MATT MARTIN is an award-winning director of photography with a wealth of
experience. After a highly successful career as a shooter and editor
fo two national cable networks, Matt launched his own company, Matt
Martin Television (MMTV), in 1997.
In his years in the field, he's been
entrusted with his camera to interview countless distinguished people
including three presidents: Jimmy Carter, George Bush Sr. and Bill
Clinton; singer Diana Ross; actor Charlton Heston; astronaut and U.S.
Senator John Glenn among other notables. He's worked with stars of today
like Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. Matt excels at field directing
and hand held camera work, and has built his business through
meticulous attention to detail, a creative eye and an innate sense of
knowing and finding the shot. In short, “timing is everything to
capturing that winning moment.”
His consistent achievements in
lighting and composition are the foundations that have set his work
apart. Matt has forged his reputation through 25 years of dedicated
work for clients such as Discovery Channel, ABC, National Geographic and
others, who turn to Matt when they have a need for high-end HD, XDCam,
BetaSP, etc.field acquisition. He's been recognized multiple times by
the industry, having received 12 national awards for his work and he is
flexible in shooting a wide array of production styles whether it is a
reality series, documentary, independent film, or other type of media.
This seasoned veteran of the motion picture world has spent more than
thirty years plying his trade on all but two continents and in all but
four of the fifty United States. Russell's career has spanned
“live” network television, including the Watergate Hearings, radio
production, theatre, multi-track recording, film documentary and
feature-film sound recording. His quest for perfection has
garnered him two ACADEMY AWARDS and two Prime-Time EMMYS, yet they are
not what he considers his greatest achievements or the ones of which he
is most proud.
A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Williams received
an Inter-disciplinary Bachelors Degree in Film Production, Art History
and Literature from American University in 1974. Soon after that, he
worked at WRC/NBC TV as an engineer during the week and co-managed
“Spirits Known and Unknown,” a radio workshop on campus for minority
communication students, that was unique in the public radio network.
The motto of the workshop was "each one, teach one." And so they
continued to do so, even after Mr. Williams moved to the Los Angeles
area in 1979.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Mr. Williams has
built a reputation for getting to the “aural center” of the scene and
preserving it as well as "marrying" it to the visual. Starting
in 1995, Mr. Williams has taken his many years of experience in the
industry and applied those lessons to producing, a career he is very
passionate about. He has worked jointly with Isis Films, director Bobby
Holland on videos, commercials and behind-the-scenes documentaries.
2002, Mr. Williams relocated to Washington, DC where he serves as
Artist-in-Residence in the School of Communication Film & Video
QIANTA CORBITT aka "Q Hef" started his
artistic career as a child. He worked as a professional print,
promotional and runway model for the US Library, Amtrak, Hecht's Department
Store, Military Magazine Cover and at only three years old he stepped
out on the catwalk for New York's famous and popular Studio 54.
later shared his experience when he worked as a performing arts
assistant for the DC Department of Recreation. Capitalizing on the
hip-hop scene, Q Hef performed with acts such as Bounty Killa, Super
Cat, and the Lost Boys when he was still in his teens.
his high school days, Q Hef has worked in studio production with the
likes of Chucky Thompson, Rich Harrison, Raheem Devaughn, Lisette Titi,
and Young Guru. As well as performing street team marketing and
promotion work for major labels such as Electra, Virgin, Arista, and
Warner Brothers. Also, while studying at The Omega School of Recording
Arts and Science, Q Hef's talents flourished in the technology field as
Along with his self-owned business venture,
Eight Fifty-Five LLC, and his production team The Mechanics, Q Hef has
established his skills in the music field all over the map.
Eight-Fifty five was created with the artist in mind. Mr. Corbitt works
hard to ensure Eight-Fifty Five provides the best of both worlds: a
friendly, easygoing company with an environment that maximizes
creativity, but with the determination and skills to compete with the
biggest names in the entertainment industry.
Eight-Fifty five, artists are treated not as faceless clients, but as
individuals, with the services of the company being tailored to best
suit each artist and situation. They provide premium music and audio
production services for production at every level.
KYONTE'(pronounced Key-on-tay) began singing at the age of three while growing up in Washington D.C.,. By the age of ten, his ability to play the piano and construct melodies captivated the hearts of those he came in contact with. By the time he was a teenager, he was busy accompanying and performing at wedding, churches, and other events.
In 2004, Kyonte' decided to pursue music full time. His performances at various venues on the East Coast, such as Cada Vez, Bar-Nun, Bohemian Caverns, MCCXIII (1223), the Arts Bank (UArts), Pontiac Grille, the Afr'Am Fest and the Black Family Reunion on the Mall in Washington D.C., allowed him to build a loyal following.
In 2005, Kyonte' began working with super music producer Chucky Thompson, Trakfire Productions, and PRS Musik. Through these impressive collaborations, in 2007 Kyonte' co-produced the Grammy-nominated single "Woman" by Raheem DeVaughn (Jive Records), co-wrote/co-produced "Lights Go Out" for Foxy Brown (Koch Records), and co-produced "Hearts Desire" for Brent Jones (EMI Gospel).
Producer and songwriter Kyonte', recognized for his Grammy Nominated work with Rhaeem DeVaughn and Ledisi, steps from behind the writers table and released his debut album, "831 Vol.1: What's That Sound" on February 23, 2010. When you ask Kyonte' the true meaning of "831 Vol. 1: What's That Sound", he says Eight Letters, Three Words, One Meaning. A love that is reflective of body language, a passion that not only reflects the love of a person or a thing, but a zest for living and experiencing life.
A vocalist, pianist, songwriter, and producer, Kyonté is the very essence of soul in the 21st Century. With over 16 years of live performances, touring experience, and Grammy nominated production work, he is an artist to watch, history in the making. Kyonté has performed at some of the nation’s most renowned venues to include the legendary Blues Alley, The Carter Barron, The Lisner Auditorium, The Kennedy Center, and The Keswick Theater just to name a few. In 2010 he toured as a background
vocalist with Grammy nominated R&B Artist Raheem Devaughn, on the 2010 Budweiser Superfest 19 City Tour, and European Tours with both the USO and Raheem Devaughn. Performances in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris, Belgium and Germany to name a few.
He's been awarded Entertainer of the Year and his song Body Shop was named Best Recording of the Year, and an array of other awards and competitions (2008-2010).
Keyonte's other long list of accomplishments are as follows:
2008 & 2010 TV Interviews with Tony Perkins and Alison Seymour on The Fox 5 Morning Show; Print Interviews with KiKi Miller for World Vibe Radio, WOW Radio, Examiner.com, EURWeb, DMV Unplugged, Elite DC and a host of others; Film Soundtrack “Torn”, 2010 Sunjada Productions Independent Release; Videos for “What’s That Sound?” and “Body Shop”. Cameo appearance in Raheem Devaughn's "Greatness".
Also, Production/Writing Credits:
2010 Faith Evans Something About Faith CD (R&B) “Way You Move f/Snoop Dogg”, “Worth It”, and “Your Lover”
2010 Ledisi Turn Me Loose CD (R&B) “Everything Changes” and “Trippin”
2008 Foxy Brown Brooklyn’s Don Diva CD (Hip-Hop) “Lights Go Out”
2008 Brent Jones Ultimate Weekend CD (Gospel) “My Heart’s Desire”
2007 Raheem Devauhn Love Behind The Melody CD (R&B) “Woman”