Wandering 2 Promise Entertainment is a company based out of Los Angeles and Nashville. It's a full service film and video company as well as an incubator for great entertainment ideas. It began with the collaboration of Wendy Cooper-Porcelli (writer/director/producer), Jeff Wolf (DP) and Ben Ellis (editor and director) on the 2005 film Dear Mr. Cash. Combined they have 70 years of experience ... but we won't be giving anyone's ages away here. Several projects are already in preproduction. They include feature films, documentaries and a one hour television show.
Wendy Cooper-Porcelli started as an actress in her hometown of Ohio when she was a small child. Upon moving to Los Angeles in the mid 80's, Wendy started film classes at UCLA and began working behind the camera. Her first job outside of acting was as a casting director with Bob Morones and Oliver Stone on Platoon. She continued to work in casting for years while taking classes at UCLA. Wendy then transferred to Pitzer College in Claremont, Ca. She chose Pitzer because of its expanding film program. She graduated in 2000 and promptly entered Claremont Graduate University in the Cultural Studies Department with an emphasis in Ethnographic Film. At this time, she also co-founded and ran a nonprofit, Women's Multimedia Center, from 1998 until 2003 when she had to give up the reigns in order that she could travel to Nashville, TN to shoot her directorial debut, Heicke and the Mermaid, AKA "Dear Mr. Cash". DMC premiered appropriately enough at the Nashville Film Festival in 2005. It won awards at the Sarasota Film Festival and the Honolulu Film Festival. In addition, Wendy has won the Cubby Broccoli (James Bond film franchise) Award for her short film, Matrimorphosis. Wendy (name derived from "wanderer", ergo the company name and the motto of her life) is single, still raising the last of 7 children (perhaps still counting...although 7 is enough for anyone...we must say, however, she only gave birth once...you figure that out). She makes her home in Los Angeles, Nashville and, happily, anywhere else her work takes her. This year alone she will find herself in Turkey, Cuba and Spain.
Jeff Wolf is a Director of Photography and Camera Operator. An engineering degree from Vanderbilt University started Wolf's career as a Satellite Navigation Engineer for Texas Instruments. Traveling throughout the world, Wolf developed his creative eye through still photography. His experience in the Nashville film market began in 1970. He worked his way up in Camera Department on features and Movies of the Week (60+ to date) as loader, 2nd assistant, 1st assistant, operator, then D.P.
Single with two children, his interests include flying (private pilot), Wado Ryu Karate (2nd degree Black Belt).
Ben Ellis is a versatile and highly experienced filmmaker, writer, producer and video editor with very strong story telling skills across a wide array of genres and styles. While he has a strong emphasis on editing and other aspects of post-production, his skill set really scans the gambit of what it takes to bring concept to completion. He has extensive experience with both short and long form content and has cut all manner of projects from dramatic features and documentaries, to shorts, trailers, music videos, promos, commercials and corporate work. He works well as part of a part of a team or if needed, independently. He has a keen sense of style, structure and pacing and really appreciate the art of the edit.
Ben started editing on Final Cut Pro in 1999. About three ago he transitioned Adobe Creative Cloud. Working with Premiere Pro and After Effects CC, along with the rest of the suite, he hasn’t looked back. Ben also excels in finishing; color grading, sound mixing and video compression for every destination of deliverable —be it for the web or DCP's for digital cinema projection. Ben has been the to "go-to" editor for Wendy on multiple occasions. He
cut her independent feature, "Dear Mr. Cash". The film received "Best of
the Fest" at the Sarasota Film Festival, 2005 and winner of the "Gold
Kahuna Award" in 2010. He also recently edited the music video, "Such a Time as This" featuring solo artists Brandon Estrada and Anna Grace.
Ben is available for work in any locale but maintains homes in Northern California and Nashville; as well as a crash pad in Los Angeles.