Writer/director/producer John Goshorn was born and raised in a rural Virginia town an hour from the nearest movie theater. The Happiest Place on Earth is his first feature film as writer, producer, and director. He has also written, directed, and produced the short film "The Promise Ring" and starred in the independent feature When the Sun Hits, and the short "Five Hacks."
In addition, he adapted, directed, and produced the stage show Masque of the Red Death: An Evening of Morbid Romance and Paranoia from seven Edgar Allan Poe classics, as well as writing, producing, shooting, and editing countless commercials, promotional spots, paid programming segments, and feature stories for ABC and PBS television affiliates in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida.
John holds a Bachelor's of Science in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University, a Master of Fine Arts in Film from the University of Central Florida, and a professional certificate program in Sanford Meisner technique from Truthful Acting Studios. He currently teaches in the Multimedia Film and Production program at Georgia Southern University, having previously taught screenwriting, cinema studies, and film production at the University of Central Florida and Full Sail University.
Producer Julie Opala completed her B.A. in Cinema Studies at the University of Central Florida, and also studied as a transient student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She has interned in development at Untouchable Films and Edmonds Entertainment, two Los Angeles production companies, and since returning to southern California, has served in a variety of crew roles on miscellaneous film and TV projects. The Happiest Place on Earth is her feature film producing debut.
Production designer Elizabeth Sutphin began her career as an actress and classically trained singer . Her love of work behind the scenes grew during her undergraduate studies at Rollins College where she began designing and directing. After receiving two Bachelor’s degrees from Rollins, Elizabeth continued to expand her work by producing live events and working professionally as a set dresser on several television productions and music videos as well as assisting with studio audience fulfillment for Slime Time Live, Home Matters, and several other television shows being shot in Orlando.
In 2007, she accepted a position with the Universal Studios Production Group and in 2008, began the pursuit of her Master’s of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design at the University of Central Florida. Since completing her graduate studies in 2012, Elizabeth has served as production designer on several independent feature films including Pembroke Circle, The Happiest Place on Earth, The Last Two Years of David Brachman; as on set costumer for the television show Game On; and as set dresser for the feature film Walt Before Mickey.
Most recently she was contracted at Universal Orlando Resort as a scenic artist maintaining and repainting parts of Harry Potter World (Hogsmeade) as well as assisting in-house scenic artists with the finishing touches of the Harry Potter expansion. She has had the privilege to work with several local production companies and directors as well as others throughout the country.
In addition to her design work, Elizabeth has been recognized by the Apopka Chamber of Commerce as one of the city’s top professional business women. She is involved with Film Florida and Women in Film organizations. Elizabeth is dedicated to both her businesses and the community and continues to volunteer with several local charities, non-profit organizations, children's arts programs,
and church volunteer programs.
Award-winning composer Gavin Salkeld has been working with sound all of his life and creating music since 1997. In this short time, he has had success at film festivals in both the UK and the USA with his film and music work. During the past eight years, Gavin has composed original music for almost 60 shorts and features. He works freelance and collaborates with filmmakers around the globe across a variety of projects, whilst continuing to release his music on CD. In addition to writing music, Gavin also provides sound design, sound mixing and audio restoration services for filmmakers on a regular basis.
GnC Films, Gavin's video production group, also produces the YouTube documentary series Cutting Edge, which examines film censorship around the world.
Producer of marketing and distribution Dylan Kenyon is an artist living in Tampa. He paints, works on films in various capacities, and is currently becoming a tattoo artist.