Matt Petterson is one of Companion’s rising stars. Interested in tinkering with electronics and video doo-dads since childhood, Matt parlayed this quirk into a livelihood thanks to his training at Fairfield University.
In school, Matt took full advantage of the academic curriculum to learn anything and everything he could. After a varied and confusing course of study, his crowning achievement was the successful premiere of his thesis “DMV.” This short musical about sticking it to the man was written, directed, edited, and composed by Matt. Matt has lived in New York and Florence.
Dennis Donovan, an avid Boston sports fan, was born in Massachusetts and raised in New England for most of his life. Inspired by filmmaking at an early age, Dennis attended Fairfield University in Connecticut. Through his time at the university, he became very passionate about cinematography, directing, and editing. He served as director of photography on many films, taking the time to master several cameras, including the RED One. After working closely with a number of colleagues at school, Dennis realized the potential such a group could bring to the industry. He created the name Companion Pictures, which would ultimately lead to the eventual founding of the company.
Always determined to take his work and skill to the next level, Dennis draws inspiration from many genres of film and television including sci-fi, action adventures, and thrillers.
Robert Cammisa, born and raised in Connecticut, he knew at a very young age that he wanted to make films. In pursuit of achieving his childhood dream, Robert attended the Film program at Fairfield University where he directed and produced six films throughout the course of his four years of study. After gaining recognition for his direction and his desire to produce, Robert alongside Dennis Donovan had an early interest in the other members of Companion that would ultimately serve as the foundation for what the company is today. Robert has had the opportunity to not only produce and direct narratives but also travel all over the world to film documentaries in Thailand, Australia and Nicaragua. A constant yearning to learn about other cultures and better understand humanity keeps him in pursuit of filmmaking and creating moments on screen that others can relate to and learn from.
Phil Toran was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Upon graduating Needham High School, Phil realized his wildly growing passion for film and imagery, and thus went on to develop this desire at Fairfield University's New Media Program. Phil has since found himself exploring the art of visualization through photography and film. Life as seen through the lens has become the core of what Phil believes to be the center of filmmaking. In his four years at the University, Phil acquired a tremendous amount of experience working on numerous film projects as Director of Photography, and exploring the possibilities of light and cinematography. Post graduation, Phil has combined his educational background in marketing and music, with his extensive portfolio of cinematography to acquire a presence both on and off the set in the industry. When he is not with a camera or reading through a script, Phil enjoys ice hockey, frozen lemonade, hand making his own skim boards, and the beautiful world around him.
Patrick Hendrickson was born and raised outside the city of Chicago. Chance landed him at Fairfield University where he met and graduated with the future founders of Companion Pictures. During his four years at Fairfield, Patrick worked as a writer, director, and cinematographer on many student productions. Most of his experience has been with narrative shorts but he is currently and enthusiastically pursuing various music video projects. Stories about heroism and human triumph inspire Patrick in everything he does. However, it is the darker side of human nature that he finds most fascinating. This complexity is what makes the human condition so interesting to portray on film.
Jim Mayzik, a native New Yorker, received an MFA in Film from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has worked in film and video for a number of years. He has produced, written and directed many award-winning narrative, documentary and educational programs, many of which have been screened and broadcast nationally. He is the director of Fairfield University’s Media Center, and has developed it into one of the leading academic production centers within the Northeast. He is a professor of film and television in Fairfield’s New Media Film, Television and Radio program—a program which he originated and developed at Fairfield. Jim is interested in using film to tell stories about important human moments—often seemingly ordinary-- which uniquely and creatively explore ideas of substance and transcendence.
Jarkko Hietanen has been composing music electronically from early 1999. He has explored sounds from electronica to orchestral, from chill-out and down-tempo to game and cinematic music. Variety has always been important to him and never has he passed on a chance to try out fresh and new approaches in his music. At an early point in his electronic musician ventures he founded a project called "Yasahi". The genres he explored during those years were more underground and experimental. In time however Jarkko's fascination towards ambient music grew larger and eventually it led him to the path of cinematic sounds. Later Jarkko applied in an academy focusing on TV and Film, and took the chance to dedicate himself fully to sound and music. During these studies he received offers for short film and advertisement scoring. Needless to say, this was exactly what he had hoped for and quickly started seeing himself doing this for a long time to come. Since then Jarkko has released albums, been composing for various projects such as a feature film, plenty of short films, web series, games, TV commercials, corporate videos, trailers and virtual sample libraries and on occasions has had the pleasure to work as a sound designer and an audio beta tester for certain projects.