My passion for storytelling with a camera 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 and talent scouting, directing, interviewing, and editing...you name it and I'll take care of the rest.
Whether we're shooting with an iPhone or IMAX, storytelling skills, good composition, a steady camera, thoughtful lighting, and clear audio will produce compelling video. i.e., it's all about the craft.
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.
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.
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.
"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