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Objective

Seeking a position in a company that will make great use of my ability to go from the inception of an idea to produce to final completed package, and all the skills necessary in between.

broadcast news, production or post-production facility, or commercial production company are ideal matches for me

AN IDEAL POSITION WOULD PLACE ME IN A LEADERSHIP ROLL, SUCH AS:

     TECHNICAL/FLOOR DIRECTING

     DIRECTING

     PRODUCING

     OR IN THE FIELD AS A PHOTOGRAPHER / VIDEOGRAPHER / EDITOR

NAZ Today Live Broadcast News- Floor Director / Technical Director

Flagstaff, AZ, United States

All of the work at NAZ Today was done under the strict deadlines of a daily live television news broadcast.  

Occasionally I had a couple days to work on a story (usually if it was a long package or ongoing story), but most stories had to be done in one day.

A TYPICAL DAY:

I would be sent out in the morning to cover a story, return a couple hours later with the footage, write up the story and lead in for the anchors, create any required voiceovers and cut it in Final Cut Pro.  Then I would participate in the live broadcast, usually as floor director or technical director.

Technical Director

  * Operated master control panel during live shows

  * Orchestrated pre-show audio/visual checks, green screen adjustments and prepped for special segments

Videographer/Photographer

  * Shot interviews and B-Roll for daily news broadcast

  * Collaborated with producers and reporters on news stories

  * Conducted interviews

  * Provided still photography for news stories on website

Floor Director

  * Prepped news floor for broadcast

  * Directed anchors and cameras during live show based on instructions from director (via headset)

  * Guided guests and interviewees before going on-air

  * Provided microphones for the anchors

  * Coordinated camera blocking on a daily basis

  * Taught new camera operators how to use the cameras

Graphics/Editor

  *Created graphics for sports and lower third

  * Imported graphics into Chiron

  * Edited news packages in Final Cut Pro

  * Conducted voiceover sessions for news packages

Travel Writer/Photographer/Videographer

Many locations within Canada and United States

Produced content about my travels travels through photography, videography and article and blog writing.

  • Wrote articles about tourist attractions and "off-the-beaten-path" pieces for travel web magazines and review sites
  • Submitted travel photography and videography with my travel articles 
  • Wrote hotel, restaurant and bar reviews for a variety of review sites (with photos)
  • Maintained personal blog about my travels, also with photos and video (www.travelbetterpodcasts.com)
  • Connected with other travel writers to exchange writing pieces and share photography
  • Clients include Helium.com, Party Earth and West Bergen Historical Society

Portfolio

These are some of the packages I produced at NAZ Today.

Portfolio

These are some packages and short documentaries I self-produced. 

Firewalk Productions Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/firewalkprod

Leslie Lello (personal) Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClk-Gi6JDqSbLVC9u98zP4A

Work experience

20122017

Photographer / Web Developer / Videographer

Freelance

Some clients: North Jersey Media Group, Chamber of Commerce for Wilmington Vermont, Western Bergen Historical Society, ZocDoc.com, Portrait Simple, Pond5, Udemy.com

20052017

Director / Producer

Firewalk Productions LLC

Director

  * Created shot list with cinematographer

  * Planned shots for principal photography with shot map

  * Auditioned and cast actors for all roles

  * Coordinated different departments to fit with a cohesive vision

  * Rehearsed and directed actors during pre-production, principal photography and during post-production (ADR)

  * Collaborated with editor during post-production

  * Blocked actors and cameras on set

Content Producer

  * Scheduled Locations, Casting Sessions, Cast/Crew Meeting, etc

  * Created a budget for the production

  * Hired crew

  * Maintained official production paperwork

  * Motivated crew during long shooting days

  * Provided cast and crew with up-to-date production information, call sheets, maps to locations, etc

  * Rented or purchased necessary equipment and supplies

20092012

Student

Zaki Gordon Institute for Filmmaking  and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy  (see below)
20082009

Director / Editor

Vegas 1404

I became head videographer, director, editor and screenwriter for a sketch comedy group in Las Vegas called Sketchofrenics, and assisted with their startup phase while they were transitioning from a theater group to the video production company Vegas 1404.

  • Wrote, Directed and Edited the most popular of all of the Vegas 1404 videos "Hiring Pundits", which has a 96% rating of "Funny" on funnyordie.com (http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/bdbeca1c7c/hiring-pundits)
  • Coached Vegas 1404 by providing instruction on how to produce movies
  • Directed and Edited improvised interactions of characters from Sketchofrenics shows 
  • Started and taught Improvisation Class at Vegas 1404
  • Produced internationally live-broadcast weekly radio show "Totally Tiffany's 80's Party" 
20012008

Script Supervisor or Other Film Crew

Eugene LLC , Sermoonjoy Productions LLC, The Commune LLC, Take360 LLC, etc

Eugene (Feature Film) 

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkFoExrgzEY

The Commune (Feature Film) 

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxE71Dqr3jI

I Heart Vampires (Web Series)

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Heart_Vampires

Script Supervisor (The Commune, I Heart Vampires, Eugene)

  * Maintained Lined Script and Official Documentation for Production

  * Oversaw Quality Control in relation to continuity

  * Assisted Director with shots, including issues with avoiding crossing axis

  * Communicated to production office missing audio or shots

Production Assistant/Driver to Adrian Paul (Seance)

Personal Assistant to Chandra Wilson (Bob Patterson - ABC, Grey's Anatomy - ABC)

Education

Jun 2009Aug 2010

 Television and Broadcast Journalism 

Northern Arizona University

I did not complete this degree  but was working for NAZ Today (see above) for +8 hours / day x 5 days/week, which in my opinion was a much better education in news production than having to do a bunch of general education classes  (which I had already done at Hunter) giving less time to actually working in an active news production office.

19982012

Bachelors - With Honors in Theater and Communications

Hunter College (City University of New York)

* Important Note: I transferred from University of New Hampshire to Hunter in 1998 and "graduated" in 2000. I immediately moved to Los Angeles and 4 months later the school sent me a letter saying that I was missing one general education credit. This happened before remote learning on the Internet was a thing, and I did not have the opportunity to take this credit until 2012.

20102012

Visual Effects Compositor & Animation

Tribeca Flashpoint Academy
Aug 2010May 2011

Certificate in Independent Film Production

Zaki Gordon Institute / Sedona Film School