Revelator is a creative production company that produces a variety of commercials, brand films, and music videos. We match your agency or brand with our friendly and talented directors. We’re not your traditional production company. We’re creative storytellers who believe good scripts, beautiful cinematography and impeccable design can raise your message above the noise. If you’d like to discuss a project or learn a bit more about us, just email our Executive Producer, Chris Ohlson, at email@example.com.
Chris oversees all production at Revelator, from budgets and pre-production, to output and delivery. He has produced award-winning commercials, critically acclaimed independent films, international music festivals, and numerous digital projects for more than a dozen years. His most recent critically-acclaimed independent film, Damsel, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and stars Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska. His previous film, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and stars Academy Award Nominee, Rinko Kikuchi. Chris produced Matt Muir’s feature film, Thank You A Lot, which made it’s World Premiere at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, and he is also the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Piaget Producers Award, which was given out by the Film Independent Spirit Awards. In 2010, he was selected as one of ten Narrative Lab Fellows by IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) and as a Sundance Creative Producing Labs Fellow in 2013.
Matt is responsible for the creative direction of all things at Revelator. He is the lead creative on all Revelator projects, which involves directing video content and providing script support for many of our clients. Matt earned an MFA in Film Production at the University of Texas at Austin, and has been directing television commercials, films and corporate projects for over a decade. His advertising work includes projects for clients like Capital One, IBM, Dell and Samsung, and his work has received various advertising accolades, including multiple Addy and Telly awards. Matt is also an award-winning film and music-video director, whose work has screened internationally. His first feature-film, Thank You A Lot, premiered at SXSW 2014. The film has been picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures, and is now available in over 100 million homes through VOD and iTunes.
Carlyn operates as a creative writer and director at Revelator. She studied acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and finished her film degree at the University of Texas at Austin. Carlyn is one of the talents selected as a segment director for the SLACKER: 20 YEARS LATER remake, and field produced the Richard Linklater-directed UP TO SPEED series for Hulu. She also co-produced Andrew Bujalski’s COMPUTER CHESS (Sundance 2013) and was the casting director for his latest effort, RESULTS (Magnolia Pictures). Carlyn has directed short films that have premiered at SXSW, Austin Film Festival, LA Comedy Shorts, and was a part of the 2012 Texas Filmmakers Showcase in Los Angeles. She also programs the popular indie film series Cinema East, was one of Austin Monthly’s 20 in their 20s, and recently premiered her first feature comedy as writer/director, called THE BIG SPOON.
Deepak Chetty is a Director, Visual Effects artist and Cinematographer based in Austin, Texas. After graduating with honors from the Pratt Institute and UT’s MFA program in Film Production, his work as a director has been featured in AFS’ 10 Under 10 series, The Longhorn Network and through viral media propagation (Looper 8-Bit). He recently made waves with his VFX heavy film “Hard Reset 3D,” which was filmed in Austin, and created in conjunction with UT Austin’s pioneering stereoscopic 3D production program UT3D. The VFX heavy sci-fi/action epic film has been featured as an example among the press regarding the future of next level technological film-making in an educational environment. As well as his currently directing projects, Deepak is serving as a consultant and researcher in regards to R&D of post-production tools and workflow standards with The Washington Post and the UT School of Journalism, as well as lecturing at UT Austin in the field of Immersive Media (Virtual Reality and Stereoscopic Imaging).
Erica Silverman is a director and cinematographer who loves to travel for her work, but calls Austin, Texas her home. She has a gift for storytelling that is present in her films , commercials, and music videos, with specific praise for her unique sense of narration and voice. Rolling Stone recently premiered her posthumous Gregg Allman music video for the Jackson-Brown penned “Song for Adam.” Her Robert Ellis music video “California” saw its debut at the SXSW Film Festival and made Rolling Stone’s top ten country music videos of 2016. Trivia Time: The video even got a cameo on ABC’s hit show “Nashville” when the main character is scouring the internet for video directors and is taken aback(!) upon discovering Erica’s work. Her recent film “Lovable” made a successful festival run with stops at HollyShorts and Denver Film Festival, and has since been distributed worldwide. Despite her success as a filmmaker Erica still spends much of her time writing and dreaming up new stories and ideas. She is only satisfied when she is using her talents to create work imbued with meaning. She brings that sense of passion and purpose to everything she does.
Lauren hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Communications and a minor in Business Studies. Spurred by an interest in finance, she continued her education at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she attained her Diploma in Accounting & Finance. Upon graduation from LSE, Lauren hopped back across the pond to Washington, D.C. to work for Bloomberg. During this time she also worked in film for non-profits and small media companies. Ultimately, she was compelled to turn her hobby into a career and started an online series for Bloomberg, Settle Up,with the goal of investigating the interplay of economic markets and government action.
