Fortenbacher has an MFA in film directing and screenwriting from Columbia University (NYC). He is also a member of the International Cinematographers Guild and has a high level of training in camera and lighting technique. In addition, Fortenbacher has an extensive background in post-production editing and sound design; he strives to stay current as technology and workflows evolve. His technical proficiency produces a highly visual and auditory style that enhances his ability to tell his stories, while working within budget, crew, and schedule constraints.