Miranda is a multiple-award winning writer/director. A graduate of UT/Austin with a BFA in Film/Television and Communications. Miranda produced/directed the documentary feature, Masculinity That Inspires Change and directed the short film The Power of Forgiveness, both acquired by Amazon and streaming on Prime. In Addition to her work in TV/film/theatre, Miranda was signed by Winterwolf Press with a 4-book deal series of prequel inspired by the Marisa Romanov film. The first novel, Charles: A Marisa Romanov Story is set to debut Winter 2020. She also produces an internationally syndicated podcast for iHeartRadio and Apple which is now in season 3, Inspire Change with Gunter. Miranda’s debut feature as director, Lifelines, will debut December 2021.
Executive Producer/Exec in Charge of Production
For over 25 years, DeVonna Prinzi has produced events, from galas to disaster relief drives. She is known for her stellar performances in 3 of Miranda Spigener-Sapon’s early films: True as the Narrator that screened at L’Entrepot Cinema in Paris, France; next as the lead in the short film Copy Café and a Field Reporter in the PBS series Eat Art, that aired in 5 markets. Prinzi has coordinated and produced several major events and festivals as well as worked as a promoter. She was educated in film and acting at The University of Tampa and in modeling and industry training at The Model Studio. Her breadth as a creator and producer can not only be seen in her dynamic film Yellow Belt, a promotional video for Martial Arts of America, which shows the advantages of martial arts training for students with behavioral disorders and also in her film Bronze Casting, an instructional video. She is currently coordinating retreats and social media campaigns. DeVonna is a highly motivated, conscientious and tenacious individual with the innovation as a creator that secured her current position at The Kaizen Tropical Wellness Institute as an Executive Producer of their upcoming documentary series.
Felipe is the COO/VP of Operations for Noirtainment Productions. He studied at LACC and LA Trade Tech and has supervised teams for various corporate retail outlets. Recently, he was Colorist on the film Positive that screened in LA in 2013, Camera Operator on The Power of Forgiveness and Supervising Editor on several commercials.
Felipe has a unique eye for detail and precision which makes him an asset to any production.
Kristin Ruggaber has been called many things in her life, daughter, wife, mother, homemaker, and storyteller, to name a few, but not always in that order. As a kid growing up in Northwest Indiana during the 50’s and 60’s when the region was still still mostly rural, before growing into an endless sea of suburbs for an ever expanding city of Chicago, Kris was like any normal child of her time digesting a steady diet of Gunsmoke, Maverick, I Love Lucy and of course, the show that put them all to shame, Bonanza. On the back of her own horse Gypsy, Kris would dream of the old west, fantasize about being part of it, and imagine tales of a bygone era where life was more simple than it was in the bustling technology-cluttered modern days of the second half of the 20th century. As it does for all, time marched on, technology evolved, life changed, children of her own were born, grew up, moved on, but one thing stayed the same, the romance of the old west. After settling west in Virginia City Nevada and then later in Southern California, Kris and Mike have settled in, “at home” and strangely, back in time back in Indiana.
Toby Pipes is a musician/producer/recording engineer with more than two decades of experience in the music industry. As a member of Deep Blue Something, he received platinum and international success as a songwriter, guitar player and vocalist along with his brother Todd. They opened BPL studios in Dallas, Texas and produced hundreds of bands until deciding to go private in 2015. Now working out of his home studio in College Station, he creates soundscapes and songs for television, film and commercials along with recording/ producing albums and touring with different artists from around the world.
Calhoun, Flickerstick, Drowning Pool, Deep Blue Something, Hi-Fi Drowning, John Price, Lauren Fine, Shadows of Jets, Taylor Young Band, The Blessed Isles, Nadas, Orange, The Chemistry Set, 25% Toby, Crash Vinyl, Modern Nations, Halou, DJ Shadow, PW Long
Associate Music Supervisor/Composer
Nolan Thies is a Grammy award winning recording engineer/musician/producer with over fifteen years in the industry. After attending UNT in Denton, TX for Jazz Bass Performance and playing/touring with a wide array of bands, Nolan got his engineering start at BPL Studios in Dallas under Toby & Todd Pipes recording and mixing countless records. In 2012 he relocated to Brooklyn, NY where he's currently an engineer at The Bunker Studio as well as a freelance mixer out of his own home studio. With experience recording everything from orchestral to big bands to pop, Nolan prefers to channel these eclectic influences into lush dream pop arrangements.
