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A SH T
About our work. Complete strangers. A thriving planet.
Our creative studio is founded by Nick Kalisz and Mike Ferrell, and together they shape films, non-scripted series, shorts, and campaigns that stir curiosity and spur action.
We can't do it alone.
TopTop has grown into a collective of fun-loving wanderers that found a home in their craft. A team of filmmakers, journalists, art directors, marketers, writers, and musicians that believe anything is possible with the right team and an open mind.
Meet the Collective
A confluence of past lives, dreams, and experiences steered Mike here. A whirlwind of restaurant work, acting, copier sales, and stand-up comedy led him to the stability of a "real job" where he thrived in marketing for a decade. In 2019, Mike graduated from the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill and took the leap to forge a new path. Mike's ability to connect and communicate has converged with his appetite and ability to tell stories.
Director of Photography
Nick is inspired by the great outdoors and the raw beauty of human emotion. Growing up, his teachers encouraged him to create videos in lieu of writing because that’s how he could best express himself.
He was nominated for a Sports Emmy for his cinematography in Lindsey Vonn’s HBO Documentary and also captured the first ski descent of Mt. Lhotse, the world’s 4th highest mountain. His film LHOTSE has garnered over 4.5M views on YouTube.
Kelly Bernard is an award-winning (hat tip) associate creative director and designer with a passion for filmmaking. She’s worked for agencies up and down the West Coast and brings with her ad agency funk, film campaign know-how, and the unique lens of editorial storytelling. Check out some of the killer work she’s helped create for clients like ESPN, Footjoy, and Rao’s Homemade.
Jay is based in Los Angeles, California. He has worked extensively in public media for the past five years, producing audio documentaries, live newscast mixes, and sound-rich features for air on LA’s KCRW, American Public Media’s Marketplace and Marketplace Morning Report, and the BBC World Service.Jay also produces for independent artists working in Americana, nu-jazz, pop, and ambient electronic music. He is the songwriter and band leader for the bi-coastal recording collective Starsapien, which he bills as “cosmic country & western.
Niki is based in Brooklyn and currently works in Vevo’s original content team. She’s versed in branded content & documentary and loves telling stories. Beginning as an editor at the NYC-based agency Group SJR, she has created work for a gamut of industries.Over the past several years she has expanded into cinematography and directing for various top brands. She received her BFA in film & video from the Maryland Institute College of Art and studied fine arts at the Korea National University of Arts.
Dan is our preferred partner for post and is the Director of Operations for Unscripted Content at Cosmic Pictures in Salt Lake City, UT. Planning for post as soon as an idea is born, he creates pipelines with maximum efficiency so the filmmakers he partners with can focus on what they do best.When a project is ready for color, Dan blends art and science to get the most out of the image he's working on, constantly seeking new techniques to achieve the desired look. Dan has an MBA from the University of Utah and takes pride in creating a stellar post-production experience, providing guidance far beyond the color suite.
Post Production Supervisor
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