- An award-winning versatile lighting director and videographer
- Responsible for multi-camera setups and operation of robotic cameras, pedestal studio production, and DSL photography
- Certified by the FAA as a Commercial Drone Pilot
Studio Lighting ●ENG Lighting ●Video Control ●Camera Operation ●HD Cinematography ●Team Management
Studio and ENG Lighting: HMI, LED, and tungsten fixtures using DMX control also knowledgeable about a variety of moving light fixtures
Video Control: Sony, Grass Valley, Panasonic, and Ikegami
Cameras: Sony, Ikegami, and Grass Valley, GoPro, DSLR, and HD video drone
Robotic cameras: Panasonic, and Telemetrics
QC video: (SD, HD, and PAL) using Waveform Monitors and Vector Scopes
Able to color correct studio monitors
Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, Photoshop, and Final Cut Pro X
Proficient with iNews and NPS
Knowledgeable about frame rates and broadcast standards
Mac OS X, Windows
VIDEOGRAPHER/VIDEO EDITOR, TEA TREE MEDIA, MIDDLETOWN, NJ; August 2011- Currently
Currently responsible for video editing, producing, video animations for a small boutique editing house using Final Cut, Avid, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. Recently obtained an FAA certification as a Commercial Drone Pilot.
LIGHTING DIRECTOR/VIDEO OPERATOR, CGTN AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC; December 2011- March 2018
Controlled video and lighting for an international television news network. The broadcast is in English and Mandarin and is composed of a total of five hours of programming. Additional accomplishments include building and equipping an ENG-style interview room in the building of CGTN America.
LIGHTING DIRECTOR, ABC NEWS, WASHINGTON, DC; April 1997 – August 2011
Supervised and directed crews to ensure the quality of lighting, audio and video control, in both field and studio settings of ABC News programs, including: World News Tonight, Nightline, Primetime Live (3 camera setup), Good Morning America, 20/20, This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts (7 camera setup). Lighting Director and Lighting Designer for the first live-broadcast Internet video show, Sam Donaldson @ ABCNews.com.
UNTV, New York, NY, ABC News, Washington, D.C ESPN, Washington, DC, Pardon the Interruption, Around the Horn, and Highly Questionable CBSNews, Washington, D.C
2001 Peabody Award and The DuPont Columbia Award – ABC News: Coverage of September 11, 2001
BA Communications and Theatre, Western Colorado University, Gunnison, Colorado
Sony PXW-X70 video camera; Nikon D7100 still camera w/ three lens: 18-55mm, 55-200mm, and 28-200mm; GoPro Hero 3; Camera tripod for all cameras; Bi-color LED light panels with stands (4); lav. Mics (2), a handheld “stick” Mic, and an on-camera mic; and an HD camera drone.
Demo Reel: https://vimeo.com/michelemcdermott