The Studio

Built in 2018 as a feature of the Commons Building, our studio in COM 204 is a professional space with a 22′ x 24′ overhead lighting grid as well as various backdrops ranging from art pieces to white paper to a green screen. With film industry standard equipment, the studio is the perfect place for an interview, a Meet Your Prof-style video, and even instructional and how-to pieces.

Our cameras can shoot 4K in studio, off campus, and even in the sky – we are certified drone pilots. Other equipment include a high-end sound booth, special VR gear, and a system that allows for live streamed events both in studio and on location.



Gideon Dante

Executive Producer & Team lead

Gideon began his professional carrier as a Assistant Editor in 2001, then he honed is camera skills as a Director of Photography and later as a Series Director for a number of television projects. Gideon has worked on a few award winning and nominated documentary and film productions. He has worked extensively on Home improvement, Reality and Children’s television programs. He obtained a BA in Communication Studies with a Minor in Film Studies from Concordia University in 2003.

Gideon began working at UBC Studios Okanagan in 2013, where he has been responsible for a wide variety of media projects. He looks forward to hearing your ideas and working with you to assist in translating them into a digital format – from guidance and ideation to full end to end production support.


Joel Thiessen

Senior Emerging & Digital Media Specialist

Joel has been producing video professionally since 2008. As a freelancer, he worked on narrative short films, corporate and promotional videos (often with a focus on health and well-being), and operated and live-switched remote cameras for over 200 live musical acts.

Now, Joel is working on new and emerging technologies. He is experimenting with the creation of 360-degree video, virtual world-building, and 3D object creation using photogrammetry, as well as working with the 3D curved video wall in the Visualization and Emerging Media Studio.

As a Certified Scrum Master Joel enjoys supporting the UBC Okanagan community as they explore these emerging technologies and apply them to both research and teaching and learning.


Doug Brown

Producer, video and digital media

Since graduating from Emily Carr in 1986 with an Arts degree in Film and Television, Doug has worked steadily in TV and the film production industry. His passion has always been telling the stories of the community. A long-time Producer and host with Shaw TV Okanagan he covered local stories large and small; from Royal visits and Federal caucus meetings to wildfires and floods to celebrating and promoting local arts, culture and charities. He also owned and operated a video production company that worked with the Penticton RCMP, Interior Health, Health Canada, Weyerhauser and many others.

Coming to work at UBC studios has offered Doug exciting new challenges, and he is looking forward to more opportunities to tell the stories of the university community, and to sharing that experience and knowledge with the world.


Randall Robinson

Senior video and Media specialist

Randall is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and musician. He is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a major in Film and Video. With more than thirty years of industry experience, his body of work spans a broad range of styles and mediums including short films, brand films, TV commercials, corporate internal and external communications, multi-camera, live TV, streaming, and hybrid events. Beyond film and video, Randall was the creative director at an innovative website and multimedia development agency during the dot-com explosion.

Randall loves telling stories and looks forward to engaging with UBC Okanagan faculty, students, staff, and communicators – leveraging the medium to challenge norms, create empathy and help the audience connect emotionally.


Serge Bartamian

Digital media specialist

Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Serge has been exposed to production sets from an early age with his family operating a production house. Starting as a gaffer and assistant editor, Serge has worked in various forms of media, from advertising spots to narrative film, and from serials to music videos. 

Serge is excited to be part of the  UBC Studios Okanagan team and is looking forward to creating narrative videos while scaling up the production value with cinematic editing, motion graphics, and animation.


Taylor Wilson

Digital media Specialist & Production Assistant

After working in Vancouver’s film industry for six years, Taylor returned to his hometown in 2017 and began working for UBC Studios Okanagan. Some of Taylor’s experience includes AD work for independent films and grip, electric, and art department work on major TV shows and features. He was even in a Tim Burton movie once.

As the media specialist and production assistant, Taylor takes care of the loaner equipment, helps out students and faculty with any questions they might have, and assists the UBC Studios staff with their respective productions.




Staff Awards of Excellence

Recipient of the UBC Staff Awards of Excellence: Enhancing the UBC Experience 

Joel Thiessen


CASE Circle of Excellence Awards

Winner of the CASE Alumni Relations Pivot – Bronze

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