Ron Dam's greatest passion is shooting and editing. He excels in creativity and has a keen eye for both composition and timing. Ron enjoys building stories in both Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and Final Cut Pro 10.
His love for capturing events on film started during his days as a reporter for Long Beach State's beloved newspaper, the Daily 49er. He created video packages for Beach News, the paper's online video section. Since then, Ron contributed over 180 videos for Patch.com, an AOL network of community news sites. From high school plays to city parades, he often stayed on location for hours at a time, grabbing the best footage for powerful storytelling.
His passion for weaving together video eventually trickled beyond journalism. Ron had a stint as a camera operator for Kidz Sports Zone, a company specializing in filming children's sports matches and professional soccer teams such as the Los Angeles Strikers and Anaheim Bolts.
In the summer of 2012, his creative talents landed him as a contractor for "The Compass Effect," a small-scale YouTube channel funded by a Vietnamese non-profit. Ron ran just about every aspect of the show, including filming, writing, directing and editing. The program aimed to instill life lessons through fun and engaging content. He worked with a volunteer staff and spent numerous hours a week editing.
More recently, the video buff joined the City of Costa Mesa video department to further hone his skills. Ron works under the guidance of a video coordinator producing human interest segments for the local Costa Mesa Channel 3 and city website.
I have been in the industry since 2010.
Excerpt from a profile on Vietnamese-American UFC fighter Nam Phan. Camera work and editing done by Ron Dam.