Category: Staff

Gabriel Ratliff

Gabriel Ratliff
Vitalic Productions, Founder/Head of Production
Milehighhouse, Freelance Producer & Business Development
With three decades as a musician and visual artist and over ten years of experience in creative services, marketing and media production, Gabriel has a developed a working knowledge in content and social media marketing, brand strategy as well as creative direction, visual design, and video production.  He is a strategic-focused, collaborative, and brand-oriented team player with a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor.  His primary goal in life is to share his passions in the creative arts while seeking opportunities for adventure and exploration, personal growth and development while making a positive impact on the world.
Since childhood, Gabe’s passions were in the creative arts in some form.  From an early age he started developing his skills as an artist, storyteller, and musician.  He began studying music, primarily drums/percussion, and later utilized those skills as quad captain in high school.  Then as a radio/club dj while attending University of Tennessee to study photo/media arts and psychology.  Continuing to develop his skills as a multimedia artist and producer, Gabe moved to Colorado where he teamed up with Ryan Policky to co-found the national touring bands, Drop the Fear and A Shoreline Dream.  After producing their self-titled multimedia album, Drop the Fear won an award for Best Music DVD from Westword magazine in 2005.  It was during this time that Gabe met and began working with Tom Hoch, founder of Milehighhouse, previously a Denver-based record label now a full-service video and media production house along with several key collaborators of Vitalic Productions.
At the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Gabe was responsible for website and email design, digital billboards, and video production for touring Broadway shows and Denver’s most esteemed theatre company, including “10 Minutes to Curtain”, a behind-the-scenes look at the Tony Award-winning theatre company.  While at Penton Media, he was responsible for print, digital, and video content created for the benefit of New Hope Natural Media and other applicable Penton Media properties, like Delicious Living magazine.  Before launching Vitalic Productions, Gabe spent over three years as a digital imaging technician, and video editor for Craftsy, a Denver tech startup that delivers paid online edutainment content for the crafting community and supply kits to supplement classes.  While at Craftsy he filmed and edited over 150 long-form educational shows with top talent like Chef Jacques Torres, Elizabeth Falkner, and Ellie Krieger, and with top brands like NikonLowe’sSur la Table, and King Arthur Flour.

Michael Collins

Producer – Business Development

Be Story Driven Founder, Michael Collins, is a long‐time performer and instructor, graduating from the renowned Second City Conservatory in Chicago. Michael has performed on stage and in front of the camera in Chicago, Los Angeles and Denver, and was a host for Outside Television. He is well‐known in the Denver improv community and can be seen on occasion performing at Lannie’s Clocktower CaberetThe Avenue Theater, and Voodoo Comedy Theatre.

Training and Consulting Specialties: public speaking, presentation skills, group facilitation, storytelling, company story development, video production, media coaching

Gabriel Ratliff

With three decades as a musician and visual artist and over ten years of experience in creative services, marketing and media production, Gabriel has a developed a working knowledge in content and social media marketing, brand strategy as well as creative direction, visual design, and video production.  He is a strategic-focused, collaborative, and brand-oriented team player with a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor.  His primary goal in life is to share his passions in the creative arts while seeking opportunities for adventure and exploration, personal growth and development while making a positive impact on the world.
Since childhood, Gabe’s passions were in the creative arts in some form.  From an early age he started developing his skills as an artist, storyteller, and musician.  He began studying music, primarily drums/percussion, and later utilized those skills as quad captain in high school.  Then as a radio/club dj while attending University of Tennessee to study photo/media arts and psychology.
 Continuing to develop his skills as a multimedia artist and producer, Gabe moved to Colorado where he teamed up with Ryan Policky to co-found the national touring bands, Drop the Fear and A Shoreline Dream.  After producing their self-titled multimedia album, Drop the Fear won an award for Best Music DVD from Westword magazine in 2005.  It was during this time that Gabe met and began working with Tom Hoch, founder of Milehighhouse, previously a Denver-based record label now a full-service video and media production house along with several key collaborators of Vitalic Productions.
At the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Gabe was responsible for website and email design, digital billboards, and video production for touring Broadway shows and Denver’s most esteemed theatre company, including “10 Minutes to Curtain”, a behind-the-scenes look at the Tony Award-winning theatre company.  While at Penton Media, he was responsible for print, digital, and video content created for the benefit of New Hope Natural Media and other applicable Penton Media properties, like Delicious Living magazine.  Before launching Vitalic Productions, Gabe spent over three years as a digital imaging technician, and video editor for Craftsy, a Denver tech startup that delivers paid online edutainment content for the crafting community and supply kits to supplement classes.  While at Craftsy he filmed and edited over 150 long-form educational shows with top talent like Chef Jacques Torres, Elizabeth Falkner, and Ellie Krieger, and with top brands like NikonLowe’sSur la Table, and King Arthur Flour.

