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Digital Content Producer + Writer + Designer ||
Post Supervisor + Producer || Technical Project Manager || Graphic Artist

I work with creative and technical teams to design, develop and deliver memorable user and audience experiences.
  • Front-line experience managing and delivering AAA digital entertainment and marketing content: online, games, cinema, broadcast, marketing, special venues
  • Emmy nomination for Visual Effects
  • Proficient at leading multiple projects under tight deadlines and budgets
  • Strong written, verbal, presentation and negotiation skills
  • Adept at distilling complex technical information into pictures, video and text
  • Excellent research, analytical, quantitative and problem-solving abilities
  • Solid sense of design, color, composition and spatial relationships
  • Deep understanding of imaging, entertainment media and Software Development Life Cycle
  • Adobe: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Lightroom, Dreamweaver
  • Microsoft: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, Outlook, Sharepoint
  • Online: WordPress, Basecamp, Git, Bugzilla, Wikis
  • Digital Asset Management (DAM) Systems, Content Management Systems (CMS)
Marketing  |  Advertising  |  Public Relations   –  Graphics & Copywriting
  • Conceived, designed and executed over 50 cross-media campaigns for award-winning Los Angeles theatre: web banners, video clips, photographs, display ads, posters, e-mail blasts, programs, lobby cards, direct mail, social media graphics, donor kits
  • Wrote press releases and electronic press kit copy for digital creative agency on behalf of a major sports brand
  • Over 15 photography credits in Los Angeles Times
Interactive  |  Web
  • Created Word Press sites for leading Los Angeles arts organizations
  • Led technical and creative teams in ideation, design and pitch of two online gaming environments for major studio action franchise
  • Supervised design, development and launch of corporate e-commerce sites
  • Key production team member for design, development and launch of six videogames
Post-Production  |  Visual Effects  |  Stereoscopic 3D
  • Emmy Award Nomination for Special Visual FX for BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
  • Wrote textbook on stereoscopic post-production (Focal Press, 2014)
  • Supervised post-production for three critically-acclaimed 4K 60FPS documentaries for The Annenberg Foundation
  • Delivered over 125 episodes of visual effects for television
  • Delivered over 1500 visual effects shots for feature films
  • Managed post-production for first digital 3D live-action feature film
Technical Writing & Illustration
  • Authored and illustrated technical book on stereoscopic 3D post-production (Focal Press, 2014); designed book cover
  • Analyzed and documented workflows and processes for over 60 imaging projects
  • Wrote articles on visual effects, post-production and game development for respected trade sites
  • B.A., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Special Visual Effects)
  • Visual Effects Society

User interface (UI), user experience (UX), information architecture, mobile app development, business modeling, transmedia, generative art, history of computing, interaction design, history of imaging, embedded systems, color science, photography, perception, cognition, the maker movement, hackerspaces, drones, private spaceflight, open software, flight simulation, astronomy, previsualization, holographic imaging, agile software development, light, optics, serious games, non-serious games, making projects fun