Ryan J. Lawson
Video Production & Communications Specialist
STRENGTHS AND SKILLS ____________
Energetic individual with a deep passion for digital media and a results- driven attitude for performance. Proficient video editing experience using Adobe Creative Suites (CS5), Final Cut Pro, and Sony Vegas software. Fully competent of live television and remote production including technical direction, camera operation, audio engineering, set- lighting, and graphics. Organized producer who is able to lead others in order to achieve overall success. Copywriter with proficient knowledge in AP style. A team player.
WORK HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE ____________
Contract Camera Operator –Miss Illinois / Miss Teen Illinois Pageants- Chicago IL, Dec. 2012
Contracted by 4Star Productions as primary camera operator. Operated main camera for live feed and DVD. Gathered B-Roll for DVD specials.
Food Service – Chili’s Bar & Grill – Chicago IL, Jan. 2011- Present
Food server for one of America’s largest casual dining restaurant chains in downtown Chicago. Top 5 server by PPA ( Per Person Average). Promoted to bartender in Sept. 2012. This position refines my interpersonal, communication, and multi-tasking skills necessary for my media production career.
Contract Video Specialist - University of Tulsa - Tulsa OK, Nov. 2011- Jan. 2012
Camera operator and lighting coordinator for men and women’s basketball home games.
Video Producer - Drillers Baseball Inc. - Tulsa OK, Mar. 2011- Sept. 2011
Produced live online broadcasts (MiLB.com) for every Drillers home game rotating positions including technical director, camera operator, replay deck editor, and audio engineer. Produced, directed, and edited remote video projects covering sponsor segments, commercials, and Driller promotions. Developed the Drillers organization’s studio lighting and techniques for future production assistants. Converted/ processed multitudes of video file types. Copywriter for MiLB.com and social media websites (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare)
Administrative Assistant - Garrett Law Office P.C. - Tulsa OK, Oct .2010- Feb. 2011
Developed marketing strategies for David Garrett Law including brochures, radio, online social media and TV advertisement using Creative Suites. Produced, directed, and edited Garrett Law TV advertisement (aired Dec. 2010 to present, Tulsa market only). Co-authored Spanish-language radio advertisement. Promoted by founding attorney David M. Garrett to administrative assistant after successful campaign.
Marketing Specialist - TRC Nutritional Labs - Tulsa OK, May 2010- Oct. 2010
Developed accounts with customers by telemarketing and mailing brochures. Directly involved in the development of the TRC customer brochure. Top 3 in sales and earned a 15% pay increase
Housing and Food Supervisor - University of Oklahoma - Norman OK, Aug. 2008 - Apr. 2010
Earned ServSafe (food safety) Certificate enabling operation and supervision of university-owned franchises such as Freshens Smoothies, Chick Fil-A, Wendy’s, and Quiznos. Trained and supervised college-aged adults in these franchises, directly impacting business development
Digital Media Journalist - KOCO Channel 5 News - Oklahoma City OK, Jul. 2008-Sept. 2008
Produced high school sports highlights for online and TV broadcasts. Directly shot footage and edited.
Contract Video Producer - Saxum Communications - Oklahoma City OK, Oct. 2007- June 2008
Produced, directed, and edited an impactful educational video for the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce that is used to teach middle- school students the importance of nanotechnology and how it is helpful in today’s society.
Directed and edited footage from a Milbank Corporate press conference (March 2008) announcing their takeover of the historic First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City. This conference included the then-elected lieutenant governor of Oklahoma Jari Askins.
Developed b-roll footage for Integris Baptist Procure Center in Edmond, OK which was used to update patients and corporate sponsors on the construction of the center. This was the first facility in Oklahoma to use proton therapy to treat cancer.
Bachelor of Arts, Film and Media Studies University of Oklahoma, 2007
Television/ film production training including script –writing.
Completed courses on television cameras, video/ audio boards, and digital graphics .
Studied media covering global perspectives including various cultures’ view on the use of digital media. Studied on-screen acting.
University Film Society Member.
I have been in the industry since 2006.