Studio B Team

Since 1992, Studio B Films has partnered with our clients to communicate their messages with a clear, creative and bold voice. Located in a beautiful loft space in Berkeley, CA just 20 minutes away from San Francisco, Studio B Films is known not only for its quality, but also for its approachability.

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David Collier {Founder/DP/Director}
David Collier has been a prominent figure in the film and video world since 1985. David enjoys the scope of his job, which ranges from visual artist and story-teller to business entrepreneur. He takes great pleasure in working with clients to get at the heart of their message and weave it into a creative, visual treatment.

 

Straight out of college, David directed and produced For Better or For Worse, a film that explores the lives and relationships of five feisty couples married for fifty years or longer. It earned him several awards, including an Academy Award nomination and brought him a wonderful range of documentary jobs for PBS, BBC, Discovery, MTV and Animal Planet. David sees his work as a license to be curious. Over the years, he has been fortunate to work with a wide-spectrum of clients including Adobe, Adidas, Gap, Clif Bar, Apple, The San Francisco Symphony and Microsoft. His projects have led him not only to amazing places, but also into the lives of incredible people and organizations around the world. Currently, David is co-producing a feature-length documentary about how a Bay Area arts organization is changing the lives of their students in Oakland’s inner city. When he’s not working, David can be found running through the Berkeley hills and never misses an opportunity to jump into swimming holes or explore hidden gems of the California Coast with his two energetic boys.
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Phil Schulz {Director- Client Services}
Following the call of “Go West, young man”, Phil came to the Bay Area in 2005 after a decade of film & TV in NYC, working with the likes of Woody Allen, Law & Order, MTV, FX Networks, and anyone else that would hire the kid from Wisconsin. Once here, Phil applied his production expertise and insatiable curiosity to helping companies tell their stories through the (at that time) new medium of web video. Along the way he’s worked with Fortune 500 clients such as Visa, Chrysler, Cisco, Colgate-Palmolive, Dolby, and Yahoo!

 

Phil loves all that Northern CA has to offer. When not working, he can be found with his wife and their 2 kids, exploring coastline, forest and mountain.
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Shani S. Blevins {Accounting}

Shani is the Dir. of Finance and Human Resources for Studio B Films. Shani attended San Francisco State University, where she studied Accounting, Corporate Finance and Small Business Entrepreneurship. She has over 13 years of experience in Accounting and Financial Management. Her career has allowed her to learn from the best in the Audit & Assurance Industry at local firms such as Ernst & Young LLP and Deloitte LLP. Later in her career, Shani realized that her true passion lied in Financial Management and Accounting, which led her to work for the Corporate Office of Party America and Fugro West Inc., where she was able to create and implement internal controls, while managing a multi-million dollar government contract. Then in 2004, Shani decided that the skills she developed while working for large corporations would be of greater benefit to the Small Business and Non Profit Sector, which is what lead her to start Shani Shania & Associates, a local Accounting and Financial Management Firm, and just seven years later lead her to join the team of Studio B Films.

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Jason Armitage {Creative Director}
Jason started his production career in the wilds of San Francisco’s feature film scene. He was quickly sucked into network television, where he spent his days crushing cars and chasing ambulances as a location manager for ABC pilots and the NBC series Trauma. From the top of SF skyscrapers to the depths of the city’s sewers, you’d have a hard time finding a location in the Bay Area he hasn’t brought a film crew. Hanging up his location permits and police escorts in 2010, he teamed up with the Nightmare Before Christmas director, Henry Selick to help establish a feature animation studio with Disney.

 

After some twists and turns, Jason has brought his experience in… well, just about every form of film and video production, to Studio B.
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Ariella Quatra {Creative Producer}
From SF to NYC and back again over the course of her 15 year production career, Ariella has produced shows for HGTV, broadcast commercial spots, 3D sales and marketing tools, and everything in between. Having worked in both small production houses and big agencies, Ariella loves the homey vibe and all the behind the scenes laughs at Studio B.

