|Michael Mansouri – Co-Founder
Michael Mansouri is the co-founder of Radiant Images, an LA-based solution provider of all mixed realities, from base to augmented and virtual realities. A recognized hub of digital cinema and VR innovation, Radiant collaborates with creatives in Production & Post, Co-Production and through its rental house.
Mansouri and his Radiant team specialize in designing and building true end-to-end solutions including new cameras, and finding solutions that remove technical barriers for creative minds. He has developed into one of the leading industry voices in helping content creators understand and harness the power and promise of VR and 360-video technology.
An experienced cinematographer, digital imaging technician and camera operator, Mansouri is a knowledgeable, inventive and passionate technician in all aspects of digital cinema technology – 2D, 3D and virtual reality. He is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers. A recipient of the Mario Award for Innovation, Mansouri in 2016 was named to the inaugural StudioDaily 50: The Top Creatives & Technologists, cited for his ability to make the visions that cinematographers see in their heads a reality.
Mansouri’s forward-thinking mindset, combined with his determination to simplify digital cinema and VR technology, has established Radiant Images as a go-to rental house for filmmakers and content creators who desire to stretch the boundaries with creative ideas and solutions.
One word friends use to describe Michael: passionate
Favorite movies: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Midnight Cowboy, Amadeus
Role Model: My mom, who had the most positive outlook toward life
Hobbies/Interests: filmmaking, cooking
Why Radiant? “The strength of Radiant Images is our ability to help filmmakers achieve their vision without compromise. We look at a challenge or a frustration and find a creative solution that pushes a project forward. We also focus on uncomplicating digital cinema – simple, fast and efficient. That’s how we work.”
|Gianna Wolfe – Co-Founder
Gianna started Radiant Images with Michael Mansouri in 2005. She works closely with business experts, advisors and senior management to control and manage operations for the synchronization of the business as a whole. Gianna also relies on various business matrices for cash flow management, investing and financing decisions.
Prior to Radiant Images, as an entrepreneur, Gianna acquired extensive business management and operational real-world experience in the luxury automotive design business for nearly ten years. This provided her with an acute attention to detail and client services while still being able to focus on strategic planning and making key decisions for the big picture.
One word friends use to describe Gianna: positive
Favorite movies: Pan’s Labyrinth, Papillon, Fargo
Role Model: Michael Mansouri because of his dedication, drive & integrity
Hobbies/Interests: her dog
Why Radiant? “Our focus at Radiant Images from the start has been to put the needs of our clients’ first. We are committed to that principle and I’m proud to say that I think it shows each and every day.”
|Syrous Nabatian – General Manager
Syrous is a natural leader who brings a unique blend of management experience and digital camera technology expertise to his role at Radiant, where he oversees and supervises rental operations and technical support. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in rental house management and camera technology. Syrous joined Radiant in 2012 after serving as Director of Operations at S.two Corp., Operations Manager at Dalsa Digital Cinema, and Lead Service Technician at Panavision, where he served as the primary technical liaison for clients in the service department. He is fluent in four languages – English, Russian, German and Farsi.
One word friends use to describe Syrous: admirable
Favorite movies: Bull Durham, Casablanca, Ben Hur (75mm),
Night of the Iguana
Role Model: Business: Rob Hummel Personal: My father
Hobbies/Interests: Basketball, soccer, football, animals, hiking
Why Radiant? “Radiant Images is a unique company with a vision geared towards the future, which is refreshing. The combination of customer service and innovation is almost unmatched. It is my utmost pleasure to be a part of this exciting, dynamic group of people. Our goal here is to enable the cinematographers to achieve their vision cost effectively and painlessly.”
|Franco Lodato, PhD – Chief Innovation Officer
Franco is a provocateur and visionary. He pioneered “Bionics,” the theory and practice of nature-inspired design, and is an expert in the interplay between design and technology. He has served as Master Innovator of wearable technologies for Google-Motorola, was Motorola’s MIT Media Lab Liaison, led Design for Herman Miller and led Pirinfarina in N.A. Franco holds 76 patents including the first wireless ECG, a multi-blade conformable razor (precursor to Gillette’s Mach3), and the Motorola i830/833. Franco has helped shape innovation agendas for Motorola, Dupont, Coca-Cola, Ferrari-Maserati, Boeing and others.
|Andrew Schwartz – Head of Mixed Reality
Andrew Schwartz, is a high level technical creative producer on the bleeding edge of reality. This Wizard started his career in television over 20 years ago as a wunderkind visual effects supervisor on projects for NBC, Sony and Jerry Bruckheimer. He quickly transitioned to film and started as a Senior Compositor in 1999, at Rhythm and Hues, on Stuart Little. By 2008, he had comped his way around the world and was now working as a stereoscopic colorist on the 3D feature Journey to The Center of the Earth. Which led him into the Stereo3D world; where he was one of the stereo3D compositor on the blockbusters Avatar, and Alice in Wonderland. Currently, with over 60 credits in film and television, he’s a proven innovator and veteran of the industry. Utilizing his past experiences, 360 and VR came naturally next. Delivering projects from Mini for the New York Times, to working with Lytro on 360 light-fields.
Since joining Radiant Images as Head of Mixed Reality, The Schwartz always brings a unique take combining cutting-edge technology with creative decisions. That unique point of view has been invaluable to them as they forge a path into the future.
|Tony Ferriter – Client Services
Tony utilizes his strong and varied knowledge of the movie and television industry to serve clients as a member of Radiant’s Rental Department. He worked for nearly 20 years at Panavision International, where in addition to serving as a rental agent also worked as a shipping clerk, camera scheduler, worldwide inventory representative and a projectionist and film developer. Fluent in Spanish, Tony studied film and broadcasting at Los Angeles Valley College. He grew up in Panorama City in the San Fernando Valley and now lives in Thousand Oaks.
One word friends use to describe Tony: optimistic
Favorite movies: Goodfellas, There Will Be Blood, Pulp Fiction, Office Space
Role Model: Ludwig Von Beethoven
Hobbies/Interests: Playing the drums, drawing
Why Radiant? "Radiant Images is a vibrant company that is very cognizant of and responsive to the needs of today’s filmmaker. Here at Radiant, the rental department and the technicians serve as collaborators as well as suppliers and that truly does set the company apart from competitors.”