Winkler started working with analog video synthesizers in 1976. As an undergraduate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute he co-founded the Video Synthesis Laboratory, dedicated to building video synthesizers and bringing artists and engineers together to create video art. He was awarded a U.S. Patent for a unique digital-to-analog converter developed as part of a synthesizer control system. After receiving his M.S. degree from RPI he joined the engineering team at VCA Teletronics, NYC's first independent post production facility.
From 1985 through 2000 Winkler co-founded, designed, built and operated Post Perfect, a groundbreaking post production facility in Manhattan. Post Perfect set a new standard for excellence in post production service by uniquely blending artistic vision, strong technological capabilities and exacting quality standards. While there he designed and built Mixed Nuts, the first all digital non-linear audio post production facility. Winkler began the trend of relocating post production for scripted television programs from Hollywood to New York City. Highlights included shows for Dream Works SKG (Dear Diary, Spin City) HBO (Sex and the City, The Corner) CBS/Paramount (Now And Again) Paramount (Late Line), and others.
From 2000 through 2009 Winkler was the Executive Producer of Crossroads Television and the CTO of Crossroads Films, a bi-coastal production company known for its distinct creative approach. While there he oversaw production for broadcast and cable networks including Bravo, CBS, ABC, NBC, HGTV, Disney, WE, Lifetime, ESPN, GSN, MSG, Univision, TrueTV, Hallmark, Animal Planet, and others.
In 2009 Winkler founded Winkler Consulting Inc., to produce digital imagery and provide engineering services for films, television and immersive experiences. Since 2013 WCI has been working with the Doha Film Institute to create eight ultra large scale immersive films for the new National Museum of Qatar. (Pics above, stay tuned for more .....)
Winkler has continuously worked on short film video art projects, beginning with "Modulated Horizontal Lines" (1976) to most recently "140 Characters" (2017). Video art projects include: “Tempest” (1980) with Vibeke Sorensen and Tom DeWitt; “Act III” (1983) with John Sanborn and Philip Glass; “Good Morning Mr. Orwell” (1984) with Nam June Paik; “Perfect Lives” (1984) with Robert Ashley; “Luminaire” (1986) with John Sanborn and Donald S. Butler; “Continuum” (1990) with Maureen Nappi, “Race Up Race Down” (2015) and others.
Winkler’s work has been recognized with over 33 Emmy, BDA/Promax, Monitor, ACM Siggraph, Telley, film festival and other awards. He is also a skydiver who has earned a USPA Professional Exhibition rating and a private pilot with Rotorcraft-Helicopter and Glider ratings. When not working he can often be found several thousand feet above New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.
P.S. - A sequel to "140 Characters" is currently in production for 2019 release.