April 11, 2016

Experience

video & new media resume

SUMMARY

I am a professional with 15+ years of experience in Video Production, Editing, Writing, Web and New Media. Known for diligence, storytelling skills, creativity, impeccable work ethic, and an innate ability to perform at a high level across multiple platforms. Philosophy: Respect the work, leave the ego at home.

SKILLS IN BRIEF:

  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Encore
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Final Cut Studio (7)
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Compressor
  • Joomla!
  • WordPress
  • eMail Marketing & Design
  • Content Creation & Management
  • Digital Media Management
  • SEO/SEM
  • SERP Optimization/Schema
  • FTP & Control Panel Management
  • HTML5

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Independent Film/Video & New Media Professional               2002 – Present

I have worked on feature films, documentaries, commercials, shorts and live events. As a Web manager with video codec, FTP and asset management experience, I can turn projects around quickly, including taking them live and online rapidly – essentially, a one man production team. I have built websites with both Joomla! and WordPress. And as a honors graduate of Columbia University’s Writing Program, I have written articles, marketing and ad materials.

As a proven autodidact, I’m a legitimate “jack of all trades”. Moreover, I’m unfailingly eager to deepen my knowledge. My approach is always an effort to better my work and broaden my horizons. 

Filmmaking Instructor, Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp        (Seasonal)

Teaching teenagers to write, produce and edit short films. Concepts include an examination of storytelling, three-act structure, archetypes, editing style & techniques, conventions and effects.

Writer, editor, producer, director – “SUNSHINE REBELS; GOTHAM’S LOST TRIBE” May 2011 – June 2014

Documentary. In the 1970s a group of inner-city came together in NYC’s Central Park and in the process left an indelible stamp on world culture through startling innovations in graffiti art, music and sports.

Video Dept., Social Media Community Manager – Dragon Search Marketing.   Sept. 2012 March – 2013

Implemented the video department; set workflow and content management processes and standards. Managed clients’ social media presence, link building, etc.

  • Launched the video dept. as a new division. Produced and edited branded marketing videos.
  • Authored 38-page white paper detailing the value of using video in social marketing strategies.
  • Edited client blogs/articles for SEO keyword optimization; maintained client social media sites.

Editor, Digital Asset Manager – “SHE’S THE BEST THING IN IT          June 2012 – Sept. 2012

Documentary film by Ron Nyswaner (PHILADELPHIA, THE PAINTED VEIL) about TONY AWARD WINNING legend, Mary Louise Wilson. Edited portions of the documentary, teasers/trailers.

DIT (Digital Imaging Technician); 2nd Assistant Camera – “DOVID MEYER            May 2013 – Aug. 2013

Feature film. 26 Entertainment. Director Moshe Mones, DoP, Adrian Correia.

  • DIT media management: Responsible for monitoring & safe transfer of all footage. Camera system: RED Epic; media format: REDMAD SSD. G-Drive RAID system backup. 
  • 2nd AC: Assist DoP and 1st AC. Third member of the camera team responsible for setup, lens management, camera moves, anything and everything the camera department needs.

Video Editor, Camera Operator – Seven21 Media (Production House)         March 2011 – Feb. 2012
Using Final Cut Studio and Adobe Premiere, edited TV ads, corporate & music videos and film trailers.

Editor,  “PASSION FRUIT; THE STORY OF THE OREGON WINE PIONEERS”                     July – Sept. 2008    Documentary. Filmed and directed by Emmy Award winner Kevin Lombard, produced by Judith Paixao. Compiled and organized documentary footage. Edited documentary footage and trailers.

Lead Mac Specialist, Software Trainer – Apple Computer               May 2005 – Jan. 2008
Certified as an Apple Product Professional. Consistently exceeded quarterly sales targets. Approximately 25% of time was spent teaching software applications.

Writer, Director, Editor – “FALL TO THE SON”                Sept. 2005 – Oct. 2005
Semi-autobiographical short film.

  • Winner, Litchfield Hills Film Festival
  • Finalist, Tribeca Online Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection, Connecticut Film Festival

Cameraman, Editor – “CUSTODY & FAMILY COURT; Broken System, Broken Lives”  June 2004 – July 2004
Documentary film. An unsettling look the American Family Court system, divorce,  parental alienation syndrome, domestic and child abuse, and child custody. Shot on location, Sacramento, CA and Albany, NY.