Before making the move to Austin Lauren enjoyed traveling in South Africa and Mozambique, leading outdoor adventure and community service programs for teens. Driven by a belief that film is the universal language, Lauren’s topics of interest include (but are not limited to) homelessness and mental health issues and their impact on our greater economic and political systems.
Alex is the ground general for many of our productions at Revelator, and he’s in charge of managing projects from concept to delivery. From project budgets and scheduling, to post and final delivery, if there’s an aspect of production, he probably has his hand in it. Alex has been on the production side of the creative process for years, including a stint for Universal Television and Amazon Video, as well as producing a variety of projects in the realm of broadcast commercials, web content, and television. Some of his past projects include work for Dell, IBM, Samsung, HP, Apple & Ford. He graduated from The University of Texaswith an Urban Planning degree, but quickly came to his senses and has been “planning” urban commercial production ever since. So if you have a production question, Alex has the answer. Also, ask him about a certain inclination towards creating bizarre and secretive online music mashups.
Miguel Alvarez is an Austin-based filmmaker who has received awards from the Directors’ Guild of America, Panavision’s Emerging Filmmaker program, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund for his previous short films Tadpoles, Veterans, KID, and Mnemosyne Rising. He was selected as a Screenwriting Fellow for the 2013 Latino Screenwriting Project sponsored by Cinefestival and Sundance for his feature screenplay, La Perdida. His most recent project, the short film Atlantic City, was recently chosen for the inaugural Kodak + Kickstarter Film Initiative, and his short documentary, The Giant Still Sleeps, will premiere on PBS and the Washington Post this summer. Miguel holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin where he continues to lecture today.
Todd hails from the beautiful Park City, UT and is a graduate of Montana State University’s School of Film and Photography. He moved from the mountains to the beaches of Los Angeles where he cut his teeth and thickened his skin in the LA production world. Then, in 2014 he settled down in Austin and has since worked on everything from Super Bowl spots, to Screeny award winning web-series DAY 5, and HBO’s acclaimed television series The Leftovers. He is a production wizard who turned down the opportunity to attend Hogwarts because he is terrified of dragons. When not working on a handful of Revelator projects, Todd is living the dream with his wife and dog. (Please don’t fact check the whole Hogwarts thing, it’s kind of a secret.)
Jake is an Austin-based director who specializes in visually compelling commercials, branded content and narrative films. He loves all things character, and leveraging his background in design, he uses line and color to create careful cinematic compositions. He studied graphic design at Parsons School of Design and film production at Montana State University. His most recent short film, Pet World, premiered at LA Shorts Fest and was programmed at Burbank International Film Festival, Richmond International Film Festival and Twin Cities Film Festival among others. Before moving to Austin, Jake worked in New York City as a motion graphics designer for clients including FUSE, College Humor, Intel and Discovery Networks. Jake is also an avid musician, and enjoys composing and collaborating on the music tracks for his productions.
Mackenzie McMahon is our resident obsessive here at Revelator. Whether it’s prepping for a slate of productions or keeping the Revelator team in shape, Mackenzie is ready to triple-check, color-code and collate our way to the finish line. Besides her history of work on a slew of commercial and branded content productions, her production credits also include feature films like Infinity Baby and Lazer Team.
Jonn is a California-based writer and director with an extensive background working in the contemporary art world. His work has been exhibited nationally, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Telluride Film Festival, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and internationally at the Den Frie Contemporary Art Center and most recently at Sydhavn Train Station in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has won two Golden Gate Awards for his film work at the San Francisco International Film Festival, a SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and was included as in artist in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. His commercial experience includes creating films and campaigns for brands such as Nike and Levi’s. When he isn’t directing, he can usually be found working on his international publication THE THING Quarterly, or lecturing at the San Francisco Art Institute. Fun Fact: Jonn used to be a train robber. True story! Ask him about it sometime.
Drew hangs his hat as a filmmaker and cinematographer at Revelator. A Montana native at heart, Drew is a recipient of the IFP Documentary Spotlight in 2014 and Tribeca Film Institute’s Documentary Grant for his forthcoming documentary, THE SENSITIVES. His award-winning documentary short, WESTERN BROTHER’S ADVENTURE STORY, has screened internationally and is used by youth education programs such as The Young Storytellers Foundation in Los Angeles and the Vimeo Video School. Drew also shoots documentary, narrative, and commercial projects as a cinematographer, and his projects have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and AFI Docs, among others. He’s been fortunate to have shot in Tibet, Taiwan, and throughout Europe and the United States, and has recently contributed footage for Terrence Malick’s upcoming documentary, VOYAGE OF TIME.