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Professional Experience

NextGen Reporting, Philadelphia, PA

Oct 2016Present

Video Technician 

  •  Provide on hand video monitoring & support of legal depositions

Complete Weddings + Events, Creve Couer, MO

Mar 2016Present

Videographer/Event Consultant

  • Conduct Pre-Call with Bride & Groom to go over itinerary 
  • Record all elements of the day (Bridal Party prep, first look, photo sessions, ceremony, reception, BP intros, cake, spotlight dances, garter/bouquet).
  • Submit footage to office for editing
  • Pitch wedding services at bridal shows
  • Conduct sales calls with brides, grooms, etc.

Video Pro Productions, Cincinnati, OH

Sep 2009Present

Camera Operator/Photo Attendant

  • Camera Operator for  Professional/Amatuer ballroom dancesport competitions
  • Set up & strike cameras and recorders
  • Liaison between camera crew and Event Coordinators
  • Assist customers will order forms/paperwork
  • Handle payment transactions (cash and credit)

Telepictures, Chicago, IL

Jan 2010Nov 2010

Production Assistant

  • Judge Mathis 
  • Judge Jeanine Pirro

21st Century Game Films, Carol Stream, IL

Aug 2013Sep 2014

Field Manager

  • Set-up & strike cameras for video crew at multiple locations
  • Provide relief & support to video crew
  • Assist with video crew training
  • Assist with crew meetings (developing & implementing content)
  • Promoted to Operations Manager
Jan 2011Jul 2014

Education Coordinator

  • Track and monitor student academic progress
  • Facilitate course curriculum and lesson plans
  • Responsible for increasing/maintaning Student Retention rates (#1 out of 7 campuses)
  • Initiate Student Academic Reviews
  • Assist Admissions Dept with with pre-screening of student applicants
  • Create and implement action plans to assist students with academic progress
  • Assist students with the Internship process
  • Recruit Instructors
  • Recruit, hire, and train Graduate Assistants
  • Schedule extra-curricular seminars and Guest Speakers
  • Supervise Video Production Unit
  • Coordinate graduation ceremonies
  • Faculty advisor for "Converations with Glenbard" series & V-SPANN series
Jun 2009Jul 2014

Content Producer/Remote Field Producer

2012, 2013, & 2014 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament

  • Recruit and select Broadcast Team
  • Produce live remote broadcast for SportsTownChicago.com
  • Supervise a 2-3 man broadcast team
  • Research fighter, club, and coaching background
  • Conduct video interviews for website
  • Booked fighter/coaches/trainers for live pre and/or post fight interviews

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  • Producer for web series "Coaches Corner"
  • Produce and create video content for website
  • Camera Operator/Videographer for High School Girl's All=Star Volleyball Game
  • Camera Operator for Rumble At The Roundhouse 2

Illinois Center for Broadcasting, Lombard, IL

Jun 2009Jan 2011

Video Production Manager

  • Executive Producer for community television program "Conversations with Glenbard"
  • Coordinate crew and resources for video production
  • Provide technical support to students and faculty
  • Supervise/Direct students on remote productions
  • Provide video support to three (3) campus Internet Radio Stations
  • Supervise/Direct students on remote productions
  • Maintain and monitor equipment inventory
  • Create and submit weekly reports to track department progress
  • Facilitate and schedule use of school equipment, studios, and resources

Freelance Assignments, Chicago, IL

Production Assistant/Editor

  • So You Think You Can Dance auditions
  • The First 48: Missing Persons
  • Sophisticate's Black Hair Magazine, Proud Lady Beauty Show
  • A Silver Lining Foundation
  • Urban Ministries

City Lights Gospel Productions, Fairview Heights, IL

Sep 2009Oct 2009

Videographer

  • Magic City Football Classic Weekend, Birmingham, AL
  • Atlanta Football Classic Weekend, Atlanta, GA
  • Southern Heritage Football Classic Weekend, Memphis, TN
  • U.S. Army "Diversity" Photo Shoot, Fort Knox, KY

The Steve Wilkos Show (NBC Universal), Chicago, IL

Dec 2008Jun 2009

Production Assistant

  • •Pitch story ideas and book guests for show
  • •Coordinate guest’s travel, accommodations, schedule, and appointments
  • •Identify & solve production/guest concerns
  • •Generate and maintain show files for each guest per show
  • •Shoot guest’s vignettes for show
  • • Supervise show interns

Batavia Access Television, Batavia, IL

May 2009Dec 2009

Production Assistant

  • Assist with pre-production, taping, and post-production of government meetings and community activities (church services, high school athletics, etc)
  • Input programming schedule.
  • Maintain Community Announcements pages.
  • Maintain tape library database
  • Assist Station Manager and Program Director with video productions and day-to-day operations of BATV including office duties and equipment inventory.

Education

Illinois Center for Broadcasting (Illinois Media School)

Sep 2008May 2009

Technical Diploma

  • Graduated 1st out 25 with 3.89 GPA (4.0 scale)
  • Recognized as Outstanding Broadcast Intern
  • Recognized with Highest Studio/Intern Hours Award (then record 1100+ hours)

Portfolio

A Sample of various video projects

Testimonials:

What People Are Saying About Courtrenay Cross:

“Courtrenay is a hard worker and as sharp as they come. Any employer would be lucky to have him. He is extremely trust worthy, and a joy to be around.”… Kurt Spiering, Production Coordinator, Judge Mathis Show

“Courtrenay was a pleasure to work with. I wish he had taken the full time position that was offered to him with our company. Any company would be lucky to acquire his talents.” … Damien Woods, Executive in Charge of Production, Judge Mathis Show

“Courtrenay has done a number of video projects as both a shooter and an editor for me at ICB CHICAGO. He has talent when it comes to video production and I would highly recommend him to anyone… I have already suggested Courtrenay to former clients and from feedback received, he has performed admirably.”… Bill Natale, Executive Director, Illinois Center for Broadcasting (Illinois Media School)- Chicago Campus

"I have had the opportunity to work with Courtrenay while I was an instructor at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, Lombard campus. During my time there, I found Courtrenay to be helpful to me by making sure the classroom maintained an environment conducive to learning and by providing the tools I needed to carry out my responsibilities as an instructor. What impressed me most was that Courtrenay always has a complete understanding of each student we touch in the program – understanding on an individual basis their needs and aspirations. He then takes that information to help them achieve their goals." ... Wendell Ray, Director of Education, Illinois Center for Broadcasting (Illinois Media School) - Chicago Campus

Personal Equipment:

  • JVC GY-HM100U
  • Nikon D7000 DSLR
  • 50 mm Nikkor lens
  • 55-200 mm Nikkor lens
  • 12-24 mm Nikkor lens
  • Zoom H1N audio recorder
  • Sony/Sennheiser Wireless Lav Mics
  • Sennheiser Hand Mics
  • Lite Panels LED light
  • Anton Bauer extended battery 
  • Manfrotto fluid head tripod
  • MeFoto Monopod
  • Final Cut Pro