Brandon McCormick
Brandon McCormick

Brandon McCormick

Brandon McCormick is the founder of Whitestone Motion Pictures and the Producer/Director for all of Whitestone’s films. Brandon has made a number of award winning short films that have created a body of work that is unique and inspiring.

Brandon began making films at age fifteen at 12Stone Church, which was dedicated to employing the arts to communicate its message. After more than a decade of experience, his vision and style as a filmmaker are distinct.

Brandon lives in Buford, Georgia with his beautiful wife Kimberly and 2 daugters, Storie and Ever. Brandon credits the beauty of his family, his friends and the Appalachian mountains as his muse to create art and film.

Brandon McCormick

Producer, Director Founder & CEO
Nicholas Kirk
Nicholas Kirk

Nicholas Kirk

Nick is the Producer and Composer at Whitestone, He loves being able to make music and movies with his best friends.

Nicks favorite record is ‘Pet Sounds’ and his favorite film is ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’.

Nick cherishes his wife and two boys, drinks Coca Cola from a glass bottle, and everything else really isn’t that important.

Nicholas Kirk

Composer
Producer & CCO
Alex Watson
Alex Watson

Alex Watson

Alex grew up on the coast of Georgia. After spending two years at Kennesaw State University he later transferred to the Atlanta Institute of Music where he graduated with a focus on Guitar.

Alex has worked in film production and motion graphics since 2006, partnering with various churches and other organizations. Alex joined the Whitestone team in 2008 during the production of “That’s Magic”. Alex currently works as a Graphic Designer and Co-Producer with Whitestone. He also is the First Assistant Director during productions.

Alex Watson

Graphic Designer
Co-Producer
Charlie Wetzel
Charlie Wetzel

Charlie Wetzel

Charlie is a screenwriter who also mentors the protégé writers at Whitestone Motion Pictures. Charlie has worked for sixteen years as a professional writer with leadership expert and speaker John C. Maxwell. So far, they have collaborated on more than fifty books together.

Charlie worked as a chef in his first career. In his second, he taught English, putting to use his BA and MA in English, which he earned at the University of New Orleans. He still cooks and enjoys other pursuits such as reading, hunting for wild mushrooms, studying martial arts, working on projects around the house, and serving at 12Stone, his church. Charlie has been married for sixteen years and has three children. He frequently travels to England and thinks of Gloucester as his home away from home.

Charlie Wetzel

Screenwriter
Protege Program Dean
Adam Barnett
Adam Barnett

Adam Barnett

Adam was raised in LaGrange, Georgia. He is the oldest of four children and the son of two school teachers. His two favorite aspects of filmmaking are screenwriting and the on set experience.

Adam started his work in film production with Whitestone Motion Pictures as an intern in July, 2010. Since then he has participated in Whitestone’s screenwriting protege program and worked on several Whitestone productions. Adam is currently a crew protege as well as a grip with Whitestone.

Adam Barnett

Alex Morrison
Alex Morrison

Alex Morrison

Alex is the Web Director at Whitestone. He builds and maintains our websites as well as consult us in the social media realm. He is a graduate from the Art Institute of Atlanta with a BFA in Web Design and Interactive Media.

Alex is an obsessive Braves fan, a horrible golfer, and hobby photographer.

Alex has been with Whitestone since “Heartless”. He is happily married to Emily Morrison, who is also Nick Kirk’s sister.

Alex Morrison

Amber Flores
Amber Flores

Amber Flores

Amber was born in San Diego california moving with her family to Georgia at a very young age. She spent her high school years at Loganville Christian Academy playing varsity basketball and pursuing her love of theater and the arts. After graduation along with her sister she moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras and lived for four months as a missionary. Growing up Amber was always found with a makeup brush in hand. She  watched every video possible and read up on all the latest techniques to further her passion for makeup.

In early 2010, she became connected with the Whitestone family through 12Stone church, her first production being “Fear Itself”. She currently serves as makeup department head for Whitestone, as well as a freelance makeup artist.

Amber Flores

Asher Emmanuel
Asher Emmanuel

Asher Emmanuel

Asher was born in Los Angeles California, but spent most of his formative years in Atlanta. He graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies with a focus in Tragedy.

