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Written by John Churchman   

You may have noticed two new names appearing on recent articles, Christina Hamlett and Ric Viers. Both Christina and Ric bring years of experience in their respective fields. In addition to their contribution to School Video News, both have published titles available which are a valuable addition to your classroom bookshelf.

Take a few minutes to meet Christina Hamlett and Ric Viers:

Christina Hamlett

Former actress and director Christina Hamlett is a professional script consultant, ghostwriter, and award-winning author whose credits to date include 26 books, 128 plays and musicals, 5 optioned films and screenwriting columns that appear regularly throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Her degree in Communications from California State University, Sacramento led to assignments in all aspects of media, cable television and public relations, including the development of her own touring theater repertory company, The Hamlett Players, which she ran for eight years.
What she takes the most pride in are the theatrical scripts she writes for young people. “For over twenty years, I have had the privilege of writing for Plays, The Magazine for Young People. Plays is the premiere publisher of plays for aspiring young actors. There is nothing more gratifying than knowing that generations of teens, tweens and elementary school students are taking that first step onto the stage to perform a play of mine.”

Christina writes articles on books, plays, and film for publications throughout the world. You can find her articles in Writer's Journal where she is the screenwriting editor.

In addition to penning feature interviews for the Pasadena Outlook and La Canada Outlook, she teaches online screenwriting classes and workshops around the country for writers of all ages. She is married to insurance industry executive Mark Webb and resides in Pasadena, California.

Christina can be reached for questions or script consultations via her office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ric Viers

Ric Viers has worked in the film and television industry for more than ten years. His location sound credits include nearly every major television network, Universal Studios, Dateline, Good Morning America, Disney, and many others. His sound design work has been used in major motion pictures, television shows, radio programs, and video games.

In 2007, Viers launched his own label, Blastwave FX, to celebrate the release of his 100th sound effects library. To date, he is considered to be the world’s largest independent provider of sound effects, with more than 175,000 sounds and more than 160 sound effects libraries to his credit. He has produced sound libraries for numerous publishers, including Apple, Blastwave FX, Sony, Sound Ideas, and The Hollywood Edge.

Viers runs his operations out of his studio, The Detroit Chop Shop. The studio features three state of the art sound design studios, including 5.1 surround sound mixing and creation, three sound editing stations, a voice over booth, and Michigan's only Foley sound stage. The studio is fully equipped with field recording packages for sound effects creation as well as location sound support for film and television.

As an author, Viers has written The Sound Effects Bible, the complete ‘how-to’ book for recording sound effects. His publisher, MWP Productions has him contracted for two more books on sound production, currently slated for releases in 2010 and 2011. Viers enjoys writing and publishing articles for magazines and on-line publications such as

Viers is a spokesperson and host for RODE Microphones’ RODE University, featuring on-line video tutorials for their broadcast microphones. In 2010, Viers will begin serving as the Tech Chair for several programs of Skills USA. Viers teaches at Macomb Community College in his hometown near Detroit, Michigan.

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