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NBC Left Field is a new internationally-minded video troupe that makes short, creative docs and features, all designed for social media and set-top boxes.
Our small team of cinematographers, journalists, animators and social media gurus aims to unearth stories and breathe creative life into current headlines.
Half the unit hails from outside the US, so we’ll be pushing boundaries at home and abroad while acting as an experimental NBC hub for style, treatment and audience engagement.
Matt DanzicoFounder, Visual journalistFrom: Coal mine country, Pennsylvania, USAExpertise: Filmmaking, tinkering, wave-catchingMemorable assignment: Journeying to find Nagaland headhunters
Katie EngelhartReporter, ProducerFrom: Canada, AustriaExpertise: Writing, investigating, interrogatingMemorable assignment: Evading KGB agents in Belarus
Owain RichSpecial projectsFrom: London, UKExpertise: Cinematography, VR, dronesMemorable assignment: Covering a gold rush in Indonesia
Ed OuVisual journalistFrom: Canada, TaiwanExpertise: Storytelling, Packing light, Sleeping anywhere Memorable assignment: High jumping over Yemeni camels
Sky Dylan-RobbinsVisual journalistFrom: New York City, USAExpertise: Questioning, producing, running Memorable assignment: Capturing America's viral dance moves
Deborah BasckinProducerFrom: Hong Kong, Cape Town, LondonExpertise: Culture, thinking, snacksMemorable assignment: Finding Shakespeare in Chinese slums
Haimy AssefaVisual journalistFrom: Awassa, EthiopiaExpertise: Storytelling, iPhotography, brunchingMemorable assignment: Filming Bolivian climbers at 13,000ft
Lulu JiangMotion graphics designerFrom: Beijing, ChinaExpertise: Animation, design, experimentationMemorable assignment: Making my first art film
Andrew PinzlerPart-time team hackerFrom: Brooklyn, New York, USAExpertise: IoT, bots, not sleepingMemorable assignment: Big. Blue. Button.
NBC Left Field is not associated with Leftfield Pictures.