Curt Donohue

Curt Donohue is an expert in producing top quality video intended to deliver business messaging to an Internet audience. His productions exploit recent Internet developments related to SEO, bandwidth capacity, and the cost of producing video content.

Before pursing his current career in Internet video, Curt led multi-million dollar construction projects for Fortune 500 companies such as Centurylink, Level 3, Celestial Seasonings, Ball Aerospace, and Great West Life.

He gained the trust of C-level executives by leading teams to complete projects on time and under budget. Curt employs this same attention to detail to deliver Internet-ready, cost effective, quality video to his business clients today.

Christian A. Mussett

documentary short, The Icon Artist, which he produced, directed, wrote and filmed. Graduating summa cum laude from the Art Institute of Colorado, Mussett received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics. Comfortable with all aspects of filmmaking, in his free time he enjoys photography, independent filmmaking, and animating. Currently he is working on an epic animated feature that can only be described as a post-apocalyptic cowboy western version of Beowulf. Sick. Mussett is known for his strong eye for composition, creative approach, and unwavering dedication to quality. He firmly believes that milehighhouse is the team with the vision, tools, and execution to bring any piece to the next level.

Sammy T

Sammy specializes in the production info-marketing products and has been on board some of the biggest launches in e-commerce space. 

He is the hired gun for many of the top tier online companies around the world, MindValley out of Kuala Lumpur, The Elevation Group in Austin Texas, Holistic MBA Coaching, Global Dance Festival in Denver,  Cuveé Destinations world wide, and many many others. 

You will usually find Sammy in the Producer’s chair barking directions and orders, or out rocking as an entertainer in the Denver Metro Area.

Dillon

Dillon is our youngest and tallest staff member. He has been working behind the lens and behind the scenes on film and video projects for several years.  Dillon has lent his expertise and his scrutinizing attention to detail for everything from documentaries to commercials, short films to skate videos and lots in between.  He has a wide range of talents to speak of, from the ability to hold his breath for almost 5 minutes, to assembling an entire moped piece by piece without instructions.  When he is not at MHHP, you can find him skateboarding, snowboarding, or working on his car.

Paul

since he was able to hold one. He started with the drive to capture the lives of his friends and himself on tape through action sports, music, and interviews. For a number of years in Chicago, he was a videographer and editor for Red Bull USA, organizing and covering different events around the city and the region. His meticulous attention to detail, standard for quality, and his creativity have led him to traveling around the globe working every position possible on a film set as well as creating his own passion projects.

Jeremy

the basement watching movies.  And at the age of 16 he switched his life goal from becoming the first Astronaut/Ninja/Geologist to working in production.  Fast-forward 20 years, and that is exactly what he is doing.   A graduate of Metropolitan State University Tech Comm Department, Jeremy has been with milehighhouse for the past year and a half.  The workhorse of MHHP, Jeremy can be relied upon to stay the course and do whatever needs to be done.  When not working Jeremy can be found reading, working on his car and talking about how great Stanley Kubrick’s work is.

Tom Hoch, Jr.

In the trenches of production from a early age, Tom followed his father Tom Sr (VideoFilm, Aurora CO) around on a wide range of productions from corporate shoots to live sporting event coverage and everything in between.   Being on set and in Dad’s home office gave Tom a full range of experience in the media production world.   While working on his degree from the Metro State Tech Comm department, he was working a wide range of projects including the first US Extreme Skiing Championships, The first few Denver Grand Prix events and working with the University of Colorado Media and Telecommunications department.

Tom skipped commencement and moved to Charlotte, NC for a Producer position working on a series of salt water fishing and bass fishing shows for PRIME Network.   While there he teamed up with Sunbelt Video (now NASCAR Images) producing corporate motorsports videos for NASCAR drivers and clients.   During that same stretch Tom reconnected with Hoch Sr and jumped on the production team for his hit PRIME Network show This Week in NASCAR.

For the next several years, it was 42 weeks on the road following the races, and shooting and producing skiing events in the winter months.    Tom has always had a love for all music, and together with a group of electronic music producer friends and local Denver DJ’s in 1999 he formed milehighhouse productions.   A collective group of creatives that threw legendary parties and events in Denver and beyond. Together they released 35 albums, played gigs all over the world and built up a strong reputation as some of the best in the west if not the world.

In 2003 Tom connected with his friends at the creative agency, Factory Labs who were about to launch an ‘iTunes for DJ’s’  This was Beatport.com.  Tom came in as one of the first 5 staffers working for the next 6 years to help build this powerful brand and resource for electronic musicians worldwide.   After the Beatport road ended in late 2009, Tom moved back into the world of video and media production and relaunched milehighhouse.

Now serving as the President and head of production for MHHP we are focusing on television show development, creative agency support services, high level corporate messaging and branding and fun.    Tom is married to Robin Hoch of the Wendy Woo band and has two young boys Thomas and Charlie.