Slaying content and storytelling with artists (some computers) and a few fearless producers.
Moonshine is a full-service post-production house with world-class facilities in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Comprised of a solid team of artists, supervisors, and technicians, the company has many years of experience and a consistent track record for delivering creative work on time, on budget, and with exceptional service.
When we’re not servicing Commercial Stories, Broadcast Episodics or Big Screen Deliverables, Moonshine is making movies. We have strong roots in the Atlanta film and indie scene and not only do we recognize the importance of cultivating talent but also in collaborating with new talent – we do this for the sole reason we started our business: better storytelling.
MEET THE TEAM:
Moonshine’s fearless founder Drew Sawyer began his professional life as a clam farmer – really, he farmed bivalves for a couple of seasons – before getting a German education, then returning to his Georgia roots and becoming a Post Producer. Whether he’s on the set of an indie Sundance horror film dressed only in a pair of bloody boxers, or working with a talented post-production team on an episodic television series, Drew loves telling stories. It’s why he started Moonshine in the first place. When he’s not making movies with his friends or for “the Man,” Drew can be found four days deep backpacking in Bear Country.
With over 25 years of experience in production and post, Moonshine’s colorist John Petersen has seen it all. After a decade in Chicago post, he joined us here in Atlanta where he’s worked on numerous feature films and television series. His seasoned wisdom combined with youthful vigor make JP Moonshine’s finest aged spirit. Outside the office, he’s a family man who enjoys summer trips home to IN with his wife, their two kids, and their dog, Ruth.
Hannah “our rock” Rockette, the most powerful producer at Moonshine, spends her days kicking the sh*t out of deadlines, charming humans with her actual good nature and waging a constant real-time strategy war of resources with reverent authority. Her secret weapon is Charles, her puppy, the center of attention at Moonshine HQ, our prince, and with whom she spends most of her free time laughing or yelling at.
One of Moonshine’s most seasoned editors, Georgia’s own Patrick Perry has an impressive portfolio of TV shows, features and advertising campaigns–to be honest, the length of Patrick’s resume is matched only by the length of his hair. When he’s not burning the midnight oil on the next Moonshine production, Patrick enjoys a nice, sippable bourbon, (or, you know, the classic PBR) and would be happy to school you on all things Twin Peaks.
Affectionately referred to as “Kromer”, this talented editor brings more to the table than her unmatched wit and sarcasm. She played an integral role in bringing our beloved Creepshow to life and has a shining resume of series and commercial work. When’s she’s not pulling all the stops to make deadlines, she can be found flipping through her favorite modern comics (like the must-see “Oh no!” by Alex Norris).
Wunderkind, Garrett Braun von DallasTexasShiner is one of those you don’t meet every day. He is technologically inclined, unbelievably soft-skilled and gregarious, with laser focus and attention to detail. Supremely gifted in the Online Arts of Conform, and trained in the Eldritch Wisdom of Cleanup Compositing; Garrett’s love of Mastering Pristine QC compliant deliverables for any platform is matched only by his eclectic music taste and rad dance moves… He is also the youngest Moonshiner and uses funny alternate words that only the kids these days know. He is the future… for now… and we’re proud of that.
Following his passion for creative editorial, Neil Mikels became a crucial part of the Moonshine team as one of our star assistant editors. You can usually expect to see him sporting Atlanta United fan attire with expertly groomed hair. When he isn’t pulling late nights at Moonshine, Neil enjoys cuddling his cat or singing karaoke, but especially enjoys cuddling his cat while singing karaoke and watching Star Wars.
A well known and talented musician who has performed or toured with members of Collective Soul, Zac Brown Band, and The Allman Brothers Band, but you’ve probably never heard of those any of those bands trying to break out of small club gigs. He’s also a technologist, a colorist, and our dailies supervisor. Honestly, I think we’re his backup, and we’re lucky to have him and his creative spirit in both audio and visual capacities. Catch him live any weekend with one of his many bands or reunion tours. We’re roadies for this guy.
Brand manager and social media producer Haley James is more than half the reason you’re reading this right now. On any given day, you can find her shepherding the team to photo ops, crushing copywriting in-between great memes and making sure our brand is on-point, in-tone, and ATL-proud. It’s an absolute high honor to be Rick Roll’d or trolled by Haley. When she’s not writing for us, you can find her writing (and singing) music around town.
This guy – he just does everything with an amazing attitude, and he’s a Post Coordinator?!? It’s a thankless job and there should be more people like this in the world. Brandon got his education from Jacksonville State University in Technical Theatre, though film has been a passion of his from a young age. When he’s not at Moonshine, you can find him escaping the big city for tent life deep in the woods somewhere.
Ben doesn’t talk much so we don’t know much about him. What we do know is that he’s a kick-ass Assistant Editor with superpowers in motion graphics. We also happen to know (because we asked him) that he studied computer science at KSU, loves hiking/camping, painting, pickleball, and “uh… napping”.
Cassie is a problem-solver, an up-for-anything get-it-done-er and basically sunshine personified. When she’s not being a star Assistant Editor, Cassie’s likely to be found reading, watching old sitcoms and documentaries, or getting to know ATL through a weekend trial walk.
Buddy fell in love with audio/video production in college at GSU as head of operations/DJ for campus radio–producing PSAs for the station and TV & radio commercials for local business. He moved to Atlanta to work as a mixer and head of studio operations. In 1996, he stepped away from the mixing board for LA-based Todd-AO’s new studios in ATL to be audio producer–handling budgets, casting & creative direction–eventually as VP of Operations. Bare Knuckles was born in 2013. If he’s not working as Executive Producer, you can find Buddy immersed in his favorite extracurricular activity–saltwater fishing.
Chris Basta (C1)
After graduating from Millikin University with a major in Commercial Music, Chris Basta – aka “C1” – moved to Atlanta to begin his audio career. A quick study with a strong work ethic, Chris was promoted early-on to a full-time sound designer, composing music and mixing for clients including Home Depot, Coca-Cola and Ford, which is still a client today. C1 joined the Bare Knuckles team in 2016 where he and Buddy, Founder of BK, concentrate on audio for advertising, video games, episodic TV, film, and original composition. Basta is known for making noise. Lots of it. And often, it’s quite pleasing.
Atlanta native and retired part-time scientist Anthony Nolan has over a decade of professional audio engineering experience. His work ranges from recording platinum-selling musicians to creating foley and sound design for BAFTA-nominated television.