Summary

I have been designing and building to some degree since I was a kid and when offered a scholarship to study Theatrical Set Design, I took it. This has led to a 14+ year career (over 200 commercials) working in roles within the art department for commercial production companies.Starting out as an art department assistant, I've worked my way through roles as a carpenter, set dresser, prop maker, model maker, coordinator,  leadman, prop master, set designer, decorator, and then 10+ years as an Art Director and Production Designer.  Throughout the years I've worked on television commercials, feature films, and print photography as well as event installations.  Skilled project management, managing of large crews, keeping a firm budget, coordinating construction and installations, and having the ability to communicate the needs of others into physical representation are my strong points.

Objective

I'm looking for an opportunity to take the project management skills that I've obtained throughout my career and use them in a profession that will continue to challenge me to problem solve, create, coordinate,  & inspire.  I hope to continue to collaborate and look forward to finding a team whose work is as important to them as mine is to me.  I'm excited by change, and I love a new challenge.  Open to relocation.

Please take the time to view my online reel at www.davidhedge.com

Work History

Work History

Volunteer

YMCA of the Foothills and Flintridge Montessori School

I'm happy to help and support organizations that I believe in.

Aug 1998 - Present

Various Commercial Production Companies

Media Production Designer / Art Director

-Addressing the needs of the director, ad agency and commercial client in the design and creation or modification of filming locations

-Coordinating closely with various departments of commercial production (camera, lighting, locations, grip) in order to bring into physical form the vision a company or director may have when attempting to visually set a mood, tell a story or sell a product

-Hiring, organizing and managing large crews from the construction team to the prop builders, scenics, trucking, specialty departments and on-set crew and keeping everyone focused on the design and adhering to the time-frame constraints in order to produce the product when it is needed

-Keeping a detailed and organized budget throughout the span of the job and communicating changes or needs in real-time in order to keep the producers on track and informed

-Providing detailed estimates for production companies when bidding jobs

-Tackling last minute changes or new requests with professionalism and a positive attitude

Aug 1998 - Present

Still Photography

Media Production Designer/Art Director

- Intense product styling and more stylized imagery.

Jun 2006 - Oct 2006

Various Production Companies

Media Production Designer

-Working as a commercial production designer in Europe on 2 different occasions in 2006 (UPC in June of '06 in Amsterdam, Holland and Microsoft in October of '06 in Brussels and Southern Belgium)

-Designing sets to help a company introduce their new branding and logo to the public.

 Tailoring this commercial to satisfy the needs of agencies from 8 different countries

May 2003 - Jul 2003

"Chrystal"- starring Billy Bob Thornton

Feature Film Art Director

-Monitoring and managing the construction of the sets

-Organizing a local crew in a rural town

-Managing picture vehicles, and the on-set crew.

-Sourcing-out unique materials, specialty labor & auto resources

Jan 1994 - Aug 1998

Various Commercial, Film & TV Production Companies

Art Department Positions in Media Production

-Working with new and different art crews in various art department positions from an assistant to set carpenter, scenic, set dresser, leadman, assistant props, prop master, shopper, decorator, art coordinator, assistant art director, art director and production designer.

-Working on commercials, television shows, films & event installations

-Having a willingness and interest to learn and grow in my profession

Education

Education
Aug 1992 - May 1995

Bachelor of Arts - Theatrical Set Design

University of Colorado - Boulder, CO

-Production designed the cult classic CANNIBAL THE MUSICAL

-Performance based scholarship recipient

-Scene shop teaching assistant

Skills

Skills

Revit - Architecture

Excellent software when more power and accuracy is needed than Sketchup can provide.

Microsoft Word and Excel

 Budgeting, scheduling, basic office paperwork

Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator

Creative mock-ups, signage, graphics

3D Computer Design - Sketchup

Sketchup has proved to be invaluable for my commercial set design work. It is best suited for fast, accurate, detailed, and beautiful drawings. 

Portfolio