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Work experience

Apr 2013Present

Digital Analyst Consultant

University of Michigan - Dearborn (through Conexess)
  • Currently supporting the UM-D digital team in redesign and production of the university’s website. Providing consultation in the areas of information architecture, usability and internal process optimization. 
Feb 2013Mar 2013

Freelance Interactive Project Manager/Video Producer

Self-Employed
  • Produced three videos for Providence Health & Services. Hired through Backstory Films.
  • Managed web application design and development project for residential construction company (HM Homes).
Sep 2011Dec 2012

Project Manager and Usability Specialist

Concept Factory
  • Managed multiple simultaneous projects that involved UX programming and usability analysis in support of prototypes and production of touch screen human-machine interfaces and related embedded systems.
  • Acted as account manager and served as a communication conduit for production team members. Clients included Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Group LLC, Sub-Zero/Wolf, Hertz Navigation Solutions and Venturi.
  • Created and maintained project schedules and budgets using Microsoft Excel.
  • Defined project scope, identified tasks and critical paths; assigned tasks to various team members as needed. 
  • Influenced overall design and project direction while working with internal creative teams, software engineers, usability specialists and clients; lead creative brainstorming, production and discovery meetings.
  • Managed workflow for and facilitated communication between designers, animators and software developers. 
  • Assessed client needs and determined best approach for meeting those needs; anticipated and adapted production to changing needs and deadlines as necessary; tracked and monitored change requests.
  • Involved in the development and implementation of usability testing methodologies and prototyping practices.
  • Developed logic and flow diagrams and wireframes using Microsoft Visio; created other requirements documents; prepared production reports for upper-level management.
  • Improved existing, and implemented new, internal processes and protocols to increase company’s efficiency, productivity and quality control.
Jun 2011May 2012

Manager, Marketing & Communications (part-time)

Thomas Gregory Construction & Property Manager (Contract , part-time)
  • Developed and designed website, print materials, and overall brand identity.
  • Led online marketing initiatives using various tools and methods. 
  • Established customer service and internal communications protocols.
Apr 2011Jul 2011

Production Manager

Speedshape, Inc. (Contract)
  • Supervised shift coordinators and managed over 2,000 digital assets using Shotgun Studio software.
  • Facilitated communication between, and gave direction to, internal production teams, partners and vendors for the 2D-to-3D conversion of Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.
  • Prepared production reports and forecasts for senior producer and management team.
  • Reviewed final deliverables to ensure quality.
Oct 2010Dec 2010

Teaching Assistant - Multimedia Production

University of Washington (Contract)
  • Taught 10 undergraduate students production and project management skills; conducted workshops when possible; provided insight regarding content/story development.
  • Assisted students with production of short media projects related to human rights issues in Brazil.
Nov 2008Oct 2010

Producer

Self-Employed

  • Produced development videos for University of Washington Foundation website and online Business-to-Business video for Athena Partners, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to funding women’s cancer research.
  • Performed camera and lighting duties as Director of Photography for each video; recorded and mixed audio.
  • Coordinated and maintained post-production schedules; edited using Final Cut Pro.
  • Coordinated production and scheduled interviews; prepared questions and conducted interviews.
  • Communicated directly and worked with clients on a regular basis; received consistent positive feedback.
  • Searched for stock music, footage and images; researched licensing terms and acquired assets.
  • Scouted and acquired locations.
Apr 2007Oct 2008

Producer

Eyeplay, Inc.

