One helluva lot of practical experience in total project management, production, direction and editing of live action film and video, with emphasis on creative development, execution and packaging of visual, audio and graphic information. Expertise extends to animation, visual effects, high-end post-production, digital compositing, special effects and CGI platforms.
(Since 1993) Producer, director and editor for (and president of) James Eaton Associates (JEA). Our firm develops, produces, directs and edits a wide array of digital video projects.
(2000-01) Producer, First Assistant Director and Editor, Joyful Partaking, an independent, 35mm feature film produced entirely in the Seattle area. Budget of ~$650,000. Responsibilities included (but not limited to) staffing of cast & crew, creative/script consultation and coordination of production and location logistics. The film garnered awards on the independent film festival circuit and was featured on HBO – Eastern Europe. Worldwide release on DVD from UK-based, Wysiwyg Films.
(1995-2000) Producer/director of over 120 documentary-style marketing videos (case studies) for Microsoft Corporation. Budgets for these projects ranged from $20,000 to $100,000 and included travel far and wide. Responsibilities included complete coordination of all phases of production: Organization, staffing, planning, production and post-production. These projects highlight my ability to take other’s visions, determine the core marketing message and make it a reality, as well as my ability to bring together a diverse group and forge a cogent ad-hoc creative team.
(1991-93) Executive Producer, Digital Post & Graphics, Seattle. Responsibilities included production, budgeting, design, direction, art direction, supervising special effects, animation and post-production on regional & national commercials and other productions. This position also included management of the creative staff and consultation to production companies and advertising agencies.
(1984-91) Creative Director and President of James Eaton Associates Inc., a film and video commercial production company specializing in the people-humor-dialog genre. JEA was a profitable business responsible for the production and direction of a wealth of regional and national advertisements.
Expert in the use of Sony VegasPro editing platform. Proficient in Photoshop, Sound Forge and Acid plus the usual business apps: Word, Excel, Power Point.
Married, father of two, decorated Vietnam combat veteran (USAF), non-smoker, healthy and reasonably well adjusted all things considered.