Shawn Smith

Northbrook, Illinois

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1 The Court of Cobblestone
Northbrook, IL 60062

Email: [email protected] Cell #: (847) 609-3278


A consummate creative and results oriented professional with over 13 years of experience in project management and graphics, multi-media, video and animation creation looking to work in a team environment where open, honest communication, creativity, production quality and concept focus are highly regarded. A proactive and enthusiastic team player able to balance the artistic and business components of a project, from concept to final production while developing strong internal and external relationships through honesty, loyalty, hard work, creativity, problem solving and a focus on adding value. Creative experience includes Gaming (Slot Machine/Gambling), Print Advertising/Marketing, Fleet and Retail Advertising/Graphics, Power Point presentations, Consumer Products, Tradeshow Graphics, CD Artwork, Audio Editing/Production, Music and Film. Experienced in 3D modeling, 2D/3D animation, storyboarding, conceptualization and color and design. Also achieved an industry award/patent, and named as main contributor on multiple publications.


KELLOGG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, Evanston, IL August 2014 – February 2015
K.I.S. (Kellogg Information Systems) MEDIA SERVICES
Multi-Media Producer/Motion Graphics Designer/Audio and Video Production
• Interact with clients and faculty on a daily basis pertaining to production needs using Adobe CC not limited to Photoshop, Flash, After Effects, Audition, Premiere, etc.
• Oversee and or assist video and or audio production when events are scheduled for live/higher profile/closed set shoots
• Ensure that productions run smooth for clients and for KIS Media Services
• Assist with production calendar updates on a daily basis
• Time Management for production pipeline, while editing multiple projects
• Asset management for final shoots on an individual and Multi-Project basis
• Assist with maintaining and organizing equipment for both audio and video
• Research and make suggestions for software updates/plug-ins/equipment etc.
• Proactively identify risks and issues to production schedules; formulate and implement solutions for overcoming/resolving.
• Working with clients and staff ranging from Joe Heinrich CEO of FORD Motor Company to Sally Blount The Dean of Kellogg and former Dean Don Jacobs
• Working cameras and audio mixers for live production events.
• Setting up classroom recordings for lecture and panel discussions. This was involving but not limited to, Cameras, Wireless Microphones, Audio Mixers, etc.
• Capturing laptop/classroom sessions via VLC or Screen Flow and Camtasia for final edits
• Design Motion Graphics/3D Animation/etc. on an as needed basis
• Ingesting raw footage and providing rough cuts to final edits for clients
• Recording and editing live, studio and closed set audio tracks for final production and output
• Creation of deliverables for clients in multiple formats. From Data CD-R/DVD-R to digital files
• Responsible for uploading final edits to Media Site Broadcast Platform
• Trouble Shooting equipment in live and classroom settings: laptops, desktops, wireless and cabled mics, audio speakers, digital touchscreen interfaces, live streaming from livestream to skype, music library for audio production, compression schemes and codecs, uploading and downloading video clips, full edits, raw footage, etc.

ARONSON ADVERTISING INC., Schaumburg, IL September 2011 – August 2014
Advertising/Marketing Agency
Lead Editor/Motion Graphics Designer
• Create on air concepts, mock-ups/pitch spots, radio spots and corporate videos, using Adobe CC not limited to Photoshop, Flash, After Effects, Audition, Premiere, etc.
• Design and implement final edits for Local and Regional TV commercials.
• Successfully created multiple TV spots to use in pitch concepts/meetings to acquire new clients.
• Successfully created several spots that took current and new clients from 3rd or 4th place in their respective markets up to #1 in their market
• Lead project teams in completing work on-time and on-budget both as a lead artist and independent
• Manage schedules for production pipeline, while editing and designing multiple projects through the development process from initial design to on air and or client possession.
• Proactively identify risks and issues to production schedules; formulate and implement solutions for overcoming/resolving.
• Develop and execute asset management program.
• Developed/Designed/Modified over 100 different TV spots (to date) for clients.
• Responsible for final approval of concepts and finished spots
• Oversee and upload final spots for broadcast media
• Responsible and oversee compression schemes and output for web based video
• Creation of DVD's for clients/Co-Op approvals/deliverables/etc.

