Greetings, Don Riemer here. I'm an award-winning visual storyteller with over 30 years experience. I have completed over 400 projects for clients in entertainment, education, business and the non-profit sector. My experience and skills embrace writing, directing and editing.
SPECIAL UPDATE, SPRING 2022 - I am now largely retired. That said, I would still consider editing projects for short films, possibly a feature, if the chemistry feels right. If you have such a project, the first step is always sending me the script. I'm happy to sign an NDA, if you wish.
I'm comfortable with both unscripted documentaries and fully scripted narratives. In 2016, I edited the short comedy “Shy Guys,” which was an official selection in over 60 film festivals and won over 15 awards. My work for Duke Farms, a series of videos promoting environmental sustainability, earned Telly Awards for editing, best documentary, and audience favorite. My writing experience is particularly valuable for documentary projects, where a story must be revealed, shaped and refined in the edit room.
Speaking of writing... I have written 5 features and 25 shorts. (One of the shorts, "The Small Multiple," was produced in 2008 and is posted as a sample on this site.) I'm available for rewrites, script doctoring, and story consultation. Writing samples are available on my web site.
I edit mostly with Premiere and associated Adobe applications, but I also use FCPX. Lately, I've acquired a growing interest in DaVinci Resolve, so I'd be happy to discuss a project where this was the preferred platform. And though my Avid skills are rusty, I'd be happy to get them polished up if required. The nature of the project and the client’s workflow determine which tool is best for the job. Please visit my web site for more information.
I have been in the industry since 1988.
One thing that goes without saying about Don Riemer is his attention to details is unmatched by anyone. For over 20 years I have worked with Don as a director and or editor and I only have the utmost respect and admiration for his skills. Most recently he directed a very complex training video while following a strict story board. As always, he was beyond prepared for the shoot; he created an atmosphere where the client and crew felt confident and comfortable which was difficult to do since he was under great pressure to meet a very tight timeline. Overall, his creative thinking, attention to details, reliably and confidence is what makes Don a pleasure to work with.
Don Riemer, as Director or Videoeditor, is an exceptional asset to any film project team. He is organized, highly-skilled, and easy-going, and quickly establishes good working relationships with crew members, actors, and clients. I’ve found Don to be extremely creative and flexible, offering solutions to meet timelines and budgets. His attention to detail is unmatched; he created 40 translated versions of an instructional pharma video that exceeded expectations in all ways. In my 20+ years of working with Don, it’s always been my pleasure.
Working with Don was an absolute pleasure. From the get-go, he made sure he understood our vision and helped bring it to fruition. The services he provided as the editor of our film exceeded our expectations and resulted in a top-notch effort. I feel lucky to have worked with Don and plan to do so again. Highly recommended.
I have known Don for over 10 years and have worked with him to produce TWO award winning documentaries. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He is exceptionally creative, needs very little direction and understands how to communicate powerful messages to viewers. Everyone that watches his work is brought to tears. Plus, he’s just a really great guy.
I've know Don Riemer for years and have always found him to be a talented writer, film-maker, and editor, as well as an experienced educator. In 2011, I had the chance to work with him professionally when I contracted him as Editor of the movie, "Stable", which I wrote and directed. Not only did Don understand and execute my story and vision of the movie, he added many, many post-production touches that enhanced it greatly; additions that I would have never thought of.
They say a movie is written three times: once when the screenplay is finished; once when the movie is directed; and once when it's edited. I'm proud to include Don as one of the "writers" of "Stable".