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JEFF COOK
Freelance Video Editor • Editing Instructor
Producer • Director • Writer
PO Box 534, Arlington, VA 22216
cookstudios@mac.com • 703-980-1104 cell
Assuring creatively energized and technically tight media production on a deadline, Jeff Cook is an experienced video editor, editing instructor, producer/director/writer based in the Washington, DC region. Jeff brings rich conceptual and logistical judgment to any type of media project, while blending with the great variety of topics, styles, methods, and coworkers in the video industry. Over a broad and diverse editing career Jeff's work is seen worldwide, and has attracted Cine Golden Eagles, Communicator Awards, Telly Awards, Monitor Awards, Peer Awards, and the first National Daytime Emmy Nomination for The Discovery Channel.

FORMAL EDUCATION
BA in Radio-Television-Film, Minor in English
University of Maryland, College Park

Avid Media Composer, Avid Instructor Certification, Avid Advanced Operations, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, EMC2 Non-Linear Editor, DaVinci Color Correction, Advanced Video Operations, CMX3600 Edit Controller, Still Photography & Darkroom, Film Production @ AFI

PRIMARY PRODUCTION RESPONSIBILITIES
COOK STUDIOS INC
FREELANCE EDITOR, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER/SHOOTER
Currently operating a freelance multimedia services company for video editing, producing, scriptwriting, edit instruction with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro. Deep experience in nonfiction broadcast & cable, long & short form documentary, national & international network news, promotional, technical training, educational and informational video. Also studio support, helicopter aerial video/photography, podcasting.
(Washington DC & National - April 91 to Present)
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
FREELANCE PRODUCER/EDITOR, WRITER/SHOOTER/YOUTUBE MANAGER
Studio & field production. Independently created promotional, educational, and policy programming for a $65 Billion congressionally-controlled corporation. Routinely researched and produced new multimedia launches, shaped policy updates with the Postmaster General, personally managed the USPS YouTube site, produced pool-camera packages.
(Washington DC & National – Dec 2011 to Sept 2014)
HENNINGER MEDIA SERVICES
AVID EDITOR, STAFF
Primary Avid editor for documentaries, industrials and commercials for broadcast, cable and independent distribution. Introduced Avid Media Composer & EMC2 nonlinear editing to the DC market through several Henninger-owned facilities. Also maintained technical systems, advised & trained staff and freelancers, routinely tested new processes.
(Washington DC, Richmond & Arlington, VA - June 91 to April 95)
COLORIST, TELECINE & VIDEO FINISHING
Initiated color-correction service using DaVinci Renaissance Color Correction system. Specialized in video-sweetening of edited programs, including image repair and creative visual enhancement. Film transfers on Bosch FDL-60 telecine. Developed technical procedures, consulted on system improvements, wrote articles for industry publications.
(Arlington, VA - Jan 91 to July 93)
CMX LINEAR TAPE EDITOR
Program editor for original productions, and reformatting for broadcast.
(Washington DC, Richmond & Arlington, VA - Jan 91 to June 91)
ASSISTANT VIDEO EDITOR & VIDEO TECH
Complete linear online suite prep, Chyron CG, still store, motion control camera, offline/online editing with CMX3600 controllers, Grass Valley switchers, ADO, dubbing, routers, patchbays, full operation of all formats. Trained incoming staff, organized daily procedures, designed standard production forms.
(Arlington, VA - May 88 to Jan 91)
KLM VIDEO
TELECINE COLORIST & VIDEO TECH
Provided film-to-tape transfers for governments, corporate and independent producers using Marconi B3410 telecine in all video and film formats. Also general video tech services including copy camera, cg and graphics manipulation, dubbing.
(Bethesda, MD - July 87 to May 88)

INSTRUCTOR, EDITING & PRODUCTION
Using both published classroom curriculum and customized on-site training. Responsible for introducing 400 new editors & production crew to the industry through these organizations:

COOK STUDIOS INC
Continuing client-specific production edit training & consulting on Premiere, Avid, Final Cut and field production.
(Washington DC region – April 95 to Present)
HENNINGER MEDIA SERVICES
Helped create & operate the first Avid Certified Training Center in a post facility environment.
(Arlington, VA – June 91 to April 95)
FUTURE MEDIA CONCEPTS
Taught Avid curriculum in a corporate training environment.
(Washington, DC – Dec 99 to Dec 03)
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY DOCUMENTARY CENTER
Taught BetacamSP field shooting, location lighting, Avid editing for adult students at established academic media institute. Included course planning, project proposal analysis, production advising, field supervision, project evaluation.
(Washington DC - March 01 to June 01)
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
As undergraduate teaching assistant, supervised film production classes, including classroom instruction, production advising, equipment training, scheduling and maintenance, film shooting, editing and projection. Studio support as on-camera talent, floor manager, lighting, control room staff.
(College Park, MD - June 83 to Aug 86

