Verena is our website and graphic designer and originally comes from Stuttgart, Germany. Her family moved to Peachtree City, GA when she was 2 years old where she spent most of her child hood. Since she comes from Germany, she grew up bi-lingual. In 1994 her parents decided to move back to Germany, where she attended school. Verena quickly developed an affinity for computers and graphics during a 2-week internship at an ad agency in 9th grade.
In 2001, Verena moved to Tampa, FL to go to school for Website Design & Development and in 2004 she graduated Magma Cum Laude with the degree Bachelor of Fine Arts in Web Development. In 2007, Verena moved back to Peachtree City, GA and started her own firm called Vibrant Web Creations. This year is her business’ 10th anniversary.
Rodney Aquino was born and raised in Gainesville, FL . He joined the USAF in 1999 as a fuel systems repair technician on kc-135 stratotanker and e8-c J.S.T.A.R.S aircraft and was deployed 2 weeks after September 11th attacks and again in 2003. His duties fields of operations were enduring freedom and Iraqi freedom. Rodney then re-enlisted into the USAF reserves after 6 years on active duty. It was during his time of deployment for Iraqi freedom, where the film series band of brothers was an HBO show that inspired him to pursue a career in the film production industry. As soon as he was able, he started to pursue his passion.
Between the years of 2007-2009, Rodney attended Full Sail University and graduated with a bachelors of science degree major in film and television production. Upon graduation in 2009, he directed his first music video with the indie band “Amsden” with future business partner Cody Foltz who founded Left Digital Media. Rodney then started Goin’ Ballistic as a representation of his directing career in affiliation with Left Digital Media.
Since graduation, he has directed several music videos, short films and commercials. In 2015, he directed his first feature film “Finding Eden” that is currently on the film festival circuit.
Now, Rodney has several current active productions including Back the Blue, which is a documentary based on the lives of men in women who protect and serve as police officers. Other projects are in development and actively works in progress.
As the owner and president of Left Digital Media, Cody has collaborated with a team of dedicated and creative individuals whom all share his passion and desire for creating excellence with each and every project.
Left Digital Media is a full-service production company providing a complete end-to-end solution for digital feature film, short form, commercial, corporate/industrial and also music video production.
Growing up in Palos Verdes, California and only a short drive away from Hollywood, his love for cinema and those who craft it grew naturally out of his life experiences. His expertise and knowledge of digital media, post-production, editing and color grading have allowed him to provide a wide variety of skill sets and craftsmanship to not only his own work and the works of his fellow collaborators but also several other productions as well.
Rogelio or “Ro“, for short, is a senior at Clayton State university, on track to graduate spring of 2018. His major is Information Technology with a focus in database administration. Ro is proficient in 5 coding languages, achieved dean’s list 3 years in a row, and is a recipient of the omega psi phi scroll of honor.
Ro started working with Digital Collective in August 2017. Specifically under Verena Hayward and Vibrant Web Creations. He’s been receiving hands on training with web design and has already begun work on various client websites.
Amanda Mazzillo is a writer and also an editor. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a B.A. in Writing and Linguistics and also a minor in Film Studies. She writes content for Digital Collective, and is also a contributing writer for the online film publication, Film Inquiry. In the Fall, she will be attending SCAD, where she will be enrolled in the MFA program in Dramatic Writing. In addition to writing web content and film reviews, Amanda loves writing fiction, creative nonfiction, and also screenplays. Getting an MFA in Dramatic Writing will help Amanda follow her screenwriting dreams.
Isabella was born in Warwick, Rhode Island and raised in the Metro Atlanta area. At a young age, Isabella found a love for cameras and began taking photos and making YouTube videos with her American Girl dolls. Over the years of practice with photography and film-making, Isabella has had her photography featured on the cover of magazines, starting her own photography company and growing her current YouTube channel. Her YouTube videos feature anything from fashion, travel and lifestyle to short films. Isabella is pursuing a career in Georgia’s booming film industry in hopes of being able to direct her own movies. Isabella has volunteered with the Atlanta Film Festival and also worked with a group of teens at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, who coordinated and produced a Film Festival for young adults. She has a passion for traveling and would like to incorporate film into her travels.
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