Brad Mehldau, Deerhunter, Blonde Redhead, Max Richter, Jon Batiste, Skrillex, Bush, Eli Keszler, Amen Dunes, Modern Nations, The Blessed Isles, Circling Skies
Laurie is a multiple award-winning Producer/Author/Musician and actress. Laurie won the prestige WorldFest Houston Gold Award, Las Vegas Film Festival Golden Ace Award and the Accolades Competition Award of Merit for her Caveman Theory series. Foxx Produced and co-starred in The Open Road that starred Justin Timberlake, Jeff Daniels and Harry Dean Stanton. She also co-starred in IFC Midnight's thriller Red, White and Blue. Laurie co-stars as Janet Grayson in the upcoming feature film Lifelines.
Assistant to the Executive Producers
Lisa Nobumoto is an internationally recognized jazz singer and businesswoman who has now joined the Haisley team as Assistant to Executive Producers. Lisa has not only an impressive resume of educational credentials (ranging from college studies in acting, public speaking, all facets of TV production, mass communication, etc. to her latest degree in Music/Social Sciences from the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN). She has also accrued a lifetime of stage experience, far too extensive to list here. Some of the highlights include engagements as a soloist at: Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, New York New York Casino, MGM Grand, a Columbia Artists Tour across 107 cities, and touring in both Europe and Asia with the Gwen Briscoe Show. Presently, Lisa is directing The Jazz Masters Series, a non-profit dedicated to preserving and honoring the contributions of jazz artists and their music, while continuing to perform shows with her own 20 piece orchestra in Memphis.
Gunter holds over 30 years experience as a Psychologist. His passionate perspectives and scrutinies on what makes human beings thrive allows him to develop relationships with people in order to ignite their aspirations. Gunter is exceptional in facilitating outcomes in learning, productivity and communication by providing a safe environment with unobtrusive assistance and guidance wherein participants experience the flow between content and context.
Swoboda is the creator of the Making Good Men Great movement which gained attention of BuzzFeed, Oprah and Arianna Huffintong. Swoboda is the author of Surfing the New Wave of Masculinity available in stores and online everywhere. His critically-acclaimed novel, Mountains of Sea, was released June 1, 2021 from Winterwolf Press.
Recently, he as Written/Produced Masculinity That Inspires Change streaming on Amazon Prime and Host of Inspire Change with Gunter that is globally syndicated on all major platforms.
Line Producer/1st Assistant Director/Staff Writer
Rishabh has successfully lead Documentary projects in India, France and the USA. A graduate of Chapman University with MFA in Documentary Filmmaking. He believes audiences all around the world connect through one thing -Emotions. Driven by hispassion for inducing emotions in the audience through theaudio-visual mediumandguided by quality direction, hetends to put hisbest foot forward in every project. Irrespective of, however, a small role he may play in it.
Story Editor/Associate Producer
Lindsay is an actor/writer/director/aspiring Molly Ringwald impersonator from East-Central Texas. Her favorite kind of stories are the ones that combine elements of fantasy and whimsy with grounded emotional and psychological truths, so she is thrilled to be on the Haisley team! When she’s not creating stories you can find Lindsay drafting hot takes on Twitter, learning 90s ballads on her guitar, or hanging out with her pet chinchilla. Yes, she has a chinchilla. Her name is Bella. Do you wanna see pictures?!
