Personnel and Associates

 

Our production personnel have all worked together for many years and are accountable at the highest level of professionalism. They are some of the most highly skilled individuals at their craft. We have long ago earned each other’s trust and confidence.

Randy Leipnik

Developing original ideas is what Randy loves to do most. He has made it a priority to always surround himself with people who know far more than he. The partnership of Semper Media Group and Orange Dragin is the unique result, applying innovative media to the art of business.

As a musician, Randy has performed with artists such as The Four Aces, The Inkspots, The Diamonds, The Velvelettes, The Contours, Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, Lou Christie, Ziggy Elmer and Meredith Wilson. He also spent two years with Eddie Kendrick, David Ruffin and Dennis Edwards of The Temptations.

Teaching people to enjoy music since 1971, Randy has compiled an approach called The Semper Method. People from 4 to 84 can learn to play and enjoy making music before they read. This process follows the natural way we all learned to speak before we learned to read and write. The most important premise to this method is that learning music should be fun, not drudgery. Students eventually do learn all the theory as well.

Walter Szczubialka

Production Manager, Director Of Photography
Wally’s lifelong goal was to become a creative participant in the film/television production business. Filmmaking was his dream, but he found personal and professional satisfaction staying in Michigan and working in the video and television production world.

He loves to have a goal for a client, to create the visual and audio support to reach the intended audience and to achieve that goal. Each project becomes a “film” to send a message and touch people’s lives. He enjoys the challenge of bringing together all the elements needed to complete a project.

Since 1985 Wally’s roles have included:
● Director Of Photography: DP/ Videographer / Camera Operator for video productions, Broadcast shows, (all major networks and all styles of shooting) Agency and Corporate programs (Sales & Marketing, Internal Communications) Documentary style production
● Production Manager:
Responsible for equipment and crew for all location and studio productions
● Editor:
Final Cut Pro editor for specific projects / clients

Clyde Stringer

A man who sees light in a different manner than most of us, Clyde Stringer captures images, both still and moving, to deliver a message with art, power and style. Clyde has received Blue Ribbons from the Professional Photographers Association of America, a Certificate of Distinction from Art Direction Magazine, and an Honor Award from the Industrial Photographers Association of America. In addition, he has received a Silver and Golden Eagle Award for Cinematography and Lighting. He has been honored as a finalist in the American Film Festival and, among many other recognitions, the tribute of having his work displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

B.K. Taylor

B.K.Taylor
Illustrator, writer and performer
has contributed to such varied media as:

● National Lampoon
writer and artist for over ten years, best known for the cartoon strips “The Appletons” and “Timberland Tales”, in addition to various articles and illustrations.

● Walt Disney Feature Animation
character design for “The Legend of Mulan” and new story development.

● Jim Henson Associates
character design for “Dr. Teeth” of the Muppet Band, “Digit” of the NBC “Henson Hour”, various monsters and illustrations for Henson Publishing.

● Sesame Street
illustrations for the “Character Reference Book”, Sesame Street and Electric Company magazines, ABC – 123 Sesame Street book.

● ABC’s “Home Improvement”
staff writer on TV comedy series with Tim Allen for three seasons (Walt Disney Touchstone)

● Nickelodeon
illustrator for Nickelodeon magazine; writer for “Eureka’s Castle”, Nickelodeon Television.

● Creative Director/Producer
Stunt Pilot Productions, film and television development.

● Production Designer
“Moontrap” (feature film, Shapiro/Glickenhaus) also storyboard, character design; “Liquid Red” production design

● Animation Art
“9 Simple Steps to Prime-Time Health”, featuring award-winning author, Dr. William Sears (winner of the 2011 Silver Telly, produced by Penczner Media

● Illustration
Scholastic Publishing, Doubleday, Random House, McClanahan, St. Martin’s Press, Workman Publishing, Addison-Wesley, MacMillan Jr., Avon and Mad Magazine

● Awards
Inkpot, Gold Brick, Funny Bone, Ace, four Caddies and the 2010 Reed Award for Political Cartooning

Michael Whitenack

Michael Whitenack
Executive Producer, Director
Upon graduation from Central Michigan University with a degree in broadcasting and film, Michael Whitenack began a sales and marketing sojourn in the music industry that extended over decades, with stops at RCA, Island Records and finally as Director of National Accounts at Walt Disney Records.

Currently reconnected with his passion for motion picture and television creation, his work includes TV commercial production, remote web broadcast, independent films, reality TV series and the 2010 Detroit/Windsor 48-Hour Film Competition.

