“The smoothest/best post-audio experience I’ve had.” – Carl Bessai (THE LEARS)
Studio Unknown believes in Visceral, Personal, and Affordable sound for film. It’s these core principles that not only guide us through the work we do, but strengthen the relationships we build with filmmakers.
We strive to provide soundtracks that heighten any film, no matter the budget or size. This takes forms like comedic timing we add through foley, terrifying creatures we create, lush or delicate ambiences we build, or deep, dark themes we extract through sound design. It can also be as simple in concept as making a character’s dialog clean and understandable.
We help prioritize budgets, and consult with the filmmaker to help make appropriate decisions about what sound work is needed once we assess the film. We then explain and collaborate on how to approach the sound concepts, overall story arc, budget breakdowns, external workflow and turnaround time.
We are a full-service, Dolby® tuned/Print Master Approved facility equipped with a 5.1 dubbing stage and full in house editorial suites. Studio Unknown’s primary focus is on sound for film and we have developed a unique process for working with filmmakers that allows us to maximize client budgets and meet the tightest deadlines.
In 2005, Jaime Horrigan joined Studio Unknown as a part time sales associate. Within several years, his role expanded, adding administrative duties to his responsibilities. Due to Jaime’s relentless drive and determination, the studio’s client base expanded. In 2013, Studio Unknown committed to a major expansion as a professional sound editing company, increasing its presence nationally within the field of film making. As a result of his work, Jaime was invited by Kevin Hill to join the company as co-owner. As the managing partner, Jaime’s responsibilities include all areas of business for the studio. In 2017, Jaime was invited to become a Board member with the MD Film Industry Coalition, an advocacy group for more film and television production in Maryland. Jaime also manages and performs in the successful Maryland based band, Sweet Leda. He and his wife, Julie, Sweet Leda’s vocalist, live in Pasadena, Maryland.
Kevin began his career in sound engineering over 20 years ago playing in bands and working in live theatre before transitioning into post production sound. He has worked for many theatres and sound studios including the Omaha Theater Company for Young People, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and Clean Cuts Music & Sound. He then ultimately founded Studio Unknown in 2001. Realizing his love for film and cinema, in 2009 he shifted focus of the studio’s model and opened a Dolby® Approved sound facility to service filmmakers. His sound work has been heard at film festivals including SXSW, Toronto, Tribeca, Oaxaca, Berlin, and the Hollywood Film Festival. Broadcast credits include sound design and mix for programs for Discovery, National Geographic, NASA, PBS, and others. Awards include a CINE Golden Eagle Master Series Award for the animated documentary, Freedom Dance; Lost in Woonsocket, Official Selection at the SXSW Film Festival; and original music and narration recording for the Telly Award-winning A&E series Random 1. Recently, Kevin became an active member of the Cinema Audio Society, an organization formed in 1964 for the purpose of advancing the art of cinematic sound. Kevin has served as an adjunct professor at Anne Arundel Community College teaching Audio Production and is a member of the country songwriting collaboration, Moran Hill Hurwitz.
Matt is the Supervising Sound Effects Editor, Foley Artist and Partner of Studio Unknown. He got an early start in film sound while studying as an undergrad at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, doing production sound for documentaries, performing sound art and designing sound for stop-motion animation. Matt now teaches Sound for Animation at MICA. Combined with a background in fine art sculpture, his love for sound results in hand built instruments and collecting interesting items, trinkets, and junk for the ever-growing collection of Foley props at Studio Unknown. As a Sound Designer, he’s accustomed to contorting his voice to make creature sounds, tweaking analog synths and can be found on the Foley stage combining weird objects to find just the right noise.
Matt grew up in the UK, has an affinity for craft beer, Alien, and grows one hell of a beard.
Steven Jones, an independent business and financial consultant, joined both Kevin Hill and Jaime Horrigan, as the newest partner at Studio Unknown January 1, 2014. With his guidance, the company has grown in clientele, revenue, leadership and manpower. Steve brings with him almost 40 years of experience in the financial services profession. After joining the John Hancock Companies in the mid-seventies, Steve went on to establish Practice Planning Consultants, a financial consulting firm for physicians. In 1983, he merged the firm with Madison Financial Group, a financial advisory firm serving a broader clientele of professionals, business owners and executives throughout the New York Metropolitan area. In 2003, Steve co-founded Newroads Financial Group as senior partner, serving that same clientele. In 2008, Steve sold his interest in the firm and retired to consult business owners on a part time basis.
Steve and his wife, Pam, live in New Jersey and have three grown children. His oldest daughter, Stacie Jones Gentzler, is a Producer/Project Manager for Studio Unknown. Steve is also a musician and loves to paint in his spare time
Rich formally entered the world of post-production sound as an intern at Studio Unknown in 2011. After freelancing for StUn as a Sound Effects Editor and supporting several field recording expeditions, Rich was offered a full time position with the team in early 2015. He also maintains a career in live sound for concerts, theatre, and events.
