Rich West

PROPMASTER AND MODEL MAKER GIVE THE MAN HIS PROPS Here’s a guy who must love his work. Rich West’s house is full of movie replica props, including a working full-size Robot, as in the original Lost in Space Robot! When we last visited, he was working on...
Paul Meena

Paul Meena

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS EXECUTIVE Another Big Get! Finally hooked us a big fish from Universal Studios.  Paul Meena is the former Vice President and General Manager of the  Universal Studios Florida Production Group, but he earned his stripes the hard way.  As a young man...
James Ponti

James Ponti

READING BETWEEN THE LINES Write On! Are you (or your kids) fans of the City Spies series of middle-grade books?  Or maybe Framed, or Dead City? New York Times bestselling author James Ponti is a very busy guy these days, so we were very delighted that he was able to...
Rizza Germonto-Baker

Rizza Germonto-Baker

THE NATURAL Home-Grown Talent Rizza is a local gal (well, by way of Hawaii), having graduated from Dr. Phillips High School, University of Florida, and Full Sail University, where she earned a degree in Film & Television Production. Right away, she started working...
Aaron Blaise

Aaron Blaise

AN ANIMATED LIFE Bear Necessities Easily the most successful productions coming out of Orlando in the 1990’s and early 2000’s were the animated films coming from the Florida unit of Walt Disney Feature Animation. From Roger Rabbit shorts to bits and pieces...