Editor, Cameraman, PADI Certified Diver – “THE SEARCH FOR EL SALVADOR”      June 2002 – March 2004

Documentary about the search for the Spanish treasure ship El Salvador which sank in a hurricane off the North Carolina coast in 1750. Filmed for Phil Masters, who discovered Queen Anne’s Revenge, flagship of the pirate Blackbeard. Shot on location in Beaufort, NC and Havana, Cuba.

Editor/Content Manager – MariTEL, Inc. Website          July 2000 – March 2002

Edited and managed Company’s boating and water sports web portal. Wrote original articles focused on Intersal Inc. and their finding of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship.

  • Tripled site traffic in the first four months
  • Closed eight e-commerce partnership contracts in the first year

Stringer, Copywriter – Careerbay.com         May 2000 – June 2002

A jobs site like Indeed or monster.com, as a long-term freelancer I wrote articles, company profiles, marketing and ad materials.

Production Coordinator – “SIDE STREETS”             April 2000 – June 2000
Feature. A Merchant Ivory production. Writer/director Tony Gerber; Exec. Producer, Ismail Merchant.

Personal Assistant, TONY AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT, STEVEN SATER              Sept. 1998 – Feb. 2000
Author, Spring Awakening. Personal Assistant, managed office production and schedule.

Education
Columbia University, BA with Honors, Writing Program, 1997.

Hunter College, 2 years Media Arts and Communications studies. Dean’s List.

Volunteer Work

Lead Volunteer, Events Planning, The Charter for Compassion International

Produce and manage fundraising and awareness events.

Artistic Director

SUMMARY

As an Artistic Director the foundation of my career is built on my abiding passion for the Arts. It was this passion that lead to me conceive of and co-found the Center for New Media and the Arts in a historic, 1848 building where Mark Twain once played billiards, and P.T. Barnum had a vaudeville stage. It was also this passion that lead me to take the Artistic Director job at Danbury’s Palace Theatre. Without question, some of the most rewarding work of my life has been serving as an Arts Producer and Administrator, and collaborating with artists and crew.

Artistic Director, THE PALACE THEATRE, Danbury, CT Oct. 2009 – Dec. 2010
As the Danbury News-Times stated, I not only breathed life back into the theatre, but helped in the revitalization efforts of Main Street, Danbury by bringing the theatre back to life for the first time in nearly two decades. Responsible for theatre administration; in control of production and directorial choices, and overall artistic vision and direction of the theatre. Responsibilities included choosing the material staged in a season, hiring of creative/production personnel. Involved in for every aspect of every production from concept through curtain call.

  • Produced & directed live performances, events, benefits and workshops
  • Negotiated contracts, offer sheets with artists that included Judy Collins, Larry Coryell, Graham Parker, Shawn Colvin, Colbie Caillat, Citizen Cope, Jimmy Webb & Lucy Kaplansky, Southside Johnny, and many more.
  • Utilized PollStar, a sophisticated, worldwide talent research and contact tool.
  • Developed relationships with artist reps, publicists, booking agents and managers.
  • Created and managed production budgets.
  • Ensured contract terms and riders were met.
  • Managed talent and vendor relations throughout production.
  • Supervised staff and volunteers.
  • Developed media & sponsor relationships.
  • Represented theatre in radio, television and print.
  • Wrote press releases, advertising copy and monthly newsletters.
  • Developed, managed and tracked email subscriber and member databases.
  • Managed Showare system – a semi-complex web ticketing and seat management system.

Co-Founder, Artistic Director, CENTER FOR NEW MEDIA AND THE ARTS Feb. 2008 – Jan. 2010

Conceived of and co-founded the Center for New Media and the Arts. The Center was a large Performing Arts loft and gallery located in a 1848 building that is listed in the National Registry of Historic Spaces, the same space where P.T. Barnum once had a vaudeville stage, and Mark Twain played pool when the downstairs was a billiard hall. My goal at the Center was to enhance the community by providing a space wherein the Arts and Arts Education could thrive.

  • Produced and directed a multitude of performance events, including plays, music, dance, comedy, spoken word, film nights, etc.
  • Initiated and implemented a wide variety of arts education programs in a variety of disciplines, including songwriting, live drawing classes, swing and salsa dance instruction.
  • Wrote Wrote press releases and advertising copy.
  • Represented the Center in media and print interviews.
  • Worked with town and state officials to ensure compliance with codes and regulations.
  • Produced benefits for charitable organizations, including the Gear-up Foundation (9/11 First Responders Fund), the Wyatt Foundation and WPKN Radio.

Education

Columbia University, BA with Honors, Writing Program, 1997.

Hunter College, 2 years Media Arts and Communications studies. Dean’s List.