Asher has been involved in film production around Atlanta for several years and joined Whitestone as a filmmaker protege in 2010. He freelances for various churches, non-profits, and commercial organizations around Atlanta and is a director at Whitestone.

Asher is writing a screenplay.

Asher Emmanuel

Billy Wilkerson
Billy Wilkerson

Billy Wilkerson

Billy has been with Whitestone for 8 years, mainly as a staff songwriter but has also been utilized as a character actor, screenwriter, Key grip and worked on set construction for “Candy Shop”. His first Whitestone production was “Smiling Addiction”. But his main job is being a staff songwriter with Nick Kirk, and together they make The Brothers Bright.

Billy  was raised and still resides in Georgia with his wife, Jill Wilkerson, and their two kids Evie Sophia and  William Dawson.

Billy Wilkerson

Brian Parker
Brian Parker

Brian Parker

Brian is from North Carolina but spent his most malleable years in New Jersey and Chicago which despite his residing in Atlanta for many years, leads to his insistence that he is still a northerner. For better or for worse, he is the distilled culmination of a life of movies, cartoons, books, and comics. A pop culture Frankenstein’s monster if you will. He’s a writer, director, and secretly an animator. Though his childhood was spent drawing and making cheesy “movies” in the backyard, his career path consisted of attempting the restaurant business among other things. Brian finally listened to his calling and became an art school dropout and eventually picked up the camera once again.

Brian has been with Whitestone since the production of “Heartless”. He has been a part of the Directing, Design, and Writing protégé programs. One day during the production of Candy Shop, he filled in as 2nd Assistant Camera and had an epiphany that a slate weighs a lot less than a c-stand. Brian is an AC now.

Brian Parker

Chad Sarahina
Chad Sarahina

Chad Sarahina

Originally from Alabama, Chad moved to Atlanta in early 2009 to seek out a profession in the film industry. Everything Chad knows about his craft was learned from experience.

Chad got his start in production at the time he moved to Atlanta. Experience has taught him to always be open to learn new things. Whitestone has influenced his life both mentally and spiritually for the better. In his spare time, Chad enjoys the outdoors, fast cars, firearms, his friends, and serving at 12Stone Church.

Chad Sarahina

Dan Marrero
Dan Marrero

Dan Marrero

Dan was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Graduated with a BSEE at DeVry Institute of Technology / Columbus, Ohio in 1984.Employed with Hewlett-Packard Company since 1984.

I have worked in production of over 50 films, most of every Whitestone Film, as well as some feature films such as “Zombieland” and “Stomp The Yard II (The Homecoming)”. My experience has taught me to always reach beyond perceived limits and I have changed in my confidence behind the camera while at Whitestone.

I enjoy the time with my wife and kids.  I enjoy contracting out my time on camera, including specialty cameras such as the Weisscam and Phantom cameras.  I’m married to my lovely wife Darlene, and we have 3 kids: Ariana,  Lorenzo, and Javier.

Dan Marrero

Dana Konick
Dana Konick

Dana Konick

Dana Konick, though originally from San Antonio, TX has lived in the suburbs of Georgia for most of her life.  A lover of all things city-like, she longs for the lights of NYC and the quiet nooks of Central Park.  For now, she is satisfied with South Atlanta living and the eclectic nature of creating life within the community there.

Dana first joined Whitestone in 2006 as a first time Costume Designer and has designed for every major Whitestone film ever since.  She leads a team that not only creates amazing wardrobe pieces but is committed to creating characters and stories that reflect fantastical beauty found in each storyline.

Dana Konick

Diana Shepherd
Diana Shepherd

Diana Shepherd

Diana Shepherd was born in Florida, but grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia. After earning her cosmetology degree, she worked for several years in different salons, gaining experience and knowledge in hair design.

It was through these experiences that she gained the contacts to begin work with Whitestone. In 2009, Diana began her career in film as a hairdresser with Whitestone Motion Pictures on the production of “Fear Itself.”

In addition to styling hair, she also designs and produces handmade wigs for various productions.

Diana Shepherd

Don Rakes
Don Rakes

Don Rakes

Don is a native Georgian, having grew up in Atlanta, now residing in Buford. Athletics has been a big part of his life and continues through doing martial arts today.

Don joined Whitestone during the production of That’s Magic. Since then he has been a part of almost every Whitestone production.