GENERAL STUDIO & FIELD PRODUCTION SUPPORT
ACTIVE AERIALS INC
PHOTO/VIDEOGRAPHER
Owned & Operated an aerial video and photography service, flying from helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft for corporate clients, museums, and government.
(Washington DC area – 2007)
FIELD PRODUCTION ASSISTANT, FREELANCE
Betacam & 16mm camera operator, clipreel editor, production stills photographer, video assist, art department, propshopping, film courier, grip. Performed as narrator and extra talent. Enjoyed a variety of responsibilities at many budget levels. Worked extensively on commercials & PSAs, documentary and some dramatic projects.
(Baltimore/Washington DC region - Aug 84 to Dec 87)
INSLEYFILMS
INTERN, FILM PRODUCTION
Assisted with commercials and PSAs originating on 35mm film in studio and field. Contributed to large-scale production, dealt regularly with production service companies, rotated crew positions, gained working knowledge of high-end production standards.
(Baltimore, MD - June 86 to Aug 86)
VIDICAM SERVICES
FIELD CAMERA OPERATOR
Betacam shooter for a startup production company, promos and corporate media.
(Annapolis, MD – 1983)
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
STUDIO PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
At County educational television studio, was responsible for a wide variety of studio and remote operations, including camera, audio, lighting, floor managing, switcher ops, directing. Rotated through many production positions for overall competence.
(Rockville, MD - Aug 77 to May 78)
CIRCLE/SHOWCASE THEATERS
PROJECTIONIST
Operated theatrical 35mm projectors, both reels and platters for first-run features. Included trailer selection, print assembly and breakdown, light maintenance.
(Washington DC region - Dec 82 to Dec 83)

OTHER MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE
NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRES INC
THEATRE MANAGER, NEW CARROLLTON THEATRE
Directly responsible for a 900-seat single-screen movie house, including a staff of twenty. Performed all business and customer relations functions, as well as concessions, trailer selection, and otherwise strived to maintain a truly classic theatrical presentation.
(New Carrollton, MD - Dec 80 to Dec 82)
ASSISTANT MANAGER, LANDOVER SIX MULTIPLEX THEATRE
Cash handling, scheduling, merchandise and attendance reports, employee and customer relations in an 1800-seat multiplex movie theatre.
(Landover, MD - July 79 to Dec 80)
SNAP SHOPS
ASSISTANT RETAIL MANAGER
Operated a retail camera and photofinishing establishment, including inventory management, customer/staff tutoring, demonstrations and sales.
(Landover, MD – Mar 79 to July 79)
PHOTOFINISHING RETAIL SPECIALIST
Primary store liason between the photo lab, employees and customers.
(Hyattsville, MD - Jan 79 to Mar 79)

EVENT PRODUCTION, MANAGEMENT & PRESENTATION
DCPILOTS
Online group for General Aviation in the Washington DC region, 7 years
NOVAC STAR GAZE
Annual public astronomy event for 600 observers, 4 years
GODDARD AT NIGHT
Public astronomy presenter, NASA Goddard Visitor Center, 3 years
GAELIC LANGUAGE IMMERSION WEEKENDS
Sustaining the Scottish Gaelic language, music & culture, 4 years
EARLY MUSIC WEEKENDS
Renaissance music classes & performance, 2 years
K-12 SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Introducing video production & amateur astronomy to young people, Ongoing

RANDOM DIVERSIONS
Private Pilot, Sailing, Backyard Astronomy, Flyfishing, Music Performance, Tuvan Throatsinging

EDITING CLIENTS/PROJECTS HAVE INCLUDED
INFORMATION/ENTERTAINMENT
WETA: Neighborhood Eats, Great Views, Around Town
Discovery Channel: Science of HIV, Exploring Your Brain
The Learning Channel: Great Country Inns (26 Ep)
The Travel Channel: Tour Deluxe (13 Ep)
National Park Service: LBJ: The President
FBI Training Academy: Highly specialized support for new agents
MPT/WETA Broadcast: Chincoteague: Virginia’s Island Treasure
CORPORATE/GOVERNMENT
DXC Technology
US Postal Service
Hewlett Packard
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
Economist Intelligence Unit
AHEC: Navigating the US Healthcare System
DOD: The Musicians of Army Bands
Credit Union National Association
Veterans Administration
NEWS
WETA: PBS Newshour, Washington Week
Education Week: Making the Grade
CBS Sunday Evening News
N24 German TV News
TRT Turkish Radio Television
Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, PBS
National Press Club: Video News Releases
Reuters

PROMOTION
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Virginia Tech: Funding Series
Creative Logic: Campaign Spots
United Brotherhood of Carpenters
UNICA: Sugarcane Ethanol