BIO

Ben grew up in Berea, OH jumping BMX bikes into Coe Lake, pilfering forgotten baseballs from the BW College dugouts, and living on $1.99 Little Caesar’s specials. Based in the Midwest, he is a versatile and passionate photographer and filmmaker with the creative, technical and managerial skills acquired across a wide range of challenging roles.  

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EDUCATION

COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO Chicago, IL
Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Directing for Film & Video 2009

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO Albuquerque, NM
Bachelor of Arts in University Studies 2002
Media Arts and English

 
EXPERIENCE
 
Freelance
Photographer and Filmmaker 2000 – Present

• National Safety Council, Disney II Magnet School, Inland Press – Media management, creative edit, graphics, color correction, sound mixing, and final delivery.
• Alternative Cut Productions – Cinematography, sound recording, and lighting.
• Mr. Sunday Morning Productions – Photograph behind the scenes and media management of feature documentary elements.
• Chicago Park District – Document the prairies of the Calumet Region with photography and video.
• Hadley Media, INC. – Photography and time-lapse video of Daredevil Season 1 poster installation for worldwide distribution.
• Columbia College Chicago Cinema Art + Science – Photograph behind the scenes for film productions and events.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO Chicago, IL
Computer Lab Assistant 2006 – Present

• Mentor, train, and supervise part-time staff and student workers on Post Production Center policies, NLE troubleshooting, machine room operations, and customer service.
• Supervise the archive of media to LTO tapes and inventory of LTO archive.
• Schedule and teach Adobe Premiere tutorials – media management, project set up, basic editing, effects, and final delivery.
• Provide curricular support – training materials, media, paperwork, and resources for classes.
• Troubleshoot digital editing and finishing workflows.
• Maintain the Avid Isis accounts, drive allocation, media inventory.
• Maintain lab and classroom reservations, manage check in and check out procedures.
• Supervise machine room operations – archive media to LTO tape, SD and HD capture, master to tape, and DVD duplication.
• Produce FrameWork – student cover letter videos, The Chicago International Film Festival panel and Q&A videos, and in house promotional videos.

 
COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO Chicago, IL
Adjunct Faculty 2011 – Present
 

• Digital Workflows: Data Management (2012-2017) – Curriculum development; creating unique workflows and data management processes with tutorials and on set experience for advanced editing and digital cinematography courses emphasizing the Alexa, RED, C300, and DSLR camera systems.
• Editing 1 Lab (2016-2017) – Technical component to the lecture with an emphasize on workflow, project set up, basic editing, effects, and final delivery.
• Editing 1 (2011-2014) – Curriculum development; considering the interaction of the artist with media and audience, utilizing editing aesthetics and hands on Avid tutorials.

 
SKILLS

Video/Digital Media:
Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Studio, Avid, Avid ISIS Server, DaVinci Resolve Studio 12, ShotPut Pro 5, Disc Flow Rimage: DVD label design and duplication, Cache-A: LTO Archive, Toast, MPEG Streamclip Canon DSLR & C100 Camera Systems.

General software:
Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, FileMaker Pro Advanced

References available upon request.