whatever you need done, she’s your gal. Need a package shipped? Done. Need 6 Hot Wheels Tracks built? Done. How many Alinas does it take to change a lightbulb? 1 and she already did it 10 minutes ago.
Alina’s interests include drawing, painting, binge watching TV series on Netflix, cuddling with her cat, Andy, and sleeping in until noon on the weekends. Already an expert IKEA furniture builder, Alina hopes to expand her skills to include mind reading, time warping, time travel, and flying.
A graduate from the Atlanta College of Art and Professor Xavier’s School for the Gifted, Sean is a 3D artist and character animator.
He likes using his mind to solve sudoku puzzles and removing small cars from his parking space.
After being bitten by a radioactive aardvark while on a school field-trip, Brian discovered that he had gained the ability to control pixels. With his newfound powers, he set out to fight crime, but, as Brian learned, criminals didn’t fear a guy wearing red, green, and blue spandex. A few broken bones and a large hospital bill later, Brian began work at Elevation where he could use his powers without fear of bullets and blunt objects. Today he corrals pixels into moving images at mind-blowing speeds of up to 60 frames per second. Brian may not fight crime anymore, but at night, when all have retired for the evening, you might catch him still donning the ol’ red, green, and blue.
Brian lives alone with his cat.
Deanna graduated magna cum laude from SCAD with a BFA in Broadcast Design/Motion Graphics and a minor in Graphic Design. She enjoys working in Adobe Illustrator designing logos and vector graphics. Her positive attitude, and sweet dance moves, keeps the office atmosphere light and energetic.
Always one for outdoor fun, Deanna likes going on family hikes with her husband, two kids and their dog, Chewie. Nothing makes this amateur gardener happier than warm sunshine, the smell of dirt and bright colored flowers. Pretty much everything nature related. Except for spiders and snakes. She definitely does not like spiders or snakes.
John is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has a passion for creating content in many different forms of media. He also has seen way too many movies, and probably references them way too often.
Andrew discovered audio post at a young age doing sound for short films with friends. After a few intro courses in high school, Andrew decided to make it his career.
He received his Bachelors in Recording Arts at Full Sail University in Florida. After moving to Atlanta for freelance work, Elevation added him to their team of professional designers.
In addition to his passion for audio, Andrew also enjoys photography, lighting, and
I am a huge camera geek and love to keep up
with all the new tech being released. -Andrew
Leo is from Argentina and a graduate of UNLP University. He is passionate about animation, design, and keeping his Mac organized.
Self-taught and methodical, Leo will not rest until he finishes whatever he has set his mind to and backs up all of his work to two different drives weekly. When he is not in front of his computer, he enjoys long walks with his family and his Jack Russell, bike riding, or if he stays in, listening to good music.
Justin is from Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Southern Visual Art and Design in Chattanooga developing his passions for design and animation. In his free time he likes reading and drawing comics, is a huge NBA fan, and has a deep love for southern cooking.
Based out of Los Angeles, James loves Disneyland, Star Wars, coffee, podcasts, cooking, and making lists of things he loves in no particular order. James also loves writing. His original sketch comedy has amassed millions of views and has been featured on such prestigious sites as FunnyOrDie, Mashable, Cheezburger.com, and his mom’s blog.
James is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he learned about storytelling from the School of Theatre and about dealing with crushing disappointment from the football team.