Our Team

WoodShop is representative of the creative and strategic minds of its founders, alongside an incredible team who operate as a finely-tuned machine fueled by hard work, good spirits and absolute attention to detail.

Sam
Swisher
Partner / Executive Producer

Sam Swisher occupies the mythologized position of being an executive producer that has actually executed on every level of production. Believe it: after starting his career as an Agent Trainee at CAA, Sam transitioned into production and development at Jersey Films, before moving on to Propaganda. Yearning for some production experience, Sam began PAing in commercials, working his way up to line producing. Live action led to post, where he served as the EP and Head of Sales for photo real VFX company Public VFX. In 2009, Sam teamed up with Trevor Shepard to launch WoodShop, the culmination of a lifelong mission to perfect quality craftsmanship and content development. So yeah, Sam knows production.

Trevor
Shepard
Partner / Director

Trevor’s attention to detail might be surprising given his good-natured, laid-back Southern roots. But take it from us, this mastery has been cultivated over time and to a T. Trevor’s creative origins started as a designer/animator and art director at companies like Stardust, Blind and Motion Theory. From there, Shepard went on to help form Elastic where he served as Creative Director. Over the course of his career, he’s worked with notable brands like Microsoft, Nike, Toyota, AT&T, Visa, Pepsi, Doritos, and on lauded films like “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” In the past six years at WoodShop, he’s transitioned from designer/animator to food director, bringing that same well-honed attention to detail and varied background to the category, disrupting the status quo to present some downright stunning products.

Brad
Tucker
Creative Director / Director

No, you’re not seeing double; we’ve just got double the Tucker and we’re better for it. Brad Tucker serves as our resident Creative Director/Director wherein his impeccable motion design and visual acumen is put to the very best use. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design at CalArts, Brad quickly made a name for himself as a freelance designer at the likes of Buck, Brand New School, Logan, Shilo, Stardust, and Superfad. In 2003, he jumped aboard Stardust as their first full-time Art Director, quickly moving up the ranks to become Creative Director at their Los Angeles office, responsible for landing new business, overseeing production and design teams, and nurturing the success of the studio. After a nine year tenure with the company, he moved to an Executive Creative Director role at Superfad before launching Flavor with CutterStudios. His work for Target, Ford, RadioShack, MAC, and Dodge, among others, has been described as artful, appealing and fun, demonstrating a range of styles, techniques, and tonalities. Just ask any number of undergrads at his beloved alma mater where he teaches Motion Design, or perhaps even his kids who you’ll find him hanging with during his well-earned free time.

Claire
Thomas
Director

Claire Thomas, an unabashed food enthusiast, began her career as a photographer, writer, and food stylist in Los Angeles. Her passion for the culinary arena led her to create her highly popular blog, The Kitchy Kitchen, which was named the number one food blog to watch by Yahoo in 2015. Using her blog as an experimental playground, Thomas developed her fresh, unfussy style and collaborative approach to food and product. Not long after she began filming videos for the web, her work garnered the attention of ad agencies. Thomas debuted as a commercial director in 2011 with a series of spots for McDonalds via DBB Chicago. She has since gone on to shoot tabletop and lifestyle spots for brands from Kraft to Kelogg’s, Anthropologie to Amazon.

Thomas served as the host for the ABC series “Food for Thought” and has developed a cookbook following her culinary adventures entitled The Kitchy Kitchen: New Classics for Living Deliciously. Her authentic and engaging approach has led to lasting relationships with clients including Chobani, Carl’s Jr., Del Taco, General Mills, Lean Cuisine, Kikkoman, Pepperidge Farms, and Tropicana.

Paul
Winze
Head of Post Production

Paul Winze is the product of a lifetime of loving film. He’s produced visual effects for campaigns and music videos for the likes of Dave Meyers and Rupert Sanders, artists like Katy Perry and Rihanna, for clients including Apple, Toyota, Nike, Puma Chase Bank, IBM, Hyundai, Nintendo, Microsoft and Pepsi. But even before that, Paul’s film geek flag flew high. As a kid, he would spend the summers with a VHS camera and recreate scenes from his favorite movies with his cohort.

That childlike wonder brought Paul to Los Angeles, where he began working in every aspect of film and television. Starting in production, he worked closely on the client side at Warner Brothers on blockbuster films like Cats and Dogs, Swordfish, The Fountain and Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Branching off from live-action, he turned his attention to feature film post production, producing for the likes of Digital Domain, Rhythm & Hues and Stan Winston Digital. From features came branded content for post houses such as ReelFX, Psyop, MassMarket, Logan, Mirada and Stardust, til two years ago when Paul joined the team here at WoodShop.

Michelle
Pak
Art Director

Michelle Pak serves as Art Director at WoodShop. Hailing from the Bay Area, Michelle got product-wise at Otis College of Art and Design where she received her BFA in Product Design, before moving into a career as an industrial designer for brands like CB2, West Elm, and Pottery Barn. Thirsting for more graphic-based projects in a faster work environment, she launched into the world of motion graphics. Several stunning projects for the likes of Nickelodeon, HBO, Nintendo, Disney, TBS, Nike, Ford, Chevy, and Denny’s…among others. She’s charged with making sure our advertised products are not only visually engaging but exquisitely art-directed.

Ben
Tucker
Director of Technology

Ben Tucker understands the technology behind production better than we may even realize he does. While receiving his BA in Cinema Production from SFSU, Ben became the first and only undergrad ever chosen for the Post Facility’s Technical Department, wherein he updated and overhauled the school’s equipment, all while running a small production company for students (and as a sophomore no less). During his senior year, he was awarded a $50K grant to update the school’s digital production equipment. Maybe it was his digital prowess that attracted the likes of HBO; upon graduation Ben headed over to HBO Films to work in their Story Department before moving onto design, VFX and animation studio Buck. Ever the multi-faceted filmmaking aficionado, he also produced educational pieces for FORA.tv and worked with Lighthearted Entertainment, an independent television production company specializing in non-scripted programming.

Tavis
Vannucci
Production Coordinator

Tavis is a human man with a bowleg and a great attitude. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with a degree in Mass Media Arts and immediately moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of fame, fortune, and a reality TV deal. When his pitch “White Male In The City” fell flat, he humbly accepted the position of Resident Young Person at Woodshop, where he uses his organizational skills and shining sense of humor to coordinate with the producers on projects from pitch to delivery. When not updating the WoodShop team on hip trends and youthful happenings, you can find Tavis writing for the Internet, his diary, and other people’s diaries.