UBC Studios Okanagan

COM 203 – 3297 University Way

Media Specialists may be absent from the Studio during open hours to work on video projects around campus. You may want to call ahead to ensure someone is available to assist you.

Gideon Dante

Executive Producer & Team lead

Gideon began working professionally as a Director, Editor and Director of Photography in 2001. Gideon has worked on numerous projects including feature films and Documentaries. He has worked extensively on various television productions such as Home improvement, Reality and Children’s programming. Gideon obtained a BA in Communication Studies with a Minor in Film Studies from Concordia University in 2003.

Gideon has been working with UBC Studios at the Okanagan campus since 2013, where he is responsible for all types of media production. Gideon looks forward to working with you no matter what your needs – from guidance on a project to full end to end production support.

Phone: 250.807.9832

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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.

Phone: 250.807.8721

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Doug Brown

Producer, Video & 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.

Phone: 250.807.8673

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Randall Robinson

Senior video and Media specialist

Randall is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and musician. He is a graduate of the renowned 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 which provided unique and invaluable expertise in Internet Technologies, streaming media, and online viewer engagement strategies.

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.

Phone: 250.807.9894

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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.

Phone: 250.807.9831

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Taylor Wilson

Digital media Specialist & Production Assistant

After working in Vancouver’s film industry for six years, Taylor returned to his hometown of Kelowna in 2017 and began working for UBC Studios Okanagan. Some of Taylor’s experience includes AD work for numerous independent films, as well as a 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.

Phone: 250.807.9615

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