Filmmakers Unite

Filmmakers Unite is a group that was begun to help both the seasoned professional in networking and the novice filmmaker with advice and inspiration.

Let's help each other acquire crews, actors, stock footage, locations, scripts, music, equipment, distribution etc...

Most importantly let's share our technical and aesthetic knowledge for the betterment of the global filmmaking community.

Givers gain! The more that you give the more that you gain. A simple idea that has no boundaries.


Woody Bavota for more than 30 years has been lighting, photographing, managing, producing and directing international productions. He has worked on location in just about every state of the union as well as more than a dozen foreign countries. Woody's work history includes films, television, music videos, web video and live entertainment.

FILMMAKERS UNITE OFFICER Writer/Producer/Show Runner

(In Memory of, our first Officer) Bob Fraser is an actor, writer, director, and was the writer/producer (show-runner) on such hits as Full House, Benson, The Love Boat, Condo, Marblehead Manor, and others. He has also spent many years acting, writing, producing and directing in theatre - first in NYC and then as the owner of his own theatres in various parts of the U.S.

FILMMAKERS UNITE OFFICER Cinematographer/Director of Photography

Rob Draper, ACS is a director of photography on feature films, tele-features, mini-series and TV series. His credits include Spitfire Grill, Halloween 5, ED, The Three Stooges(movie), Tales From The Crypt. Rob has won numerous Awards and nominations for his work including ACS, ASC and Cable ACE. A leader of innovation over the years Rob has worked on product development with Arriflex, Zeiss and FujiFilm and well as, since the mid 90’s, SONY, Panasonic and Fujinon on the new High Def technologies…being seen as a major force in the early promotion of HD as a viable production medium. Rob frequently tours the globe for Panasonic giving seminars and workshops on feature lighting for HD and now also runs his own Production Company and global IPTV channel.

FILMMAKERS UNITE OFFICER Audio Mixer Film & Television/Foley Mixer

Roy Braverman’s life revolves around the world of music and sound, and he has attained creative and technical excellence in a number of diverse disciplines. Besides having expertise in the latest sound technologies, Roy is also a brilliantly talented musician. He has played keyboards for a number of bands, including a tour with The Captain & Tennille. Combining his many talents, Mr. Braverman has also written, performed and produced a number of his own songs, receiving outstanding critical acclaim. In various media, Roy’s efforts have garnered him numerous awards including a Silver Microphone, several Golden Reels, multiple Emmy awards and a host of nominations. His present company, “Bravermania,” features a compilation of his talents and a prestigious network of industry experts, capable of taking on any facet of sound, music, video and multimedia projects.
Roy invites you to contact him regarding any and all things related to music and audio at [email protected] And to visit his websites:,

FILMMAKERS UNITE OFFICER Sign Language Interpreter/Consultant for Films, Stage and TV

Stephanie Feyne is a sign language interpreter with over 30 years experience. She interprets on and off-Broadway and is one of the instructors for Theatre Development Fund's annual "Interpreting for the Theatre" seminar housed at the Juilliard School. Stephanie is also is a technical consultant for films, stage and TV. She has interpreted for Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, the Pope, actors, linguists as well as grassroots members of the Deaf community in settings including educational, legal and medical at local, national and international venues. As an actor she has appeared on NBS's Law and Order SVU, PBS's Rainbow's End.

FILMMAKERS UNITE OFFICER Special Effects/SFX Make-Up/Creature Creation

Ben Chester has worked in the special effects industry since 1996. Trained in Los Angeles, he collaborated on several studio features Such as "Being John Malkovich", "Dr. Dolittle", and Star Trek Insurrection." As well as a handful of television series including "The Drew Carey Show", "Star Trek Voyager and Deep Space Nine." In 2002 he left the studios to launch his own company, further accruing credits in theme park, haunted attraction, and circus venues, and just over 40 short and feature films to date. Based in New England now, he focuses on effects supervision and consulting to the independent film market, and continues to offer works in the areas of creature creation, prosthetics, miniatures, and specialty prop/costume fabrications.

FILMMAKERS UNITE OFFICER Stunt Driver/Performer/Coordinator

Janine Mitchell for over twenty years has worked as a stunt performer, driver, stunt double and recently she graduated to working as a stunt coordinator for her latest film. Janine's work has been seen in Tony Scott's Deja Vue, as a stunt driver in Transporter 2, Bad Boys and 2 Fast 2 Furious. She has worked as a stunt performer on CSI Miami, All About The Benjamins and the Last Ride among others.

FILMMAKERS UNITE OFFICER Production Designer/Art Director/Visual Consultant

Bruce Crone is Production Designer, Art Director and Visual Consultant. His films include Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Master and Commander, Dr. Dolittle 2, The Perfect Storm, Die Hard 2 and John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.. Bruce's work has also been seen on the small screen in the series Quincy M.E. and Simon & Simon.


James Herron began his professional career as a voice actor in 1973 and could be heard on the air at some of the nation's most exciting and successful radio stations. For more than thirty years, his voice and on-air talent have been in demand nationwide. His worldwide clientele include; Lionsgate, PBS, Comcast, Entercom Radio, University of Michigan, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Altec Lansing, and Brown University.


Helen McCready, C.S.A has 25 years in the business and is an accredited member of the Casting Society of America. Her company Helen Wheels Productions, LLC cast for feature films, television and commercial print. Helen has also worked as a producer for film and television.