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MICHAEL

DeRARIO

VISUAL STORYTELLER

Filmmaker  |  Content Producer  Visual Specialist

The art of visual storytelling is a journey which embraces a love for filmmaking and a passion for connecting with an audience. With over 10 years of experience in media production, my career has covered feature filmmaking, television/streaming series, broadcast news, live events, reality, social media, and commercials.  As a video producer I have worked closely with clients to deliver creative content helping them connect to their audiences.  My capabilities as a storyteller are a culmination of all the areas of productions I have worked on as a filmmaker, content producer, and visual specialist.   The story drives the vision - this approach is at the core of the development process, it comes to light in filming, takes shape in the edit, and follows through to the final delivery.

 
 
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01 Experience

2012-Present

International Cinematographers Guild

Assistant Camera Operator

Feature Films - Television - Commercials

 

Camera Assistant specializing in film and all digital cinema formats including wide and large formats, high speed photography, specialty lenses and optics, remote heads and gimbal systems, & drone photography.

Experienced in managing camera department crews and working with production management to meet the needs of production.

List of Film & TV Credits

2009-Present

Steadicam Owner/Operator

Steadicam Owner/Operator experienced in narrative, documentary, commercial, and television (live and episodic).   

 

Member of Steadicam Operators Association (SOA) having trained under Garrett Brown (inventor of the Steadicam) at the Tiffen Classic Workshops in Los Angeles. 

Steadicam Reel        |        Steadicam Gear List

2011-Present

Executive Producer & Owner

Take Flight Productions Inc.

Executive Producer managing small full-service production company developing and creating content including commercials, marketing campaigns, and documentaries.

Offering complete video production from inception to final delivery - Leading idea development, creative pitch, scripting, story boarding, production planning, filming, and post-production.

Take Flight Portfolio

2012-2016

Director of Media, Communications, & Visual Arts Center

Pace University

Developed the Media Arts Center overseeing a major expansion of the facilities into professional level production studios spaces to support the applied learning experience.     

Contributed to the launch and creation of two new majors:  Digital Cinema & Filmmaking and Digital Journalism.

Photos of Art Center 

2010-2016

Adjunct Professor in Filmmaking

Pace University

Instructed courses covering narrative production, producing, cinematography, screenwriting, and editing.   Courses taught included Media Production, Cinematography, Lighting for Cinema, Steadicam Seminar, Camera Operator, and Digital Editing Workshop.

Utilized both in-person and online learning to provide a real-world applied learning experience to students.  Specialized in delivering professional experience to the classroom.

Teaching Portfolio

2009-2012

Online Media Producer

Pace University

Lead content creator for the University's Marketing & Communications team.   Created and produced video and visual content from concept to completion for ​website and social media platforms. Received two Best Of Awards from the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators for videos produced.

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02 Professional

A WIDE OFFERING OF EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS.

MARKETING CONSULTANT

My background in marketing has always provided an audience focused eye.   What is it that they want to see, why do they want or need your product/service, how and where should we connect to your audience?   These are all important questions when producing a video, developing a social media campaign, or an advertising series.  I work with clients to identify their marketing needs and deliver solutions to help drive engagement with their audience and meet their business goals.

FREELANCE EDITING

As a freelance editor I have been able to see many great stories take shape.    Both as an editor and motion graphics artist the edit is where the pieces come together and a client's vision takes form.    

EDUCATOR

With over six years of experience in the higher-ed classroom, I have been able to share my professional experience with emerging filmmakers and media professionals in areas including video production, cinematography, motion picture lighting, and editing.  My experience includes developing curriculum and majors in filmmaking to deliver an applied learning experience.  By mentoring students I have been able lay the foundation for the careers of our future storytellers.

COMPLETE VIDEO PRODUCTION

Working with clients from concept inception to final delivery.  As a producer I offer a full range of services including creative pitch, scripting, storyboarding, project management, budgeting, filming, editing, visual effects, and every step along the way to provide a finished product that helps clients reach their audience.

FREELANCE CAMERAWORK

As a director of photography, camera operator, Steadicam Operator, and Camera Assistant I bring both my knowledge for camera and my passion for delivering captivating images to every production.   

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03 SERVICES 

CREATIVE MANAGEMENT

& MARKETING

Online/Social Media Strategy

Product Management

Brand Management

Marketing Plan 

Creative Pitch 

Advertising Campaigns

Graphic Design

Web Design 

Enrollment Management 

Product Development

Trade Show Experience

DEVELOPMENT &

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

Program Treatments

Scripting

Budgeting

Project Proposal

Scheduling

Crew Management

Equipment Management

Location Management 

Rights Management

FILMING

& PRODUCTION

Digital Cinema Specialist

Steadicam Owner/Operator

Motion Picture Lighting

Specialty Optics

Still Photography

Audio Recording

Drone Photography

Camera Remote Heads

Stabilization Gimbals

EDITING &

POST-PRODUCTION

NON-LINEAR EDITING:

Adobe Premiere Pro

AVID Media Composer

Final Cut Pro

VISUAL SOFTWARE:

Adobe After Effects

Adobe Audition

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Lightroom

DaVinci Resolve

 
 

04 portfolio

MY LATEST WORK. SEE MORE >
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05 contact

Please feel free to reach out to me to discuss how we can work together.  

michaelderario@gmail.com

Tel: 914-282-1330

© 2020 by Michael DeRario.