JOHN E. HUDGENS - Director/Editor
John is a filmmaker, animator, and artist who created several award-winning Star Wars
parody films and has also worked professionally on such varied licensed properties as Babylon 5
, Crimson Skies
, and Star Wars
By day, he is the senior editor/producer/animator for the CW affiliate in Knoxville, TN, but it is his freelance efforts through which he's achieved some notoriety in science fiction circles. After doing many SF-themed videos for conventions in the late 80s and early 90s, Hudgens made a Babylon 5 music video as a personal project in 1994 and sent it to show creator J. Michael Straczynski, who turned around and hired Hudgens to continue creating the videos. Straczynski used them in in his convention presentations, and one served as the series' demo reel for the move to TNT. They collaborated on eight total over the run of the series.
John won the Audience Choice Award in Lucasfilm's Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards in both 2003 and 2005 for his parody films The Jedi Hunter and Sith Apprentice. Another parody, Crazy Watto (made with Men in Black creator Lowell Cunningham) played at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival to help promote the premiere of Revenge of the Sith.
John designed cut-scene animation for Microsoft's hit PC flightsim/adventure game Crimson Skies in 2000. He has since worked on several projects for WizKids Games, including packaging designs for the Crimson Skies game miniatures, artwork for a MechWarrior coffee table book, and animation for the Creepy Freaks and Pirates of the Spanish Main game miniatures commericals. In 2007, he provided most of the ship artwork for the miniatures in WizKids' popular Star Wars PocketModel trading card game. He has recently done some design work for Smith & Tinker.
John is currently in production on a new documentary about the history and influence of the fan film genre. His website is www.zteamproductions.com, and he'd also like the loan of a few extra hours in a day, if someone has them to spare...
SANDY CLARK - Writer/Producer
Sandy Clark lives in Springfield, MO where he keeps busy with his daughter Emma, and wife Crissy. He has written freelance for institutions and publications such as NASA, Visual Imagination, the Star Wars Insider, and Sci-Fi Universe. Sandy hosts the annual Picnic at the End of the Universe, a free event for fans and geeks of all stripes.
Currently he is bringing relevance and insight to the world through culturewav.es and neemee.com as a Project Manager and Editor. He is also completing a Nonprofit Management certificate through Missouri State University's Go Lead program.
He is a founding member of Eclectic Endeavors, a nonprofit dedicated to promotion of the geeky arts. Eclectic Endeavors is a project of the Springfield Regional Arts Council where Sandy runs a weekly workshop for teen writers. He is currently deep in planning the Gaming Arts and Media Expo to be held in Springfield, MO October 11 - 9, 2009. In his spare time, you will find him on Facebook, Twitter, traveling, and writing a series of mystery novels.
He is constantly looking for interesting speakers and programming for his projects. If you have insightful writing experience for his class or a unique viewpoint on the geeky arts, contact him. He could use your experience.
MICHAEL MONAHAN - Associate Producer/Chief Archivist
Michael is a nationally recognized authority on the history of TV horror movie hosts, having written extensively on the genre and speaking at various events across the country. In addition to researching horror hosts, he has also participated. In the guise of his unaltered ego, Doktor Goulfinger, he presented The Hip Crypt of Doktor Goulfinger between 2001 and 2004 on local Bay Area station, BTV 35.
His interests and expertise ranges from classic horror films to the world of 60s superspy cinema. In recent years, he has contributed to the DVD releases of James Bond box sets, Caprice and the Blu-Ray edition of The Ultimate Flint Collection.
Michael lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with a veritable museum of horror host props, costumes and memorabilia, a loving dog and the most indulgent wife on the planet.