 

When she’s not on set, planning schedules, or balancing budgets, Ariella is usually running after her son Luke and singing and dancing with her daughter Marlowe.
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Tim Kwong {Post-Production Supervisor}
Jack of all trades, master of none, Tim Kwong is the Post Production Supervisor and I.T. Director. He brings a unique blend of both useful and obscure knowledge to Studio B, thus making him an integral part of the team.

 

When Tim is not wrapped up in the VFX world, you’ll often find him day dreaming about being a professional fisherman.
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Peter Jackson {Equipment Manager}
Peter joined the Studio B team in May of 2015, shortly after landing in the Bay Area. He brings a passion for visual storytelling backed by a degree in Media Arts and Design and several years of experience working on news and documentary crews. When not on set or in the edit bay, you can find Peter searching for the next climbing route, bike trail or ski tour that California has to offer.

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Dan Williams {Technical Director}

Dan Williams is Studio B’s technical director and rental house manager. When his childhood career aspirations (train conductor, astronaut, velociraptor) didn’t pan out long-term, Dan turned to filmmaking to cope. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Dan studied film at UC Berkeley and has been making films for over a decade. He’s trained in all walks of professional and consumer digital cameras, lighting, sound, and grip, and is always looking out for new equipment to add to the Studio B inventory. When he’s not busy behind the camera, Dan enjoys rock climbing, live music, and exploring the abyss.

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Alisa Lee {Production Manager/ Producer}

Originally from Santa Barbara, Alisa arrived in the Bay Area six years ago with a background in technology and news and a BA in Multimedia Communications. She loves the hustle and bustle of the production world. Before joining Studio B as Production Coordinator, she was an Associate Producer for CNET News where she tested new tech products, interviewed celebs on the red carpet, and rode a hover board. Alisa loves hiking, running, and eating all the Mexican food she can get.

Testimonials

"When we hire Studio B Films to create an event video we have come to trust them to deliver an end creative product that exceeds our expectations. They are professional, flexible, diligent and good collaborators. They provide the whole package, with a well balanced staff and a great team of editors. Their offices in Berkeley are convenient, accessible, and always welcoming. Our end products are on target and they are a joy to work with."

Sophia Larioque, Event Producer
Opts Ideas

"Studio B produced a launch video for Ekso Bionics’ exoskeleton that instantly went viral and for good reason: Vision + direction + interviewing skills + lighting + editing = Success beyond our expectations. Everything about working with them was a pleasure and a professional experience."

Beverly Millson, Missing Sock Public Relations
Ekso Bionics

"Everything was great! The videos are stunning, the team was really easy to work with. Really, it couldn’t have been a better working relationship and the product is being so well received; your staff is brilliant and a pleasure to work with."

Randy S. Hyde, Campaign Manager
San Francisco Symphony

"Our experience with Studio B was flawless—from creative concept to execution—the work was everything we wanted and more. We asked them to create a promotional video that was not only educational, but generated enthusiasm and excitement for a new product launch. They came through with a video that exceeded our expectations. The team was responsive to our requests, and every department collaborated with us to ensure this video was delivered on time and at the best quality. Jane, David, Aaron and the entire team embrace a friendly, down to earth approach that’s both refreshing and professional. We won’t hesitate to call Studio B for projects of this kind in the future."

Stephen Baloguh
Ancestry.com DNA

"Studio B, That band of amazing misfits. We’ve produced literally hundreds of stratospherically successful motion graphics and live action videos together. From documentary films, demos and product tours, high end animated video, we even shot the first augmented reality music video together. They seriously kill every project we’ve ever thrown at them. It is an absolute pleasure working with such a talented and committed team. Their range and capabilities are extremely rare in a production agency. They have been a production partner of ours for years and will be for years to come."

AJ Joseph Executive Creative Director - Adobe

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