Animation Administrator/Assistant Producer
Michelle is a resident in Maine who graduated from Lesley University with a BFA in 2020. Her main focus in school was 2D traditional animation, her senior thesis film in school being an experimental hand drawn mixed media piece that dealt with trauma and the loss of childhood innocence. While many people who first meet her describe her as ‘intimidating’ and ‘cool’ because of how quiet she is, Michelle is actually very shy and nervous around new people but very much wants to be friends with all of them! If there’s one thing Michelle loves more than art (and her cat), it’s organizing projects and taking care of people who work on said projects. She’s already proud of the Haisley team and all of their hard work! Michelle is a resident in Maine who graduated from Lesley University with a BFA in 2020. Her main focus in school was 2D traditional animation, her senior thesis film in school being an experimental hand drawn mixed media piece that dealt with trauma and the loss of childhood innocence. While many people who first meet her describe her as ‘intimidating’ and ‘cool’ because of how quiet she is, Michelle is actually very shy and nervous around new people but very much wants to be friends with all of them! If there’s one thing Michelle loves more than art (and her cat), it’s organizing projects and taking care of people who work on said projects.
Taylor Guyton is a former military child and 2020 graduate from The University Of Tampa with a concentration in 2D animation. She loves all animation styles, and especially Japanese animation styles due to living in Japan. Taylor enjoys spending time creating concepts, stories, and building characters for new worlds.
Téa is a driven animator, digital artist, and costume designer who loves to test the limits of visual media and her own abilities. She enjoys challenging herself with learning new software and techniques, and is constantly looking for ways to improve and experiment. Away from work, she can be found sewing costumes, playing video games, and curling up with her cat and a good book.
Jen Liu is from Taiwan and just completed her Bachelors in Art History.
"I was looking for the passion in my life and direction...I've always love drawing since I was little and I've always wanted to do that more often."
Liu moved to San Francisco to study 2D animation and was trained as a 2D Animator and fell in love with traditional character animation. She now holds a Master's degree from the Academy of Art University.
"I've developed professional skills and I'm excited to offer my creative mind in the industry and to the world."
Assistant Key Animator/Animator/Colorist
A character designer, an animator, and a storyteller, Stephanie Hull is a Visual Development Artist who is starting to dip her feet deep into the multi-billion dollar animation industry. Born 1992 in Southern California, Stephanie has had her share of exposure to the world of animation thanks to her aunt working in advertising, and growing up with a family that took many trips to Disneyland throughout the years. It was during those same years that Stephanie learned just how powerful the bond between family is, which would be a central theme throughout the stories she’d bring to life through writing and her art.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Central Florida in May 2021. After four years, she was awarded a B.F.A for Emerging Media with a specialization in Experimental Animation. Although this wouldn’t be her first college journey. Stephanie had studied a number of subjects including Theatre, Game Design, and even Psychology, but finally found her calling in art and animation. Throughout her college career, she always had the goal of being an animator in mind, but also found a new passion in Character Design, which led to an even bigger goal of working in Visual Development. Although she is new to the animation industry, Stephanie continues to devote her daily life to working toward her dream job, as well as continuing to improve both artistically and personally. Her recent career credits include volunteer work on animated ecards, as well as commissions and acting as a mentor for a friend and fellow artist who is still working on her own college career. Stephanie has also completed a couple of animated projects including the short films “The Great Escape” and “One Critter’s Trash”."
Hershell Williams IV
Philadelphia has produced some of the best entertainers and artists worldwide. Growing up here can be tough but also inspiring. Growing up in the city of brotherly love has produced a hardnose, starving artist in me. Hershell's career goal is to become a head animator at an animation company. He recently picked up the brush and began oil painting. Something that he had been very afraid to do before. "Not only did I really enjoy it but I also developed my ability in painting very quickly...somehow I flicked oil at a canvas and produced something not only I could enjoy but others too." When Williams animates, he likes to produce realistic characters doing very extraordinary things like running very fast and obtaining various super powers. When he paints, he likes to produce portraits of people. "This was of no surprise to me since I began making art by learning to draw various celebrities I idolized." Emotions are always a target for Hershell. "I love to control the emotions of my viewers; whether that be laughter, sadness and or being antsy of what may come next." Hershell's goal is ultimately for his work to transcend the art world and reach people from all walks of life.
Kristin is a digital artist with a passion for digital illustration and animation. She has a love for creating and bringing ideas to life. Gerhart's passion for art lies in the animation and video game industries.She attended William Paterson University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art with a concentration in animation. Kristin continues to improve her art and express herself through her creations and she hopes to inspire others the way others have inspired her.
