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Meet Don Elfant, Director of Marketing and Development

Meet Don Elfant, Director of Marketing and Development

"Before you start getting creative, know your prospective audience. Be clear about what you want them to know and what you want them to do. It is at that point you can do the fun part. There have been many famous ad campaigns that won awards for creativity but did nothing to achieve their actual goals."

OWA Profile: David Poe, Poster Designer

OWA Profile: David Poe, Poster Designer

"I have always had an affinity toward Lovecraft. I take a lot of ‘calmness’ from the more descriptive parts of his work. I like the illustrations where, even when things seem chaotic, it’s all still quiet. "

OWA Profile: Courtney Hazlett, Programmer and Hospitality Director

OWA Profile: Courtney Hazlett, Programmer and Hospitality Director

"It is a dive into unknown yet somehow familiar worlds. Plus, as a lover of sound, what a fun genre to work with! There truly are no limits when it comes to science fiction."

OWA Profile: Reid Lansford, Programmer and Registration Director

OWA Profile: Reid Lansford, Programmer and  Registration Director

"Whenever interesting or out-of-left-field directors are given a chance to do something like that today, more often than not it's a pre-packaged deal: a comic book film or remake that doesn't let them really exhibit their voice. But for a time in the 80's, some great filmmakers were really given that chance and made films that, if not classics, were at least interesting."

OWA Profile: Dan Repp, Programmer and Events Coordinator

OWA Profile: Dan Repp, Programmer and Events Coordinator

" I get annoyed when Scifi films take up most of their runtime with exposition about the science of the film and then spend little time developing interesting characters."

OWA Profile: Jordan Brown, Programmer and Director of Submissions

OWA Profile:  Jordan Brown, Programmer and Director of Submissions

"I enjoy the constant presence of the unknown.  It’s true that as technology progresses, it’s easier to fact-check things like believable movements in Zero Gravity or the proper procedure of carrying out a lab experiment.  But there’s a certain freedom to be had in creating a sci-fi story.  Can you prove that giant squirrel aliens don’t exist out there somewhere? "