2023 Judges

Tyler Hisel

Tyler Hisel is a writer and producer working in both film and television. His recent television writing includes “Elizabeth Street” which is in the works at TriStar Television, “Treadstone” on USA Network, “Lore” on Amazon Prime and “Wayward Pines” on Fox. Hisel’s announced high-profile film work includes writing “The Fixer” at Paramount Pictures with director Ron Howard and producer Bradley Cooper attached, as well as adapting “The Corporation” with Benicio Del Toro attached to star and Leonardo DiCaprio serving as producer.

Katherine Oostman

Katherine Oostman is a writer and director of films, commercials, theatre, novels, articles and the occasional poem. Her conceptual eye combined with her grounded sensibilities create visceral, character-driven stories that comment on the human condition.

Her graduate thesis film, “The Stranger,” a psychological thriller, screened at San Diego Comic-Con, the TCL Chinese Theater, the Atlanta Film Festival and the Florida Film Festival. “The Stranger” was the winner of several awards, including the 2018 bronze Telly Award for Directing and the 2019 Gasparilla Film Festival Grand Jury Best College Short Film award, among others at the Top Shorts Film Festival (Film of the Month, Best Narrative Film, Best Director, Best Ensemble and Best Editing with an Honorable Mention for Best Actress and Best Score). Oostman also won two Awards of Excellence for the categories of Direction and Women Filmmakers from Accolade Global Film Competition for her short film. Additionally, the feature script, based on the short, was a 2018 American Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition quarterfinalist and a 2020 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest quarterfinalist.

She has worked in story development capacities for companies such as Protozoa Pictures, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Partizan and 1stAveMachine. Most recently, she made her off-Broadway directorial debut with “The Midnight Chapters,” a double-bill theatre event produced by Scantic River Productions.

Brian Osmond

Brian Osmond has over 30 years of filmmaking experience as a camera operator and cinematographer with over 90 credits in film and television to his name. His work on commercials, music videos, industrials, news, reality, TV and films has taken him to over 40 states and seven countries. His recent work has been seen in such films as the Academy Award-winning “Mank,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and the highly popular Netflix series “Mindhunter.” He began his career in Pittsburgh in the camera and electrical department as a camera loader (in the days of actual film, not digital) with the intention of working up to director of photography. “Silence of the Lambs” was one of his earlier film credits. His work has resulted in him being nominated for the Society of Camera Operators’ Camera Operator of the Year Award for “Mindhunter” in 2018, as well as for the British Society of Cinematographers’ Operators Award for “Mank” in 2020.

His upcoming film credits, according to IMDb, include David Fincher’s Netflix mystery-thriller “The Killer” and Michael Mann’s biopic “Ferrari,” both of which are currently in post-production.

Osmond is a 1988 graduate of Grove City College, where he majored in computer science and served as a lighting designer for several of the college’s theater productions. He became interested in media (theater, radio, video, film) along the way and pursued a career in film after college.

Brian and his wife Laura (Davis ’89), also a GCC graduate, currently reside in Pittsburgh. They have four children, and their daughter Evelyn is currently a senior at GCC.