Hi there, my name is Jon Cofer. I live in Pittsburgh, PA and work for Picture This Media. I'm the Lead Video Editor, and I create videos and animations using the Adobe Creative Suite.
I grew up in State College, Pennsylvania, and fell in love with video early in high school. I got my first job in the field as a member of the game day production staff for Penn State basketball games in 2002. I kept close ties with the Penn State Athletics video department, continuing to help out part-time (usually during fall/winters) through 2008. Over the years I did camera, replay, graphics, editing, and tape logging… basically anything I was asked to do.
Although I grew up 2 miles from and was accepted to Penn State University, I decided to move away from home as an exercise in starting over. I graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Arts & Journalism. There I earned a 3.855 GPA, 3.905 in my major.
In 2008 I moved to Binghamton to work with the Binghamton Mets as a video production intern, and took over full-time as the director in 2009. There I shot video with Canon XL2 cameras, edited and created graphics with the Adobe CS5 suite, and ran the gameday production staff. Each year I was there I hired and trained a new batch of video interns – many of which are still working in production, something I am very proud of.
Starting in November of 2011 I worked as a Producer with the New Jersey Devils. There I directed Devils home games and collaborated with the rest of the production staff to create video content for the scoreboard, website and youtube. I was with the Devils until November of 2014 when I returned to my home state of Pennsylvania to work with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
As the Manager of Game Presentation with Pirates I produced the in-stadium broadcast, built gameday scripts and work schedules, and created video content for the videoboard. I was with the Pirates full-time for 6 years and continue to work there, part-time, to this day.
I've done a few solo freelance gigs here and there. Most notably, in September of 2011 & April of 2012 I worked on a sizzle reel for Emerald Cut Productions. They had an aspiring TV show, and I put together a sizzle reel that demonstrated what the show is about and introduces the characters. They used this video to pitch their show idea to TV execs.
In late 2017/early 2018 I worked on a sportsmanship video for NEAC Division III Sports. It was a one-day shoot and I managed the audio recording as well as two cameras by myself. I edited the final product in the Adobe Creative Suite.
Anyway, If you are interested in contacting me with any questions, please do! I am also available for freelance editing and animation projects. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org, and I look forward to hearing from you.
I have been in the industry since 2008.