Profile Overview

Joel Schonbrunn AKA Joel the Brewer
Joel Schonbrunn
Combat Photographer/Videographer, Infrastructure

Generally a jolly fellow, Joel is a digital video compressionist (yes, I squish video for a living...) for Verizon OnCue (previously known as Intel Media OnCue), working from their Silicon Valley Campus. I have previously worked for Netflix, Microsoft and UCLA.  The rumors about his frequent visits to the Microsoft orbital space platform are either greatly exagerated, or out and out lies.

Joel has been very active within the SCA and Armored Combat League as a Combat Photographer, and Videographer, and is frequently seen at the edge of the fighting fields with his trusty monopod.

Joel holds both BFA and MFA degrees in Sound Design for Theater, Film & Television, and is very active in several digital communities. When not hard at work squishing video, Joel is also an avid brewer and blender, trying to get the "Oak, Ash & Thorn Brewing Company" of its legs, and into commerical production. See for more details... Joel is also a spiritual person, having become an Ordained Druid Minister several years ago. Rev. Joel leads public Druid rituals on the 1/4 Moon, and the 8 major holidays of the Druid calendar. More info at or Joel shares his life with his wife Kasey and three fine cats, Kili, Ned and Seamus, who often counsel him to roll more on the ground, scratch their chins frequently, and to take more naps.


Combat Experience
  • Fort Bema, Warsaw, Poland, Battle of the Nations, Team USA combat photography 2012
  • Aigues-Mortes, France, Battle of the Nations, Team USA Combat Photography and VIdeo 2013
  • Belmonte, Spain, International Medieval Combat Federation World Championship, Team USA Combat Photography & VIdeography 2014
Areas of Specialty
  • Combat Photography
  • Combat Videography
  • Digital Video Compression

Contact Information

Combat Photographer/Videographer
Combat Group
Support Staff
  • (510) 789-3979
Office Address
35200 Paseo Padre Pkwy
94536-2438 Fremont , CA
United States
California US