Adam Balest

Adam Balest


I am a digital media content producer, project manager and post production specialist. With a diverse understanding of entertainment platforms and there related technologies, I am able to successfully perform and supervise all aspects of digital media production while recognizing potential workflow errors before they become problems. From major music industry performances to Buddhist educational documentaries, my technical skills and professional experience has afforded me the opportunity to manage and produce dynamic content. My technical skills include a masterful understanding of Final Cut Pro, video compression, HD-Video Camera setup, work-flow and handling, Logic Audio, sound design, graphic design, Photoshop,  on-line & off-line editorial, coloring, scripting, typography and the use of various codec’s and data storage. In addition to producing original video content I have worked as a project manager and director for digital media applications.

Examples of my work can be presented upon request. Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you regarding my qualifications. Adam Balest Cell: 831 234 7111


To gain a position applying my Digital Media Production experience and Project Management skills.  My ideal role would allow me to produce digital media & video content and direct digital post production.

Work History

Work History

Video Production Instructor

Watsonville High School

Watsonville High School2004 - 2006

Watsonville, CA 

Video Production & Multi Media Instructor for Watsonville High School and Mariposa's Art

Instructed students in camera operation, non-linear digital editing (Final Cut Pro & I Movie), film theory, sound design, digital compression and encoding.  Designed the course curriculum, purchased digital media equipment within the allotted budget and championed a film festival at the end of the semester for the students, friends and family.

Producer / Director

The Tara Redwood School

The Tara Redwood School2005 (Contractor)

Soquel, CA 

Producer, Content Designer, Cinematographer, Editor & DVD Authoring for Universal Education Documentary

Produced DVD presentation for The Tara Redwood School. Shot the footage on mini DV, captured & edited the project in Final Cut Pro and compressed into M-peg 2 and Streaming formats for DVD and web application.  This production was shown at the 2005 Universal Education Conference in London, England.

Post Production

SMV Complete MEDIA

Santa Monica Media Solutions2007 - Present

Santa Monica, CA

Post Production and I/O Supervisor

Daily activities include Hi Def digital editing, digital media production, post production A/V and I/O management.

Additionally duties include creative editorial, DVD production, menu design, photoshop / image design and facilitating audio mixing, laybacks, 5.1 surround encoding. 

Jul 2006 - May 2008

Post Production

Yahoo! Music2005 - 2007

Santa Monica, CA

Post Production , Hi-Def Digital Editorial & Media Handling

Post Production for Nissan / Yahoo! Live Sets. The live performance pieces I edited were featured as part of the Nissan / Yahoo! Live sets, and Yahoo! Music Premieres. Assisted in the digitization, encoding and archiving of over 45,000 music videos.  The videos were used to launch Yahoo!'s new web space for online music videos and expansive music video database.  Rounding off my time at Yahoo! I was also involved with basic music marketing campaigns. Utilizing google, myspace, CD Baby and Tribe, tracked "hot" bands and followed the trends of their fan base. Extracted information for marketing initiatives - pinpointed target markets for use in Yahoo! music promotional materials.

Mar 2005 - Jul 2005

Producer / Director

Mariposa's Art

Mariposa's Art "Planting the Seeds of Our Dreams"2005 (Contractor)

Santa Cruz, CA 

Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Content Designer & DVD Authoring

Produced and directed an informative, moving video presentation for Mariposa's Art.  Scripted, shot source footage on, captured & edited the project in Final Cut Pro, compressed into M-peg 2 and streaming formats for DVD and web applications. 


2002 - 2005


University of California, Santa Cruz



Event Planning and Management

Detailed and successful event planning involving live music performances, art openings and film festivals. Professional and congenial communication with promoters and venue owners as well as location scouts has insured wonderful experiences for the performers, artist and audiences.

Digital Media & Content Production

Successful Producer with 7 years of dynamic video, digital media and content production experience. Produced music videos, short PSA's, informative documentaries, exercise clips and short experimental films. Inventive ideas and masterful technical skills have enabled me to help bring my clients ideas to successful completed projects that have surpassed their original expectations.

Project Management

    Strong project management skills with an uncanny ability to keep all team members informed, on task and focused. Excellent communication skills and the ability to meet project deadlines has enabled me to successfully work with and manage various teams.  


Photoshop - Digital image creation and manipulation.

Logic Audio

Logic Audio - Digital Music Production Software

Final Cut Pro Digital Editing

Final Cut Pro Digital Non-Linear Editing.