Our Team

We have been involved with sports choreography, actor training, and casting of athletes for movies, television, print ads, and commercials. Our 12+ years of experiences in movies and television, combined with our coaching/playing experience, has given us the unique ability to make sports action sequences, a coach’s speech, and locker room scenes as real as possible. In our previous projects, we have worked closely with directors, producers, casting directors, and principal talent, in order to ensure that the sports action depicted is authentic and explosive, but most importantly makes the director’s vision come alive on screen.

Aimee McDaniel

Co-Founder
Aimee@gamechangingfilms.com

Aimee McDaniel has been a sports coordinator on a number of sports movies, including Trouble with the Curve, Invictus, Just Wright, Invincible, and many more.

McDaniel was born and raised in Orange County, CA and attended Pepperdine on a basketball scholarship.  She has been in the entertainment business since 1996 when she started her career as the receptionist at Boy Meets World.

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Aimee McDaniel

Aimee McDaniel

Co-Founder

Jessi Moore

Co-Founder
Jessi@gamechangingfilms.com

Jessi Moore has been a sports coordinator on a number of feature films, including Grown Ups, Red Dawn, and Dark Knight Rises to name a few. She also had a speaking part in How Do You Know and was the Grandma baseball double in That’s My Boy.

Moore is from Grapevine, Texas, and played soccer at Texas Christian University (TCU) and Mississippi State. She graduated with a Radio-TV-Film degree from TCU.

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Jessi Moore

Jessi Moore

Co-Founder

Mark Ellis

2nd Unit Director/Sports/Stunt Coordinator
mark@gamechangingfilms.com

For over 20 years, Mark Ellis has been a leader in scripted sports action for Hollywood productions. Ellis has directed Oscar winning actors and Hall of Fame athletes in over 40 movies grossing more than one billion dollars at the box office. He's also collaborated on multiple TV projects and commercial development.

Ellis made his directorial debut in 2012, with One Heart, a true story about a football team, made up of juvenile offenders, and a small town football coach who made a decision that would change the lives of the players on the field that night.

Ellis has been a critical component in films honored with nine ESPY nominations for "Best Sports Movie of the Year", including three award winning films for The Rookie, Miracle, and Semi-Pro. Ellis played college football at Appalachian State, graduated from the University of South Carolina.

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Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis

2nd Unit Director/Sports/Stunt Coordinator

Pat O'Hara

Sports Coordinator
Pat@gamechangingfilms.com

Pat O’Hara has been the assistant football coordinator on a number of sports movies, including he Longest Yard, Invincible, Game Plan, and We Are Marshall, to name a few. He has also had speaking parts in Any Given Sunday and The Waterboy.

He is currently an assistant with the Houston Texans. O’Hara played Quarterback and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1991 and played professional football in the NFL and Arena League until 2007. He is a graduate of University of Southern California (USC).

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Pat O'Hara

Pat O'Hara

Sports Coordinator

Hernando Planells

Sports Coordinator
Hernando@gamechangingfilms.com

Hernando has coordinated basketball on a number of movies including Coach Carter, Spider-Man 3, The Longest Yard, Semi Pro and more!  His work on sports commercials and print has been seen on EA Sports, the WNBA, TARGET and DICKS to name a few.  His work has been recognized around the world where he has coordinated the sports on international projects as well.  Besides coordination, Hernando also trains actors for their sports specific roles.

Hernando is currently a part of the basketball staff at Duke University and his coaching background includes time in the NBA Development League and as an NBA scout.  His ability to apply his “real world” coaching background to film and print has been an invaluable piece of production throughout the years.

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Hernando Planells

Hernando Planells

Sports Coordinator

Mike Sheldon

Sports Coordinator
Mike@gamechangingfilms.com

Mike Sheldon got his start in the film industry as a football player in the movie, Red Dawn. Sheldon then began working behind the scenes as an assistant football coordinator in a number of movies, TV shows, and commercials, such as Necessary Roughness, Touchback, Dark Knight Rises, Let's Be Cops, Best Man Holiday, and the upcoming feature film, Woodlawn.

Originally from Michigan, Mike now lives in Los Angeles when not on location. Mike graduated from Albion College in 2007 with a degree in Communications, where he played Defensive End for the football team for four years.

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Mike Sheldon

Mike Sheldon

Sports Coordinator

Daniel Norris

Sports Coordinator
Daniel@gamechangingfilms.com

Daniel Norris got his start in popular football films such as Radio and The Longest Yard. Daniel moved to Los Angeles where he transitioned from a football player to a professional stuntman. Daniel has been featured in over 16 films and television shows, along with several commercials. Daniel has stunt doubled for Liam Hemsworth on the big screen and Clay Matthews in commercials.

Norris went to high school and college in South Carolina where he was a three-time wrestling state champion and a collegiate Division II All-American tight end at Newberry College. He currently lives in New Orleans with his wife, Jessica, and son, Easton.

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Daniel Norris

Daniel Norris

Sports Coordinator

Melanie Ferguson

Sports Production Coordinator
Melanie@gamechangingfilms.com

Melanie grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but currently resides in Austin, Tx.  She has been a member of the film/commercial industry since 1997.  She started in the business as a PA and has worked in the Set Dec/Prop Department for 15 years, before joining our team.  Melanie has worked on numerous commercials, such as Pepsi, Nike, and Gatorade, and movies, “There Will Be Blood”, “Bernie”, and "Boyhood", among others.

Melanie received a basketball scholarship to Schreiner University and obtained her degree at Texas Tech University.

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Melanie Ferguson

Melanie Ferguson

Sports Production Coordinator

Mike Fox Jr.

Equipment Manager
mikefox@gcfgear.com

Mike Fox spent ten years in the Arena Football League and got his start in film on the movie Invincible. He has worked as an equipment manager on numerous sports films, commercials, and television shows since. Some of his credits include The Game Plan, We Are Marshall, Crooked Arrows, and Necessary Roughness.

Fox, a Philadelphia native, earned a degree from West Chester University (PA). He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Kate and son, MJ.

 

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Mike Fox Jr.

Mike Fox Jr.

Equipment Manager