Nettmann Systems International is a small, high-tech, development firm, which means we all work closely with each other to bring you the very best cinematography systems in the industry. Like our award-winning equipment, we are very proud of each “family” member’s achievements.
Meet our “family” team.
Bob Nettmann is highly regarded as one of the most innovative, cutting edge engineers within the Motion Picture Industry. His development of electro-optical and mechanical systems started with extensive training at Marconi Wireless Telegraph of England. Bob later went on to receive his degree in electro-mechanics from the Institute of Engineering Designers in London, in addition to his studies in electronics at the University of Essex.
Bob brings over 40 years of experience in developing the worlds most advanced camera support equipment, and so it goes without saying that his numerous awards and citations for his work are representative of his passion and talent.
For all intents and purposes, Karl Nettmann has over 30+ years of experience in the industry. As a boy, age 5, his father would bring him to his office and have Karl “help” him with his work. It was after Bob took Karl to the set of Hook, that Karl literally became “hooked” on the industry. Karl’s experience has been hands on since his first “job”, at 13 years old, building props and helping with special effects on the set of Waterworld. As long as he can remember, Karl has had a visceral love of all things robotic and mechanical. Along with his experience, Karl has engineering degrees in Electrical, and Industrial systems, including a Fine Arts degree.
When Karl isn’t designing and engineering the next generation of stabilized systems, you will find him indulging in all things mechanical or robotic. If asked, he will say that his greatest professional achievement, to-date, is Glacia™, a self-sculpting “ice fountain” featured in City Walk, Las Vegas.
Vice President Engineering
Mike Sayovitz brings over 40 years of industry experience to the table, with over half of that time being part of the Nettmann Family. Mike’s past experience includes being a geophysicist and President of Spectra Systems. When he isn’t engineering award-winning stabilized camera systems, Mike spends his free time ministering to people and walking them through inner healing. He looks forward to being able to “speak to the generations to come” through his work and his teachings.
Mike won an Academy Award (A.M.P.A.S© SCIENTIFIC AND ENGINEERING AWARD), in 2011, for Electronic Packaging and Integration of the Stab-C Classic, Super-G and Stab-C Compact Stabilizing Heads.
Rentals & Customer Service Manager
Born of a passion for the film industry, Ron’s career truly began, at age 13, when he was cast as an extra in the movie, The Music Man. Having graduated from USC Film School, Ron began working at Ray Mercer & Co. doing optical special effects, and then joined the staff at Vik-Winkle Productions as a film editor and production manager. Upon leaving his staff position after 10 years, he worked as a freelance First Assistant Cameraman doing primarily TV Commercials. Now at Nettmann Systems International he manages all aspects of customer service, rentals, administration, and on-set technical support.
Fred Miller always knew he wanted to work in the “trades”, as he calls it. His love for working with his hands has translated into him being an exceptional machinist with 40+ years of experience. Fred’s career began in 1971 at Compact Video Systems, followed by a decade working as an Aerospace Machinist in the 1980’s. It was after a period of work at Laser Pacific in the mid 90’s that Fred joined the Nettmann Systems family.
In his spare time, you can find Fred deeply immersed in all things outdoors, but when asked what his proudest achievement-to-date is: His Family.
Fred won an Academy Award (A.M.P.A.S© SCIENTIFIC AND ENGINEERING AWARD), in 2011, for the Mechanical Engineering of the Stab-C Classic, Super-G and Stab-C Compact Stabilizing Heads.
Hovhannes Melikyan, we call him “Hovi”, has worked for Nettmann Systems International for 6+ years. The progeny of a long line of Engineers, Hovi earned his Civil Engineering degree and worked as a Civil Engineer at an architectural/blueprint firm before joining the Nettmann Systems family as a systems engineer. He earned his Electronics Technician degree from LAVC and is continuing his education in computer science, thus embracing his passion to keep learning. When asked what he is most proud of achieving, to-date, he promptly replied, “Joining the Nettmann Systems family”
James O’Hara came to work for Nettmann Systems in 2007. James’ degree in Consumer Affairs, including his past experience, as a First Assistant Cameraman at Chapman, uniquely qualifies him for his current position at Nettmann as a Technician. His exceptional people skills and proactive, forward-thinking approach to finding solutions to creative problems on set, has proven beneficial to many. The father of twins, James is especially passionate about his family.
Nadine Nettmann Semerau