Tisch Professional Courses Instructors

ROBERT BENEVIDES
Blood and Gore 101

A visual artist since childhood, I have always been filled with a burning desire to tell stories with my art. Primarily self taught and armed with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film from NYU, I entered the professional world of filmmaking in 1989 as a special effects make-up artist. In this field, it takes a special mind that is part artist, part technician and part magician to transform actors into monsters, create creatures that do not exist in the real world, and portray violence in a realistic manner. My extensive experience in this art form, which requires many steps, has prepared me for the current method with which I create my photography. My creative process is innovative. I create all of the elements of my art separately and then bring them all together at the end to create a seamless, coherent and powerful image. My methodology consists of digital capture, digital imaging and digital compositing. I begin with creating concept art illustrations and paintings and then moving into casting, prop and costume design and fabrication, hair and make up design, directing, digital photography, green screen and finally post-production. I draw inspiration from the writings of Joseph Campbell, the lighting of the Pre-Raphaelites painters, the landscapes of the Hudson River School painters, the compositions of Gustave Dore, the power of Frank Frazetta and the innovations of contemporary Japanese concept artists. Ultimately, each time I grow as an artist, I grow as an individual and a teacher. I strive to inspire by showing that creativity has no limit and that technology is simply another tool to create art. I measure my success by the invisibility of my technical virtuosity and the power of my images to elevate the audience's heart and spark their imagination.

SISA BUENO
360 Degrees in One Day: An Introduction to 360-Degree Virtual Reality

Originally from New York City, Sisa Bueno is a documentary film and media maker who is fascinated by people of all cultures, and storytelling about underrepresented cultures and social issues. She studied both film production and interactive technology with a concentration in virtual reality (VR) at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU). With the support of ITVS-PBS, Sisa is currently developing a feature documentary with interactive VR and augmented reality (AR) components.

ZARAH CABAÑAS
The Art of the VJ

Zarah Cabañas, also known as VJ Lady Firefly, is a VJ, video artist, and musician. Zarah creates live visual experiences, most recently collaborating with music group The Roots and Dave Chappelle.  In the studio, Zarah has an extensive background in theatrical video design and post/production. This includes over six years with Blue Man Group as Associate Creative Director of Video and currently at New York University as Digital Media Strategist and Guest Lecturer. She is deeply involved within numerous artistic communities and festivals in NYC, the Catskills, Philippines, and Russia. Zarah has been an educator at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Artist-in-Residence at The Experimental Television Center, member of The Office for Creative Research, and Film/TV Alumna of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. She is Co-Founder of Space Acres in the Catskills of New York. acres.space/firefly

STEVIN AZO MICHELS
Intro to DaVinci Resolve

Stevin Azo is an adjunct instructor at Tisch School of the Arts, where he has been teaching video editing and tech theory for over 20 years. He has won several awards and has screened at many major international film festivals including Sundance and at a retrospective at the ICA London. He is currently engaged in projects and activities that utilize the use of technology in fostering peace and better communication.