Free Lance Cinematographer & Videographer September 2006 – Present
• Director of Photography with sole responsibility for audio and video editing of a two-hour Independent Feature Film currently in production. Assisted with adaptation of script from stage to screen. Acted as Assistant Director.
• Worked as Best Boy and Grip on a short Independent Feature Film for Scotchworthy Productions.
• Scripted, directed, filmed and edited (audio and video) two conceptual commercials for internationally renowned consumer package goods brands.
• Produced numerous internal and/or external promotional spots ranging in length from fifteen (15) seconds to forty-five (45) minutes for corporations and non-profit organizations.
• Captured and enhanced events of personal significance including weddings, birthdays and retirement parties to provide life-long memories.
• Worked with clients as a provider for Power Point necessities from video to graphics.
• Duplicated final media and associated artwork for distribution.

Free Lance Graphic Design September 2006 – Present
• Designed corporate identity and branding concepts and materials.
• Created business-to-business and business-to-consumer promotional materials (e.g., web graphics, fliers, posters, banners, postcards and greeting cards).
• Devised CD artwork from concept to production-ready art for independent recording artists and major record labels with worldwide distribution.
• Modeled and rendered 3D illustrations of exhibit booth configurations and variations including color scheme.
• Modeled and rendered 3D illustrations of multiple format packaging concepts for cell phones/accessories.
• Worked with clients as a provider for Power Point necessities from video to graphics.
• Developed multi-media presentations from structure outline to finished product.
• Illustrated cover art for nationally distributed medical magazine.
• Partnered with other contract service providers to deliver projects.

DEERFIELD PARK DISTRICT, Deerfield, IL Summers 2007 - 2011
Stage & Screen Summer Theater Camp
On Camera Teacher/Video Producer/Editor/A.V. Tech
• Developed scripts for fictitious products, T.V. shows, soap operas, music videos, movie trailers and destination videos.
• Teach on camera class for camp participants ranging in age from 4th – 8th grade.
• Filmed all camp activities including rehearsals and final productions using practical and green screen locations as appropriate.
• Filmed/edited (audio and video) footage for incorporation into final production/final show.
• Filmed final production and edited all footage to create “memories” DVD-R inclusive of the show, bloopers from the program/classes and more.
• Loaded in, set-up and ran all necessary sound and audio video equipment (video projectors, 16+ channel mixing board, overhead, floor and wireless mics, DVD players, speakers, cabling, etc.) for final theater production.

MODAGRAPHICS, Rolling Meadows, IL. November 2005 – September 2006
Award Winning Retail & Fleet Graphics Company
Creative Director
• Partnered with clients to define project goals and objectives, needs and expectations.
• Developed and maintained production pipeline work plans to ensure projects were completed on-time and on-budget.
• Managed direct and indirect reports through project execution to ensure general art direction and finished products met or exceeded client expectations and met specifications for high resolution, large format printing.
• Designed and implemented multiple concepts for Fortune 500 companies simultaneously while performing managerial (people and project) responsibilities.
• Provided marketing and sales with Power Point assets for presentations, RFQ’s, Pitch Productions, etc.
• Led redesign of fleet marketing effort utilizing 3D designs for top brewery and major food distributor.
• Wrote/modified style/application guides for market leading companies to ensure integrity / continuity of brand image.
• Introduced company to and sold on the merits of migrating from 2D to 3D graphics and transformed corporate marketing approach to reflect new capabilities/services leveraging internal fleet as external communications tool.

WMS. GAMING INC., Chicago, IL 2000 – February 2005
Traditional/Video Slot Machine Design/Manufacturing Company
Senior Level Artist, Product Development
• Created slot machine concept storyboards, character designs, and feature mock-ups of reel and bonus round play, help menus and payout tables for more than a dozen slot machine concepts, often working on three or more projects simultaneously.
• Designed and implemented final artwork and animation (2D and 3D) for slot machines.
• Led project teams in completing work on-time and on-budget in role of Lead Artist. Completed projects on-time and on-budget where I was the only assigned artist.
• Managed schedules for production pipeline, while overseeing multiple projects/project teams through the development process from initial design to the casino floor.
• Proactively identified risks and issues to production schedules; formulated and implemented solutions for overcoming/resolving.
• Prepared final game documentation including description, overall game play, feature sets and design specifications.
• Developed and executed asset management program.
• Migrated games to new platforms and updated for use in international markets.
WMS. GAMING INC., Chicago, IL (cont.)
Senior Level Artist, Product Development (cont.)
• Created tutorials for processes to speed up the production of final art assets and to help new hires better understand the workings and limitations of operating systems (new and old).
• Taught coworkers how to use After Effects, Lightwave 3D, Photoshop, Illustrator and Debabilizer Pro.

