About TA Films

TA Films is an Emmy Award-winning full service production company   devoted to using the latest filmmaking technology to tell a story. Based out of Charlotte, NC, our company specializes in providing all-access content in sports programming, documentaries, reality TV, commercials, and feature film, among other genres. We pride ourselves in taking a concept through all stages of production and post-production. We have a team of talented filmmakers who are passionate about creating unique experiences by bringing stories to life.

We are in the business of capturing moving pictures, but we pride ourselves in both capturing and moving emotions. One of the most powerful capabilities that we all have is the ability to evoke another’s emotions. Our obsession with film stems from our enthusiasm to not only make you see, but to also make you feel.



About TA Films
About Tyler

Long before Tyler Adams founded TA Films in 2013, his undeniable passion for film was guiding his path. While attending Appalachian State University, he established a new department within the football program responsible for highlight, recruiting, and fundraising videos. During his tenure, App State won 3 National Championships, 6 conference championships, defeated the #5 Michigan Wolverines, and the athletic fundraising dollars quadrupled. Tyler left App State to begin working for NASCAR Media Group as a Cinematographer, Producer, and Editor. He was able to work on numerous high profile, Emmy award winning productions while learning from some of the best. Today, Tyler is the CEO of TA Films and continues to dedicate himself in directing and producing cinematic experiences while leading the talented TA Films team.

Meet the Team
  • Zach Drechsler

    Zach Drechsler

    Zach is an Appalachian State University graduate and Cinematographer and Editor at TA Films. He is deeply passionate about the creative process of production, from the field to the editing bay. When he isn't behind a camera or keyboard and mouse, he enjoys playing guitar, riding bikes, working on his ping pong skills, and showering his cat Henry with treats.

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  • Chandler Harkey

    Chandler Harkey

    Chandler, our Director of Location Sound, is a 10 year veteran in the video production industry and a Jack of all trades. When he’s not behind the microphone capturing pristine audio, he can be found operating the MoVi, piloting the Atla 6 flying drone, rigging GoPros, as well as countless other important duties that require attention to fine detail and technical know-how.

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  • Will Rooney

    Will Rooney

    As Manager of Digital Content and Studio Operations, Will is in charge of TA Films' digital and physical assets. Will is the gatekeeper for the growing 300 terabyte TA Films archive. Will is a media and project manager, as well as an assistant video editor in post-production. In addition to his duties with digital data, Will is also inventory manager of the TA Films cinema-grade equipment roster.

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  • Ryan Gladstone

    Ryan Gladstone

    Ryan works as Cinematographer and Equipment Tech, and is the head of our Camera Movement Department. He is the mastermind of our MoVI Pro and BlackArm systems. Ryan has been working a camera since he was young, and has previously worked with CBS news. An App State graduate and resident of the mountains, Ryan loves kayaking and slacklining.

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  • Nick Bertram

    Nick Bertram

    Nick has over 10 years experience producing and directing commercial, branding, and promotional content. His work with brands such as Unilever, Goodyear, Chevrolet, Goody's, and Pepsi Co. can be seen on Broadcast TV, the internet, and even Times Square. From A-List Athletes such as Dale Earnhardt Jr, Danica Patrick and Luke Kuechly, to Celebrity Chefs and Country Music Stars, Nick's breadth of experience is an invaluable asset to TA Films.

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  • Aaron Conner

    Aaron Conner

    Aaron's passion for sports is a perfect fit for the TA Films team. As a former athlete, Aaron has learned valuable lessons as well as formed bonds that have molded him as a professional. Aaron brings his talents from the Appalachian State football video staff. Whether behind the camera or in the editing suite, Aaron is valuable as as a Producer, Cinematographer, and Editor.

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  • Brian McLawhorn

    Brian McLawhorn

    As Field Producer at TA Films, Brian leads projects for Appalachian State University and most recently, "All ACC-ess: Louisville Football" for the new ACC Network. Brian has had a 20 year career as a sports journalist, running the Duke basketball site for Rivals.com for many of those years. He is an outdoor enthusiast and avid traveler, and once hiked the Swiss Alps solo for two weeks.

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  • Roddey Sterling Jr.

    Roddey Sterling Jr.

    TA Films and Roddey Sterling Jr. have a close partnership that began years ago at the start of Roddey's racecar driving career. Off the track, Roddey's eccentric personality combined with his marketing and business acumen makes him a valuable member of TA Films. Roddey oversees the continuous growth of TA Films Studios as the head of Sales and Studio Development.

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  • Hannah Baxter

    Hannah Baxter

    Hannah serves TA Films as Director of Strategic Initiatives. She works with each department to ensure the efficiency of day-to-day operations and implements new initiatives to drive organizational growth. Hannah came to TA Films with a background in communications, administration, and event planning.

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  • Chris Mathew

    Chris Mathew

    Chris Mathew is the Principal of 4-2-4 Ventures, LLC, a strategic management advisory services company based out of Charlotte. Chris is also the Business Manager of TA Films. Chris specializes in contract negotiation, content strategy, and building brands. His experience includes working for SME Branding, Brandthink, NASCAR, Madison Square Garden, and Raycom Media.

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  • Ricky McSwain

    Ricky McSwain

    Ricky is an expert Set Designer with forty years of craftsman experience. Ricky has played an important role in building high-profile sets for Carolina Panthers, Luke Combs, and NFinity cheerleading. Ricky also customized every aspect of TA Films Studios from the ground up. In his spare time, Ricky transforms into a rockstar in his band called Swamp River Revival.

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  • Austin Porter

    Austin Porter

    Austin officially joined TA Films in February 2020 as a cinematographer. Austin specializes in sports-action, with a killer tight shot of a football spiral - a skill that has sent him to film the last 4 Super Bowls. Austin got his start in the Big Apple where he worked in the industry for seven years. However, Austin grew up on the beaches of Florida, and considers himself a "beach bum" who is fueled by the energy of life.

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  • Karen Adams

    Karen Adams

    Karen Adams is the official Bookkeeper and unofficial team mom for TA Films. She works directly with our clients, and handles anything financial- and HR-related for the company. Before coming to TA Films, Karen spent 24 years bookkeeping for other companies and raising 3 children. Her greatest joy and accomplishment is raising her children. In her free time, she enjoys quilting and crocheting.

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