With a passion to make a difference in peoples lives, Whitestone has been a perfect fit. Don currently works as Key/Dolly Grip, while helping out anywhere else he can.

Don Rakes

Dustin Fletcher
Dustin Fletcher

Dustin Fletcher

Dustin Fletcher started his film career 2 years ago and has been going strong ever since. He studied Illustration at the Art Institute of Atlanta and is now a union art department member of IATSE Local 479.

His involvement with Whitestone began in 2010, with the production of Heartless: Story of the Tin Man, where he assisted in the construction of the Tin Man suit and on set in the Art department. From there he devoted himself to the Art Department on many other Whitestone projects. Including Whitestone’s 2nd unit where he became the Art Director. He now acts as the Production Designer/Art Director and continues to coordinate the Art Department.

Dustin Fletcher

Jake Ures
Jake Ures

Jake Ures

Jake is a resident cinematographer/gaffer/colorist at Whitestone. He spends most of his time with Whitestone depriving his body of sleep, marrying the craft services girl, and overloading generators.

He came aboard Whitestone in 2008 and spent the better part of two years as the sole member of the lighting department until David Torcivia joined the team in 2010. They’ve been arguing ever since.

Jake Ures

Joe Trimmer
Joe Trimmer

Joe Trimmer

Joe is the 1st AC (Assistant Camera/Focus Puller) for Whitestone. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio and has an educational background in Communications.
Joe has been working with Whitestone since the production of Alabaster (2007). His experience has taught him that almost everything he knows right now has been through the “hands-on” work approach. It’s impossible to know the equipment and the people without actually using them and getting to know them individually. Joe didn’t go to school for it but has been in a unique position with Whitestone and will be forever grateful for it!

In his spare time Joe enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, reading, and beer festivals.

Joe Trimmer

John Merizalde
John Merizalde

John Merizalde

John is an award-winning writer/director currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. His work has been screened both nationally and internationally including at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and 2012 Atlanta Film Festival.

In 2010, John dropped out of film school and joined Whitestone as a Directing Protege. When John isn’t working on the AD team for Whitestone, he directs music videos, commercials, and films with Whitestone’s Black Tie Division.

John Merizalde

Mackenzie Reiland
Mackenzie Reiland

Mackenzie Reiland

Mackenzie is from San Diego. She started in film production in her junior year of high school, becoming a part of the creative team for 12Stone Church’s children’s ministry. She graduated with a degree in Media Communication in 2011.

Mackenzie has worked at Whitestone since January 2007, joining the team for the production of Alabaster. She has done many different jobs on the sets of Whitestone films, and been a part of the Directing and Writing Protégé programs. Mackenzie is the Script Supervisor for Whitestone.

Mackenzie Reiland

Matt Dunaway
Matt Dunaway

Matt Dunaway

Matthew joined Whitestone in early 2009 just before the production of Lest We Forget. While on set, he was handed the boom pole because Nick Kirk was tired of holding it, and has found himself in the world of sound ever since. Matthew has traveled around the world holding that blasted thing and is still searching for someone dumb enough to take it from him.

Matt Dunaway

Star Victoria
Star Victoria

Star Victoria

Star Victoria was born in Syracuse, New York. In 1998, she moved to New York to pursue a career in acting. She starred in several off-Broadway plays, including Vagina Monologues, as well as in a few Indie movies. Realizing that working behind the camera is more her forte.

Star moved to Atlanta and became involved with Whitestone Motion Pictures as a film director protégé.  Star has credits to her name as producer, director, editor, and screenwriter for half-a-dozen short films, including a teaser trailer for the renown casting director Mark Fincannon. Her short film Twinge won for Best Drama at the Campus Movie Fest college campus competition in 2012 (the actor won for Best Actor).  As of January, 2012, Star Victoria is attached to direct the feature film Jealous Gods.

Star Victoria

Steve Emert
Steve Emert

Steve Emert

Steve grew up in Ohio and Georgia. He graduated from Regent University School of Law in 2000.

Steve was introduced to Whitestone in 2006 and began working with the team in 2008. Steve is a partner at the law firm of Riley | Emert | Thompson, LLLP and is Whitestone’s legal counsel.

He also works with the Whitestone writers and production team.

He is married to Katie Emert. Steve and Katie have one daughter.

Steve Emert

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