Jason Burks


Owner + President + Executive Producer

ON SET = Executive Producer + Director + Director of Photography

Jason founded Retrospec Films in 2002.  At age 33 he is one of the youngest directors & cinematographers to have extensive experience with a long list of top-of-the-line motion cameras and equipment used for filming today. He has shot over 800 TV commercials both regional and national, dozens of music videos, short films, feature films, documentaries, and product videos. His projects have taken him to all 50 states in the US and 6 different continents.  From South Africa, Japan, and Hungary, to Guatemala, the Philippines, and Canada. His passion has been and always will be telling stories that move people through the beauty of cinema.


Nathan Groves


Director of Operations + Senior Producer/Project Manager

ON SET = Producer + Assistant Director + Production Manager

Nathan has a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing and over a decade experience working in video production and in the advertising industry.  He has a natural instinct for design and a passion for visual communications. Nathan produces most client projects, manages both pre & post-production workflows, and oversees the day-to-day at Retrospec. 






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Barbara Burks


Office Manager + TV Show Producer/Writer

Barbara joined Retrospec in it's early stages helping Jason grow the company to what it is today by spearheading the production of our weekly TV shows. Not only does she write and produce the TV shows, she takes care of the accounting, legal, insurance, and general office management.  The most important role she carries is keeping everyone in line by doing her number one job, "Mom" - which is easy for her since she's actually is Jason's mom.   








Josh Tackett

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Motion Designer + VFX

ON SET = VFX Supervisor + Script Supervisor

Josh first attended Pepperdine University, then finished his degree in advertising at Oklahoma State University.  Josh works to create convincing visual effects and stunning motion graphics that add that final touch to each Retrospec project.    



Josh Franks

Lead Editor

ON SET = Camera Operator + Sound

Josh is a hybrid - a jack of all trades some might say.  He loves being on set but also enjoys pre & post-production. This includes writing scripts, editing, sound design, and acting.  His passion for bringing ideas to life shows up in all aspects of production.



Cole Puryear

Editor + Motion Designer

ON SET = Script Supervisor

Designer, Editor, Gamer, Puppeteer, and full time student, Cole Puryear has a deep rooted love for filmmaking. His years of creating and editing his own short films is what lead him to Retrospec’s door. His versatility, honesty, and humor can be seen in every project he gets his hands on and makes him an invaluable member of the Retro team.




Jacob Hightower

Studio Manager

ON SET = Grip/Electric + Camera Operator

Our resident carpenter, Jacob Hightower is a true man’s man. His artistic efforts orbit around the objects in our lives, the things we experience, and the collectivity that can arise from this never ending cycle. Via woodworking and film, Hightower’s creative eye is constantly seeking to create a dialogue and tell a story which makes him an asset to the Retrospec team.




Kat Ashby


Hair and Makeup Artist + Social Media Manager

ON SET = Hair and Makeup 

If  Kat could only do three things for the rest of her life they would be listen to music, eat cheese, and create art. Makeup  is her favorite form of art, possibly because it's one of the most challenging. "It encourages me to use my hands and get dirty, to take something as simple and as beautiful as a face and create something extraordinary." Kat is a licensed Cosmetologist, Makeup Artist, and Master Instructor with a decade in the beauty industry.  


Brandon Forbes



ON SET = 2nd AC  +  Camera Operator + DIT

Camera Lover, Gamer, Drone Pilot, Apple Expert, Cinematographer, Photographer, Editor, Social Media Instigator, Cat Lover... These are just some of the things that make Brandon one of the most versatile Retro staffers yet.  Having been submerged in the film industry from boyhood, his passion is real and contagious.  Want something done?  He's your man.   




Gentry Johnson

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Rachel Jackson

Account Manager + Talent

ON SET = Talent

Gentry has been working on set with Retrospec Films since 2007. In 2015, she joined the team full-time, utilizing her B.A. in Organizational Communication to fulfill the role of Client Relations. Gentry wears many hats behind the scenes at Retrospec, but she finds herself most "at home" in front of the camera; serving as the spokesperson for numerous companies across the Midwest.



Editor + Graphic Designer

ON SET = Production Assistant

Rachel has been with Retrospec since the small beginnings.  She is of many talents from Video Editor, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Web Designer, Artist, Painter, Songwriter, Singer.  Rachel also assists on set with production.  Her motto is "I'll make it happen".  Her main focus at Retrospec Films are the TV Shows, but she has her hands on many other things and enjoys being involved with all of it.




Motion Designer + Graphic Design

ON SET = Creative Director

The newest member of the Retrospec team, Madi Dettor is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University where she received both a BFA in Graphic Design and a BA in Studio Art . “I strive to make things accessible and exuberant. That’s what makes me smile, and hopefully makes others smile as well.” Honest, playful designs are a mainstay of her work and contribute greatly to the Retro team.




At Retrospec we are a tight-knit family that is always on the lookout for

bold, passionate, and talented artists. Interested in joining our team?