MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

TANNER BUSCHMAN

Color Correction 101 Instructor

Senior Colorist Tanner Buschman has worked his way up the ladder of MTI Film's color team by working hard and proving himself over and over again. Demonstrating a true passion for what he does, Tanner has reached new heights of expertise by applying his talents to each project he works on. Tanner's color on The Affair, The Politician, Kidding, The Story of God, Through the Wormhole, among other TV and feature projects, has provided the diversity of work needed to gain "chops on the box” as well as refining his eye. Tanner has extensive experience in coloring, working on several Ryan Murphy projects including: American Horror Stories, Pose, Watched, The Political, and Hollywood. He has worked on projects with many incredible film members including Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Malin Akerman, and more!   Often coloring on weekends on his own time, Tanner has demonstrated his commitment to be the best he can be, which has paid off with several productions such as American Horror Stories,  The Affair and The Politician.

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DEVENIE GRAHAM

Acting Instructor

Devenie Graham is an award winning actress and previous owner of D. Graham Entertainment where she partnered with business executives, professional actors, and cinematic productions, developing film and television around the nation. After graduation, Devenie launched her production career by cofounding an off-Broadway theater company in New York City and continued to perform in multiple films developed by the New York Film Academy. Her knowledge in producing and management landed her in Los Angeles, CA as the Creative Executive at Glendale Studios. Mrs. Graham collaborated with Warner Bros. studios and consulted with Creative Artists Agency on Entertainment branding and talent. Currently, Devenie is the Chief Creative Officer at Sharpened Iron Studios where she is the Producer for their upcoming kids series, the Sharpened Iron liaison for the Amarillo College School for Cinematic Arts, and leads the talent department for casting production in the surrounding areas. In addition to her extensive production experience, she is the acting coach for several actors in union and non-union projects.

KIRK MANTON

Grip and Bootcamp Instructor

Kirk Manton has over forty years of experience in the film, video, and live event production industry. He started working grip and lighting on film sets in the 80's and then moved on to equipment, facility, and people managing. Whether working in a business or ministry environment, from Southern California to the flatlands of the Texas high plains, Kirk brings a unique mix of tech savvy, relational maturity, creative energy, and administrative excellence to everything he does.

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DESTINY PEET

Acting Instructor

Destiny Peet began her acting career at a young age starting out in stage acting and transitioning to film. She attended Oklahoma State University to earn her degree of Bachelors of Arts in Theatre. While continuing her professional acting career post graduation, she began to turn to education for those in the industry. She has taught and assisted with Theatre programs in schools throughout the Texas Panhandle while also teaching in the Cinematic program at Amarillo College. It is the happiness she gets from bringing joy and laughter to others through her acting and career that makes what she does worthwhile. She hopes to allow others to see and love the opportunities and excitement acting and this industry has to offer.

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TONY PERIJA

Grip 2 Guest Speaker

Tony Perija is a Key Grip and Orange County California native. Mr. Perija is known for wearing many hats in the film industry and using his skills to specialize in areas such as dolly grip, camera operations, car rigging, metal fabrication, photography and general broadcast technician.


Tony began his career in the eighties at Chapman College while interning under Key Grip, Kirk Manton and Cinematographer, Ralph Linhardt. Tony’s credits consists of hundreds of informercials, commercials, feature films, television shows, and video games. He has worked on projects such as God of War, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Star Wars: Battlefront II, D.E.B.S., Days Gone, Horizon, Light & Magic and many more.


Currently, Tony is working as a Key Grip, Broadcast Technician for Disneyland Resort and Disney’s broadcast partners ABC, and AAA video games. Because of Mr. Perija’s grip skills and experience, when he is not working for The Mouse, he is freelance all around the world.

NATHAN SCOGGINS

Screening Writing Course Instructor

Nathan Scoggins recently wrapped production on “What Remains.” His list of credits include “The Least of These,” released in 2011 by Universal and starring Isaiah Washington (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Oscar-nominee Robert Loggia, as well as the TV movie “The Perfect Summer” starring Eric Roberts and the independent feature film “Red Line.” He collaborated with a team of filmmakers to win the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest in 2012 and 2013 with “Sling Baby” and “Fashionista Daddy.” He recently directed two episodes of an upcoming television series for Sony Affirm to premiere in 2023. Currently, Nathan Scoggins resides in Los Angeles, California.

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TOM VOELPEL

Grip 2 Guest Speaker

Tom Voelpel is an Emmy award winning Chief Lighting Technician with Hollywood IASTE Local 728. Approaching 40 years of experience within the entertainment industry, Mr. Voelpel began his career in 1983, kicking off the golden era of music videos. His expertise expands from approximately 250 music videos, 1400 commercials, short films, feature films, tv shows, and many more. Tom has worked with various artists including Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Mariah Cary, Stevie Wonder, Van Halen, Beyoncé, Fleetwood Mac, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Ariana Grande, Snoop Dog, Paula Abdul, Luther Vandross, Billy Joel, Celine Dion, John Malkovich, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Bacon, Tom Hulce, Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow and numerous other professionals.


After years of dedication to various entertainment industry avenues, Tom decided to concentrate more on commercials and worked for several products/services including Old Navy, Clairol, Revlon, McDonald’s, JC Penny, Burger King, Budweiser, Panda Express, Lowes, Sears and magnitudes of other distinguished brands. Additionally, Mr. Voelpel worked on the NBC tv series Heist and Sesame Street, lighting up the characters we all know and love

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