Mike Blosel

Owner and Managing Partner

Bio


Spacejunk has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a two-man team operating out of Mike's attic. From day one, Mike has provided valuable insight in technical matters and fostered key client relationships to help drive the studio's development. Mike is responsible for leading our studio by overseeing day-to-day operations, making key business decisions and providing advice and perspective to the team on a variety of subjects. Mike utilizes years of production experience to provide support on high-priority projects, occasionally taking the reins to capture footage or drive edits forward. When not overseeing projects or studio operations, Mike also handles special projects including technology and equipment upgrades, human resources initiatives and developing new client relationships.

From day one, Mike has provided valuable insight in technical matters and fostered key client relationships to help drive the studio's development. Mike is responsible for leading Spacejunk by overseeing day-to-day operations and providing advice and perspective to the team.

After Hours


When not at the office, Mike enjoys cooking for family and friends, golfing and hanging out at his cabin in Hideaway Hills.

Favorite Quote


"When I die, I’m leaving my body to science fiction."

Steven Wright

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Mike Beaumont

Creative Director

Bio


Coming to us straight outta the “suburbs of Cleveland,” Mike leads the creative team with a passion and intensity unlike any other team member. A Junkie since 2007, he draws from a diverse skill set and years of industry experience to help guide projects to completion, providing insight into the creative and technical potential each of these unpolished gems possesses. A connoisseur of many of the finer things in life, Mike frequently injects personal experience and knowledge into Spacejunk's projects. When asked what his favorite part of the job is, Mike lists: “Seeing how talented groups of people can come together to make something that none of them would have been able to accomplish on their own.

A Junkie since 2007, Mike draws from a diverse skill set and years of industry experience to guide our creative team. When asked what his favorite part of the job is, Mike lists: “Seeing how talented groups of people can come together to make something that none of them would have been able to accomplish on their own.

After Hours


Away from the studio, Mike is passionate about American history, food, politics and world affairs. He is a die-hard Browns and Liverpool fan. He loves to read and also tries to still find time for video games. Oh, and he is focused on raising his daughter to be a kick ass, confident woman someday.

Favorite Quote


"Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty."

Mark Twain

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Christa Cox

Executive Producer/Head of Production

Bio


With nearly two decades of experience at some of the top visual effects and production studios in NYC, Christa brings a wealth of industry knowledge and a tried and true, collaborative workflow

With more than a decade of experience at some of the top visual FX and production studios in NYC, Christa brings a wealth of industry and knowledge and a tried and true, collaborative workflow to every project.

After Hours


When not at the office, you can find Christa hanging with her husband and daughter and probably sending client emails on her phone.

Favorite Quote


We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.

Carol Burnett

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Deanna Stevens

Director of Administration & Employee Relations

Bio


Deanna wears many hats for Spacejunk:  Ambassador, Chief Negotiator, Traffic Cop and Ring Master to name a few. Simply put, she helps keep the studio running in a million different ways, both great and small but always with grace, compassion and patience. Additionally, she draws upon years of experience in administration to continually provide valuable insight into the studio’s day-to-day operation. When asked about her favorite part of the job, she cites “solving problems, helping people discover their potential and herding cats.“

Deanna keeps the studio running in a million different ways, always with grace and compassion. She draws upon past experience in administration to provide valuable insight into the studio operations. Deanna cites “solving problems, helping people discover their potential and herding cats" as her favorite parts of the job.

After Hours


When not in the thick of it, Deanna enjoys writing, gardening, and getting off the couch to run 5Ks for charity. Oh wait...this is a list of things she likes to do. Yes to the charity. Not so much the running.

Favorite Quote


“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Chinese Proverb

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Brian Finney

Head of Animation

Bio


After serving fifteen years in the New York City motion graphics industry, Brian joined Spacejunk in order to tackle new challenges and work with the truly talented team here at the studio. With experience in broadcast, commercial and the feature film world, Brian brings his knowledge of technical direction to the team here at Spacejunk to ensure a continuous push for quality, efficiency, and work we can all be proud of.

After serving fifteen years in the New York City motion graphics industry, Brian joined Spacejunk in order to tackle new challenges and work with the truly talented team here at the studio. With experience in broadcast, commercial and the feature film world, Brian brings his knowledge of technical direction to the team here at Spacejunk to ensure a continuous push for quality, efficiency, and work we can all be proud of.

