Meet the crew

So many of you have come to the Studio and seen our faces. Here are the people behind all the hard work we put into the Studio. 


Ray Tesi- Owner and President 

Captain- “There can be only one Captain to a ship” – Thomas John Barnardo

After the final episode of Star Trek Continues was filmed, the set sat in a frozen state waiting for the right person to come along. Enter our fearless Captain, finding out about the sets he approached the owner of the sets to purchase them. Officially January 2018 then Stage 9 Studios was under a new owner later to become The Neutral Zone Studios. 

At the Helm 

Ashley Armstrong- Chief Operation Officer 

Ashley, started with the studio in 2019 as a part of the Endo cast. Soon becoming our costume designer and a Studio Executive assisting in communications on our social media. She manages a our day to day operations, coordinating FAW events, assisting with productions administrative work, contracts, outside event planning and working with the local Cities surrounding. 

Eli Irvin- Chief Technology and Marketing Officer

Eli, works hard to make sure tech is running smoothly. wearing many hats from techie to R&D. Eli has worked on many productions as both talent and production crew. He can be found in Dreadnought Dominion productions and Tales from the Neutral Zone. 

Communication Officer – Dan Scanlan

Dan is a man of many talents. His affiliation with the studio goes back to Star Trek Continues are part of the sound department. He continued that journey when Neutral Zone Studios was founded. Dan is also a full time Journalist with the Florida Times Union in Jacksonville, FL making him the perfect Public Relations. 

Allen Anderson- Sound/Audio Department Supervisor

 

Engineering Crew

Sam Rooks –  Studio Manager/Gaffer

Sam Rooks of Jacksonville, Florida is a photographer and filmmaker with a passion toward producing. He has been involved in many areas of filmmaking, including producer, prop master, and gaffer. Sam was an extra in the movie “Lonely Hearts, starring John Travolta.  Sam appeared in the award-winning HBO movie “Recount”, starring Kevin Spacey, and was a political consultant to the movie’s Producer Mike Hausman.  He is the official  photographer for the Miss America First Coast Pageant and the Miss & Teen Jacksonville  U.S.A. Pageants.  Sam has produced such short films as “Within the Heart of a Child” and “Granma and the Fly”. He was dolly gaffer on the short film “Planting Hope”, produced for Jacksonville’s domestic violence shelter, Hubbard House.

Sam is presently working as the lighting gaffer for Farragut Films, Star Trek Continues, Exeter Trek, Neutral zone studios and Dreadnaught Dominion to reproduce original Star Trek episodes. Sam also works with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees in Jacksonville Florida (IATSE115). He has worked for the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Pink, Ariana Grande and others as a stage hand.

When Sam is not working on films, he can be found running his a/c business, performing photoshoots, or hunting and fishing.

Rick the WebSite Guy

Modern Web Studios was contracted to build and maintain our website. Rick is the COO for the organization and a financial supporter of the efforts of Neutral Zone Studios; as well as our main point of contact for all things website related.

Rick is as eclectic as they come and enjoys frequent visits to the Studio. Rick even rented the facility for his Family Christmas Party filming their own fan film at the studio. Rick’s favorite time to come is during the Annual Falloween Party where so many dress up in their most creative efforts for a time of fun fellowship.

Rick is an avid Star Trek and Sci-fi fan which makes him a perfect fit for the point of contact for our website. Rick also has a fun Youtube channel and adventure website www.rbstoybox.com where he showcases his large collection of Star Trek, movie props, vintage toys and more.

Follow him on FB and Instagram @RBsToyBox

 

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