When good isn't quite good enough

producing • shooting • writing • teaching & coaching • media training

My passion for storytelling with a camera spans four decades and many genres -  news, documentaries, sports, reality shows, corporate communications, and commercials. My love for the medium and loyalty to my craft, combined with long-term, creative relationships with extraordinary colleagues and clients has allowed me to enjoy a career beyond my wildest dreams. As an open-source guy, I love using what I know to take your project to the highest plateau. 

producer

Pre-production planning, budgets, scripts, crews, equipment, location and talent scouting, directing, interviewing, and editing...you name it and I'll manage it for you. 

shooter

My shooting style is also my philosophy: Whether you're shooting with an iPhone or IMAX, good composition, a steady camera, thoughtful lighting, and clear audio will produce compelling video. In other words, it's all about the craft

writer

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 when spoken. My experience and know how in choosing and arranging words will add grace and resonance to your project.

teacher

Whether my audiences are aspiring filmmakers or home/office paparazzis, few things give me more satisfaction than sharing what I know about the theory and practice of my craft. And for those who want to take it even further, I offer the VIDEO RULES PlayShop, where people learn how to communicate with a camera, produce a documentary, and grow a successful career as a video storyteller. 

media trainer

One of the best things about producing and shooting is helping newsmakers, actors, interview subjects, and corporate spokespersons look their best and communicate effectively. Many of my media training skills were acquired by coaching the 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 was awesome and we enjoyed editing it." Tina Roth, Correspondent, ARD German Television, Cologne, Germany

 

"I'm often mesmerized by your images, and working with you 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've made together for the BBC and Granada
Leading a workshop in Mill Valley, California
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