Steve Madonna

R & D Manager at Apple

Location
Greater Los Angeles Area
Industry
Motion Pictures and Film

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Steve Madonna's Overview

Current
  • R & D Manager at Apple
  • Owner at SJM Networks
Past
  • Engineering Systems Admin at Apple
  • Systems Engineer - Virtual Production Department at Digital Domain
  • Systems Engineer & IT Manager - "Mars Needs Moms" at Gribble Entertainment
  • Systems Engineer & IT Manager - "A Christmas Carol" at Humbug Entertainment
  • Systems Engineer - "Avatar" at Pandora Film Services
  • Sr. Systems Engineer & IT Manager at FuriousFX
  • Systems Administrator - "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" at Brooklyn Films II
  • Production Support - Computer Services Department at Cinesite
  • Systems Engineer at NeTune Communications
  • Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin
Education
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Steve Madonna's Summary

IT generalist with experience and know how to actively participate in and manage anything from Help Desk to Data Center architecture. Having worked and managed IT personnel on films that include traditional, HD, and Motion Capture work-flows, my experience lends itself to be more of a systems integrator, connecting the dots between the plethora of different departments a production may employ. I'm a "systems" thinker in the truest sense of the term as I understand there are direct and indirect consequences from decisions that are made in all sections of a digital pipeline.

Specialties

Motion Capture, HD work-flow, Avid Systems, Clustered Storage Architecture, Data Center Build-out, Temporary Data Systems, Department Integration, Help Desk, IT Management, Linux, Mac, and Windows OS.

Steve Madonna's Experience

R & D Manager

Apple

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; AAPL; Consumer Electronics industry

April 2014Present (6 months) Cupertino, CA

Owner

SJM Networks

January 2002Present (12 years 9 months)

IT consulting services.

Engineering Systems Admin

Apple

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; AAPL; Consumer Electronics industry

November 2013April 2014 (6 months) Cupertino, CA

Systems Engineer - Virtual Production Department

Digital Domain

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Entertainment industry

October 2010October 2013 (3 years 1 month) Playa Vista, CA

Rebuilt motion capture facility infrastructure after assets sold to Digital Domain in 2010. Daily responsibilities include tailoring stage setups on a per project basis, integrating new motion capture technologies & providing data integration services to outside departments. Active management of motion capture department networks, storage & facility power for 20,000 sqft of stages.

Systems Engineer & IT Manager - "Mars Needs Moms"

Gribble Entertainment

December 2008November 2010 (2 years) Playa Vista

A wholly owned subsidiary of ImageMovers Digital and Disney, Gribble Entertainment was the company responsible for production of "Mars Needs Moms", a Simon Wells adaptation of the popular picture book by the same name. Architected, budgeted, procured, built & maintained IT infrastructure for principle performance capture facility in support of film production efforts. Responsibilities included a complete rework of building infrastructure, facility power upgrades, power load budgets, all physical layer networking, & an IP phone system. Developed protocols for all aspects of data capture, its management & inter department turnover. Primary support for 24/7 data processing & facility operations. Reported to Executive Producer.

Systems Engineer & IT Manager - "A Christmas Carol"

Humbug Entertainment

October 2007December 2008 (1 year 3 months) Playa Vista, CA

Production company responsible for Disney's "A Christmas Carol" slated for release in November 2009. (See Gribble Entertainment)

Systems Engineer - "Avatar"

Pandora Film Services

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; Internet industry

October 2005August 2008 (2 years 11 months) Playa Vista, CA

Architected, budgeted, procured, built & maintained IT infrastructure in support of film production efforts. Responsibilities included a from scratch facility build, integration of a 3rd party motion capture studio, & maintaining an operational data center during construction. Engineered & facilitated production data pipeline with 3rd party vendors. Primary support for 24/7/365 data operations & facility management. Reported to Line & Executive Producers.

Sr. Systems Engineer & IT Manager

FuriousFX

September 2004October 2005 (1 year 2 months) Burbank, CA

Primary technology & facility support for a visual effects start-up company. Responsibilities included moving entire company into a new facility. Company was entirely based in MacOS X. Reported directly to company founders.

Systems Administrator - "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"

Brooklyn Films II

September 2003August 2004 (1 year) Van Nuys, CA

Technology & facility support for ongoing film production efforts. Built a fully functional hybrid platform render farm for the two (2) primary visual effects departments in my first week. Facilitated improvements of data management & interdepartmental workflow. Implemented trouble ticketing system to facilitate help-desk efforts. Managed facility disaster recovery backup protocols. Developed working relationships with many outside hardware & VFX vendors. Reported to Director of Technology.

Production Support - Computer Services Department

Cinesite

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

August 2002August 2003 (1 year 1 month) Hollywood, CA

Technology support for visual effects facility with up to ten (10) concurrent film & TV projects. Primary responsibilities included answering help requests from any of 450 employees. Identifying & documenting systemic issues for escalation to Systems Administrators. Reported to Lead & IT Manager.

Systems Engineer

NeTune Communications

June 2000August 2002 (2 years 3 months) Culver City, CA

Primary technical and operational support for company’s film & TV digital dailies network. Private network segments comprised of Satellite, Microwave, ATM Laser & traditional Ethernet technologies in two countries. Reported to VP of Operations.

Systems Engineer

Lockheed Martin

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; LMT; Defense & Space industry

June 1998June 2000 (2 years 1 month)

Steve Madonna's Skills & Expertise

  1. Linux
  2. Windows
  3. Mac
  4. Avid
  5. IT Management
  6. Help Desk Support
  7. Motion Capture
  8. Maya
  9. Computer Graphics
  10. Scripting
  11. Python
  12. MEL
  13. Computer Animation
  14. Visual Effects
  15. After Effects
  16. 3D
  17. Animation
  18. Post Production
  19. Photoshop
  20. Mac OS X

Steve Madonna's Education

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

B.S., Physics

19931998

Mathematics Minor

Vacaville High School

19901993

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