Meet Our Team

G. Gilbert Cloyd

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Gil is a graduate of the Ohio State University and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1969. From 1989 to 1997, Gil was global General Manager of P&G's Pharmaceuticals business. From 1997 to 2000, he lived in Kobe, Japan and was Vice President, Research & Development for P&G Asia. Gil returned to Cincinnati, OH in 2000 and assumed the position of Chief Technology Officer. In that capacity, he had overall functional responsibility for P&G’s Research & Development organization. This global organization numbered 9,000 employees in 28 technical centers around the globe. The range of research involved chemistry, engineering, materials science, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, biology (including biotechnology), mathematics, robotics, nutrition and electronics. During Gil’s tenure as CTO, P&G had annual organic sales growth of 5 to 7%, and R&D innovation productivity increased 100%. Gil was named Industry Week’s Tech Leader of the year in 2004.

Gil was appointed to the Board of Trustees at The Ohio State University in 2005 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2007-2009.

Gil currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Innovation, Creativity and Capital at the University of Texas, Austin, the Foundation Board of The Ohio State University, the Board of Directors of Lumos Pharma, and the Board of Trustees for Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD).

Leonard D. Hartman

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Mr. Hartman is an award winning screenwriter and film producer and primary contact at Ohio Film Group. A former academic all-American football player, Leonard is a graduate of The Ohio State University and The American Film Institute (AFI). Leonard’s feature film projects include, HOMESTEAD, which won AFI’s Richard Levinson Endowed Scholarship for Screenwriting, a Civil War era historical drama starring Matthew McConaughey, FREE STATE OF JONES, an adaptation of GOOSEBUMPS, based on R.L. Stine’s worldwide best-selling children’s book series, and an adaptation of the best selling children’s series, DRAGONOLOGY, for Universal Pictures. Leonard is currently writing a bio-pic focused on the famous American abolitionist and statesman, Frederick Douglass. He is also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), alongside Gil.

Steve Hubbard

VFX SUPERVISOR

Steven brings over 20 years professional experience to OFG. Starting his career in the early 90’s in new media, he delved into 3D computer graphics early on. He led several companies as a new media director staying at the forefront of technology.

Moving from the internet into commercial production, he was instrumental in several award- winning commercial productions. Having won 2 Emmy Awards while working for ABC Television, he was heavily involved in moving commercial production further with 3D motion graphics and visual effects. In 2005 he received a Telly Award for his work on a PSA campaign, for a nationally recognized ballet company.

After a successful career in television, he set his sights on feature film. He joined three time Academy Award winning Rhythm and Hues in 2010. While there he worked as a Technical Director on many feature film projects including XMEN: FIRST CLASS and RIPD. In 2012 he was on the team that delivered the spectacular Richard Parker tiger for the feature film LIFE OF PI, that won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. He then moved onto the art department at R&H, as a matte painting TD, where he worked on several other feature projects. Most recently Steve worked on Laika Studios next feature film, MISSING LINK Starring Hugh Jackman and Zack Galafanakis. He worked mainly as a environment artist, tackling some of the films largest sets.

Steve has worked on over 20 feature film projects and several VR/Real-time projects. Steve's main focus now is VR/AR world building and environment modeling for feature films.

Nasheet Zaman

VFX SUPERVISOR

Nasheet Zaman is an award winning filmmaker who is passionate about storytelling, art, and technological innovation. She graduated from Cornell University with a Masters in Computer Graphics, then went on to work for nearly a decade in Los Angeles and one year in Toronto, contracting as a Technical Director and Lighting/Compositing Artist at Sony Imageworks, Rhythm & Hues, Arc Productions, and Disney Animation. Her film credits include Beowulf, The Smurfs, Life of Pi, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Moana.

Outside of work, Zaman joined forces with a former colleague to write and co-direct an independent animated short film, One Per Person. The film premiered at the 2016 Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC and has been screened in ten film festivals thus far, winning awards at the Northeastern Ohio Film Festival, California Women's Film Film Festival, and London International Filmmaker Festival.

