I’m an independent producer, writer and filmmaker looking to make a move. My most-recent project is a proof of concept for a travel series in Amsterdam, Holland, called Pocket Vacations. It’s being distributed via the major mobile platforms and provides behind the scene promotional films and interviews from over 140 locations including all major museums, venues, and points of interest as well as specially selected activities, cafes, restaurants and tourist attractions. I bring it up because it highlights my unique skill-set; being across-the-board capable, able to pick up a project in any phase and make immediate progress through to fruition is a talent I’ve made a point to hone. Prior to creating Pocket Vacations, I ran a small production company where I wrote and produced award-winning and successful political fundraising films and generated shorts for Jimmy Eat World, Interscope Records and Heineken International in addition to working on several low-budget features. Before that, I consulted for the United States White House Communication’s Department while working with Ziemba Waid Public Affairs in Phoenix. I also served as the Director of a 501(C)3 NPO backed by now Homeland Security Director, Janet Napolitano. Originally, I started out as a reporter for the Arizona Republic after winning the International Scholastic Press Freedom Award, an award given to college students for defending free speech rights around the world. For more than a decade, I’ve traveled the world, producing and learning what I can from whoever’s willing to teach me. I work well with others, always make my deadlines and have no problem taking direction, or giving it. I’m not concerned with office politics, job security, or upward mobility. I’m only interested in creating quality products and learning while focusing on maintaining success.
PROFILE A writer, producer, director, editor, developer and entrepreneur all-in-one, Ben has written and directed award-winning short films, produced and deployed a $300,000+ travel venture and has consulted on multi-million dollar media outreach programs. Ben maintains a contagious level of enthusiasm and motivation and has a proven track record for completing projects under-budget and on-time. Currently, Ben is looking for work on well--developed and engaging productions anywhere in the world. EXPERIENCE PRESIDENT & CEO, POCKET VACATIONS AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND 2010-PRESENT Completed pre--production tasks including idea conception, pitching, investment acquisition, scheduling, creation of marketing materials, script writing and talent acquisition to production work like direction, camera operation, lighting and styling to post- production work like audio mixing, editing, color correction, titling, animation and IT needs for secured hosting and content streaming to business-to-business cooperation for marketing and cross-promotion, in-depth coverage of local flavor and development of a new entrepreneurial concept linked to immediate revenue streams. Case study available upon request. PRODUCER/WRITER//PRINCIPAL, PMD STUDIOS PHOENIX, ARIZONA 2009-PRESENT Oversaw production and daily daily responsibilities for a wide variety of work including award-winning political parodies, successful issue--advocacy fundraising films, music videos for Jimmy Eat World and promotional material for Interscrope Records and Heineken International. Completed all aspects of running a small company while overseeing crew, budgetary and equipment needs. Specialized in generating high-quality, fast-turnaround productions for targeted audiences. Case studies available upon request. CREATIVE CONSULTANT, ZIEMBA WAID PUBLIC AFFAIRS PHOENIX, ARIZONA 2008-2009 Developed branding, design and messaging for political, issue advocacy and corporate entities as well as in-house proposal writing, marketing and expansion with high levels of client interaction. Developed scripts, speeches, talking points, RFPs, RFIs and managed staffers and interns while balancing up to 17 simultaneous clients. Direct responsibilities involved maintaining the workflow and budget of a multi-million dollar non-profit organization, generating scripts for political ads and overseeing various creative projects. Case studies available upon request. COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, GETGOLF.COM SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA 2005-2007 Maintained all interaction with media outlets, wrote press releases, made ad buys and developed contacts for the consolidation of short term, long term and vacation tee-time services across the globe. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Program Director for the Project for Arizona’s Future, Reporter for the Arizona Republic, Founder of the ASU Underground. Winner of various political campaign media awards. Winner of the National Scholastic Press Association’s Student Press Freedom Award. Former English teacher at the American School in Madrid, Spain. Former English teacher in Quepos, Costa Rica. And former Chair of the Links for Leukemia charity golf tournament which brings in over $100,000 to cancer research every year. EDUCATION Arizona State University — Studied Film and Media Relations with minors in English and History - 2004 SKILLS A wide range of pre-production skills ranging from writing to location scouting. A wide-rage of production/crew skills from direction to audio collection. A wide-range of post-production skills including Final Cut, Premiere, Motion and After Effect. A wide-range of business skills from the Office Suite (including excel) to proposal writing and strategic planning. Competence for high level client meetings and outreach. Scripts for short films, television pilots and documentaries premises on--hand and ready to produce. REFERRALS Personal and professional references as well as writing samples, case studies and letters of recommendation can be provided upon request.