Craig Thiessen, is an American Director and Writer. A recent high school graduate of the Cinematography & Film/Video Production Department at Sussex County NJ Technical School, Craig has worked on several film shorts and high-profile music videos.
He has worked alongside renowned director Dale Resteghini on music videos for D.J. Khaled & Meek Mill, Saigon, Keyshia Cole, I Heart Memphis, and Escape The Fate.
Growing up in rural northern New Jersey, Craig has been greatly influenced by Film Directors such as Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, Kathryn Bigelow and Michael Bay to name a few. He’s always enjoyed actions films, but also loves story-driven films with a larger philosophical meaning and deep personal stories.
In his budding career he has already received the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) For Television Production Certification, the 2015 National Technical Honor Society for Cinematography, and the 2016 Frankford, NJ Cinematography Award.
Andrew Thiessen has acted in several film shorts directed by his brother Craig.
SYNC is Andrew’s debut feature effort in screenwriting as well as playing the lead in a feature length film. He is looking to pursue acting and screenwriting classes at Sussex County Community College (SCCC).
A native of northern New Jersey, Steve has been writing, directing, producing and working on production teams on award winning films, TV shows, commercials and music videos since 2000. He’s worked on TV shows with the following networks: BET, The Travel Channel, Food Network, NBC, HGTV, DIY Network, ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Channel, Lifetime, Centric TV, POP TV, Great American Country (GAC), Destination America, The TV Guide Network, Bravo, Comcast TV and the Dish Network.
He also has extensive experience working on TV shows such as: Restaurant Impossible: with Robert Irvine, Food Court Wars: with Tyler Florence, American Grilled, BET Honors Awards: with Wayne Brady, Celebrity Motor Homes: with Nick Carter, Being: with K. Michelle, Fix It & Finish It: with Antonio Sabato, Jr., Rock This Boat: with New Kids on The Block (NKOTB), City Slam Basketball: with Lavar Arrington and Sam Cassell, BET Sunday Best: with Kirk Franklin, American Rehab: Virginia, A Haunting, 101 Sand & Surf Hotspots and the President and Michelle Obama’s Turnaround Arts.
Some of the feature and short films he has worked on includes: SYNC, Living The Fantasy, Crimes and Mister Meanors, The Touchstone, Incarcerating US, Memorabilia, Upbringing and Living With Lycanthropy. Various national commercial projects Steve has worked on include: Firestone, Minnesota Twins Baseball, MRIS Real Estate, Primanti Brothers and Ben’s Chili Bowl.
Steve manages a myriad of development projects in film, TV and commercials with his production company, Imagitivity Media. He’s also working on several high concept features and has several projects in various stages of development.
Ariel has acted in plays and musicals, but SYNC is Ariel’s debut film effort. Ariel describes his work as Dr. Donahue in the film below.
Working with the cast and crew of sync was one of the most fun experiences of my life. I’ve only really done stage acting so this was a great introduction into film work. When I read the script I immediately fell in love with it and when I found out I was getting the role of the villain I was ecstatic.
All of the cast was really fun to work with especially Andrew and my henchmen. My favorite parts of filming had to be all the action sequences. Watching the guys put together these elaborate fight scenes in hallways or out in the woods was amazing. I feel really lucky and honored to have been able to be a part of this project and just had a blast doing it.
SYNC is Brianna’s debut acting performance of any kind. She took on the role of Lily and did a great job for her first time acting.
SYNC is Cam’s debut acting performance of any kind. Cam describes his first film making experience below:
Working with Craig Thiessen (SYNC, Director) and the members of the SYNC production team has been an experience I will always remember. This experience has taught me a lot as being someone who is interested in acting and looking into a career in acting. I learned how a film set looks and how the whole production comes together. It was fascinating. Being a part of this film has given me experience and even more motivation to keep going with my career.
Everyone on the production was great to work with. Craig is a genius when it comes film making. He knows exactly how he wants a certain scene to look by adjusting the lighting and changing it if need be. He has great camera skills and can really compose a great scene. Derek VanAlthius (SYNC, Director of Photography) is another great person to work with. He is another genius when it comes to the technical side of things. He and the guys worked hard to set up the lighting.
My scene took 45 minutes to set up the lighting. I observed how meticulous these guys all are. The attention to detail was very impressive. I also learned a lot just from watching these guys do their work. Steve Okrepky (SYNC, Executive Producer) was great to work with as well. He is obviously another smart guy with what he does. He seemed very patient when it came to doing scenes multiple times which I admired a lot.
As an actor, doing a scene multiple times is a great thing and is encouraged. But he was great with communicating what was going on on his side of the production. He was very professional and another person I learned a lot from. Overall, this was a great experience and I would do it again and again. This has been a great stepping stone into my career as an actor.