Laney College

David S. Santamaria

David S. Santamaria

A photo of Professor Santamaria

David works as an editor, animator, colorist and consultant on media projects. His film, Slide Rail Superman, a comedy about the world’s second greatest hand rail slider, premiered at the SF Indiefest and was nominated to film festivals nationwide.

Most recently, David worked as the finishing editor on a film by a formerly incarcerated filmmaker. He first met the filmmaker at San Quentin prison when he volunteered to teach a media workshop to inmates in the award winning First Watch Program. The film, “What These Wall Wont Hold” accounts the horrifying San Quentin Covid outbreak and how the tireless work of a group of underrepresented voices led the governor of California to approve early releases that saved 100s of lives.

Other work includes Editor on the Telly award winning film, They Can’t Take That Away— The Legacy of the Fillmore (linked below). He was previously in joint residence at the Jewish Film Institute & Ninth Street IFC Incubator program where he worked on the feature documentary, The Goldsteins of Las Vegas.

David also trains some of the leading digital media makers.  He is a DaVinci Resolve, Adobe and Apple trainer and teaches editing and motion graphics classes throughout the Bay Area. David helped build the Laney Media DaVinci Program and created a training partnership with BlackMagic Design, the maker of DaVinci Resolve.

David grew up in New York and currently lives in Oakland, CA.  When he has a free moment, he samples pizza from around the Bay Area and offers presentations on how to throw a forkball with a tennis ball.  He also teaches the New York pizza fold to any and all comers.