FIRST and LAST FILMS is an Award-winning* studio that takes a collaborative approach to creating compelling and visually memorable multi-platform work for musicians, filmmakers, advertising agencies and corporate brands. Located on Long Island, New York, we are an inspired team of filmmakers, editors, designers, musicians, photographers and artists — a talented collective that strives to bring a unique insight and an element of the unexpected to every project.
Our scripts are written with Final Draft. Our production team films with the latest cameras and equipment from Canon, RED, ARRI, BlackMagic, Panasonic and Sony. Our post production team cuts, color grades and compresses with the latest versions of Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop CC, After Effects CC, Motion, Sorenson, Compressor and many more applications that can help in achieving your vision.
Specializing in Film, Television and Music, we offer so much more – Commercials & Advertising, Corporate Communications & Branding, Non-Profit Awareness & Fundraising, Documentary & Narrative, Sales & Promotional, Graphic & Web Design, DVD & Blu-Ray Authoring, Web Compressions, Writing, Directing, Consulting, Producing, Coffee or Tea – the list goes on and on. Working with some of the most creative and talented professionals in the industry, we can help develop and transform your idea into a work of art.
*2014 Jury Award for Short Film for Until Death, 2014 Bronze Telly Award for Matrix Artistic Directors Series: Chrystofer Benson, 2014 Bronze Telly for Matrix Imagination 2013 Sizzle, 2014 Gold Hermes Creative Award for Matrix Chairs of Change, 2014 Silver Communicator Award for Matrix Artistic Directors Series: Chrystofer Benson, 2012 NYCDSFF Honorable Mention for What Goes Around.
Production and Post-Production
Welcome to our portfolio. Please, have a look and let us know how we can help you achieve your vision.
Introducing, the First and Last Films Collective.
Writer • Director • Producer • Editor
Sean Dahlberg is an award-winning filmmaker who's worked on projects as diverse as "Sesame Street: Word on the Street", "Nine Inch Nails: Another Version of the Truth" and "Incubus: Dig". Sean graduated from Hofstra University in 2003 with a BA in Film Studies and Production and Psychology. Sean began his career as an editor, over ten years ago, working on projects for Sesame Street, Doritos, Playmates Toys, Armani, Matrix/L'Oreal, DesignPac & 1-800-Baskets, Alcatel-Lucent and many, many more. In 2007, Dahlberg formed First and Last Films, bringing together a creative collective that has produced several films. Since that time, Dahlberg has expanded into music video production and live concert events, working with popular acts as Incubus, The Dresden Dolls, Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. Sean's latest film, Until Death, had it's World Premiere at the Long Island International Film Expo to very positive reviews. The film was Nominated for "Best Long Island Short Film" and took him the prestigious "Jury Award for Short Film". Until Death will continue making the rounds in the festival circuit through 2015. Dahlberg's previous film, "What Goes Around" won an Honorable Mention at the 2012 NYC Downtown Short Film Festival. In 2013, "What Goes Around" found distribution with Shorts International, an HD cable network dedicated to short films, and is now available on both iTunes and Amazon. Sean Dahlberg also co-produced, co-wrote, directed and edited the short film "Dog Days" which was created in less than 72 hours for the 2013 National Film Challenge. In 2014, Sean won two Bronze Telly Awards for Online Video content for his work with L'Oreal. For his work on "Sesame Street's Word on the Street", Sean won "Best Video Podcast" in 2012 from Apple's iTunes Awards.
Writer • Producer
Stas has been writing, directing and producing films since 1999 with the release of his first feature-length film, "The Favorite" in 2000. In 2004 he collaborated with Sean Dahlberg and Jon-Michael Onderdonk for his second feature-length film "Five Houses". He is currently collaborating with Sean on a third feature-length screenplay set for production in the near future.
With over a decade of experience as a makeup artist, it was a natural progression for Tonya to delve into the world of Film Production. She loves all aspects of what goes on behind the scenes and has worn many "hats" on set including Producer, Script Supervisor and Casting Assistant. As an instructor at a well-known talent center, she teaches actors the importance of character development, script analysis, camera blocking, prop usage and continuity.
Director of Photography
Ever since childhood, Jon-Michael has been fascinated with the moving image. Inspired by New York based filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee, he decided it was his calling to develop his passion for cinematography. Jon-Michael has since started his own production company, Lifeline Productions, where he has shot several music videos, corporate films and live events. He has also done freelance cinematography on several other projects, including the music video "Complicated" by Craving Strange. His most recent role as Director of Photography was on the set of "What Goes Around" along side his old college peers, [Director] Sean Dahlberg and [Producer] Stas Drakos.
Olly has been writing & producing music for over ten years. He studied at Leeds Metropolitan University in Creative Music and Sound Technology where he cut his teeth composing the music for an anti-war march video. He has composed music for television commercials - for companies including Wella, Clariol and Rimmel London in the UK and for AT&T and Scott's in the US. Olly has played in various bands over the years including a European tour - standing in on lead guitar for UK ska/punk stars Sonic Boom Six. He is currently working on a solo electronica/dub rock crossover project.
Make Up • Costume Design
Gin is a bit of a "jack of all trades, master of none" kinda gal. She has been modeling for some time and is now getting into make-up and photo shoot coordination. "I love learning new things and being as creative as I possibly can. I love being in front, behind or on set with a camera and unleashing any creative edge I have." -Gin Black.
Makeup Artist • Special FX Makeup
Jacqueline Helene is a beauty and special effects makeup artist skilled in film, high definition, and digital makeup. She graduated with a Bachelors degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology as well as beauty school in Manhattan New York, and has an in depth knowledge of the fashion business and beauty industry. She has worked on a wide range of projects from horror films to high fashion photoshoots. Filmography includes: Children of the witch , Dog Days , Beep Investor Commercial (Featured on the Sony network)
Editor • Visual FX
Bryan graduated from Hofstra University in 2003 with a B.A. in Film Studies & Production. Since that time he has built a name for himself as a freelance tv & film editor, visual fx artist & colorist. He is the owner of Theory of Decay Digital, a boutique post house that specializes in editorial, visual effects & grading and co-owner of Trunkless Elephant, a small, creator owned company specializing in web based film & music. He is currently working on a few feature length films for Synthetic Cinema International & Chiller Films!
David Michaelson graduated Hofstra University in 2010 with a BA in Communications, focusing on Film Production and Post Production. After graduation he has continued to work on multiple shorts specializing in the areas of sound design and recording. "If you don't love what you do you can't put your whole self into it. I think that is what truly separates art from everything else. Leaving a piece of yourself in the work."
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