Most recently, his showcase series on outstanding eateries in the Detroit area “Dining in the D” was aired on PBS and is rumored to have sent many people quite over the edge of the diet precipice.

Clarence D. Johnson

30 years in video production, still photography and print. There is no stone left unturned when CJ is producing your project.
Clarence’s clients have included Borg-Warner, Cadillac Motor Car Division, Frontline (PBS), GMC Truck, Lear Corporation, and New Detroit, Inc.

Nolan Mendenhall

Creative spark is the fuel for any successful project and it lives right here. Nolan is quite the famous guy, though he will always deny it.

Nolan has held staff positions at Yessian Music, Livewire Music and Sparling Music and is the winner for Outstanding Record Producer for the 2002 Detroit Music Awards. In the realm of video, Nolan has
directed music videos of artists as diverse as Riot In Progress, Tracy Leigh Bechard and The Acadian Ghost.

Lon Stratton

Since 1984 Mr. Stratton has been actively involved in cinematography, first as a camera assistant, then as director of photography. His has shot television commercials, documentaries, feature and short films. He is also a fine pilot and helps Semper Media Group provide the finest in aerial work, including air-to-air video work. Mr Stratton is listed in the Internet Movie Database.

Brad Lowe

Master Puppeteer & Producer of more than 200 commercials and public service announcements including: Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, Ice Capades and Sesame Street Live. His extraordinary family of puppets brings joy to children, transports grown-ups back for a moment of innocence and packs a powerful punch into any story.

Placing puppets into unique and unexpected situations is a specialty. Like the original coffee break series from the Muppets of Jim Henson, corporate messages can be delivered in engaging style. A master builder of puppets, Brad is able to craft an original personality to fit almost any scenario. Credits include:
CINEMA

  • Director, Serge Rodnunsky’s movie, War Flowers starring Tom Berenger & Christina Ricci . For release in 2012.

Broadcast Television

  • “Places For Kids”
  • WKBD TV 50, Detroit, MI
  • WTXF TV 29, Philadelphia, PA;
  • WTTO TV 21, Birmingham, AL
  • “Hot Fudge” – WXYZ TV 7, Detroit, MI; Nationally syndicated children’s show
  • “The All Ball Band” – CBS Super Bowl XVI, Master Puppeteer
  • “Aunt Molly and Friends” – Omaha/ Detroit, Creator, Designer, Master Puppeteer

VIDEOS
Corporate

  • Little Caesar’s
  • Chrysler Financial Corp.
  • General Motors

Educational, Retail Video/Audio

  • “Mathmosis”; Math program for children, Master Puppeteer, 13 puppets
  • “Rudy & Sarah Have An Operation”
  • “Sarah & Murphy Learn About the NICU” for Mott Hospital, University of Michigan
  • “Midnight Tales of Enchantment” – Producer

LIVE SHOWS
Public

  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Delfeayo Marsalis “Jazz and Jazzman”
  • Comedy Castle with Tim Allen
  • Stratford Festival, Ontario Canada
  • Detroit: TasteFest & Festival of the Arts
  • MI State Fair
  • Special Olympics
  • Very Special Arts
  • J.C. Pennys

Corporate

  • Oldsmobile; Prince Matchabelli, FL
  • Mobile Chemial Company, Las Vegas
  • Southern Steel; Colorado
  • Corporate Incentive & Travel Magazine, NY with Rita Moreno
  • Cadillac, Miami, FLA;
  • Kroger Corporation

AFFILIATIONS

  • Detroit Puppeteers Guild President – 2003 – 2006
  • UNIMA
  • Puppeteers Of America

AWARDS

  • Emmy Award – Two-time recipient
  • Puppeteers Of America – Paul McPharlin Award’ 2006
  • Action For Children’s Television
  • Broadcast Communication Arts Dept.- San Francisco, media award for Highest Standards in Television
  • Broadcasting Seal of Approval from the Committee for Children’s Television
  • Honorary Ringmaster Award, Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus
  • Oakland Schools Career Focused Education, Educator for Externship Project

Bill Hunt

Bill has a 25 year successful track record for conceiving, writing and producing creative treatments, programs, scripts and specials for national broadcast and internal corporate communications. He has proven himself with tradeshows, live events, mobile media campaigns, and communication plans and programs.

Dan Kolton

Without music, most video or web presentations would be very pedestrian. Dan Kolton gives a unique boost to any project with his outstanding original music scores. His good taste and amazing audio palette will help you to paint the best picture possible for your project.