Michael is a filmmaker, writer and animator. He studied animation at The Art Institute of California.
Animator and Art Designer. Has a history of bringing young people's creations to life through 2D and 3D animated cartoons. Studied computer animation at Drexel University, and continues to improve his craft by working with a variety of Philadelphia businesses.
Sung Jae Yoon
A graphic designer and animator, that also specialized in 3D modeling, and game designs. Has a Bachelor's degree in Art Technology & Culture from the University of Oklahoma. Some strongest traits are the capability to do both creative designs and technology works. Have knowledge working in most Adobe applications, Maya, and Unity. A creative creator that wants to show his creative style to the world and hopes to bring some inspiration from them.
Hao Qiao Is an ntermediate 2D animator and 3D Artist. Uses Toon Boon and Procreate for most animations. Maya and Zbrush for most 3D projects. Have done motion graphics in the past. Still new to both Unreal and Unity engine but learning. Graduating this year and seeking jobs right now.
Janice Lee Carter is an illustrator and animator in Burbank, California. She has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and Animation from Ball State University. Born in Indiana, she moved to southern California to pursue her dreams in the animation industry. Among Janice's experience includes working on animated short films and illustrated books.
Darrel Timmerman was born in 1994, Darrel grew up watching Disney movies which began his inspiration of becoming an animator. He graduated from Bucks County Community College with an Associates Degree in Graphic Design, and then graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelors in Applied Digital Arts.
Ever since they were a kid, Lanaii loved animation. She started just wanting to draw; after learning what animation was, she knew what she wanted to do. Their first job came as an illustrator for a children’s book, where they grew an appreciation for character design and child’s entertainment. Then, in the final stages of college, they became acquainted with puppet and stop motion animation alongside traditional 2d. Lanaii has a lot of big name inspirations, but her more obscure muses are biking, food, forests and travelling. Despite just graduating from The Academy of Art University, they already know they want to take their career into children’s animation. “It’s my hope that by making good media, I can influence kids and even their parents to make good changes for them and their communities.”
Obaloluwa “Tobi” Akinyele-Peter
Obaloluwa is a skilled animator, songwriter, music producer and illustrator. He picked up animation in his sophomore year in university and has transitioned from a well known freelance animator to a professional full time 2D animator.
Obaloluwa, also known as Tobi, is a graduate of Computer Science from Babcock University, although he was set up to become a web designer, his artistic passion drove him into a career in animation. Having worked with notable musical figures in his home country as a freelance animator, he started working as a full time animator in January 2020.
Tobi was the showrunner for an animated series that highlights the effects of bullying in elementary school called “Violence Against Kids”. He lead a team consisting of voiceover actors, scriptwriters and background designers to bring the project to life for Roost Foundation, the client.
Lindsey Danae Perez
Character Designer/Animation Assistant/Additional Music
Lindsey Danae Perez is a multi-talented creative artist who specializes in character design and story art. She is also a singer/songwriter that co-writes music for sync placements in television and movies alike. An artist with a heart for impact, Lindsey strives to use her talents and skills to bring more love and light into the world.
Art Director/Character Design
Imaeyen Effiong the Art Director and Assistant to the Producers for the animation/live-action film, “Haisley.”As an accomplished writer, designer, and film producer, Imaeyen has gained recognition and acclaim in film festivals such as Tribeca Film Festival, Campus Movie Fest, and the Black Box Film Festival for films such as “Relax”, “I.W.E”, and “Lost Angel.” She is interested in pursuing a career as an Art and Film Director and is especially passionate about using her work to raise awareness about inequities relating to gender and ethnicity.
Amber is an accomplished artist with a passion for animation and illustration. She is currently a student at the University of Tampa majoring in Animation. She is a hardworking and creative individual with a drive to create art that touches and inspires others.
Youji Han is a digital artist concentrating on animation and video works. She was born in Korea, grew up in China and received her BFA from the Ohio State University in Art and Technology.
