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PRODUCTIONS

KINETIC

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PHILOSOPHY

WE BELIEVE THAT GREATNESS CAN ALWAYS BE ACHIEVED. WE LOVE THE SIMPLE DETAILS IN A BIG IDEA.
COLLABORATION TO US, IS AN ART FORM. CREATIVITY, IS MEANT TO BE SERVED WHILE IT'S HOT.
OUR PASSION IS WHAT WE BLEED.

 
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ISHIZU

SUSAN

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

For more than 20 years, Susan Ishizu has worked at the top television station, the top production companies, and has worked with some of the best talent in the Hawaii production community.

As executive producer for Kinetic Productions, she supports the efforts of agencies, clients, directors and crew. She also keeps the budget in line while supporting the creative with integrity and projected calmness.

Ishizu is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, reading, spending time with her family.

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JAMES

SERENO

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

With a passion for sharing stories and a desire to change the landscape of Hawaii’s advertising community, James Sereno returned home to Hawaii 20 years ago where he created Kinetic Productions, a local and nationally award-winning production firm. Kinetic Productions is the ideal playground for someone like James. No matter the client or the project, James is obsessed with working collaboratively to create content that stands out among the clutter and differentiates the client from its competition. His desire to go above and beyond has earned him the respect of his peers and the advertising community where he was the recipient of the Pele Awards for "Young Adman of the Year,” "Adman of the Year," “Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Silver Medal.” His company has also won numerous Pele Awards, including “Pele Golds” and “Best of Shows.”

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California Film School with a degree in Cinematic Arts. His background includes working for Disney Studios and Columbia Pictures, and later Team One Advertising where he won a coveted Cannes Bronze Lion for his America West Airlines spot, Mosh Pit.

 

At the heart of it all, he is a storyteller. In addition to producing award-winning television commercials, he is also a filmmaker. He wrote, produced and directed the short film, "Silent Years" which won numerous awards including first runner up at the exalted British Academy Awards, L.A. (BAFTA/L.A). He was invited by Roger Ebert to showcase his film narrative work at Ebert's, Ebertfest. He has directed and produced such feature films as "Paradise Broken," and “Haole” and has produced the films, "Hang Loose," and "Man Up" the later distributed by Lakeshore Entertainment. He is an Executive Producer on “Gook” and Ms. Purple” which played at Sundance and are distributed by Oscilloscope and Samuel Goldwyn.

Today, James continues to serve as lead of his production company, where he balances directing some of the most memorable television commercials in the state, overseeing a diverse team of talented and experienced directors, finding time to give back to the advertising industry and volunteering in the community.

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RYAN

KAWAMOTO

WRITER/DIRECTOR

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Ryan Kawamoto has been with Kinetic Productions for over 10-plus years where he has established himself as a television and film director with a flair for storytelling.

His advertising clients have included Island Insurance, First Hawaiian Bank, McDonald's of Hawaii, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, Farmers Insurance Hawaii and Burger King.

Kawamoto was recognized as the 2012 American Advertising Federation Hawaii "Advertising Man of the Year" as well as the "Outstanding Young Ad Person of the Year" by Ad 2 Honolulu. He has numerous Pele Awards, including two "Best of Show" Awards.

He recently directed two feature films, "Hang Loose," an Asian American comedy starring Kevin Wu aka KevJumba, Dante Basco (Hook), and Justin Chon (Twilight, 21 & Over). The film was nominated for Best Feature at the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. His second film, "The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i" ran theatrically and aired on PBS Hawaii.

In his spare time, Kawamoto mentors students for the PBS Hawai’i TV series, “Hiki No," serves on the Board of Directors for AAF-Hawai’i and is the 2018-2019 President of the Rotary of Kahala Sunrise.

Kawamoto was born, raised, and continues to reside in Hawai'i.

 
 
 
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LESLIE

NIEBUHR

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

As Head of Production, Leslie oversees day-to-day operations which includes the management of all projects throughout the company. She works closely with our team of producers, directors, editors, and production assistants to ensure the efficient and timely delivery of all projects. Leslie is also charged with fostering the growth and development of new film projects for an already expanding Kinetic Films. 

 

Prior to joining Kinetic Productions, Leslie served as the Marketing Director, Project Manager and Executive Assistant for Shamrock Brothers, LLC, DBA J.J. Dolan’s, Ferguson’s Pub, and Bethel Union. Over her 25-year career in business, she has worked in a variety of positions for top advertising agencies including Wall-to-Wall Studios where she served as a Project Manager and at Milici Valenti Ng Pack Advertising where she served as Director of Broadcast Production and as a Producer.

 

Born and raised in Hawai’i, Leslie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

 
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VÁSQUEZ

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

As a director and producer for Kinetic Productions, Fé works closely with the Kinetic team of producers and fellow directors on commercial projects for our local clientele. As a female director she brings a fresh and unique perspective to an innovative and dynamic Kinetic Productions.

 

Prior to joining Kinetic Productions, Vásquez spent 15 years serving as a top Associate Director in Venezuela. She ran sets for local and international productions in addition to being a Producer and Associate Director in Hawai'i. 

 

Born and raised in Venezuela, Vásquez earned her first film degree from the Escuela de Cine y Televisión (Valedictorian) in Caracas. She then continued to earn a Bachelor's of Arts (Summa Cum Laude) in Creative Media from the University of Hawai'i. 

 
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SHIGEOKA

AMANDA

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Amanda Shigeoka has been with Kinetic Productions for the past 5 years. She started as an intern in her last three years of receiving her Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Oregon. Now full-time at Kinetic for 2 years, Amanda helps coordinate jobs for the company.

Knowing she is surrounded with such a hardworking, motivating, and encouraging team, Amanda tackles each day and job with a smile on her face.

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CONTACT US

JAMES SERENO

808.349.3344

RYAN KAWAMOTO

808.255.6269

ZACHARY TOM

808.778.1096

LESLIE NIEBUHR

808.729.5892

FÉ VÁSQUEZ

808.721.9555

LAUREN MARTINEZ

832.407.2272

SUSAN ISHIZU

808.782.7835

AMANDA SHIGEOKA

808.783.2431

DANIELLE MARTINEZ

832.465.7820

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©2020 Kinetic Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

 
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ZACHARY

TOM

A man of many hats both literally and figuratively, Zachary Tom is newest addition to the Kinetic crew. Zachary looks forward to gaining knowledge and experience in the crazy and thrilling world that is production.

 
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OUR WORK

JAMES SERENO

RYAN KAWAMOTO

 
 
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JAMES SERENO'S WORK

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RYAN KAWAMOTO'S WORK

 
 
 
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DANIELLE

MARTINEZ

Danielle started interning with Kinetic in May of 2019 with a background in photography and print media design with minimal knowledge of video production. Since starting her internship, Danielle has gained skills in drone flying, audio mixing, video editing and basic video production procedures. She is currently at UH Mānoa to study Communications in Media.

 

Excited to learn and grow her love for the art, Danielle continues to improve herself and her skill set with Kinetic Productions

 
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LAUREN

MARTINEZ

Since the 9th grade, Lauren Martinez has had a passion for video production. After graduating from Hawaii Pacific University, with a Bachelors in Mass Communication and a Minor in Multimedia, she combined her knowledge in advertising with her love of making videos. She grew up saying her ultimate dream is to help create a Super Bowl commercial.

While on set for an Ad2 shoot, is where Lauren met James Sereno and found herself on her journey with Kinetic. You can find her prepping equipment, behind the camera, backing up footage or editing. And while she loves Hawaii and the people she works with, traveling for work and vacation is where she finds herself the happiest.