  • Produced international award-winning, non-broadcast video for clients; including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Providence Health & Services, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Foundation for Early Learning, and Safeco Insurance.
  • Maintained video production and post-production schedules for as many as eight projects at a time.
  • Created and managed budgets ranging from $10,000 to $100,000; prepared statements of work. 
  • Directed production crews ranging in size from two to four people; directed professional talent. 
  • Managed and coordinated the production of 52 environmental, “Green Tips” for digital signage use.
  • Led creative team and managed workflow in post-production and graphic design; supervised all edit sessions.
  • Communicated with and involved clients on a regular basis; received consistent positive feedback.
  • Managed vendor relations; negotiated vendor rates.
Jan 2007Mar 2007

Script Supervisor

Josephine LLC/EKE Pictures (Contract)

  • Assisted Director with location scouting, shooting schedule, travel itineraries and other tasks.
  • Supervised script continuity. All duties performed were in support of the feature film Spy and the Sparrow.
May 2005Dec 2006

Freelance Television Producer

Detroit Public Television - WTVS (Contract)
  • Conceptualized and produced 10 full-length episodes of, and more than 30 segments for, the Detroit Public Television/WTVS-produced weekly children’s show Get Up! Get Out!, including an EMMY Award-winning “Creature Feature” segment.Credited as Episode/Segment/Associate Producer depending on the project.
  • Wrote scripts and copy for Get Up! Get Out! segments/shows and website.
  • Directed studio and remote production crews, professional and non-professional on-screen talent.
  • Produced multiple segments for Artserve Michigan’s 20th and 21st Annual Governor’s Awards for Arts & Culture, including the EMMY nominated “Emerging Artist” segment.
  • Produced video profiles for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan’s Angel Awards for two consecutive years.
  • Constructed script, performed live logging for multiple cameras and assisted in edit decision making as Associate Producer for national PBS special, Cooking Thin and Loving Food with Chef Kathleen.
  • Developed, produced and assisted with several DPTV outreach projects.
  • Assisted in program and strategy development for national pledge events.
  • Supervised edit sessions on Final Cut Pro and linear editing systems.
  • Completed all projects on time and on budget.
Sep 2004Dec 2004

Production Office Assistant

Dan Films, Ltd. (Internship)

  • Developed plans and materials for script workshop.
  • Prepared casting lists and location scouting reports.
  • Performed additional various duties in support of pre-production and distribution.
Feb 2004Aug 2004

Freelance Television Producer

Detroit Public Television - WTVS (Contract)

  • Co-produced Detroit Loves Sesame Street, a thirty-minute television show commemorating Sesame Street and its characters for Sesame Street’s 35th anniversary. 
  • Directed studio and remote production crews for multiple projects.
  • Supervised editing of promotional spots for the DPTV-produced cultural talk show, American Black Journal.
  • Assisted in the production of the DPTV-produced competitive bicycle racing show, Nas-Track Racing.
  • Wrote copy for promotional spots, billboards and press releases.
  • Completed all projects on time and on budget.
Jul 2003Aug 2003

Teaching Assistant

Michigan State University (Contract)
  • Instructed students in the proper use and maintenance of digital video cameras, basic non-linear editing and other related areas.
  • Facilitated classroom discussions with filmmakers on production practices, treatment styles and other related areas.

Education

Matthew's Portfolio

Awards

Platinum MarCom Award (2008)

Gold MarCom Award (2008)

Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals

Silver Communicator Award (2008)

International Academy of the Visual Arts

EMMY Award (2007)

National Television Academy – Michigan Chapter (MI-NTA)

Recognition

Phi Beta Kappa Society (2003)

Michigan State University

Epsilon of Michigan

Summary

Creative communications professional with a master’s degree in digital media and over five years experience producing and managing multimedia and software development projects for major regional and international corporate and nonprofit organizations. Experience in the following programs and skills:

  • Project management (35 PMI-approved hours)
  • Budget management
  • Agile project management
  • Usability and design
  • Producing and directing 
  • Customer service
  • Microsoft Office and Visio
  • Web publishing: HTML, XML and CSS
  • Adobe programs: Creative (Web) Suite 5
  • Audio and video production
  • Video Editing: Final Cut Pro, Camtasia, Adobe Premiere and others
  • Languages: English (native), Portuguese (conversational), Spanish (conversational)