The Cinefocus Team

Executive Producer

Matthew Grant Godbey

Matthew Godbey is co-founder of CineFocus Productions. He is a multi-talented artist who has spent many years honing his skills as a filmmaker. Along with writing and producing, Matthew has managed to become an accomplished actor, most recently recurring as Detective Dan Evans on NCIS Los Angeles. Matthew is also a well-respected painter and has had shows for multiple galleries over the years in Los Angeles and New York. His paintings have been displayed in numerous films and television shows (i.e. Nip/Tuck, Charmed, Hitchcock, etc.).

Director

Diana Valentine is a veteran film and television director and lead DIRECTOR for CineFocus Productions. She has become known in the industry for her keen eye to detail and her passion for storytelling. Over many years and countless hours perfecting her craft, Diana has contributed to some of America’s most watched TV shows. She has most recently directed steadily for CBS television on NCIS Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, and Criminal Minds Beyond Borders.

On the feature side, Diana enjoyed success early on with her independent film debut Down the Barrel. She followed that up with the film Pennies starring Amy Adams. Most recently Diana showcased her screenwriting and directing talents with the award-winning short film Blood Moon. Diana has several films in development and is slated to direct CineFocus Productions’ first feature film FanMail later this year.

Cinematographer

Alexander Haessner is an award-winning German-born filmmaker and photographer. After completing his studies in art, Alexander began his photographic career in Germany and gained a reputation as a fine-art and portrait photographer. Specializing in the Motion Picture Industry, Alexander traveled throughout Europe as a High-Speed Cinematographer. After moving to the United States in 2002, he began fine-tuning his abilities at the renowned Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with Cum Laude, an Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Departmental Award given to students who “make a difference”.

Haessner’s quest to tell stories eventually led him to shoot short-films where he has carved a niche as an emerging talent. His photography ranges from high-end advertising and editorials to reportage-style assignments shot throughout the world.Since 2005, Alexander lived and worked out of Williamsburg, New York, and since 2016, he established a new base in Los Angles, California, to be able to commute between both coasts.

Editor

Jonathan Lee is an accomplished editor and post-production professional.  Over the first decade of his career he's worked for a variety of production companies and post-production houses in New York City honing his editorial skills on Nat Geo's Doomsday Preppers, History Channel's Pawn Stars, FYI's Tiny House Hunting, and Travel Channel's Man Finds Food with Adam Richman. With a background at leading post-production facilities, he's an expert in workflow development having both the technical and creative expertise to get projects done efficiently and with low costs from ingestion to delivering.

Having moved from NYC to Los Angeles in the fall of 2015, he's most recently worked on digital content for companies like Woven (UPROXX), Machinima, and Verizon's go90 network.  Other credits include the short film, Rubicon, and web series, Body Politic, for the Los Angeles based production company Work in Progress Media.  He's also worked on branded content for ad agencies Contend and Young & Rubicam.  At CineFocus Productions, Jonathan is committed to delivering world-class content with an experienced and accomplished team.

In House Writer

David D. Jones is the In-house Writer at CineFocus Productions. He graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with a B.S. in Computer Graphics Technology and an M.S. in Technology. While David's focus throughout college was in the field of computer animated films, he found himself particularly drawn to the foundation of any great film – the story – and soon began honing his craft as a screenwriter. Before joining CineFocus, David delivered rewrites for the indie thriller Between the Trees and a commissioned script for the indie horror film Crates. In 2017, David optioned his first original spec screenplay, The Passenger, to CineFocus Productions and, shortly thereafter, joined the staff.

Head In House Comedy Writer

Stacy Spruill graduated from the American Film Institute with an MFA in screenwriting in 2016. While there, she won the most prestigious award the school offers: the China Story Fellowship, which sent her to China for a month to do research on her coming-of-age hip hop comedy screenplay, BEIJING, OR BUST. She’s written and directed five short films that have screened from Cannes to East L.A. to Zimbabwe, and most recently completed the Ryan Murphy Television Half Foundation’s directing mentorship program.

In House Comedy Writer

Dylan Moran has wanted to be a professional filmmaker for as long as he can remember. Moran grew up in San Diego, California. Since the age of ten, he has been making movies with his friends and family. He recently graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he continued to make many short films. "Get Big" is his feature film debut as a writer, director and actor. He cites Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Judd Apatow, Richard Linklater and Paul Thomas Anderson as his greatest influences.

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