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When: Saturday, April 30
Where: Soundview Broadcasting Studios
36-01 37th Ave.
Long Island City, New York  11101
United States

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The PGA East AP Council & New Media Council Present...

Master Class
Panel Discussion & Live Demonstration

Saturday, April 30
9:00am - 1:00pm
Breakfast provided

Soundview Broadcasting Studios
36-01 37th Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 937-8400
R or M train to 36th St. stop, street parking available

Free for PGA members. $25 for non-members and guests. 

Drones have emerged as a powerful tool for producers in film, television, and new media. Offering the capability to get never-before-seen shots and a freedom to go places that traditional aircraft can’t reach, drones offer an exciting opportunity for producers and directors to create visual magic like never before. 

But as drone use has exploded in the recent years, regulations, restrictions, and fees have popped up, creating a confusing landscape for producers. We will cover what all producers need to know when shooting with drones: how to choose the right aircraft and camera for your shoot, location concerns, safety regulations, FAA paperwork, finding the most experienced crew, and more.

Our Masterclass
We will feature a panel of industry leaders who will offer producers the chance to learn from the brightest minds working on the front lines in drone cinematography. Plus, producers will have the chance to see and touch a full range of drones including small, medium and full-sized “heavy lifter” aircraft. The panel discussion will be followed by a live drone demo flight broadcast to a screen inside our stage - you won’t want to miss this!

• 9:00am - 9:30am – Registration with coffee & breakfast 
• 9:30am - 10:30am – Drone Safety & What You Need to Know to Fly Legally
• 10:30am - 11:00am – Q&A 
• 11:00am - 12:00pm – Equipment Choices & Assembling Your Team
12:00pm - 12:30pm – Q&A
• 12:30pm - 1:00pm – Live drone demonstration & networking

Eric Berez - Vice President, Intuitive Aerial, Inc
Eric Bergez has two decades of expertise and achievement in entertainment technology ranging from remote head stabilization, aerial cinematography, digital cinema, wireless transmission, projection technology, color science, image restoration, color finishing and a wide range of broadcast solutions which has proven invaluable to engineers, camera operators, colorist, editors, cinematographers, DITs, directors and producers. Mr. Bergez represents the industries most advanced professional UAV for aerial cinematography and has an advanced understanding of the use of stabilized remote heads for broadcast and cinema productions. He monitors the regulations and progression of the various aviation authorities throughout the Americas as it pertains to professional use of UAVs and competes daily in the development and manufacturing of aerial remote systems for the entertainment industry. Mr. Bergez is an alumnus of the University Of Southern California School Of Cinematic Arts and has a passion for film-making and entertainment technology.

Bill Milling - CEO, American Movie Company Studios
Bill Milling is a writer, director, Emmy Award® winning producer, and CEO of the American Movie Company, which he developed from its origins as a creator of low budget feature films (he wrote, produced and/or directed over twenty) to a full-service, national organization that maintains facilities in NY, LA and Miami. Bill is the Emmy Award® winning producer of the NBC series “Unicorn Tales” (winner of 18 Emmy Awards, and the prestigious Action For Children’s Television Award®). He was the New York production executive/production supervisor on a host of major motion pictures including, “The Mortal Instruments”, “Lucky Number Slevin”, “Third Miracle”, “Senseless”, “54”, and “The Late Shift”. He has produced content for major TV series including “30 Rock”, “Gossip Girl”, “CSI NY”, “Dexter”, “The West Wing”, “Mad About You”, “Friends”, “Will & Grace”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “Conviction”, “The X Files”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “Smallville”, and “Without A Trace”. American Movie Company maintains fully equipped green screen sound stages, and is a major player in digital compositing, video production, post, VFX, TriCaster WebCasting, Teleprompter Services, and 4K drone rentals.

Jimmy Olivero - UAS Pilot and Drone Technology Expert
Born and raised in Queens, NY. Jimmy Olivero took a startup drone company over 10 years ago and grew it into a national brand servicing clients from Hollywood to Commercial Real Estate. Keeping up with technology, Jimmy Olivero is bringing the latest drone tech to Feature Films, Production and Infrastructure.

James Percelay - Co-Founder, Thinkmodo
James Percelay is cofounder of the viral video marketing agency, Thinkmodo. Thinkmodo’s attention-getting videos for movies and brands have generated hundreds of millions of views, and garnered multiple industry awards including a Webby, Shorty, and multiple Clios. Thinkmodo employs a wide range of camera technology for its videos, including extensive drone work. The company is noted for its “Flying People in New York City” video for 20th Century Fox that was shot using a drone and featured unique RC planes as the subject. James is a regular on the "Today Show,” and has been profiled in hundreds of interviews including The New York Times, CNN, BBC, Entertainment Tonight, Business Week, Fortune, NPR, among many others. He is a former producer of the commercial parodies on “Saturday Night Live” and a TV development executive at Hearst Entertainment. He is also a best-selling humor book author. James is a member of the WGA and PGA New Media Councill. 

John Santry - Drone Pilot at Rev U.S.
John Santry is a 10-year active duty veteran of the U.S. Navy, and founder of San Diego based Revolutionary Unmanned Systems, or “Rev U.S.” for short. Over the course of his 10 year career, John was an unmanned aircraft systems pilot and mission commander for Naval Special Warfare, and served multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a surveillance and reconnaissance pilot for U.S. Special Operations Command. After leaving active duty, he returned to Afghanistan as a defense contractor and served as a program manager for Boeing and General Atomics. In 2014, John left the battlefield and started Rev U.S. - a section 333 approved unmanned systems service provider specializing in complex air operations for the cinematography, industrial, and public sectors. John has over 3000 hours of pilot-in-command time on numerous unmanned aircraft, and a B.S. and M.B.A. from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Randy Scott Slavin - Director, NYC Drone Film Festival
Randy Scott Slavin is an award-winning director, photographer and aerial cinematographer. In 2014 Slavin founded the New York City Drone Film Festival, the world's first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography. It has experienced rapid growth since its inception, counting companies like GE, NBC News, Adobe and DJI as headline sponsors. In 2016 the #NYCDFF was a three-day event including a dynamic slate of interactive panels and a "Day of Drones” hosted at the Liberty Science Center which included drone battling and and drone racing. The festival received 350 film submissions from 45 countries, 5,000+ people in attendance over the festival weekend and over 270 million media impressions worldwide. Slavin lives with his wife and young daughter in New York City.

Brian Walk - Drone pilot


Special thanks to Aerigon by Intuitive Aerial & Soundview Broadcasting Studios

Please note: 
• Cancellations must be received by Thursday, April 28 at 12 noon. No refunds can be given after that point. Cancel your reservation by emailing