Meet the Makers

Rick Ernst


Director / Producer / Editor

Rick Ernst was a Producer / Supervising Producer for MTV Networks from 1993-2007. During that time he produced, directed and wrote hundreds of shows including Headbangers Ball, 120 Minutes,  Subteranean, 25 Loud (w/ Jimmy Kimmel & Jack Black), Beachbrawl (with Fear Factory and stars of WCW), Spring Break, live performances, What a Guy Wants (Dave Chapelle, David Wells) and countles others.
in 2008, Rick moved on to the "gig of a lifetime" at Roadrunner Records (Director of Video Production) where he oversaw video productions and worked with bands like Machine Head, Gojira, DevilDriver, Megadeth, Opeth, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Blackstone Cherry,  Soulfly, Theory of a Deadman, Cavalera Conspiracy, Killswitch Engage and was Executive Producer of the award winning documentary, Dream Theater: The Spirit Carries On. 

Currently (2018), Rick is a freelance Producer on the TV series Live PD: Police Patrol.  He lives in Yonkers, NY with his wife, daughter and two rescue dogs. 

Rat Skates

Associate Producer / Graphic Designer / Editor

Rat Skates is a music personality known around the world for being one of the few, true leaders of the Thrash Metal movement. His drumming, composing, and relentless motivation broke new ground in the early 80’s when he formed “Overkill”. He has since devoted his creative efforts to filmmaking and writing. His project, “Born in the Basement”, a film depicting the “DIY” mindset of 80’s music and culture was released in May 2007. He also owns and operates Kundrat Productions, a post-production/recording studio that has produced a wide variety of projects from corporate advertising to the performing arts.

Doug Sexton

Production Assistant / Web Designer (2003-09) / End Credit Design

Doug Sexton’s involvement with the film started in late 2003 when he redesigned the Get Thrashed website. For over 5 years, Doug kept the site updated and oversaw several redesigns of the site. Doug also contributed his photos and footage and capped off his run working on the film by designing the "end credits" at the conclusion of Get Thrashed.