When the stakes are high...

My passion for video spans four decades and many genres, including news, documentaries, sports, reality shows, corporate communications, and commercials. Whatever the assignment or budget, my intention is always the same: When my client is happy, I'm happy.  



Pre-production  planning, budgets, scripts, crews, equipment, location scouting, producing, directing, shooting, interviewing, and editing...whatever the task, I'm in. 


Whether I'm shooting with an iPhone or IMAX, I'm all about the craft. I care about storytelling, composition, a steady camera, thoughtful lighting, clean audio, and teamwork. 


Sound is the emotional link between what people see and how they feel about what they see. Some words work on the printed page but not so well when spoken into a microphone. My experience in choosing and arranging words will add grace and resonance to your project.

teacher & coach

Few things give me more satisfaction than sharing what I know about the theory and practice of my craft. In addition to individual guidance and consulting, I conduct the VIDEO RULES PlayShop, where students learn how to communicate with a camera, produce a program, and grow a business. 

media trainer

One of the most satisfying things about having lots of experience producing and shooting is being able to help newsmakers, actors, interview subjects, and corporate spokespersons look their best and communicate effectively. Most of my media training skills were acquired through coaching corporate and government clients of leading PR firms such as Porter Novelli, Fleishman-Hillard, and Hill & Knowlton.


Happy Campers:

"I thought it would be impossible to cover so many locations in one day, but you made it happen. Your shooting is awesome and we enjoyed editing it."  Tina Roth, correspondent, ARD, Cologne, Germany


"Thank you, Dave, for your detailed attention, surgical precision, and artistic editing." LInda Benvenista, Oakland, CA


"I'm often mesmerized by your images, and working together is always alot of fun." Haruka Joho, Correspondent, Fuji TV, Washington, DC


"Dave is our 'go-to guy' in DC!Al Wallace, Sports Anchor, KDAF Fox4, Kansas City, MO


"Dave is always at the top of my call list for my most important assignments. And every one I've entrusted to him has generated high praise for his compelling images and masterful storytelling." Grant Peacock, President, GPI, Garrett Park, MD


"Dave is a creative film maker and presenter and also a terrific person---easy to be with, high integrity, and a great sense of humor." Eric Wentworth, Director, Steve Allen Media, San Francisco, CA

With producer Nigel Bellis, shooting one of twelve docs we made together for the BBC and Granada Television

Teaching camera skills to 15-18 yr. olds from Alameda County's Camp Sweeny

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