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Originator Studios is a full service creative video production company based in Austin, TX.
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Meet the Team
Derek Gildersleeve -
Director | Producer | Co-Founder
Derek has been directing and producing television commercials, films and corporate projects for over a decade.
Derek is passionate about documentary, graphics design, photography and virtual reality, and loves to experiment with the mixture of mediums in the pursuit of visual storytelling. He has been referred to often by his friends as "the funniest person he knows".
Derek holds a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin where he continues to visit on occasion to feel old.
Willie Rockefeller -
Director | Producer | Co-Founder
Willie Rockefeller is a writer, director, and producer of video and virtual reality content. Willie graduated from the University of Texas School of Film in 2009 and enjoys blending the lines of commercial and creative media. His true passion is delivering joy directly into people's eyeballs, and witnessing the results of that person's neurons firing in an entirely new way.
Matthew Pearson -
Producer | Editor
Matthew graduated with a degree in Media Production from The University of Houston in 2009 and has been in Austin ever since.
Matthew has been known to spend 6 hours a day watching movies and tv shows. He is a master of Six Degrees of Separation (90’s and on). Matthew is also known as the sauce man. He loves chicken wings, salsa, coffee and all things Houston Sports.
Christopher Rusch - Director | Cinematographer
Chris Rusch is a talented Director and Cinematographer with a range of work in the music video field. Chris is also a graduate of the University of Texas film program. His creative process and eye for detail make him a huge asset to Originator Studios. Chris enjoys hiking out in nature, finding the highest point, and throwing his phone as far as he can.
Kari Burke -
Studio Manager | Marketing
Kari loves to find new ways to present ideas through entertainment. She has performed, choreographed and produced dance for recording artists, tv, and live events. She holds a BA in performance & choreography and psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI.
Kari's true passions are herding cats, fancy cheese, and a good disco clap. When not Originating, you can find her dancing on buildings with Blue Lapis Light.
Mr. Muffin -
Mascott | Extra
Mr. Digby Muffin is a wise old Jackrabbit from Detroit, MI. Upon moving to Austin in 2013, he was adopted by Originator Studios and starred in his first music video. Mr. Muffin gets cameos in as many projects as rabbit-ly possible, and bursts with laughter when seeing himself on the big screen.