Director Biography – Raymond Montemayor (STAR WARS: THE TOYS AWAKEN)

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Raymond is an engineer turned artist. He holds BS and MS degrees in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and UCLA, respectively, and spent 12 years designing communication chips for the wireless and cable TV industries. He founded PixelPlex in 2012 to pursue his interests in digital media design, providing services as a motion graphics designer, visual effects artist, stop-motion animator, and 3D animator. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Raymond has focused his love for art and technology to produce this Star Wars fan film.

Director Statement

For your consideration, this is the seven-minute Director’s Cut of Star Wars: The Toys Awaken. The original five-minute version won the Best Stop Motion and Spirit of Fandom awards in Lucasfilm’s 2018 Star Wars Fan Awards.

Director BIO: Brittany Joyner (Stranger Things: The Story of Henry and Dale)

Director – Brittany Joyner

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Brittany Joyner has been a working professional in the film and television industry since 2011. Gaining experience in Avid, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Creative suite along the way. She also has experience in the visual effect industry working at Industrial Light & Magic during the production of The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Originally from Orlando Florida, in 2016 she moved to Los Angeles to further her career in the industry. She has a dedication to post production unlike any other. Working tirelessly to grow and expand her knowledge and creativity.


Director BIO: Jessica Champneys (STAR WARS: DRESCA)

Director Biography – Jessica Champneys

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Jessica Champneys is a 24 year-old filmmaker based in Salt Lake City, Utah. While she has worn many hats to bring her films to light, she prefers to work as a writer, director, and editor. When she isn’t working on her own projects, she works as an associate producer at Usana Studios, and as a video editor and VFX artist for Digital Pressworks. She loves to craft dark and emotionally impacting stories while cuddling with her collection of adorable stuffed animals.