A film by Braden Barton

Get to know the core crew members behind Unconditional

Braden Barton  -  Writer, Director, & Cinematographer

As a filmmaker, although Braden's primary career aspirations focus on cinematography, he also enjoys screenwriting and directing. Working with the visual aesthetic of storytelling through lighting and camera work is by far his area of most experience and greatest passion, and working with actors and actresses in shaping their performances to illicit emotional responses in an audience is equally rewarding for Braden. His most recent influences include cinematographers such as Emmanuel Lubezki, Jeff Cronenweth, and Roger Deakins as well as photographers such as Gregory Crewdson and Patrick Ecclesine.

H.D. Motyl  -  Faculty Advisor

H.D. Motyl is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he teaches media production and writing for TV.  His feature-length documentary about professional rodeo cowboys called Cowboy Christmas was honored as Best Feature Documentary at the Madrid International Film Festival and as Best of the Fest for Faculty Documentary at the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts. Originally from Pittsburgh, he was graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in English and holds an M.F.A from Northwestern University in Film/Video Production and Screenwriting.

Molly Esling  -  Producer

Molly Esling is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a double minor in Cinema and Art History, and has a strong sense of priority and design. Currently, Molly serves as vice president of the student organization MCM: Filmmakers United. In her time there, Molly has had a hand in over a dozen film projects, and consistently manages logistic needs for the entire organization, along with overseeing crews numbering into the forties.

Davide Tomei  -  Producer

Davide Tomei is a Cinema & Photography major with a double-minor in Speech Communication and Public Administration. Davide has a keen eye for critical thinking and prioritizing, coupled with a passion for collaborating with others to create something phenomenal in the end. Primary influences for Davide include Steve Jobs, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, and producer Scott Rudin. In his spare time, Davide enjoys Bruce Springsteen, long car rides, and keeping up with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Peter Wilkerson  -  Creative Director

Peter Wilkerson is a senior at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale who participates in both television and film projects. Hands-on experience is something Peter has in spades, with skills in comedies, dramas, and everything in-between. 

Caitlin Shannon  -  Production Designer

Caitlin Shannon is on the verge of graduating from SIU-C with a major in Cinema & Photography and a minor in sociology. Caitlin has held positions in production design, cinematography, and is incredibly knowledgable with production, technical, and design aspects of filmmaking with over two dozen credits to her record. 

 Tyler Eversmann  -  Editor

Pursuing a degree in Radio, Television and Digital Media, Tyler is well-versed in the various aspects of production. Tyler is a very experienced film editor who also enjoys grip and electric work, and has held internships in California along with doing camerawork for ESPN3. For more about Tyler, check out http://teversmann.weebly.com.