Eric Dean Freese
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A skilled artist, technician and leader with a history of creating compelling visual communications

Senior Videographer/Editor Rausch Productions, Inc.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
December 2011 to Present

Produce, direct, shoot and edit corporate videos, documentaries, broadcast programming and commercials for medium-sized to Fortune 500 clients

Direct and shoot live events including concerts, corporate meetings and community functions

Develop on-screen graphics and animation

Consult with clients and vendors to determine the most effective, efficient production strategies

Explore and evaluate video production hardware and software, cameras and lighting technologiesDirected and created photography, video and design for the advertising campaigns of local, regional and national clients

Freelance Film and Video Professional   January 2003 to Present
Held a variety of crew positions for corporate and commercial video as well as feature and short films, events, and documentaries (see production list below)
Senior Art Director Marketing and Communication Strategeies, Inc.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
November 1995 to April 2009

Directed and created photography, video and design for the advertising campaigns of local, regional and national clients

Established the company’s audio and video production department

Vice President/Marketing Director Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
November 2001 to May 2008
Increased Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival participation and attendance over 1000% by developing and implementing multi-tiered marketing and public relations campaigns
Technical Director Marion Independent School District
Marion, Iowa
August 1998 to June 2001
Designed and oversaw lighting and sound design, and construction of sets and props for theatrical productions

Selected Freelance Production Experience
Gaffer "Bring Me a Dream" Mikeal Burgin
Camera Operator Live Sporting Events KCRG-TV9
Assistant Camera Liz Mathis for Senate Adelstein | Liston
Gaffer "Shift" Burgin/Beahm
Director of Photography Untitled TV Pilot KRT Productions
Director SpeedConnect Eastern Iowa Overview Marketing and Communication Strategies, Inc.
Director of Photography Galena Business Profiles KRT Productions
Grip "Spread" Bluebox Limited/Paramount
Director of Photography Jane Elliot Documentary Artza Productions
Director of Photography Marriott Hotels Video Tours Bratys Development SRL/TVTrip
Director of Photography Campaign Videos Dennis Peterson for Supervisor
Camera Operator Student Interviews ME&V/Cedar Rapids Public Library
Director of Photography Marriott Hotels Video Tours Bratys Development SRL/TVTrip
First Assistant Camera "Trophy Wife" Bad Influence Cinema
Grip UIHC Promotional Videos Hatfield Post/Production, University of Iowa
Director of Photography Campaign VIdeos Dennis Petersen for Supervisor
Key Grip "Man and Woman" Travis Kraus
Gaffer "One Bullet " CRMPG
Gaffer "Sway" Vigilance Films
Grip "Impulse" Bluebox Limited
Second Assistant Camera "Collapse" StoryBench/Iowa Film Production Services
Director of Photography "Splatter" StoryBench/Iowa Film Production Services
Director of Photography "The Offering" StoryBench/Iowa Film Production Services
Director of Photography "The First Tomorrow" Iowa Digital Filmmakers Guild
Director of Photography "Drop Gun" IDFG/Mississippi Films, Inc.
Sound Recordist "Eternal Punishment" JD Productions
Director of Photography VeraSun Ethanol Story Forbes.com
Director/DP BrookView TV Spot The Views Senior Living
Camera Operator UI Football Class of 1960 Reunion National Iowa Varsity Club
Grip "Take Your Office With You" Qwest Communications
Production Assistant Iowa State University Recruitment Motiv Films/Iowa State University
Production Assistant Just Eliminate Lies Anti-smoking Spot Motiv Films/JEL
Associate Producer "Jenny's Blog" Progressive Indirect Productions
Director/DP Wesley Halcyon House Corporate Video Wesley Services
Director of Photography "Voleur Dans le Theatre Avec Un Touriste" Eyedream Productions
Boom Operator "Count on Me" Slice Pictures
Extras Casting Director "The Final Season" Final Season Partners
Boom Operator "Operation: Homecoming" TLC/True Entertainment
Producer/AD "Homeland Security" IMPA/Robert Hurst
Grip "Boone Style" Youngblood Productions
Videographer Testimonial Videos Options of Linn County
Writer/Director/Editor "Racked" Self-Produced
Associate Producer "Jump for Jesus" Spiritual Dynamics
Writer/Director/Editor "Cellmate" Self-Produced
Writer/Director/Editor "Redlight Hearts Misunderstanding" William Palmer
Assistant Art Director Track Star TV Spot U.S. Cellular
Assistant Producer/DP "Elvis, Kafka and Me" Julie Shelton-Berg
Director/DP Corporate Video Tanager Place


Video and audio production, design, and other software on Macintosh and Windows platforms

Troubleshooting computer hardware and software, camera, lighting, audio and logistical challenges

Web development experience including graphics, HTML, CSS, Flash and social media

Creative direction, copywriting, storyboarding

Event planning, marketing and management

B.A., Cinema (Production Emphasis) University of Iowa
May 2004

Concentration in video and film production, cinematography and editing

B.A. Art (Studio Emphasis) University of Iowa May 1993
Concentration in graphic design, photography and drawing
Additional coursework in broadcast communications


Iowa Motion Picture Association
Award of Achievement – Director of Photography for “Splatter”
Award of Excellence – Director of Photography for “Drop Gun”
Awards of Achievement – Lighting Design and Entertainment (Short Form) for “Drop Gun”

Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival
Gold Eddy Award, Professional Feature Film for “Splatter”
Audience Choice Eddy Award for “Splatter”
Gold Eddy Award, Professional Short Form Film for “Drop Gun”

American Red Cross Grant Wood Area Chapter
Marketing Volunteer of the Year

Communicator Awards
Award of Distinction

Addy Awards
Gold – RAP “AIDS Doesn’t Discriminate”
Silver – UIHC C. Everett Koop Campaign
Silver – American Profol Web Site
Gold – MCS Halloween Promotion
Silver – Hawthorne Direct “It’s a Jungle” Campaign
Silver – MCS Web site


Iowa Motion Picture Association: Former Vice-President, Marketing Chair
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Volunteer
Cedar Rapids Independent Filmmakers: Former Vice President
Theatre Cedar RapidsVolunteer
Iowa Cinema Events Coalition: Founder
Iowa SIDS Foundation Volunteer
Landlocked Film Festival Volunteer
Iowa Digital Filmmakers Guild Member
American Red Cross Volunteer
Visual Arts Alliance Member



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