Founder / Executive Director / Board Chairman
Brian Pope, a writer, director, entrepreneur and philanthropist, founded The Arc/k Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in early 2015. Pope seeks to harness and develop emerging technologies on behalf of pressing humanitarian issues.
With these priorities in mind, he spearheaded the creation of this organization which helps societies in extremis digitally archive that which is too valuable, too important, or too unique to be lost or forgotten. The Arc/k Project was created to straddle the gulf between scientific archiving and activism.
Director of Operations / Secretary of the Board
Scott majored in Anatomy/Physiology, graduating with a BS from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After transitioning from medicine to a more creative field, he began his career in post-production for films in 2003.
Since then, Scott has collaborated with directors, producers, cinematographers and others on a wide range of projects. At Pacific Title, he managed post work for all of the “Big Six” major film studios. In 2009, he joined Lit Post as a digital intermediate producer, overseeing the finished process for more than 50 features, documentaries and shorts.
After working closely with such talented artists and technologists and seeing the potential of digital cultural imaging, Scott decided to move into the nonprofit world. As the Director of Operations at Arc/k, he relishes the challenge of using his knowhow in bringing together technology and people to help further the cause of digital cultural preservation.
Victoria (Vicci) Weller has been a film commissioner with the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission in British Columbia for the past 18 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to one of Arc/k’s primary goals of finding a means for local governments and cultures to monetize and preserve their own distinct cultural artifacts and landscapes.
Vicci has been invaluable in the development of a groundbreaking monetization model by which the archiving of cultural heritage can be incentivized. She has spearheaded the Arc/k Project’s efforts in a unique pilot program pairing film commissions with heritage stakeholders and has worked to create and fine-tune this unique model for both the preservation and proselytization of culture through the global film commission system.
As a former producer, Vicci is also quite familiar with the needs and challenges that a production faces and will be able to bring her expertise to bear when it comes to integrating the model she helped pioneer.
Treasurer of the Board
Robert Bandy is the President of Robert Stephen Capital Management, where he is responsible for managing the assets of clients’ investment portfolios. He has served as an advisor to various charitable organizations, including Lightbearers International and North India Evangelistic Association. Mr. Bandy has also served on the board and as chairman of the financial committee of the United Methodist Church.
He coaches youth sports at the Salvation Army.
He has a BA in business from the University of Arkansas.
Michael has worked with online digital catalogs, books, and archives for the past 20 years. After working at Amazon.com from 1998-2008, he attended the University of Washington Information School as well as Copenhagen University’s Royal School of Information and Library Science, graduating with his MLIS graduate degree in 2014. He is also a Certified Librarian of Washington State, holds a degree in Library Technology and is a member of various archival, library and historical associations.
As the Digital Archivist of the Arc/k Project, Michael manages the organization’s digital content, is a working advocate for universal 3D metadata standards, and collaborates with organizations and individuals around the world to digitally archive and protect their own cultural heritage through new and engaging visual technologies.
Krista Benson is currently the Photogrammetry Supervisor at COGNITION working directly with the ARC/K Project. Her background includes a B.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology for commercial photography.
Krista has worked over eighteen years in visual effects as a compositor and 3D artist at companies such as Digital Domain and Sony Imageworks on feature films, commercials, and episodic television. She has twenty-nine feature film credits on films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Tron Legacy, and Alice in Wonderland.
Krista has extensive knowledge and experience in shooting photogrammetry in studio and on location for archival purposes, as well as processing the solves for the large majority of footage shot. As a Photogrammetry Supervisor, she has worked with museums and cultural institutions in the USA and abroad, such as the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, WA, the Secwepemc Museum in in Kamloops, British Columbia, and the 2141 Kamloops Heritage Railway in British Columbia. She has led teams of people on location during photogrammetry shoots, and she has taught people locally and abroad best methodologies for capturing subjects for photogrammetry.
Jay Sloat hails from Texas, where he worked at the Texas Instruments Artificial Intelligence Labs while attending college at the University of Texas at Arlington.
He relocated to California to pursue production programming and has been a software developer/Technical Director and management professional working on more than a dozen feature films for studios large and small, including a 14-year run as a Manager of Technology at The Walt Disney Animation Studios. He has also followed his passion for music and audio recording, spending 4 years mixing HD Sound for SouthPark Studios.
Most recently, Jay has served as a Pipeline Supervisor for COGNITION in Hollywood, doing a mix of programming, game engine and VR development, as well as project management for a small media lab.
CG Generalist / Photogrammetry Specialist
Ken Stranahan has over 26 years in the VFX Industry. Coming from a traditional art and design background, he made the move to Hollywood in 1992. He went on to work on over 20 TV shows, dozens of commercials, and over 40 feature films.
He has worked on all aspects of VFX — Pre-Visualisation, On-set Supervising, Character Modeling and Animation, Fluid Dynamics for smoke, fire, and water, Compositing Work, Production Design, Digital Matte Painting, and Developing 3D Stereo Conversion. He has lead teams as VFX supervisor, 3D animation supervisor, and compositing supervisor. His work has won Caddy and AME advertising industry awards, as well as being recognized with an Emmy and a VES award.
Kristiana Gomez works as Arc/k’s Production Coordinator, managing production and workflow for all ongoing and future projects.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, she relocated to Boston to attend Emerson College, majoring in Film Production, where she wrote and directed her thesis film. After a post-grad solo trip in Europe, she chose to work at Arc/k because she valued the intersections of tech, culture, and activism within the company.
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