In 2017, Zaman returned to her hometown of Columbus, Ohio for a dual role as VFX Supervisor at Ohio Film Group (OFG) and Visiting Faculty at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD).

View Nasheet's personal work below:

www.nasheetzaman.com www.oneperperson.com

Marcel Da Costa

DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY

Marcel is a graduate of NHL University (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands), where he specialized in visual effects. Before moving to Ohio, he worked at STORM Post Production in Amsterdam, where he experienced a full post house setting and worked on various commercials, TV series and feature films, including THE LOVE BOAT, VAN GOGH: EEN HIUS VOOR VINCENT, DE MARATHON, APP and VODAFONE. In 2014, he moved to the United States to further establish his visual effects career, highlighted by projects for Tourism Ohio, Illinois Lottery, La Senza, and Honda. At OFG, Marcel has managed the technical workflows for MY BLIND BROTHER, THE BYE BYE MAN, DOG EAT DOG, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JOHN GOTTI, and AFTERMATH.

Keith Richner

3D GENERALIST

Keith graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in Illustration and worked in the Cleveland, Ohio film community for almost a decade. Keith has lent his diverse set of skills, ranging from musical composer to visual effects artist, to a number of film projects including both shorts and theatrical features. He has worked on numerous commercial projects for companies such as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chevy and also has experience covering live events as a videographer. Recently, Keith completed his MFA at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), which culminated in the completion of a five-minute film. The film, entitled THE BRIDGE, consists of both live-action and animation and was his solo directorial debut. At OFG he has complete VFX work on ARSENAL and THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JOHN GOTTI.

View Keith's MFA thesis film here
www.KeithRichner.com

Brandon Ball

2D GENERALIST

Brandon received his BFA in Art & Technology (2017) from The Ohio State University, where he focused on creating moving-image artwork using various aspects of 2D animation, video production, and image manipulation.

Since being granted an internship by OFG this past summer, Brandon has been working to gain an understanding of visual effects, motion graphics, and the post-production process as a whole. It is his hope to continue to build a versatile skillset in the film industry.

Christopher Ryan Evans

SENIOR DAILIES OPERATOR

After Christopher Ryan Evans graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) he worked as a freelance photographer and motion graphics artist in Central Ohio. One of the highlights of Ryan’s career thus far is a short documentary he produced, directed and edited, based on the life and works of James Castle for the Ohio State University (OSU). As the Senior Dailies Operator at OFG, Ryan has handled dailies workflows for MY BLIND BROTHER, THE BYE BYE MAN, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JOHN GOTTI, and AFTERMATH.

Nicholas Klein

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

As director of development and junior producer, Nick is the point of contact at OFG, leading project acquisition and development, client engagement, legislative and industry research, and general production support.

Nick is a 2016 graduate of The Ohio State University, earning a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to entering entertainment, he served on statewide political campaigns and worked in university operations and fundraising, bringing a unique and diverse skill set to the job. He started at OFG as office manager before moving to his current position. Outside of the studio, he is a member and supporter of the Gateway Film Center, an avid consumer of all movies from Star Wars to Malick and everything in between, and an aspiring writer / director. Find him at a concert, hiking, playing darts, or enjoying a Great Lakes brew!

As a passionate advocate of films, the artists who make them, and the city of Columbus, Nick is proud to support the talented team at OFG and the growing Ohio film industry.

Yi Zheng

Software Engineer

Yi graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2016 with a B.S. in Computational Mathematics (Algorithms) and a minor in Mathematics (Discrete Math). While at college, He was Vice President of Chinese Student and Scholar Association and in charge of video production, website development, machine learning and data analysis. Passionate about coding and its possibilities, Yi provides his knowledge to help streamline work processes and improve workflows at OFG.