Rich was an Assistant Audio Recordist for the 2013 Brevard Music Festival which featured soloists Joshua Bell, Johannes Moser, and Jean Yves Thibaudet. Soon after, he joined the production crew at the Lisner Auditorium as an Audio Technician. He graduated with honors from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County having studied music and the recording arts.
Rich dreads leaving voicemails, enjoys listening to video game soundtracks, and almost always leaves room for dessert. His favorite sound is Godzilla’s roar or the seismic charges from Star Wars Episode II… depending on the day.
Cazz Cerkez graduated from Towson University where he studied Electronic Media and Film. Since then, he has sound designed and composed music for dance performances, documentary, horror/thriller, drama, comedy, and animation.
Cazz first joined the team at Studio Unknown as an intern in 2015. Already a talented composer, he immediately showed promise as a budding sound editor and designer. Quick to learn and eager to advance, Cazz was invited to join Studio Unknown as an editor and composer upon completion of his internship in 2016.
As a Composer, Cazz commonly combines synthesizers, guitars, strings, and percussion to create a fitting tone for a film. His passion started in the 6th grade when he would spend his weekends improvising short films with friends. It was in the edit where he would realize his favorite part was how a soundtrack could bring everything to life and completely determine the tone of a scene.
Outside of the audio post world, Cazz has worked as an audio technician for concerts/events, and played guitar and synth with several bands around the DMV area. In his free time Cazz enjoys playing with synthesizers, watching movies, and snowboarding. He also loves a good cup of coffee while cooking breakfast and listening to some chill music.
Upon graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Human Development, Mandisa spent several years as an administrative manager and HR generalist for the likes of Hospice and 1st Choice Solutions. Her passion for film and music drew her to the Annapolis Film Festival, where she has served as both a board member and as part of the programming committee since 2011. It was through this relationship introduction that Mandisa came to join our team in 2016. Her passion for film combined with her experience as an administrator made her the ideal Office Manager for Studio Unknown.
Mandisa is also an instructor with the FILMSTERS Academy film camp in Annapolis. She has also worked on films as a PA, has appeared as an extra in House of Cards, and is known to hop in the booth when needed for VO work!
Mandisa continues to volunteer with both Hospice of the Chesapeake and The Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County. Mandisa loves her cat Cleo, traveling, and trying new restaurants. In her downtime, she is most likely to be found watching Netflix with her friends and family.
Stacie Jones Gentzler is a Producer and Production Manager who served as the UPM on the Academy Award nominated, MARGIN CALL, starring Kevin Spacey and Zachary Quinto. Other highlights include THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS (Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu), and TOE TO TOE, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at The Sundance Film Festival in 2009. Stacie has worked with Studio Unknown on many projects in the past, including TOOBIE, HEAVEN BURNS and SAFEHOUSE.
Several of her earlier projects, including ASYLUM SEEKERS and UNRAVELLING MICHELLE, have achieved international acclaim. Stacie has also worked on numerous short films and commercial projects for Time Magazine, A&E and TLC. While working at WILL Interactive in 2011, she produced the award-winning “Jumpmaster” video for the US Army.
Today, Stacie continues to work on select film projects, and she is a Realtor with Keller Williams in the Baltimore area.
A Los Angeles native, Rick began his career in 1995 as a highly sought after Studio and Pro Tools Tech.
In 2003, Rick and his wife, Veronica, founded Santisound with a focus on post production audio. Santisound became a destination for editing and mixing unique content like featurettes, VAM, trailers, TV commercials, film commentary, and theatrical sound. Films that he has worked on include X-men, Amazing Spider- Man 2, Titanic 3D, Avatar, and Man of Steel. Broadcast credits include Disney, ABC, Fox, Discovery, BBC, NOVA, History, HBO, Showtime, and others. Projects mixed by Rick have received Emmys, Telly Awards and Hollywood Reporter Key Arts Awards.
Studio facilities Rick has worked in include Capitol Records, Oceanway Recording, The Record Plant, Technicolor, Deluxe, Warner Bros and on location all over the country. He has mixed and recorded with artist such as Chris Cornell, Goo Goo Dolls, Rancid, Kinky, Smokey Robinson, Black Eyed Peas, and Justin Timberlake.
Rick and Veronica live in Los Angeles, CA with their two children. He is a musician, speaks fluent Spanish, and when not in the studio, he coaches Pony baseball.
Karol loves playing mind games with sound. She has built a diverse list of mix credits over the last 18 years spanning work on feature films, scripted episodic, TV movies, documentaries, and unscripted series. She is always seeking opportunities where sound can manipulate emotion and enhance the narrative.
Karol holds a BS from James Madison University in Audio Post Production, speaks Spanish, is on the Board of Directors for the Cinema Audio Society, and The Television Academy’s Governor’s Board for Sound Mixing and is co-editor of the CAS Quarterly Magazine.
