Crew - PREP SCHOOL - A Film by Sean Nichols Lynch - Now On Demand

SEAN NICHOLS LYNCH (Director, Writer, Producer)

Sean Nichols Lynch is an award-winning film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
For Prep School, he won two awards at the 2015 Studio City International Film Festival for Best Dramatic Feature and Best Screenplay.
His production credits include work with Vita Coco, American Zoetrope, and Splash Digital Media. A lifelong movie buff, Sean is the co-host of the bi-monthly VHS nostalgia podcast Tapeheads. His next feature, Ride with Me, is now in development with Evolve Media.

SPENSER T. NOTTAGE (Cinematographer)

Spenser is a cinematographer and visual artist working out of Brooklyn, NY and Oakland, CA on narrative and commercial projects. His work, which is rooted in nuanced lighting and intuitive lensing, has been featured in Kodak’s In-Camera Magazine and the Oakland Tribune. Spenser's commercial work includes shoots for Jim Beam, Ben & Jerry's, Jansport, Ralph Lauren, Cisco and many others. Spenser's passion for storytelling in the visual arts reaches beyond the screen into my work as a painter and illustrator, where he is known for his unique use of sequential imagery.

EMILY BARBERA (Producer, Production Manager)

Emily is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a BA in Cinema. During her time in the Cinema program at SF State, Emily found her niche in producing. In Spring 2011, Emily started producing her first feature documentary, The Last Maestro, with director Carlo Lizzani, in Italy; followed by two senior thesis projects in her second year at SF State. In her spare time, Emily co-produced a music video for YouTube star Jennifer Chung, and began working in the Bay Area film industry as a production assistant on a variety of shoots including: a Jane Austen web series, the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum concert series, and a reality dating TV series for CBS.

GAVIN MURRAY (Producer, 1st AC)

Gavin is a cinematographer from San Francisco, CA. A graduate of San Francisco State University’s Cinema program, he spends his days putting all his experience, ingenuity, and talent into each film he works on. When not on set, you can find him about San Francisco looking for good food with friends, or cozied up on the couch watching B movies with the occasional reputable “good film” thrown in for good measure.

ALUN LEE (Producer, 1st AD)

A transplant from the Bay Area via Los Angeles, Alun has worked in the NorCal production circuit for the last 2 years as a Producer, UPM, AD and Set PA. On a variety of shows ranging from national commercial ads (Toyota, Apple, Volkswagen) to Television (My Redneck Vacation, Collection Intervention, Hell’s Kitchen) to features (Terminator Genisys, Family Party) and has directed a handful of music videos. Alun has experience with a wide spectrum of shows, and has collaborated with a range of filmmakers in the bay area.

TIMOTHY LYNCH (Composer)

Timothy has written numerous compositions for instruments, voices, and electronic media. He has composed works to accompany plays, dance, and film. Timothy attended Cal-State, Hayward (BA, MA – music theory and composition), and The University of Iowa (PhD – music composition). He is currently composing the score to the upcoming film Ride with Me.

CRISTA LLEWELYN (Makeup)

Crista Llewellyn is a special effects makeup artist based out of Los Angeles, CA. She got her start in special effects in high school when she learned how to creat cotton and latex wounds for the play 'Bury the Dead.' She fell in love and the rest is history. After highschool, she went to San Francisco State Univeristy where she got her BA in Technical Theatre and Desgin, with a focus on Costume desgin, in 2012. In 2014 she graduated from The Blush School of Makeup in San Francisco with a certificate in master makeup artistry. Shorty after, she returned to Los Angeles to work as a freelance artist, dividing her time between the lab and set.

ANDI WELLS (Costume Design)

Andi was born and raised in Stockton, California. She went to San Francisco State University originally to study fashion design, but stumbled into the school’s theatre costuming department and discovered her true calling. She spent the next two years working in the costume shop on the Theatre Department’s productions, graduating SF State in Spring 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and Merchandising and a minor in Theatre Costuming. She currently works as a costume designer in Los Angeles.

TÉA TOPLAK (Casting)

At San Francisco State, Téa focused on directing, winning praise for her adaptations of Normal by Anthony Neilson and The Ballad of 423 and 424 by Nick Pappas. She continued to perform as an actor, portraying a slew of memorable characters including Lady M in Macbeth and Williamson in the all-female version of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. Her love for performing and years of experience working with actors led Téa to the audition room once again, this time as a casting director. She is currently based in Los Angeles.

LARRY MADRIGAL (Rugby Coordinator)

In addition to being an experienced rugby player and coach, Larry is an accomplished director, writer, and sound mixer in San Francisco. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Cinema, with an emphasis on Production and Screenwriting. During his time at SF State, he met Prep School director Sean Lynch on the rugby pitch while they both played for the SFSU Gator Rugby Football Club.

IAN McGUINNESS (Editor)

Growing up in Northern Ireland during the peak of The Troubles, Ian knows a thing or two about hard living. At age 17, he convinced his younger brother not to attend an informational meeting for the IRA and instead go to a Dublin movie house to sneak into a matinee of Ken Loach’s 1969 film Kes, potentially saving his brother’s life, as well as beginning a lifelong love for the cinema in Ian’s heart. By Ian’s estimate, he’s edited nearly five thousand film projects, ranging from feature films to music videos to PSAs for the troubled youth of Ireland, using everything from state-of-the-art Avid suites to a rusty straight razor.

ADDISON KAVISH (Assistant Editor)

Based in San Francisco, Addison has been a film editor for 10 years. He has worked on almost every genre and style of film and video imaginable, from corporate videos to narrative films to surrealistic art films. A graduate of the Cinema Department at San Francisco State
University, Addison works as a full-time professional editor with clients all around the Bay Area and in Napa Valley.