R. A.

Social and Environmental Filmmaker

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Interested in becoming involved in both short and long-term projects
Experience: 3 Years
Location: Washington, DC

Overview

Hey there! I'm a freelance filmmaker, specializing in social and environmental filmmaking. I've worked with some amazing clients like the National Park Service and National Geographic, and have had the opportunity to travel the world producing videos -- mostly short format, web-based projects. I've also connected with many smaller organizations and individuals to produce educational and promotional materials, and have a well-rounded set of skills and experiences. Looking forward to connecting!

Experience

Freelance Filmmaker
January 2014 – Present (1 year)
Washington D.C. Metro Area

-Synthesized the expressed needs of clients into a personalized communication strategy; developed a unique approach to each project based on that predetermined strategy; liaised closely with the client from start to finish in order to ensure the finished product fulfilled the initial vision and intention

-Provided video and communication expertise and guidance to a diverse range of large organizations such as the National Park Service and National Geographic as well as individuals and small businesses in order to promote and convey their messages and work

-Individually managed projects and crafted production plans, timelines, and budgets based on clients’ available resources and schedules; submitted deliverables on or before predetermined dates; furnished guidance and insight into appropriate distribution of final deliverable; tracked analytics and reach in order to determine success of marketing
Production Specialist
The Collaborative
March 2013 – Present (1 year 10 months)
Washington, DC

-Provided technical assistance to a small team during production of videos created in order to promote the missions of The Collaborative clients, including social change agents like Ashoka Fellows and Compass Partners

-Aided in scouting interview locations, setting lights, and prepping interview subjects; took responsibility for setting up, checking, and operating sound equipment; catalogued footage at the end of each shoot in order to make it easily accessible for editors
Climate Change Video Producer
National Park Service
May 2012 – March 2014 (1 year 11 months)
Washington D.C. Metro Area

-Contributed to a multidisciplinary team as a paid intern in the national Climate Change Response Program to achieve NPS’s highest-priority communication goals; produced, filmed, and edited short-format online videos that educate park rangers and the public about the effects of climate change in national parks

-Led or contributed to all stages of production: assisted with development of key messages; arranged and conducted interviews with senior scientists and NPS staff; led all on-site shooting logistics; shot b-roll in diverse natural environments; created engaging graphics to explain scientific concepts

-Balanced multiple video projects concurrently, all in different stages of production; edited and captioned content produced by other professional and amateur videographers to meet agency’s requirements under federal law; took on additional production tasks as needed
Communications Intern
Glen Echo Group, LLC
May 2011 – August 2011 (4 months)
Washington D.C. Metro Area

-Worked as a member of a four-person team to meet the needs of this consulting firm’s clients; strategized about effective ways to advocate for and communicate about the most pressing needs of telecommunications and technology companies such as Sprint, Creative Commons, and the Wireless Innovation Alliance

-Wrote and edited weekly and monthly newsletters communicated between members of client coalitions; planned and oversaw client events such as book releases, website launches, and advocacy meetings; assembled press packets for congressional hearings
Outreach and Research Intern
Nonviolence International
January 2011 – April 2011 (4 months)

-Tracked current instances of nonviolent action around the globe

-Planned for and participated in nonviolent actions in the DC area as well as helped communicate with those planning them abroad (particularly in the Middle East)

-Edited and formatted a weekly report for the Center for the Study of Strategic Nonviolent Defense
Editor-in-Chief
Northern Star Newspaper
September 2007 – May 2009 (1 year 9 months)
North Farmington High School

-Oversaw layout and production of the bi-monthly 40-page newsmagazine with a typical distribution of 1000-2000 issues

-Led a significant re-design effort that resulted in the newsmagazine being ranked 6th in the nation by the National Scholastic Press Association

-Researched, interviewed for, and wrote award-winning articles about diverse subjects including gender differences and learning styles in the classroom, the new HPV vaccine, and the 2008 Presidential election

Agencies I've Worked For

National Park ServiceIUCN World Parks Congress
National Geographic Education ProgramSchoodic Institute
The CollaborativeClass Acts on Tour

Skills

Adobe After EffectsAdobe PhotoshopAdobe Premiere ProAP Style WritingAudio EditingBasecampCamtasiaConflict Resolution
Copy editingEditingFilm ProductionFinal Cut ProFrenchGoogle AnalyticsHootSuiteInterviewing
Journalism WritingNon-linear editing systemStrategic planningVideo editingVideo productionWiXWordPressDigital Strategy
Content Strategy

Awards

2014 Archaeology Channel Film Festival Selection -- "Heritage At Risk: Recording the History of Brora, Scotland Before It's Washed Away"2010 Visions Film Festival -- "Tailor Made in America: The Life of George De Paris" Outstanding Short Documentary2010 Alexandria Film Festival Selection -- "Tailor Made in America: The Life of George De Paris"

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