Lead VFX Artist/C0-Editor
Dylan is an award-winning filmmaker currently in school at the University of Tampa. In his freshman year at UT, Wallace directed and edited a short documentary, Racing Dragons, for Campus Movie Fest winning him a Jury Award and nominating him for Best Documentary at CMF Terminus 2019-2020. There he continues his studies, exploring genres and expanding his filmmaking techniques.Born in Toms River, New Jersey, Wallace grew up watching nature documentaries and yearned to make some of his own.Having worked in both digital and physical forms of film, Wallace has tested his patience through recycled films as well as hand animating film strips using sharpie markers.Wallace studies both film and science, even studying abroad while in high school to conduct research in Costa Rica for 12 days.
Ky Maxwell Mungenast
Kyle Mungenast is an award-winningscreenwriter, playwright, and narrative & experimental filmmaker currently pursuing a BFA in Film and Media Arts at the University of Tampa.Growing up with early theater and playwright experience, Kyle fell in love with the artistic process of creating a character and they found catharsis in pursuing their passions for narrative scriptwriting. Kyle’s short neo-noir screenplay IN ABSENTIA was produced under a grant from Film Tampa Bay and was awarded for Best Cinematic Collaboration at the 2019 BlackBox Film Festival. Most recently, their LGBTQIA+ romance proof-of-concept,COME IN, was produced and is currently in film festival circuits.
Sound Designer/Sound Editor
Karthik Mohan’s journey into the world of sound was a happy accident. From a young age, he has had a fascination for history and mythology. While his dad took him to the movies every weekend, his mom encouraged him to learn to play the Tabla. But all these remained just hobbies until he met a group of people who had started making short films, while doing his undergrad in Electronics Engineering.
The films they made were well received at college fests but there were always complaints about the quality of sound. Storytelling, Music and Signal Processing all came together as he found his calling in the field of Film Sound. He attended a workshop conducted by Randy Thom, Director of Skywalker Sound and that opened up a whole new world. He left lucrative job offers to pursue his M.F.A in Sound Design at Dodge College, Chapman University.
Karthik featured in The Hollywood Reporter in 2021 for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Student Film (Verna Fields Award) MSE Golden Reel Awards for: Las Escondidas, Chapman University Supervising Sound Editor: Karthik Mohan.
He was one of the 5 Finalists for the Cinema Audio Society Student Recognition Award, 2020. He was also an intern for the Jeffrey Katzenberg founded Quibi’s Beta Testing project at Dodge College. Among the documentaries he has worked on, Shades of Indigo featured on PBS and Birds Without Wings was a finalist at the Student Academy Awards, 2020.
Assistant Sound Editor
Jose has an ambition for sound and visuals. As he is self taught in the Audio and sound industry, he aspires to achieve the highest quality in POV of viewers. Recently he Sound Mixer/Boom Operator on a new sci-fi TV series.
Destiny Marie Parker
Artist Assistant Intern
Destiny Marie Parker, a kind but determined, somewhat silly person who always finds a way to make people laugh; a gifted artist who inspires others. Her colleagues would describe her as fun, confident, caring, and a good worker. Since the time she was 4, she remembers having the desire to be a professional artist. Growing up she had an affinity for animation and remembers watching countless Disney movies, but the one movie that inspired Destiny to become an animator was the DreamWorks Animation film “Spirit Stallion of Cimarron.” She was intrigued by how the drawings moved, then watching the way they were created set a spark off in her, so by the time she was 7 she decided to refine her talents for creating animation. The person in the animation world she credits with her inspiration is Aaron Blaise. When Destiny is not working she enjoys spending time at church and with friends and is happiest spending time with her pets and her grandmother, whom she deeply admires and respects. Destiny’s personal motto is “Always do what you love no matter what, cause you might make a difference doing it someday.”
Meet the talent behind the characters. (More cast to be added)
Jordyn Brooks is a quintessential, All-American Girl. She is a
9 years up 11’4” qualified for AAU junior olympics, TAAF state qualifier in 100m and long jump in 8 years up. She plays 2nd base on select softball traveling team, basketball, tumbling and loves to swim.
She finished 2nd place in math UIL for 2nd grade and 1st place in UIL math in 3rd grade. Miss Brooks is enrolled in advanced classes at school. She loves to read and Harry Potter is one of her favorites. Jordyn is an adventurous and competitive child who loves to travel. Haisley is her debut to serialized, dramatic television.
