PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

 

Media and Design Professional with 15+ years of experience in:

 

• Multimedia Production                   • Creative Programming                   • Photography/Videography        

• Education/Training                         • Intercultural Communication        • Idea Generation 

• Writing and Story Development    • Budget Management

 

DESIGN PROJECTS

 

Wordless Picture Books and Animation Research                                                                                                           Spring 2014

Digital Humanities, Immersive Poem                                                                                                                                     Fall 2013

Gamification of Education - Research and Design Project                                                                                            Spring 2013

Hunt Library 360 Degree Video Project                                                                                                                                   Fall 2012

 

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Digital Video Producer / Code+Art Content Curator - James B. Hunt Jr. Library Video Walls                                   2013-2015

Digital Library Initiative, NCSU Libraries, Raleigh, NC

•  Produced student contest and formatted content for presentation on Videos Walls at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library

 

Project Manager - Winklebeans: Tangible Storytelling                                                                                                               2014

USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, Los Angeles, CA 

•  Developed and implemented plan for creative prototyping of storytelling app and accompanying sensor-based toy

 

Exhibit Coordinator - Special Exhibit on Governor Hunt                                                                                                          2013

Special Collections Exhibits, NCSU Libraries, Raleigh, NC

•  Researched and facilitated collection and organization of exhibit related materials, video and photography

 

Print and New Media Account Executive                                                                                                                                     2012

Visual Marketing Partners, New York, NY        

•  Oversaw the development and production of print and new media advertising for luxury and entertainment brands

•  Researched and implemented new technologies for the creation of augmented reality campaigns

 

Web-Series Director/Co-Producer  & Business Development Manager                                                                       2010-2011   reDefine, Lackey + Casey Studios, LLC, Durham, NC, New York, NY

•  Developed, produced and directed innovative web-series focused on work/life balance and technology

•   Designed creative sales plan for consumer book and DVD edutainment series

•  Established strategic retail opportunities through outreach and market research

 

Videographer/Project  Consultant

Inside Morocco, NextGen Film Project, JDC Global Tour, Casablanca & Marrakesh, Morocco                                            2010

•  Developed story ideas and served as sole videographer for location-based reality film/web project serving to educate         young adult generations about humanitarian work being done in Morocco

 

Producer                                                                                                                                                                                             2009

Prom Queen: The Homecoming, Big Fantastic/Vuguru/Tornante, Los Angeles, CA

•  Oversaw production of episodic web series consisting of 22 episodes plus meta-videos for continuing franchise

•  Guided a creative team of 4 individual directors shooting simultaneously throughout each day

•  Managed $600K budget, negotiated contracts for and supervised acquisition of cast, crew, locations and equipment

•  Liaised with financier/distributor to uphold and actualize branded sponsorship commitments with Verizon

 

Associate Producer                                                                                                                                                                2007-2008

Defiance, Paramount Vantage/Bedford Falls, Feature Film, Los Angeles, CA, Vilnius, Lithuania

•  Key production facilitator directly consulting with and servicing Producer, Director, Financier, Distributor, Cast and            Crew in all aspects of production and delivery of independently financed $32M feature film

•  Researched, recommended and secured artistic story elements including music, film footage, literature

•  Consulted on distribution marketing campaign and development of website and educational supplements

•  Facilitator at community events to promote the film and demonstrate supplemental educational materials

 

Director of Production                                                                                                                                                           2006-2007

UNITY Productions/Capitol  Films, Los Angeles, CA

•  Oversaw development, production and delivery for a yearly slate of 8-12 feature films

•  Liaised with writers, agents and creative producers to develop and enhance screenplays

•  Hired and supervised interns to assist with office operations

 

Executive Assistant to Producer                                                                                                                                           2005-2006

Miami Vice, Universal Studios/Forward Pass, Feature Film, LA, Miami, Santo Domingo, Montevideo

•  Supervised logistical production for $150M feature film including cast/crew negotiations and contracts, scheduling,           character research and visas while traveling on location for 10 months with production

•  Gatekeeper and liaison for director, producer and all production departments to handle delicate situations during a             hurricane season which devastated Miami and our production resources

 

Creative Advertising Coordinator                                                                                                                                        2004-2005

Fox Searchlight/J&A Advertising, Los Angeles, CA

•  Participated in brainstorming sessions and conducted market research for effectiveness of campaign strategies

•  Managed the daily production of print, audio/visual and web materials for film marketing campaigns including the             production of TV spots, film trailers, newspaper ads, one sheets and special publications

•  Liaison for filmmakers, vendors and the Senior Vice President of Creative Advertising

 

Assistant to the Director/Producer                                                                                                                                      2002-2004

The Clearing, Fox Searchlight, Feature Film, Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA, Asheville, NC, Pittsburgh, PA

•  Researched & evaluated screenplays on behalf of director, providing script coverage of potential new projects

•  Managed daily support to feature film director throughout the development, pre-production, production and post-             production stages of the filmmaking process

•  Interfaced with key personnel to arrange casting of actors and hiring of crew, factual/artistic research, traveled to                 shooting locations, coordinated 2nd unit shoots/ADR sessions, arranged film screenings

 

Feature Film Programmer                                                                                                                                                     2000-2002

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Santa Barbara, CA

•  Managed and determined film and educational community programming including film entries, selection                          committees, feature film jury, interns and volunteers

•  Worked in tandem with Executive Director and Board to resolve challenges and build a strong festival program amidst       a difficult financial crisis

•  Maintained all aspects of filmmaker relations, schedules, guest lists, award announcements, film projections

•  Fundraised, increased and retained Cinema Society membership and programmed screenings and speakers

•  Promoted event and scouted for films via networking at other leading international film festivals

 

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY ARTS EXPERIENCE

 

Arts Educator, Durham Public Schools; Presenter, Duke Gardens; Juror, Edinburgh International Film Festival; Publicity Assistant, Cannes International Film Festival; Programmer, Israel Film Festival; Guest Relations, Lake Placid Film Forum;

 

SKILLS

 

Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Photography and Videography (DSLR, RED, Go Pro), Audio Recording and Editing, Camtasia, Basic: XML, Arduino, Interviewing, Copywriting, Scriptwriting, Working with children.

 

EDUCATION

 

North Carolina State University                                                                                                                                                       2015

Masters of Art+Design: New Media and Interaction Design, GPA 3.8

 

University of California, San Diego                                                                                                                                                 1999

B.A. Visual Arts: Media, minor in Education, San Diego, CA, GPA 3.75

 

Film Academy of Prague (FAMU), American University, World Capitols Program                                                                 1998

Directors Program, Prague, Czech Republic, Recipient: Betty Tate Scholarship

 

TRAINING

 

Shakerag Workshops                                                                                                                                                                         2013

Crafting with Electricity, Arduino and circuity workshop with MIT's Leah Buechley, Sewanee, TN

 

Stills: Edinburgh Center for Photography                                                                                                                                      2010

Fashion and experimental photography workshops, Edinburgh, Scotland

 

Tel Aviv University (Los Angeles/Tel Aviv Partnership)                                                                                                              2004

Master Class in Creative Producing, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

International Center for Photography                                                                                                                                           2002

Available light workshop with Bobbie Lane, New York, NY

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND OTHER ACCOLADES

 

Panelist - SXSW Interactive 2015 - Panel on Storytelling with New Screens

Panelist - Association of Children's Museums Conference 2015 - Panel on Technology in Museums

STEAM Communications Fellow - North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

 

PPROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

Themed Entertainment Association - Next Gen

Association of Children's Muesums