film resume

I’ve been pursuing film work in Seattle recently, so maybe putting this here could be useful. I’ve come at working in film on the side of my music-biz career from an unconventional set of angles, but I know my way around a screenplay and a set, and would like to spend more time on that. Here’s some evidence of what I mean:

 

production assistant: served for a few days as PA on the set of Manic Pixie Dream Wife, a summer 2014 Seattle shoot. Worked as a PA in February 2015 for a shoot for a commercial for Expedia in Bellevue, WA.

 

location assistant: wherein I really worked for the location (not the production), although was paid by the production and spent all day with the crew on set. Each of these were single day one-offs, but included productions of: an Engadget web series, Nurse Jackie (1 episode), MTV’s Guy Code (2 or 3 episodes), a TV Guide special about Roseanne, an independent film, and many stand-up comedy tapings (John Hodgman, Nick Thune, etc). Also had one NYU student film and one music video for a major-label artist shot in my apartment.

 

extra: in two music videos – Ted Leo’s “Bottled In Cork” (I haven’t found myself so maybe I was cut out, but I swear I was there in the crowd) and Aimee Mann’s “Charmer” (I’m in line starting at 2:30). Both directed by Tom Scharpling & produced by Rob Hatch-Miller & Puloma Basu.

 

film critic: have had pieces published in PopMatters and Cinecliq. All links to everything I’ve published since college can be found here.

 

film festival: worked in the box office for the 2014, ’15, ’16, and ’17 (40th-43nd annual) Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF: the largest, most highly-attended film festival in the US). Also attended many other fests over the years: SXSW, Tribeca, NYFF, BAM Cinemafest, etc.

 

music festivals: worked in various roles as box office and assistant/stage/house manager for Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party, Timber! and Northwest Folklife. Though not film work, this related production experience has fostered a film-production-friendly set of skills, like radio familiarity, competent treatment of many levels of talent, building something special out of nothing, keeping to schedules, long-day-on-feet endurance, and looking after the safety & well-being of a crew and their designated physical spaces.

 

film studies minor: in college at Wake Forest University, where I did a lot of thinking/writing about film theory & analysis, and wrote one screenplay.

 

Skills I’ve cultivated throughout these experiences: ability to maintain a positive attitude; quick learning; on-the-fly creative problem solving; patience and endurance; ability to deal with whatever’s thrown at me; relationship building; kind assertiveness; critical thinking; getting things done while treating people nice.

 

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