Crissy Rivas is the President and Producer of Dave Sims Media and a force of nature, coming to the profession of video production and filmmaking after many years working in the fields of academia, activism and fundraising. As a communications and business operations professional she’s as comfortable building teams, managing organizations, and crafting strategic messaging as she is out in the field interviewing everyone from CEO’s to farmworkers. During her years as a sociologist, she produced the documentary, Voices of the United Farm Worker Movement in Texas, chronicling the struggles and successes of the grassroots Cesar Chavez movement in Texas. Her sociological background bolsters her production approach with ethnographic methodology, qualitative methodology, focus groups, and interview skills which help DSM produce the authentic, yet polished, videos which they pride themselves on. As a communications professional she has used her skills to craft messaging for political candidates and create strategic messaging to raise thousands of dollars for a variety of issues and causes. Crissy is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and additional Ph.D. studies at The University of California – San Diego.
Production Manager & Art Director
With Motion graphics, Animation, and 3D generalist skill sets, Chris is uniquely equipped to handle a wide array of various post-production challenges. In his 15-year career, Chris has worked on post-production and animation for countless commercials and corporate projects, most notably working as the VFX supervisor on the $6 million feature film “Criminal Activities” starring John Travolta, Michael Pitt, Dan Stevens and other Hollywood heavyweights. Chris Haley has a wide range of experience making him a veritable Swiss Army knife solution in the post-production arena and a valuable member of the DSM team. His IMDB profile lists a comprehensive list of his professional credits in areas of post-production, visual effects, and animation.
Graphic Designer & Animator
Location Sound Mixer
Guillermina Zabala is a multidisciplinary artist, video editor, and educator whose art examines the intersection between the individual and their social-political-cultural environment. Her works have been exhibited in museums and art galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Texas, Miami, and San Francisco; and internationally in Germany, Latin America and Spain. Her photographs are part of UTSA Art Collection and have been published in books and publications. Gisha graduated from Columbia College-Hollywood with a BA in Cinema and is currently a second year student in the M.A. program in Media Studies at The New School. As a video editor, Guillermina has worked on numerous documentaries,
narratives, music videos, and commercial spots, including the award winning features Kordavision and The Most Beautiful of My Very Best Years. Gisha exhibited her video I,
Me, Light in the Octagon Gallery of the McNay Art Museum. She was the first recipient of the Bishwanath and Sandhya Sinha Memorial Fellowship in Media Studies at The New School where she is addressing the topics of media, migration, and creativity. She has also been the recipient of UTSA’s 25 Veinticinco Award, the SA Artist Foundation Award, and the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant.
Graphic & Web Designer
Erica Rudolph is a largely self-taught powerhouse of design talent from Boerne, Texas. She brings her skills in web design, graphic design, and UX/UI to the DS Media Team.
When she’s not working tirelessly to deliver projects to clients, Erica enjoys escaping the city a few times a month to visit family and see all the animals at the family ranch in Center Point. Erica is colorful and bold just like the design work she delivers to clients. From her love of the outdoors to her impressive vintage camera collection, Erica finds inspiration for her inspired design from the organic to the macabre.
Her love of dark humor, crime shows and the psychological tales of serial killers will ensure that you’ll find her curled up on her couch with her ball python Poe and pup Ruger on a Saturday night watching American Horror Story or Criminal Minds while snacking on her family’s homemade venison jerky.