Edd founded Beyond the Porch Productions in 2013 alongside longtime friend and collaborator Alex Bell. Edd has lived in Los Angeles for nearly a decade, but his life (thus far) afforded him the opportunity to grow roots - and unroot - in Germany, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Colorado before enrolling at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. For that reason, Edd takes a chameleon-like approach to the question, “Where are you from?”
Despite a transient childhood, Edd claims Michigan as his home. In the summer of 2014, Edd led a team of filmmakers to the Upper Peninsula of his home state where they created Beyond the Porch’s debut feature film Superior under his direction. Superior received critical success, screening in film festivals nationwide and appearing on the big screen in over 40 cities before being acquired by Gravitas Ventures and released nationwide (and in Poland!) in 2016.
As an athlete and ardent sports fan, Edd finds incredible parallels between the film production and sports world. His favorite aspect of any film project is assembling a team of talented people to bring a story to life. According to Edd, “The best thing I can ever do as a director is surround myself with talented people and get out of their way.”
When not on set or developing new BTP projects, Edd can most likely be found at a concert venue enjoying live music or on skates at a nearby ice rink trying not to get any more teeth knocked out.
Alex fell in love with movie making at an early age when he got ahold of the family video camera. His fascination with filming and editing led him to the USC School of Cinematic arts where he honed his craft alongside a strong community of creatives. After graduating, Alex turned his focus to physical production and worked on music videos, branded content, and documentaries in collaboration with BTP Media co-founder Edd Benda.
Alex made his feature film debut as the Director of Photography and Producer on Superior. Despite having a California address, he spends a great deal of time working all over the globe. He produced a music video in Iceland, taught a film seminar in the Czech Republic, and embedded with The Salvation Army covering relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
Growing up as an Eagle Scout in the Seattle area, Alex enjoys spending time exploring and photographing the great outdoors. When not working on sets, you can find him singing 4-part harmonies with the world-renowned Westminster Chorus.
Having already flip-flopped from concert pianist to professional NBA player to anesthesiologist, Stephen knew that at the unforgiving age of 13, the next career path he chose would be the one he’d have to stick with for life. Fortunately for the Beyond the Porch team, Stephen decided to take his talents into production.
Filmmaking allows Stephen the opportunity to live vicariously through other people’s careers; be it NBA player Carmelo Anthony, Mt. Everest climber Paul Fejtek, or competitive dodgeball player White Goodman, Stephen loves the opportunity to tell stories of interesting places and people around the world.
They say big things come in small packages, which – at 6’4” – puts Stephen at a significant disadvantage from the rest of the population. But despite this setback, Stephen has forged ahead, finding success as a film producer. He enjoys shepherding an idea from infancy to adulthood, at which point, like any proud parent, he can only step back and hope it makes a lot of money.
Through filmmaking, Stephen has had the privilege of getting to collaborate with generous & talented individuals around the World. With each new project and challenge, Stephen most enjoys meeting - and collaborating with - the new faces that come with it.
EVP - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Over the past ten years, Michael Britton has revolutionized the video programs of Fortune 500 Retailers and Manufacturers by helping them achieve maximum return for their marketing investment while reducing their financial exposure from unnecessary product returns.
As Executive Producer for an Austin, Texas based media firm, he achieved recognition for creating over 50,000 Feature & Benefit videos in addition to thousands of How-To, Installation, Un-Boxing and Training videos.
Through a combination of process, technology and years of hands-on experience, Michael stands as the leading expert in the field of video production to help any Retailer or Manufacturer create and manage a large-scale video program.
Now as Executive Vice President of Business Development for BTP Media combined with the creative talents of Beyond the Porch Productions, major Retailers and Manufacturers can expect an even higher level of productivity, profitability and quality in their large-scale video productions – on time, on budget and anywhere in the world.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Xander Herman was born on the rough streets of Edina, Minnesota where he first found his love of film. When his hopes and dreams of pursuing a career as a professional aggressive skater where destroyed; he picked up an old hi-8 camera and bagan making short films with his friends. His passion for film eventually led him to the University of Southern California where is passion became a borderline unhealthy obsession with meticulously composed frames and Kurosawa films.
Starting off his career at Appian Way Productions and later at Bad Hat Harry. Xander developed a mean coffee making and script reading game but eventually took his talents on the road with the Superior team. Film has allowed Xander to travel the country and even the world. Whether it's one, twenty four or a hundred and twenty frames captured a second through a lens; Xander will always find joy in bringing images to stories.
When he doesn’t have a camera glued to his face. You can catch him cutting up the ice playing hockey, going on hiking adventures with friends, lifting heavy objects and placing them back down in the gym, honing his hand eye coordination playing video games, or pretending he isn’t completely white and dancing to hip hop music.
Much like Edd’s childhood of growing up around the world, Monique too has been fortunate to call many places home – including Germany, Italy, Michigan, and California. While living in Michigan, Monique and Edd actually attended the same elementary school and were in classrooms across the hall from each other – a fact that neither of them would know until years later when they officially met in college.
In 2013, Monique graduated Magna Cum Laude from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a B.A. in Film and Television Production and a minor in Screenwriting. Shortly after graduating, Monique was honored to production design and costume Beyond the Porch’s first feature film Superior. Since then, she has become an integral part of the Beyond the Porch family – production designing and costuming their BTP Media and original projects as well as spearheading their development of original projects.
In addition to being a powerhouse creative, writer, and filmmaker, Monique is a celebrated stand up comedian who can often be found performing at major comedy clubs around Los Angeles.