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Hello,
I’m Naomi.

Howdy,
I’m Naomi.

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I am a producer and designer with multiple credits in a wide variety of multimedia applications. I am also a university professor, teaching courses in the creative arts. I’m passionate about the intersection of learning, technology and creativity–which is why my life and career reflect a diverse set of skills and interests.I began my career in independent filmmaking and soon started working in visual effects and post-production supervision. I have produced several award-winning independent feature and short subject films as well as commercial and promotional pieces. Over the last decade, I transitioned into new media channels and worked primarily as a creative director, focusing on visual communication, brand development and marketing. Projects include identity design and branding for start-ups, art direction for ZUCAMP, a successful MMORPG for tweens, and marketing, design and content creation for ‘edutainment’ media properties for schools and other institutions.

Concurrent with a new full-time role as a university professor, I opened a freelance creative business to give myself the opportunity to continue to sharpen professional skill sets and to develop new collaborations in the arts and entertainment. Recently, much of my freelance work involves designing and building websites for non-profits and doing development consultation for independent film and television projects.

My academic research interests are in the areas of storytelling as problem-solving, cultivating student creativity, equal access to digital technology, and “culture care.”   I love hearing new points of view, collaborating with diverse individuals and organizations, and putting projects together. Feel free to reach out if you want to discuss research interests, hire me for a job, or even if you have a great internship opportunity for my film/communication students!

Where to start? I am a producer and designer, logophile and frustrated artist, mastermind and occasional sufferer of impostor syndrome, college professor and eternal student. I’m passionate about the intersection of learning, technology and creativity–and have pursued these interests, however inelegantly, across a wide sphere of the arts, entertainment and education.

I began my career in independent filmmaking and soon started working in visual effects and post-production supervision–once I realized I needed to extend my projected lifespan by earning enough to afford better food than peanut butter and pasta. I have produced several award-winning independent feature and short subject films as well as commercial and promotional pieces. Over the last decade, I transitioned into new media channels and worked primarily as a creative director, focusing on visual communication, brand development and marketing. I’ve gamified the summer camp experience, made costumed dogs talk, flannelgraphs sing, and worked with insanely talented people.

If all that wasn’t enough, I began teaching at the university level and transitioned into a full-time assistant professor role in 2012. Recently, much of my freelance creative work involves designing and coding websites (another random skill acquired along the way) for non-profits and doing development consultation for independent film and television projects.

I’d love to hear from you, especially if you have a paying job for me or a great internship for my students. I’m also an unabashed nerd, which means I deeply enjoy simply conversing about any or all of my academic research interests: storytelling as problem-solving, cultivating student creativity, equal access to digital technology, and “culture care.” I love hearing new points of view, collaborating with diverse individuals and organizations, and putting projects together.

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Selected Work Experience
  • 2012-  Freelance Creative. Various Clients.
  • 2012-  Assistant Professor. Communication/Cinema Arts, Vanguard University.
  • 2008-12  Adjunct Professor. Communication/Cinema Arts, Vanguard University.
  • 2010-12  Design Consultant. Orbit Media Group.
  • 2009-10  Art Director. MMORPG ZuCamp. Children’s Camps International.
  • 2007-09  In-House Producer/Creative Director. Rivet Production and Design.
  • 2007  Producer. Feature film 305. Holechek Pictures.
  • 2006  In-House Producer/Creative Director. Rivet Production and Design.
  • 2005  Associate Producer. Feature Film Heidi 4 Paws. 4 Paws Entertainment.
  • 2003  Producer. Feature Film Arizona. Arachne Pictures.
Professional Development
  • B.A. Communication Studies, emphasis in Public Relations & Film
  • M.A. Critical Studies of Film & Television
Skills and Specializations
  • graphic design
  • front-end web design and development
  • visual fx and postproduction
  • postproduction pipeline development and tracking
  • art direction for animation
  • branding and art direction for children’s entertainment properties
  • layout design
  • proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
  • working knowledge of industry standard editing, animation and compositing software
  • can build and maintain custom database solutions in FileMaker Pro and WordPress
  • fluent in new media technology, Wordpress, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and PHP