Whitney Ellis founded Dream Machine Productions in 2012. At very young age she discovered her affinity for the visual arts when she picked up her father’s Pentax camera and took a picture of a flower wrapped around a fence. Whitney’s high school journalism teacher saw her talent and encouraged to seek a career as a professional photographer. She spent the majority of her youth behind the camera, making short movies on VHS, publishing photos or editing Monty Python spoofs in the dark room of her church’s steeple.
At age 22, she packed up her bags and moved to Hollywood supporting herself in L.A by working odd temp jobs and becoming a TV extra. It is through her pigeonholed experience of being cast as a “no-name” female character Whitney realized she wanted to be apart of the big picture (aka the mise-en-scène) and to help give females a voice. That night she went home and wrote a theatrical play for the first time. After finishing the play, she decided she wanted to be a storyteller, a truth teller maybe even a journalist.
At the University of Colorado at Boulder, Whitney fell in love with filmmaking when she saw Bicycle Thieves in her Film Studies class. It was her “ah ha” moment, she knew she wanted to spend the rest of her life making movies. Whitney completed two degrees at CU Boulder, BA in Film Studies and a BFA in Film & Video Production along with winning the Virgil Grillo award for student filmmaking. She was also awarded a scholarships to attend the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium along with a chance to study Italian Film in Rome. Whitney finished her higher education at Yale University summer session, studying screenwriting and crime television. While finishing her college education, she worked as Production Coordinator for Oscar nominated Executive Producer Henry Ansbacher.
In 2011, Whitney moved to NYC where she currently resides in Brooklyn and worked for six-time Emmy winning Executive Producer Al Perlmutter who produced Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers. She is now taking Dream Machine Productions to the next level, focusing on completing her first feature film I Fell in Love with a Psychopath and addressing the domesticated exotic animal crisis in America with her documentary Where Have all the Wild Cats Gone?
Susan Ellis is a CPA with 30 years of experience in accounting and finance. She also has experience in assisting companies with IPO preparation. Her accounting and finance experience is enhanced by her expertise in internal controls, financial processes and process improvement. In addition, her experience expands a number of industries and companies as a result of 10 years in business consulting.
Susan is an avid film buff and brings that enthusiasm to Dream Machine to enhance the creative processes in our filmmaking as well as fiscal responsibility to our projects. She enjoys not only dramatic fictional films but also documentaries and is a supporter of Public Television. She also supports many humanitarian causes to include aid to third world countries, assistance to the homeless, rights for the unborn, at risk and incarcerated youth, and animal cruelty prevention. She loves to travel and has travelled to over 20 countries for business, pleasure and humanitarian purposes. She also assists immigrants to the USA in citizenship preparation and tutors youth.
The western and southwestern part of United States has been her home since her birth. Susan was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A few years later she moved to Colorado and at aged 16 moved to Dallas, Texas. She lived there for 30 years where she got her degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas and then later became a Texas CPA.