John Biffar

John Biffar

Director & Producer

Dreamtime CEO John Biffar began his career in filmmaking at the University of South Florida. Since the early 1980’s, John has produced unique television programming and features for cable and broadcast. His unique on-air abilities and innovative creative gained him numerous television and journalism awards and national recognition, including at least five Emmys. In 1983, John founded one of the first independent production companies in Fort Myers, Florida, which expanded in sales and reputation and has since evolved into Dreamtime Entertainment, Inc.

Dave Beaty

Dave Beaty

DP & Video Producer

Dave Beaty, an Emmy Award winning filmmaker and producer, brings over 2 decades of unique storytelling expertise to the production department of Dreamtime Entertainment . Dave’s unique style, creative vision, Directing, Editing, Videography, Sound Mixing, and computer graphics helps elevate the idea and bring emotion to the story. Dave’s innovative producing and editing style has resulted in outstanding achievements in commercial, documentary and entertainment programs. When he’s not designing robotic camera gimbals or analog synthesis effects, Dave might be found flying the latest in unmanned aerial quadcopters. 

Ron Abplanalp

Ron Abplanalp

Creative Director & Media Buyer

Ron serves as a creative director, and Media Buyer at Dreamtime. He is an accomplished media and marketing planner. His extraordinary work has earned him numerous advertising awards in categories of copy writing and producing. During the past 25 years he has won over 50 local and regional ADDY Awards for creativity as well as being the winner of the prestigious First Place National ADDY Award. In 1997 Ron won a national Telly Award for his participation as the Creative Director for “Freeze Frame Switzerland”, a long form program airing on The Discovery Network

Dreamtime Story

John and his staff have produced award winning commercials, documentaries, national series and feature films. 1994’s “Captiva Island” the company’s first feature film, saw theatrical release and aired on HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Encore and Starz networks. In the mid 90’s John worked on national TV series shown nationally on The Travel Channel.

  • Teleproduction Services 80% 80%
  • Creative Development 60% 60%
  • Brand & Media Stategies 50% 50%
  • Customer Happiness 100% 100%

Dreamtime Entertainment provides solutions and branding creation for our clients. We develop creative and produce broadcast commercials, features, corporate videos, web video, long form, original programming for national, international and home video release. Projects have ranged from television series and prime-time specials to feature film, national commercials and corporate marketing. Content has ranged from reality and non-fiction, to fictional dramatic. We have focused on story-driven health care related programming through our sister company Healthcare News Network.

Dreamtime’s complete programs and package inserts have aired on The History Channel, HBO, HBO Family, PBS, The Travel Channel, NBC, A& E, Fox, ESPN, Nickelodeon, The Learning Channel, The Golf Channel and HGTV. Dreamtime prides itself in continually delivering high quality, innovative and cost effective television to its regional and national clients, network and cable partners.

Dreamtime Entertainment is owned by John Biffar with studios in Cape Coral FL.

Equipment / Gear / Software

Red Epic-W 8K Cinema Camera
Canon C100 DSLR Package
Canon 5D Mark iii Package
Panasonic HPX-500 HD P2 Camcorder 17X Fujinon Lens
Kino Flo , Lowell, Arri Lighting Packages: 2K,1000W, 650W, 300W
PSC and Sound Devices Audio Package with Sennheiser G Series UHF Wireless Mics
Stedicam Flyer Full Size Camera Vest and Arm
Matthews Orange Dolly Doorway Dolly with Balloon Tires and Skateboard Tires

Clients / Credits
A & E Television Networks
America’s Most Wanted
American Public Television
Assignment Desk
A&E Biography
CBS Sports
Discovery Networks
Animal Planet
Entertainment Tonight
First Home Builders, Inc.
Forest Country Club
Fox News
The Golf Channel
Harry Chapin Food Bank
Heinz Frozen Foods
The History Channel
LPGA Tours
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
National Wildlife Federation
PGA Tour Productions
Popular Photography Magazine
Switzerland Tourism
Taylor Made
Travel Channel
Worthington Communities
Hodges University
HCA Hospital Corporation of America

Other Films Include “The Nazi Plan to Bomb New York” that was commissioned by the History Channel in early 2002. Other accomplishments include the 90 minute History Channel documentary “Fire Boats of 9-11” which has received acclaim for its portrayal of the heroic efforts of the New York Fire Department post 9-1. In 2009 John directed the national PBS documentary on legendary underwater cinematographer Al Giddings called “Under The Sea”.  Travel Channel “Freeze Frame Switzerland”, Travel Channel “Water’s Edge The Bahamas”, Travel Channel “Wildlife Encounters in Alaska”, PBS “Children of the Fourth World”, PBS “Uncommon Friends of the 20th Century” with Walter Cronkite – considered for an Academy Award. Over the past two decades, John has served as a director, producer, writer, cinematographer, and on-air talent. He has directed such notable talent as Don Shula (Former coach of the Miami Dolphins), Helio Castroneves (Indy Car Champion) Ernest Borgnine (“McCales Navy”), Arte Johnson, Norma Miller (“Sanford & Son”), Bill Cobbs (“Night At The Museum”, “Northern Exposure”) Ali MacGraw (“Love Story”), news legend Walter Cronkite, Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill, and Jacques Cousteau.