After seeing Star Wars at a movie theater in 1977, Sean McKnight was bit by the movie bug. In 8th grade he made his first movie, a stop animation piece that was prompted by his art teacher as a class project and his venture into making movies began… Sean went on to form Cinema Alliance in the hopes of bringing together artists from different disciplines to create compelling movies and documentaries.
Prior to CA (and after his 8th grade debut) Sean worked for a number of TV stations in different capacities ranging from camera work and master control to editing and graphics. His professional career expanded into working on national and regional television shows, producing national commercials for a record label as well as the development of 2 of his own music video shows. He later moved into creating experimental video pieces which were shown in various outlets including performances with his own band as well as public art events and art galleries in a number of cities.
Sean has other interests in the art and film communities…He is an accomplished musician and fire performer (fire breathing and fire dancing) and has been a regional contact for Burning Man. He has served as a board member of an arts center in Philadelphia called the Fortress of the Arts and acted as organizer of the Philadelphia Film Industry Meetup Group. Sean currently facilitates a producer’s group called The Producers Association of Philadelphia. Additionally, his professional background includes numerous book and magazine credits contributing as a writer and working as a video instructor at several colleges.
Sean functions as producer, director, writer, cinematographer, editor and motion graphics designer for the projects of Cinema Alliance. He is the company’s president and has over 24 years of production experience.
When not working on movies, Sean teaches classes, contributes to books, and produces instructional videos on a number of software programs including After Effects, Premiere, Final Cut Pro and more for American Graphics Institute.
Sean is a member of a number of prominent organizations around the Philadelphia area including: The Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA), The Producers Association of Philadelphia (PAP), The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (PIFF) and the Pennsylvania Film Industry Association (PaFIA).