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Daniel H.

Milwaukee, WI

$25/hour

Expert Final Cut Pro Video Editor Specializing in Narrative Cinema

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Washington University in St. Louis
Film and Media Studies and Drama

Education

Washington University in St. Louis (Film and Media Studies and Drama)

About Daniel

If you're looking for some help with Final Cut Pro, video compression methods for local or internet delivery, DVD authoring, and much more, I'm here to help. I've been working as a narrative film editor for 15 years, and professionally self-employed as a video post-production specialist for the last 11. In tutoring, I have a solid plan for students and how they should progress with professional editing.

Contact me if you're interested in taking your post-production skills to the next level, making your work stand out in the era of dense internet video, or if you're just starting out and looking for someone to show you the basics. My rates are reasonable and my schedule is flexible. Thanks for looking!
If you're looking for some help with Final Cut Pro, video compression methods for local or internet delivery, DVD authoring, and much more, I'm here to help. I've been working as a narrative film editor for 15 years, and professionally self-employed as a video post-production specialist for the last 11. In tutoring, I have a solid plan for Read more

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One free lesson for every four you purchase!

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Travels within 40 miles of Milwaukee, WI 53217
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Film

In addition to working as a video editor, I have a solid understand of the narrative film style needed to produce a solid film project.

I've taken several courses on film history, ranging from American cinema, World cinema, French and German film history, film sound and theory courses, and film production and post-production. I'm well-versed in conceptualization to distribution and everything in between.

In addition to video editing, I served as a film consultant in the Greater Atlanta area, assisting clients with storyboarding, idea generation, location scouting, prop assistance, actor auditioning and coaching, equipment advising and purchasing, and much more.

I believe I have a great understanding of how the industry works and this is the entire basis of how I have structured my approach to video editing.

Theater

I believe I am uniquely qualified to teach theatre; more specifically acting technique (despite being a video production junkie, I spent a HUGE amount of time acting in and directing plays and musicals).

I've studied at the Globe Theatre in London, under Jane Lapotaire (a well-known Shakespearean actress), learning various techniques including the use of iambic and antitheses to create beautiful poetic scenes.

I've also studied the Mamet technique at the Atlantic Acting School in New York, analyzing what the characters in the scene are literally and essentially doing, while 'sourcing' material by creating an 'as if.' I've also been able to compare the Earle Gister acting technique to Mamet's, which deals with making the other actor feel a certain way. Too, the Meisner repetition technique which creates heightened awareness and impulsiveness, and I've also extensively studied the Alexander Technique, whose nearly 100-year history opens up the channel between your head and your entire body so that breath support and posture allow energy to flow freely, learning that thinking or desiring a physical change can actually produce a physical change. To wrap all of this up, I learned the Grotowski technique which discussed improvisation within a structure, and the value of setting physical action (blocking), repeating it for muscle memory, and then being able to freely play out your actions within that structured world.

In college I directed an exclusive production of Jonathan Larson's 'Tick, Tick...Boom!', an exploration of Larson's life leading up to the creation of one of his only successful works (Rent, as we all know and love). At the time, this was one of the only places in the country where this production could be seen and had the rights to perform it. I was also 'Vashya' in the world-premiere of Tennessee Wiliams' little-known play, 'Me, Vashya,' which he wrote during his tenure in St. Louis. I was also in the world premiere production of 'Six Seconds in Charlack,' which explored the aftermath of a car accident in a remote Missouri town. The show has been picked up by several off-Broadway theatre companies around the country.

I'm really great at working with actors, giving solid feedback and technique, monitoring their growth and achievements, and offering helpful notes on what works with what they're doing and what needs improvement. Whether it's monologue work, audition work, scene work or even musical work, I'm here. Thanks for your consideration!

Video Production

As an active video editor since age 14 when I first forayed into linear tape-to-tape editing, I've developed a love for the creative process of video production and editing and have never stopped since.

In college, I learned the basics of NLE (non-linear editing) through Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Studio, and continued to use the expert editing techniques as they relate to artistic and narrative integrity through my own business in 2005 which thrives to this day.

Working with many, many different clients and easily over 200 projects (including those in a full-time job I held for two years at an eCommerce education company), I realized that every client has wants and needs that are slightly different from the next. I was trained in the narrative style of filmmaking. So trailer production, music videos, weddings, bar mitzvahs, and corporate videos became much easier when the narrative style was applied and I abandoned the notion of how 'this particular type of video had to look.' As long as the narrative was there and the editing was engaging, you could have a documentary on scotch tape and keep the audience riveted.

Using this approach in working with clients is an incredible sense of enjoyment for me. When a client tells me their project turned out better than they ever thought it could be, and I feel as though I did EVERYTHING I could to get their project absolutely perfect, I know I've done the right thing.

A lot of my work is available on Amazon, was (formerly) at video rental stores, and has been submitted to several festivals around the world.

Washington University in St. Louis
Film and Media Studies and Drama

Education

Washington University in St. Louis (Film and Media Studies and Drama)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

One free lesson for every four you purchase!

Travel policy

Daniel will travel within 40 miles of Milwaukee, WI 53217.