Downtown Mediaworks
Video production, photography and media services

Freelance Team

Welcome to more of our team.

We cordially greet you from Mars.

Just kidding…

 

Our Team

 
Like my hat???

Like my hat???

Matt Marks

I AM A FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER, WHO GREW UP IN THE SCHAUMBURG AREA. I FELL IN LOVE WITH PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM AT A YOUNG AGE, AND I REALLY STARTED FOCUSING ON MY CAMERA SKILLS EARLY IN HIGH SCHOOL.  I AM CURRENTLY ATTENDING HARPER COLLEGE. I AM WORKING TO GET MY BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ART. I SPECIALIZE IN STREET PHOTOGRAPHY, LANDSCAPE, AND PORTRAITS.                  

I’m chilly…gotta love those Chicago winters!!!

I’m chilly…gotta love those Chicago winters!!!

Andre Ellis

I AM THE STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER- SECOND CAMERA. MY BACKGROUND IS AS A SYSTEM- ADMINISTRATOR AND A CONSULTANT IN THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FIELD, AND I HAVE DONE THIS FOR 13 YEARS. 

OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, I BEEN STUDYING PHOTOGRAPHY IN, BOTH, PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR SCENARIOS.

MY HOBBIES INCLUDE ATTENDING NEW MUSEUM EXHIBITS, TRAVELING, AND RUM AND WINE TASTINGS. ALSO, I ENJOY SCI-FI, ADVENTURE, AND HISTORICAL FILMS.

I love Skittles!!!

I love Skittles!!!

Lisa Ellis

I AM THE PRODUCTION ASSISTANT. PREVIOUSLY, I HAVE WORKED IN RETAIL AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, AND I HAD A SHORT STINT AS A BARTENDER.

OVER THE LAST YEAR, I HAVE TAKEN UP AN INTEREST IN NARRATION, AND HAVE BEEN DOING THIS, BOTH, PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY. 

MY HOBBIES INCLUDE READING (FANTASY AND FICTION) WATCHING RERUNS OF MY FAVORITE SCI-FI SHOWS, PLAYING WITH MY FRIENDS ONLINE AND PLAYING TABLETOP GAMES, AND SPENDING TIME WITH MY HUSBAND AND MY SMALL DOG, LULU.

 
Check out my stripes.

Check out my stripes.

Ken Mattes

I AM THE DRONE PILOT AND MY FIRST LOVE WAS AVIATION. I BEGAN TRAINING FOR A PRIVATE PILOT LICENSE AT AGE 14, INCLUDING RISKY REAL-WORLD SPIN RECOVERY EXPERIENCE, WHICH WAS NOT REQUIRED IN TRAINING. I MAJORED IN AVIATION FLIGHT AND AVIATION MANAGEMENT AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, WHERE I RECEIVED ADDITIONAL TRAINING, INCLUDING EMPHASIS ON ADM (AERONAUTICAL DECISION MAKING) AND CRM (CREW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT) CULMINATING IN A COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENSE WITH INSTRUMENT RATING.

I HAVE COMPLETED SEVERAL TSA SECURITY THREAT ASSESSMENTS IN THESE ROLES. I AM EXCITED TO BRING MY UNIQUE SKILL SET TO A DAWNING INDUSTRY WITH NEARLY UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES. I USE A DJI MAVIC PRO DRONE EQUIPPED WITH A 12MP/4K GIMBALLED CAMERA, THE SAME MODEL DRONE USED BY "CHICAGO'S VERY OWN".