After Hours


When not at work, Brian spends all of his free time watching cartoons with his new daughter and spending time with his wife. Once everyone goes to bed his attention is turned to video games and watching old Star Trek typically later than he should.

Favorite Quote


"Now, now… Perfectly symmetrical violence never solved anything."

Professor Hubert Farnsworth

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Brent Jackson

Senior Director

Bio


Brent was born and raised in Williamstown, West Virginia. After graduating with a BFA in Painting from WVU, Brent worked in various creative and production roles before discovering his love for shooting and directing. He is a multi-talent with a passion for cinematography and live-action directing. Since joining the Spacejunk team in February of 2015, Brent has brought his magnetic sense of humor and his passion for the creative process to his role as Senior Director. Brent says his favorite part of his job is “that moment in an edit bay when something really inspired happens…when one little idea elevates the course of a whole piece. It’s powerful, it’s exciting and completely addicting!"

After graduating with a BFA in Painting from WVU, Brent worked in various creative and production roles before discovering his love for shooting and directing. Since joining the Spacejunk team in February of 2015, Brent has brought his magnetic sense of humor and his passion for the creative process to his role as Senior Director.

After Hours


When not junkin’, Brent likes to spend his free time with his wife and two little daughters. He loves playing guitar, watching documentaries, and any combination of craft beer and good friends.

Favorite Quote


"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it."
 

Steve Jobs

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Andy Murphy-Young

Senior Producer

Bio


Andy Murphy-Young comes to Spacejunk with 10 years of experience as a freelance production crew member, wearing a great number of hats on set (primarily the fez).  A grip and electric guru with years of feature film experience, Andy’s escaped the world of manual labor for the prime opportunity to actually order other people around for once.  His vast array of first-hand experience and knowledge in the production world makes him an incredible asset to the team, when it doesn’t just make him look like an annoying showoff.
 

Andy Murphy-Young comes to Spacejunk with 10 years of experience as a freelance production crew member, wearing a great number of hats on set. A grip and electric guru with years of feature film experience, Andy’s vast array of first-hand experience and knowledge in the production world makes him an incredible asset to the team.

After Hours


When not spending time with his wife and two kids outdoors, Andy loves winding down after a long day by building furniture in his garage, making a stiff cocktail, and listening to vinyl records. He didn’t specify, but we’re also assuming his interests include fixed gear bikes, flannel shirts, and that band you haven’t heard of yet.

Favorite Quote


“Approved!”

Target Lady

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Juliet Otoya

Producer

Bio


Since 2013, Juliet has been producing digital content that furthers sales and marketing initiatives for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike. Her skills in project management led her to the creative industry where she quickly became the senior producer at a boutique animation studio in a matter of three years. At Spacejunk, Juliet oversees multiple post-production projects at a time, managing budgets and timelines, as well as liaising with clients while supporting the creative team.

Since 2013, Juliet has been producing digital content that furthers sales and marketing initiatives for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike. Her skills in project management led her to the creative industry where she quickly became the senior producer at a boutique animation studio in a matter of three years. At Spacejunk, Juliet oversees multiple post-production projects at a time, managing budgets and timelines, as well as liaising with clients while supporting the creative team.

After Hours


You can typically find Juliet spending time with her cat “Basil” and partner of 8 years, Daniel. She values experiences such as seeing glimpses of history by wading through antique malls, getting her hands dirty in a ceramics class, and catching an EDM show. She cares about supporting the local community and enjoys attending events that educate and promote women-owned businesses.

Favorite Quote


"Your greatest responsibility is to use your voice, for there so many people, too many people in our world who are never heard-even when they scream."

Cleo Wade

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Melina Fuentes

Producer

Bio


Melina’s journey has been a tumultuous one: from a mere server at Applebee’s to one of the top departmental administrative assistants in a large hospital system. Ambition struck Melina, and she decided to go back to college after a 12-year hiatus and graduated with a dual degree in 3 years. She has worked as an ESPN Producer and Graphics Operator/Stage Manager with the Detroit Tigers. Most recently, she was a Director of Broadcast & Video Content at LTN Global Communications, where she had the opportunity to work on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. However, when the pandemic came along, Melina sought out a different lifestyle that didn’t come with the stresses of Sports Broadcasting. Melina received a phone call one day, and all the skills that she acquired throughout her many lives found a home at Spacejunk.

