Content Creator. Well versed in multiple platforms and approaches. Comfortable with technology standards and emerging trends. Expert at creative project management, maintaining budgets and timelines. Excels at defining goals, meeting deadlines and generating superior project results.
Producer/Director • Community Bridge Video • Nov 04 – Present
Produce, direct, shoot (camera), and edit numerous cultural event, promotion, and educational videos for online & dvd distribution. Still photography, graphic design & website design. Contract all employees, volunteers, and vendors. Coordinate all equipment, locations, production crew, and permits necessary. Recipient of over $175,000 in grants for video projects. On a non-profit project, raised over $50,000 worth of cash and in-kind donations. Community outreach, dialogue, and engagement through video screenings/discussions and online projects.
Writer/Community Media Manager • OaklandLocal.com • Feb 10 – August 2013
Produced, directed, shot (video & still camera), and edited numerous cultural event and news videos for hyperlocal news site/startup. Created video branding materials. Wrote investigative articles and character studies with community focus. Created interactive map of local resources. Connected startup staff with numerous resources and contacts. Through the Oakland Local Academy, conducted a series of storytelling trainings to help local non-profits and small businesses make videos/post photos/and blog in order to increase their social media presence and SEO.
Web 2.0 Digital/Video Consultant • Public Profit • Sep 09 – Apr 10
OFCY Project (Oakland Fund for Children and Youth)
Designed innovative evaluation/social media arts project for youth researchers including interviews, photography, video, collaborative writing, mapping, and blogging. Recruited and trained OFCY YETI (Youth Evaluation Team Interns) in research basics, data display, and digital arts production. Supervised/Mentored 5 urban male High School students for 8 months as they implemented their research protocol. Students planned, created, and edited original photos and audio clips into short case study movies.
BAYCES Project (Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools)
Created protocols and procedures for new library of research video-tools. Conducted risk/benefit assessment for research participants. Submitted permissions and consents for ethics review. Final product includes video of an inquiry cycle, tagged video clips, and a database interface that allows researchers to access digital files for further evaluation. Hacked iTunes to house video database.
Media & Training Consultant • CANFIT (CA Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness) • Jan-Jul 09
As part of a larger campaign to engage more Californians in Health Advocacy…
Wrote Curriculum and trained Youth for a series of P2P Video & Photography Production Workshops. Recommended and evaluated Youth and Media Organizations to support CANFIT’s local, regional, and national work. Trained CANFIT staff in advanced uses of interactive/social media techniques including youth UGC, microblogging RSS feeds of Twitter, and customized social networks. Wrote, Shot & Directed a short web movie to explain Built Environments, Food Justice, and other Key Health Access concepts to California Youth. Co-created Guidelines, Technical specs, Award Criteria and Upload Procedures for a Youth Media Contest. Recruited and supported Judges for the Contest and an Awards Ceremony. Research. Wrote toolkit for CANFIT to publish and distribute to health agencies who want to engage the public through online/social media contests. Contest continues today.
Program Coordinator/Teacher • Streetside Productions • Dec 06 – Jul 08
Coordinated Youth Media Program. Led multiple teams of youth on probation through a Job Training & Documentary Filmmaking program. Youth divided into one team of first-timers and two teams of intermediate/advanced Filmmakers. (Youth ages 14-22) Motivated all youth to build their skills as camera operators, interviewers, and editors. Participated in grant writing and grants compliance program for youth video and photography projects including a Youth Digital Filmmakers Grant from the California Council for the Humanities. Responsible for equipment upgrade recommendations and purchases. Created web presence for program through use of online communities including MySpace, YouTube, and Flickr, posted youth work for online distribution. Submitted youth work to festivals (and won several awards) and co-created materials for the Oakland Museum of CA “Cool Remixed” exhibit.
Post-Production Producer/Manager • Debachul • Sep 05 – Mar 06
Post-Production coordination for all Hard Rock Café filmmaking projects. Trafficked projects, reviewed scripts, wrote & kept budgets, supervised edit sessions, communicated Director’s vision to out of state motion graphics designers, organized data/photo/video libraries, internet research, uploaded works-in-progress to secure website for client review, quality control and distribution of digital outputs.
Webisode Producer/Director/Camera • ManMadeMultimedia/Reel Hollywood/Reel Gay • Feb 01 – Nov 04
With Reporter and Editor, designed, gathered, and prepared entertainment news elements for multiple web sites & television licensing. Worked closely with Celebrities, On-Camera Talent, Reporters, Publicists, and Managers.
Program Instructor • Inner City Filmmakers • May 01 – Aug 04
Taught recent High School graduates basic production skills including set etiquette, crew positions, equipment and safety basics, and storytelling skills. Also taught post-production techniques including sound & picture editing. Co-designed curriculum in filmmaking basics; designed curriculum for advanced camerawork classes. Taught and mentored advanced students as they worked in the industry, helped them to complete requirements for Union entry (I.A.T.S.E. 80, 600, & 728)
Assoc. Producer/Writer • MNM Productions/National Enquirer TV • Season 1: 99 – 00
Proposed, wrote, and co-produced 2-5 news segments per week. Assembled graphics, music, interviews, and acquired footage into snappy segments. Tracked segments from concept through video shoot and editing to satellite upload/broadcast. Worked closely with Supervising Segment Producer, numerous Field Producers, Graphics Department, Clips Clearance Department, and Post-Production Coordinator.
Founder/Director • Line Productions • Spring 97 – Fall 99
Produced numerous industrial and educational videos for a variety of Health Care/ Pharmaceutical Companies and Local Government Agencies. Conducted interviews for documentary style videos. Communications Troubleshooting between client, director, and editors. Contracted all employees, volunteers, and vendors. Coordinated all equipment, locations, production crew, and permits necessary
University of Southern California • Los Angeles, CA
M.F.A., School of Cinematic Arts: concentrations in Cinematography & Interactive
Spelman College • Atlanta, GA
B.A., Dual Major: Spanish & Education, Minor: Film Studies
Creative problem solver. Collaborative team player. Experienced manager & motivator.
Computer savvy with Windows/Macintosh hardware, software and maintenance.
Expert knowledge of film/video/audio editing software including FCP, Motion, Premiere.
Web authoring (WordPress), office (Word, Excel, etc.), and graphics (Photoshop, Illustrator).
Expert knowledge of digital video & still camera operation including all broadcast and ‘prosumer’ formats. (HD and DSLR)
Aptitude for organizing, trafficking/project tracking and trouble-shooting.
Works smart, fast, and safe — even under pressure.
Able to translate complex concepts into simple terms.
Works well with different personalities and diverse populations. Bridges the digital divide.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English and Spanish.
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