Jeanine is an actress who has guest-starred in several hit shows such as: Fox's The Mick, HBO's Westworld, Supergirl and Criminal Minds on CBS and recently stars in the upcoming feature film Lifelines as Dr. Leah Kay.
Bernard Robichaud, known to fans worldwide as Cyrus, the gun toting, drug dealing nemesis from the hit Netflix Original Series Trailer Park Boys and as Kirk from the cult-favorite SyFy Series Haven.
Robert T. Batie he began playing the saxophone at the age of nine years old. As a child he and his family moved often due to his father serving in the military. He has lived in cities such as Guam, NY, GA, VA and Europe. While his home address changed frequently, the one constant in his life was music and sports. By the time he graduated from high school in Manassas VA, the young musician could play all four saxophones, as well as keyboards. After completing a tour of duty in the United States Air Force and upon discharge Rob attended the University of Maryland. As a walk-on athlete he became an outstanding running back for the Maryland Terrapins Football team. He holds degrees in Air Transportation and Liberal Arts. Praise for Rob's performance and recordings has been unceasing, Upscale Magazine followed his music amongst other greats such as John Legend, Common and The Roots. He has appeared on several morning television/radio shows and has been the feature story of many entertainment articles in newspapers across the country.
Perhaps famed saxophonist Najee put things succinctly when he said “Batie, you are all the way ready, you have to find a way to put your music out there, now!” A well-rounded professional, Rob has held acting roles in Miami Vice starring Jamie Foxx, CSI Miami, Burn Notice, The Glades, and has appeared in several national television commercials, and independent films.
Andrew Flores is an actor and producer, known for recurring as Epifanio’s Bodyguard in USA Network’s Queen of the South.
Laurie Foxx is an award winning writer, director, producer, actor and musician. Winning for "The Caveman Theory" TV Pilot, and acting and producing films such as "The Open Road" with Justin Timberlake and Jeff Bridges.
Canadian born Andrea Fletcher always knew she would be a performer. From her days of impersonating her favorite SCTV characters as a young girl, to her award winning performance as the leading lady in the Sears Drama festival hit Solitaire at Pearson high school where she attended with classmate and fellow actor Ryan Gosling, Andrea showed great dexterity and perseverance when it came to learning and growing as an artist. Andrea naturally gravitated toward comedy. With the motto "laughter is the best medicine" she began writing and performing stand-up comedy with the majority of her material inspired from personal life experiences, both good and bad. From there, Andrea met her soon to be 'brothers from other mothers' actor and comedians Geoff Hendry and Dan Abramovici. The three formed the sketch troupe Awkward Silence. The comedy trio became a regular fixture in the Toronto sketch comedy scene and performed at numerous venues and comedy clubs all over the city. In Jan 2010, Andrea started her production company Fletch Films and shot her first two films Shaky Grounds and the multiple international award winning hit short Altarcations based on sketches she wrote and performed with Geoff and Dan. She has also appeared as a special guest in numerous comedy shows alongside top-notch comedians in front of sold out crowds in Los Angeles and Montreal. From there, Andrea has gone on to star in and produce several more comedy shorts through Fletch Films, which are slated to be screened in notable festivals worldwide. Miss Fletcher is continuously working on numerous projects and future productions including feature films and television series.
Veteran voice actor and writer Markham Anderson comes to HAISLEY with over fifteen years of experience playing characters in a wide variety of genres. From lead roles in anime films such as "Street Fighter" (M. Bison) and "A.D. Police" (Police Lieutenant), to video games such as "Call of Duty" (various military), and the voice of recent promos for Netflix Original Series "Shadow and Bone" as well as promos for the new CW series "Walker." Markham calls on his years as a US Marine officer and former Special Operator attached to the very beginnings of modern "SOCOM." Markham is also an accomplished DP with more than 300 film credits spanning music videos, commercials, and movie trailers such as the award-winning "Marisa Romanov" produced/written/directed by Miranda Spigener-Sapon. Markham is very excited to bring some depth and even a little creepiness to his character of Galiel in HAISLEY!