Melina’s journey has been a tumultuous one: from a mere server at Applebee’s to one of the top departmental administrative assistants in a large hospital system. Ambition struck Melina, and she decided to go back to college after a 12-year hiatus and graduated with a dual degree in 3 years. She has worked as an ESPN Producer and Graphics Operator/Stage Manager with the Detroit Tigers. Most recently, she was a Director of Broadcast & Video Content at LTN Global Communications, where she had the opportunity to work on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. However, when the pandemic came along, Melina sought out a different lifestyle that didn’t come with the stresses of Sports Broadcasting. Melina received a phone call one day, and all the skills that she acquired throughout her many lives found a home at Spacejunk.

After Hours


Melina spends her time dreaming of the tropical vacation she yearns for, or the trip to Greece she’s planning to go on someday. However, in the meantime, she is in a love-hate relationship with physical fitness and a long-term relationship with video games/movies. Melina can also be found at the local farmers’ market getting some fresh flowers, vegetables, and artisan jewelry. She enjoys all things nerdy, geeky, and everything in between.

Favorite Quote


“Be the kind of woman who, when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says “Oh, no! She’s up”

Joanne Clancy

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Miranda Dumm

Creative Producer

Bio


Hailing from corn fields of Northwest Ohio, Miranda found her creative spark in daily doodles in her sketchbook. Initially drawn to the world of animation and video editing, Miranda obtained a BFA in Art & Technology from THE Ohio State University in 2014. 
Combining her love of athletics (Go Bucks!) with her artistic talents Miranda gravitated towards the Professional Sports market in roles with the Cincinnati Reds and Columbus Crew SC. 
Wearing basically ALL the hats, Miranda worked as producer, director, videographer, editor, animator, manager and social media extraordinaire with those clubs. All of these roles have helped shape her into a well-rounded creative producer involved from start to finish across a wide-variety of projects.

Wearing basically ALL the hats, Miranda has worked as a producer, director, videographer, editor, animator, manager and social media extraordinaire. All of these roles have helped shape her into a well-rounded creative producer involved from start to finish across a wide-variety of projects.

After Hours


In her spare time, Miranda is passionate about craft beer, cooking, and researching new DIY craft projects. When not hanging with her fur baby, Benny (Benny is a dog), you’ll find her fueling her competitive spirits, whether playing intramural softball or board game nights with friends.

Favorite Quote


"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

Walt Disney

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Kurt Keaner

Senior Editor

Bio


Grindin’ it out with Spacejunk since 2010, Kurt brings a trendy fresh eye and a skill set so diverse he makes a swiss army knife look weak. His passion for editing, audio engineering and music gives him a unique perspective on all projects and makes him one of the busiest artists in the studio. When asked about his favorite part of his job, Kurt states, “I really love the variety. Edit, grade, shoot, direct. Gotta keep things fresh, nah mean?!”

Grindin’ it out with Spacejunk since 2010, Kurt brings a trendy fresh eye and a skill set so diverse he makes a swiss army knife look weak. His passion for editing, audio engineering and music gives him a unique perspective on all projects and makes him one of the busiest artists in the studio. When asked about his favorite part of his job, Kurt states, “I really love the variety. Edit, grade, shoot, direct. Gotta keep things fresh, nah mean?!”

After Hours


When he’s not making things look and sound “pretty,” Kurt enjoys playing music and going to every concert he can.

Favorite Quote


“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.”

Frank Ocean

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Nick Couts

Senior Animator

Bio


Ohio-raised with a love for animation, Nick’s path in the Motion Design world all began with Spacejunk circa ’07. Fast forwarding several years, that path led to him and his wife trading in their home for a little RV, driven by curiosity, bound for wherever and freelancing along the way. Coming full circle, Nick’s back with the SJ team, this time bringing stories and visuals to life while in orbit from the mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado.

Ohio-raised with a love for animation, Nick’s path in the Motion Design world all began with Spacejunk circa ’07. Fast forwarding several years, that path led to him and his wife trading in their home for a little RV, driven by curiosity, bound for wherever and freelancing along the way. Coming full circle, Nick’s back with the SJ team, this time bringing stories and visuals to life while in orbit from the mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado.

After Hours


When not at the workstation, Nick’s likely to be found backcountry skiing, fly fishing, trail running, mountain biking or making subpar oil paintings..

