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Career Profile

Production and design professional with vast experience in video/film/TV production, 3D modeling/texturing and animation, visual art, graphic design, photography, videography and Information Technology. Adaptable, efficient, and solution-oriented individual seeking employment opportunities to provide experience with critical and new software and techniques, and a fast-paced array of varied, challenging work assignments.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Shepherdstown, WV)

A/V Systems Customer Service Representative and Graphic/Photography Specialist

12/2015 – PRESENT

  • Work full-time assisting instructors with the operation and documentation of the audio/visual equipment and automation systems for campus-wide classroom training sessions; troubleshoot equipment; capture and adjust class training photos.
     

Piano Man Pictures (Memphis, TN – Remote Work)

Visual Effects Artist

04/2018 – PRESENT

 

  • Work remotely part-time as Visual Effects Artist for the movie, Solus.

 

Self-Employed

Web Programmer/Designer/Maintenance

08/2016 – PRESENT

 

  • Write Perl/HTML/CSS code, design interface, and maintain/add features for "My Media Collection," a media asset management website, available on GitHub.

 

Skindurance (Rockville, MD – Remote Work)

Graphic Designer

06/2014 – PRESENT

 

  • Work on ad hoc basis in graphic design for various company needs; tasked with design of product logo and Drug Facts label for the Skindurance product.

 

Freelance and Short-Term Contracts

Visual Effects Artist/Compositor Positions

09/2013 – 12/2016

 

  • [09/2016 – 12/2016]: Served as Remote Visual Effects Artist (rotoscoping and compositing) for the 2016 movie, Inhumanwich!, released December 15, 2016.

  • [05/2014 – 06/2014]: Served as Freelance Visual Effects Compositor, assigned to digitally manipulate a sequence of shots to replace a wood desk with a computer model metal table for King's Gambit, yet to be publicly released.

  • [01/2015]: Worked with Digital Vantage, stationed in Shanghai, China, as remote freelance Visual Effects Artist for Disney Shanghai Resort pitch.

  • [07/2014]: Provided project assistance and animation as a Digital Artist for TriHard Studios in St. Petersburg, FL, on The Virtual Bible Project by Dr. Daniel Warner PhD.

  • [03/2014 – 05/2014]: Worked with Worldwide FX in Shreveport, LA as Visual Effects Paint/Composition Artist, assigned to digitally manipulate a sequence of shots to insert green screen footage into a digital environment for The Expendables 3, released August 2014.

  • [09/2013 – 12/2013]: Served as Visual Effects Rotoscope Artist, assigned to digitally rotoscope stereoscopic shot footage for use by other artists for their composition work for The Legend of Hercules, released January 2014.

  • [07/2013 – 09/2013]: Served as Freelance Visual Effects Compositor; digitally manipulated several shots to satisfy the director's vision of elements recorded for Frank vs. God, released January 2018.

 

The DAVE School (Orlando, FL)

Teaching Assistant

06/2014 – 06/2015

 

  • Assisted lead teacher with daily needs, providing troubleshooting or explanation of tools and software to students to fulfill assignment requirements during and outside of class.

  • Served as Set Dresser for the movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, released July 2015.

 

Visual Aids Electronics (Naples, FL)

Audio/Visual Technician

04/2007 – 06/2012

 

  • Managed setup, operation, and breakdown of A/V equipment, including front and rear projection screens, tripod screens, projectors, video cameras, video switchers, computers and their audio, microphones, audio boards, DVD players, televisions, lighting, and drapery, as required.

 

WSIU-TV (Carbondale, IL)

Master Control Operator

04/2006 – 12/2006

 

  • Performed live switches between satellite and playback sources according to program logs

  • Oversaw quality control and accuracy of programs on air, recorded programs for future internal use, provided notification of issues with equipment, and followed government regulations on transmissions.

       

Work Experience
Software and Technical Skills

After Effects

Avid

Final Cut Pro

Fusion

Illustrator

Lightwave

Maya

Mocha Pro

MODO

MotionBuilder

Microsoft Office Suite

Natron

NUKEX

PFTrack

Photoshop

Premiere Pro

Thinkbox Deadline

ZBrush

HTML

CSS

PERL

PHP

Python

MySQL

Operating Systems

Linux

Macintosh

Windows

Canon XL2

DJI Phantom 4 Pro+

Grass Valley 250

Newtek TriCaster

Sony DSR-PD150

Sony DSR-250

Sony DSR-570WS

Technical Experience

Audio Technician

Camera Operator

Floor Director

Graphics Operator

Playback Operator

Prompter Operator

Technical Director

Statistics Operator

Other Skills

2010 - present

2010 - present

Education and Certifications
  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, B.A., Radio and Television – 2006

  • School of Motion, Motion Graphics

  • The DAVE School, Diploma, Digital Arts – 2013

  • Drone Pilot Ground School, Certification – In Progress

  • AVIXA CTS – valid as of 2019

2019, Piano Man Pictures, Solus, Visual Effects Artist

2016, Argo One Productions, Inhumanwich!, Visual Effects Artist

2015, SyFy Productions, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, Set Dresser (uncredited)

2014, Millennium Studios/Worldwide FX, The Expendables 3, Visual Effects Artist

2014, Millennium Studios/Worldwide FX, The Legend of Hercules, Rotoscope Artist

2014, BBA Studios, Frank vs. God, Visual Effects Artist

2014, Digital Animation and Visual Effects School (DAVE School), King's Gambit, Visual Effects Artist

2013, Digital Animation and Visual Effects School (DAVE School), Code Red: Intergalactic Trauma Unit, Visual

           Effects Artist

2012, Asylum, 40 Days and Nights, Modeler (uncredited)

Film Credits

2008-2010, WKRP-TV, Friday Night Fu

2008-2010, WKRP-TV, Lincoln Ware Live

2008-2010, WKRP-TV, SciZone

2006, Southern Illinois University, Banterra Bank Commercial

2005, WSIU-TV, alt.news 26:46, "The B-Team," Season 6, Episode 7

2004-2005, WSIU-TV, Sports Productions

2004-2006, ​WSIU-TV, River Region Evening Edition

2004-2006, WSIU-TV, InFocus

2004-2006, WSIU-TV, Scholastic Hi-Q

2002, Southern Illinois University Student Programming Council TV, Saluki Sports Show

TV Credits