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Gary Westphalen

Arlington, Virginia


About Me

The bulk of my career has been spent directing, producing, shooting and editing documentaries and magazine shows. Long form, in-depth reporting is my forte, although I have also created many short videos for broadcast, web, and corporate clients.

I am a scuba diver versed in underwater photography, a Steadicam operator, and an FAA Certificated Remote Pilot. I not only fly camera drones, but I am also a Remote Pilot trainer at the UAS Academy in Warrenton, VA, one of the premier drone pilot training schools in the nation.

I have also been involved in producing projects all over the world, so I am quite familiar with the challenges that international travel presents. Many of these works were award-winning endeavors, including the EMMY-winning TCM documentary Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial, and The Discovery Channel's Normandy: The Great Crusade, a 90-minute documentary examining D-Day from both sides of the front lines.

I was appointed by NASA to direct, write, and produce 2 full-length documentaries. One was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings, and the other was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the entire agency.

I also spent four years creating, publishing and editing an award-winning regional magazine, so I am well-versed in the print world as well.

I have been in the industry since 1975.

Westphalen Demo Reel
Added on 12/1/2017

A short sampling of a long and highly successful career. More videos are available at:


Editor/ Associate Producer/ Writer – Normandy: The Great Crusade

Television – The Discovery Channel

Editor – Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial

Television – TCM

Director / Producer / Writer – The Journeys of Apollo

Television – National Aeronatics & Space Administration (NASA)

Director / Producer / Writer – 50 Years of Exploration: The Golden Anniversary of NASA

Television – National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Producer / Writer / Editor – Hiding Places

Television – The Discovery Channel

Producer / Writer / Editor – The Misdiagnosis of Death

Television – The Learning Channel

Editor / Co-Producer / Videographer – Conquering Space: The Moon and Beyond

Television – International Distribution

Editor – The Mother Road

Television – PBS

Editor – No Secret Anymore: The Life and Times of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon

Feature –

Editor – Extreme Conditions: OCD

Television – The Discovery Channel

Editor – ABC News Nightline

Television – ABC News

Digital Journalist – ABC News "Pennsylvania Avenue" reporting team

Television – ABC News

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