Favorite Quote


“God was having a good day when he made Alaska.”

Bob Ross

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Lew Holder

Editor

Bio


Lew first joined Spacejunk after 5 years on the video staff of his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes football team. He worked with SJ for a year before deciding he was tired of affordable rent. He moved to California and spent the next several years cutting for clients including CBS, FOX, NFL Network, and TBS in Los Angeles. One day while laying on the beach, sipping a margarita, he thought to himself  "Man, I sure miss those beautiful Ohio winters." Shortly thereafter, he headed east back to Columbus. A Cleveland native, Lew rejoined the Spacejunk team in an epic reunion reminiscent of Lebron's triumphant return to win one for The Land.

Lew first joined Spacejunk after 5 years on the video staff of his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes football team. He worked with SJ for a year before deciding he was tired of affordable rent. He moved to California and spent the next several years cutting for clients including CBS, FOX, NFL Network, and TBS in Los Angeles. One day while laying on the beach, sipping a margarita, he thought to himself  "Man, I sure miss those beautiful Ohio winters." Shortly thereafter, he headed east back to Columbus. A Cleveland native, Lew rejoined the Spacejunk team in an epic reunion reminiscent of Lebron's triumphant return to win one for The Land.

After Hours


When he's not in the edit bay, Lew can be found watching sports with his wife Meredith, grilling, playing N64, or swearing he's "giving up golf forever after this round."

Favorite Quote


“I’m trying to elevate small talk to medium talk.”
 

Larry David

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Sanjana Sharma

Associate Art Director

Bio


Hailing from India’s capital city of New Delhi, Sanjana comes to Spacejunk after stints in Florida and Oregon to share with us her love of color, typography, and good design. Passionate about well-crafted storytelling, Sanjana wears many hats at SJ, lending her skills in art direction, design, and animation to a variety of projects. Self-proclaimed as ‘interested in everything’, she is always looking to learn and experiment with new techniques to further fuel her forays into concept development and design.

Hailing from India’s capital city of New Delhi, Sanjana comes to Spacejunk after stints in Florida and Oregon to share with us her love of color, typography, and good design. Passionate about well-crafted storytelling, Sanjana wears many hats at SJ, lending her skills in art direction, design, and animation to a variety of projects. Self-proclaimed as ‘interested in everything’, she is always looking to learn and experiment with new techniques to further fuel her forays into concept development and design.

After Hours


When not spending time with her cat, Lucy, or cooking a new recipe with her partner, Ani, she can be found working on her latest crafting project or lost in a good book. She likes to unwind by baking sweet treats, bingeing the latest avant-garde tv show, and rewatching movie classics.

Favorite Quote


The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.

Voltaire

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Dan Hildebrand

Animator

Bio


Originally from Cleveland and a 2014 graduate of Ohio University, Dan has been working in motion design, animation, and visual effects for the last 5 years. Inspired by films like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings as a kid, he has been on a never ending quest to figure out how the magic is made.

Originally from Cleveland and a 2014 graduate of Ohio University, Dan has been working in motion design, animation, and visual effects for the last 5 years. Inspired by films like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings as a kid, he has been on a never ending quest to figure out how the magic is made.

After Hours


When he’s not in the studio, Dan can be found acting and singing on stage, or working behind the scenes at one of the many amazing theatres around Columbus.

Favorite Quote


All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

Gandalf

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Melanie Guinto

Production Coordinator

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A central Ohio native, Melanie returns to Columbus after spending 5 years traveling and working in live entertainment. Her degree from the University of Cincinnati in scenic design and production has led to roles in props construction, scenic art, and production management. Since returning to Ohio, Melanie is ecstatic to begin her journey into video production and is thrilled to be on team Spacejunk!

A central Ohio native, Melanie returns to Columbus after spending 5 years traveling and working in live entertainment. Her degree from the University of Cincinnati in scenic design and production has led to roles in props construction, scenic art, and production management. Since returning to Ohio, Melanie is ecstatic to begin her journey into video production and is thrilled to be on team Spacejunk!

After Hours


Now that she has free time, Melanie is seeking out new hobbies. So far, she runs a small vintage home-goods business, paints murals, and is trying to become a sporty/outdoorsy person.

Favorite Quote


“I’m not afraid to look like an idiot” - Anthony Bourdain

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