Production Artist, Glass Packaging 1998 - February 2000
• Produced all logo designs, character art, color and type design for top box marquee/bar top inserts in partnership with the art staff to utilize sketches, concept and/or final artwork of existing characters thereby ensuring the overall package was consistent.
• Developed print proofs and spec sheets for new or existing art in multiple configurations in preparation for final production approval by outside vendors.
• Validated new art assets/updates to ensure level of production quality met or exceeded established standards.
• Inspected all incoming glass and top box/bar top inserts for color matching, quality of overall print and consistency with back stock and or legacy products.
• Partnered with outside printers/service providers to provide them with print/production ready artwork that required little to no modification.
• Created an efficient work flow and directory structure to allow all artists and marketing staff to easily access art production assets including glass production, comps. and inserts.
• Implemented a backup directory/file structure to allow vendors and employees access to production artwork and legacy products in an easily editable format.
• Created 3D renderings via Lightwave 3D for marketing deptartment to pre-viz future gaming products and or licensed products.

NORTHLAND CUSTOMS, Round Lake Beach, IL 1997 - 1998
Exhibit Design and Manufacturing
Graphics Production Manager
• Designed and oversaw production of a $0.5MM exhibit that could be configured to fit booths ranging from 10’x20’ to 50’x100’ without compromising aesthetics or messaging.
• Consulted with clients on project goals & objectives, needs and expectations, design concepts, layouts and installation parameters.
• Leveraged 3D renderings and virtual 3D video walk-through to review designs and obtain client approvals.
• Cultivated and managed vendor relationships to build strong, collaborative partnerships and ensure client objectives and project timelines were achieved.
• Created concept layouts of exhibit designs in both rough and final compositions.
• Designed and coordinated in-house and external production of all displays, signage, exhibits, conceptual artist renderings, 3D renderings, 3D walk-throughs and general print work to ensure consistency, color-match, on-time delivery and accurate installation.
• Developed and maintained production / delivery schedules to ensure all artwork / production pieces were on-site to coincide with construction schedule regardless of assembly location.
• Introduced company to 3D design technology and taught colleagues to use packages such as Lightwave 3D. Also taught colleagues to use software packages such as Photoshop and Sign Shop Pro.
• Developed work flow and back-up process to reduce lost, missing or outdated data files and improve overall production time.


College of Lake County Grayslake, IL.
Associate of Arts
(Graphic Design)

Columbia College Chicago, IL. - Deans List
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies
(Graphic Design, Animation and Film)


Graphics Software
Adobe CS4+, Photoshop CS, Illustrator CS, InDesign CS, Debabilizer Pro,
Universe, Image Ready, Painter, Gimp, Dogwaffle, and Sign Shop Pro

3D Software
Lightwave 3D V7.5+, Keyshot, Terragen, Xara 3D,

2D Animation Software
Flash CC, Pro Motion and D-Paint

Video Editing & Post Production
Adobe CC IE: After Effects 6.5+/CS, Premiere 6.5+/CS, Final Cut Pro,
Particle Illusion 3.0, Motion, Pinnacle Edition, Pinnacle Commotion,
Sony Vegas, Pro-Show Gold, Canopus Edit, Canopus Animate.
Currently Learning Avid and Combustion

Streaming and Live video Capture
Media Site, YouTube, VLC Player / Stream, Screen Flow

DVD Authoring
DVD Lab Pro, Adobe Encore CS, Sonic DVD IT, DVD-IT Pro,
DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, iDVD, Ulead DVD and Pinnacle (Minerva) Impressions

Audio Software
Nuendo 3.0, Acid 7.0 Pro and Sound Forge 10.0, Audacity,
Pro Tools, Adobe Audition CS and Cubase

Data Software
Microsoft Office Suite of Products, Parature, Lemur, 25 Live

Auto Play Menu Studio

Hardware / Equipment
IBM/P.C., Mac, SGI
Editing Systems (A/B Roll) and Non-Linear Editing via the P.C. or Mac
Audio Gear (microphones both wired and wireless, sound boards, rack based gear, all cabling)
Projectors (both reel to reel and digital), DV/HD Cameras (Industrial, Prosumer and Consumer)
Digital Still Cameras/DSLR
On Stand Animation Cameras

Available upon request
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I have been in the industry since 1995.

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