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OBJECTIVE

 

I am looking for meaningful and challenging new opportunities in motion graphics, projection design and video editing.

 

EDUCATION

 

2004 - BFA - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Concentration: Film, Video, and New Media

2004 - Roosevelt University - Minor in Spanish Language (fluent)

 

2004 - TEFL Certificate Course - Bridge Linguatec - Barcelona, Spain. This certifies me to teach English as a second language.

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

2006 - NOW - Freelance Motion Graphics Artist - I work throughout the Chicago area as a motion graphics artist. Clients include Answers Media, The Andy Nebel Company, Resolute Consulting, The Weber Group, Adelstein Liston, North Wind Productions, Big Shoulder Digital Video Productions, Amway, Cars.com, Classified Ventures, Crossfire Productions Inc, and GooseDog Design

 

2009 - NOW - Freelance Projection Designer - The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, Silk Road Ensemble, Carolina Performing Arts, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Rep, and others.

 

2009 - 2013 - Art Director and Projection Designer - Beyond The Score Series - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

I was responsible for all of the animation projected during these 60-90 minute presentations at Symphony Center. The images are projected on a large screen above the orchestra and keep time with musical and narrative cues using projection software and cue points.

 

2004-2013 - Independent Film Maker - My films and puppet animations have been screened at Film Festivals in Illinois, Michigan and California, and have aired on The Travel Channel, and Lonely Planet TV.

 

2007 - 2009 - Graphics Artist - Answers Media - Specialized mostly in making flash animated video bumpers. Other responsibilities included motion graphics, DVD authoring, and print work. Being bilingual I also worked in some associate producer duties such as translation in interviews, phone calls, and business meetings.

 

2004-2006 - Freelance writer for BCN WEEK - an English newspaper in Barcelona.

 

PROJECTION DESIGN PRODUCTIONS:

 

2017 - Grounded

Milwaukee Repertory Theater - Directed by Laura Braza

 

2016 - Lysistrata

Northern Ohio University - Directed by Joan Robbins

 

2016 - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Incidental music by Mendelssohn

Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons and directed by Bill Barclay

 

2015 - Beyond The Score - Ravel: A Portrait - A multimedia look at Maurice Ravel's life and music

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ludovic Morlot

 

2015 - The Property - A World Premier Klezmer Opera written by Vlad Marhulets, based on a graphic novel by Rutu Modan

The Lyric Opera of Chicago - Lyric Unlimited Series, Directed by Eric Einhorn

 

2014 - Beyond The Score - Brahms - A multimedia look at Brahm's 3rd Symphony

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edo de Waart

 

2013 - Beyond The Score - Scheherazade -  A multimedia look at Rimsky's Korsakov's Scheherazade

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mei-Ann Chen

 

2012 - Beyond The Score - Rite of Spring -  A multimedia look at Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit

 

2012 - Sacred Signs performed by Yo Yo Ma - CPA's Rite of Spring at 100 Festival at University of North Carolina

A new work by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky written to be performed by the Silk Road Ensemble - 40 minutes

 

2012 - Beyond The Score - Sounds Strange? A multimedia look at Shoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire

Imagery and animated subtitles - Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cristian Macelaru, with Pierre Boulez - 90 minutes

 

2012 - The March - A Civil Rights Opera - Alan Marshall Productions - work in progress

 

2012 - MusicNOW Series - Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Designed and programmed projected program notes for this showcase of new composers. Performed at Harris Theater - 60 minutes

 

2011 - HE/SHE - A double bill combining Schumann's Frauenliebe un -Leben, and Janacek's Diary of the One Who Disappeared. Moving imagery and animated subtitles. Chicago Opera Theater - Harris Theater, 60 minutes

 

2011 - Beyond The Score - What Secret? A multimedia look at Elgar's Enigma Variations

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit - 60 minutes

 

2011 - Beyond The Score - Pure Propaganda? A multimedia look at Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder - 60 minutes

 

2010 - Beyond The Score - Why Italy? A multimedia look at Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 (Italian)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano - 60 minutes

 

2010 - Beyond The Score - Making Waves? A multimedia look at Debussy's La Mer

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ludovic Morlot - 60 minutes

 

2009 - Beyond The Score - Rite of Passage? A multimedia look at Rachmaninoff's Isle of the Dead

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski - 90 minutes

 

2009 - Beyond The Score - Heaven or Earth? A multimedia look at Mahler's Symphony No. 4

Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Markus Stenz - 60 minutes

 

SOFTWARE

 

After Effects, QLAB Projection Software, Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro (7 and X), Flash

 

REFERENCES

 

Gerard McBurney - Creative Director of Beyond The Score, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association

312.294.3431

 

Cameron Arens - Director of Audience Development, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association

312.294.3431

 

Brian Dickie - Artistic Director, Chicago Opera Theater

312.953.6932

 

Andy Nebel - President,  The Andy Nebel Company

312.802.6829

 

*Disclaimer: The music that accompanies my videos are not recordings of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore I do not claim rights to any of these musical recordings.