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My History

My mission is to transform your creative project into a dynamic force for communication, employing professional designs and impeccable creativity. I am committed to using experience, creativity, and energy to provide a high quality technical service for my clients, helping them to produce a product to the highest possible standards, on time and on budget!

I am a visual communications professional with eleven years’ industry experience and over ten years’ experience as a freelance artist, with emphasis in customer support, project management, corporate communication and entertainment.

Specialties: video production, 3d animation, graphics, digital photography, training & project management

I enjoy the challenges, responsibility and goal setting involved in my work while applying my abilities to real-world situations. During my years of experience in the visual industry, I have demonstrated leadership, proficiency and creativity in a professional working environment.

Michael P. Schoonover

Audio/Visual Communications Professional

Certified Career and Technical Education Instructor

When I am a member of a team, I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the impetus of excellence.


  • In 2003, successfully lobbying the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Houston District’s multiple engineers resulted in the in-house production of multiple 3d designs for the Bridge & Design Divisions. Producing 3d models, animations and videos saved the district $25,000.00 in consulting fees per project.
  • Produced multiple video presentations and graphics for both the web/print for the Texas Department of Transportation's Houston District. These video presentations were distributed to Texas State representatives, the City of Houston, the Harris County Sheriff Department and the traveling public. (Producer/Director, Cinematography, Editing, Graphics & Distribution)
  • Produced Houston TranStar's "Tired of Being in the Dark?" (2001 TELLY Award Winner) on time and under budget. This video was distributed to Texas State representatives, the City of Houston, presented to tourists from around the world and displayed on the Houston TranStar website.  (Producer/Director, Cinematography, Editing, Graphics & Distribution)
    • Produced Houston TranStar's "Serving the Houston Region" for the annual Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITS). (Producer/Director, Cinematography, Editing, Graphics & Distribution)
    • Produced multiple video presentations for the Houston-Galveston Area Council's Geographic Data Committee. An annual presentation was "Houston Area GIS Day"... Houston's Largest Geographic Information System (GIS) Event. (Producer/Director, Cinematography, Editing, Graphics & Distribution)

        Work History


        Teacher & Special Projects Producer

        Spring Independent School District

        Certified Media Technology Instructor-CTE Grades 8-12

        In addition to directing, shooting, editing multiple interviews and short films for the Career and Technical Education Department, I’ve worked with special education students to prepare them for a higher education and a career in the animation and video production fields. The students had the opportunity to learn in a production environment ranging from a fully functional control room, sound stage and post-production computer lab in addition to a complete animation studio environment. 

        May 2000Present

        Independent Contractor

        Visual Communication Professional

        Whether you have a message to deliver, a vision to share, a lesson to teach, a product to launch, or an image to build, video is vital to your business. From inception to shooting, editing, post-production and duplication, I provide a full line of video production services.

        • Video and Animation production processes
        • HDSLR operation
        • Quality shot making
        • Lighting techniques
        • Advanced Adobe Creative Suite skills
        • Digital Audio/Video editing 3d animation (3dsMax)
        • Strong creative vision
        • Script writing & Directing or coaching non-actors
        • 2006 – I designed the video production studio for the TxDOT Houston District’s new headquarters
        • Superior communication skills – both written and verbal
        • Excellent organizational and time management skills
        • Work well with a team and thrive on cooperative concepts
        • Adaptive and flexible
        • Resourceful, independent, quick to take initiative and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and perform well under tight deadlines
        Jul 2001Mar 2009

        Design Visualization Specialist

        Texas Department of Transportation

        For eight years I worked for the Texas Department of Transportation as the Houston District’s video production and 3d animation professional. From concept to distribution, I've produced dozens of corporate videos, 3d animation models/sequences and graphic presentations for both public and private presentations.

        • 1st point of contact providing creative support for the TxDOT Houston District
        • Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Graphic Artist & Lead

              3d Animator

        • Directed, shot, edited, and produced dozens of interviews, short films, 3d animation presentations, and created graphics for both print and the web
        • Shot with industry standard cameras, audio equipment, and lighting equipment both in studio and on location



        Associate of Applied Science

        Art Institute of Houston
        • Drawing and anatomies
        • Visual indication
        • Digital imaging for multimedia and the web
        • Life drawing for animation
        • Character and object design for animation
        • Cinematic storytelling
        • Computer 3D modeling and animation
        • Principles of animation
        • Acting & Movement Physics
        • 2D animation
        • Storyboard rendering for animation
        • Camera and lighting techniques
        • Collaborative project management
        • 3D modeling
        • 3D character animation
        • 3D textures
        • Film making for animation
        • Digital Audio/Video editing


        Student Work


        Apr 20122017

        Texas Educator Certification

        Texas Education Agency