Founded by former New Line Cinema executives Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming, Court Five is a multi-faceted media company focused on developing and converting diverse intellectual property and brands into filmed entertainment for distribution in all media worldwide.
distribution, as well as in-depth knowledge of film financing and business management. Over the last two years they have produced three films, including “The Frozen Ground” with Nic Cage, John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens; and “EXISTS,” a terrifying new first person film based on the Bigfoot mythos co-produced with Haxan Films, creators of “The Blair Witch Project.”
Fleming and Ordesky are currently in postproduction on their first television series, “The Quest” for ABC. “The Quest” is a ground breaking reality hybrid which takes 12 lucky contestants and lands them in a world of magic and malevolence, where mythical creatures lurk in the woods, agents of darkness stir in the shadows and mystical beings infiltrate the keep. “The Quest” reflects Court Five’s commitment to creating new programming paradigms in the entertainment industry.
While at New Line, films acquired or overseen by the Court Five partners grossed nearly $4 billion at the worldwide box office. Ordesky most notably executive produced “The Lord Of The Rings” trilogy in addition to 60 other films. Fleming was Senior Vice President, Business Development for New Line and its Fine Line Features subsidiary. She was responsible for new business and strategic analysis for film production, acquisition, and distribution.
Eduardo Sanchez was born in Cuba in 1968. He studied Television Production at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and received his BA in Motion Picture Production from the University of Central Florida in 1994.
It was at UCF where Eduardo met his future Haxan Films partners and in 1998 he co-wrote, co-edited and co-directed The Blair Witch Project, which grossed over $140 million theatrically in North America. He also designed and built the original BLAIRWITCH.COM website and co-directed the TV special Curse of the Blair Witch for the Sci-FI Channel.
Eduardo directed the alien-abduction feature film Altered in 2005 and China-ghost film Seventh Moon in 2009, starring Amy Smart. He then wrote, directed and edited the psychological horror film Lovely Molly in 2012 and co-directed the zombie short film A Ride in the Park, which was part of the anthology film V/H/S/2 released in 2013. He recently locked the Bigfoot found footage film Exists, which will be out sometime in 2014.
He lives with his wife, Stefanie, their three children, Bianca, Lucas and Lennon, and a ridiculously large Star Wars collection in Urbana, Maryland.
Beau J. Genot is the owner of 5100 Films, LLC, and 5100 Post. He has earned a distinguished reputation as a Producer and Post Production Supervisor.
His producing credits include Mysterious Skin, Smiley Face and KaBoom all by acclaimed director Gregg Araki, Bad Actress by Robert King, and Sparks,a short film directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He also produced and directed the Documentary Short Film Trucker Patti.
As a Post Production Supervisor, Beau is known for his work on films that span all genres, from independents such as The End Of The Tour, The D Train, Infinitely Polar Bear, The Spectacular Now, Robot & Frank , Everything Must Go and Hello I Must Be Going to studio fare like Broken City, 2 Guns, and Escape Plan. He has also worked on such respected documentaries as An Inconvenient Truth, Inside Deep Throat, and The Bridge.
Beau has a reputation for nurturing first-time directors and keeping them sane during the crazy world of feature-film post production. He has worked with Catherine Hardwick (Thirteen), Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey (Party Monster and Inside Deep Throat), and David Slade (Hard Candy). He also works well with seasoned veterans, including Alan Rudolph (Investigating Sex), Terry Zwigoff (Art School Confidential), Tommy O’Haver (An American Crime), Lisa Cholodenko (Laurel Canyon), and Jill Specher (Thirteen Conversations About One Thing).
Beau is a member in good standing of the Society of Post Production Supervisors, and the Hollywood Post Alliance. He has lectured on Post Production at UCLA and Columbia College, Hollywood.
Tom received a master’s degree in Journalism from Indiana University, with an emphasis on Reporting the Arts. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1988 and joined the staff at Mix magazine, where he currently serves as Editor. Distributed in 94 countries, Mix is the world’s leading magazine for the professional recording and sound production technology industry. Mix covers a wide range of topics including: recording, live sound and production, broadcast production, audio for film and video, and music technology.
Stephen Joseph Antonelli is an award winning songwriter, composer, engineer and producer with 20+ years of experience in the music business. Stephen spent nine years in Nashville, where he received his musical education, working in busy demo and commercial studios. Later, he worked in New York City, where he fine-tuned his skills working with some of NYC’s finest musicians and producers.
In 2007, Steve opened and now runs SongBuilder Studios and All About the Song, two music production companies in the Baltimore area. He specializes in working with artists composing the song, as well as shaping the final sound. This model has allowed Stephen to produce, write and co-write songs that have been placed on national television and in films. Some of Steve’s work can he heard on Lifetime, Fox, and Discovery Channel.
All About the Song provides custom music for any music-related production or application. All About The Song’s music has been used by Discovery Channel, CIA, World Bank and Met Life.
Steve, his wife Keena and his two daughter’s live in Catonsville, Maryland.