Category: Educational

DNews

While working with Discovery Digital Networks, I produced roughly 300 episodes of DNews (now called Seeker), a science and technology web series with 2.4 million YouTube subscribers. I was responsible for both the creative vision of the show and the daily production, pitching story ideas, reading and editing scripts, directing talent, supervising post-production, and managing the team’s associate producers and interns. I also maintained the show’s rigorous production calendar. With 10 episodes a week, no area of science, technology, or medicine went unturned!

The above episode was a breaking news story that I conceptualized, wrote, and produced in less than five hours. Below are videos about how liquid water can have more than one state and what happens when you swallow gum. Each of these garnered over a million views in just over a week.

 

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What is the Anthropocene?

I wrote and produced this animated explainer introducing Smithsonian viewers to the concept of the Anthropocene – a new geologic epoch delineated by humanity’s impact on the planet. The first in a multi-part series, this film describes the far-reaching effect of human actions.

The second episode, below, illuminates how humans have modified food over time.

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Ask Smithsonian

I produced over a dozen episodes of Ask Smithsonian, an editorial web series that answers intriguing questions about science, history, and culture. The show tackled everything from, “How do flamingos stand on one leg?” to “How do you mummify a body?” In the above episode, we answer the question, “Is it true that elephants can’t jump?” Browse the Ask Smithsonian collection for more!

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National Portrait Gallery

For the Smithsonian, I wrote and produced a series of nine videos in support of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today. Primarily created for social media channels and YouTube, the videos also played together as a loop within the exhibition.

Below, Jerry Saltz, Senior Art Critic for New York Magazine, talks about the jury process, and first prize winner Amy Sherald shares her technique.

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Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) empowers young people to own their economic success and become financially literate. Every year, the regional chapter in Washington, DC sponsors the Washington Business Hall of Fame. I wrote and produced this video to introduce JA to the larger business community at that event. I also produced four tribute videos introducing each honoree. Two examples are below.

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Amtrak

I produced and wrote this vital safety campaign video for Amtrak that educates viewers on the best ways to react and respond to an active shooter within a station. The video is currently showing in most major Amtrak stations around the nation.

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Alaska Wilderness League

As part of a national campaign for the Alaska Wilderness League, I produced three videos about the need to preserve our wild lands and the harmful impacts of drilling and mining operations. The above film introduces viewers to the Alaska Wilderness League, while the below videos profile two of Alaska’s most precious natural spaces: the National Petroleum Reserve and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

 

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