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Camera Assistant/Operator, Jupiter Entertainment     Knoxville, TN USA    Aug. 2017- Present

AC’d and operated for multiple shows, i.e. Murder Calls, Murder Chose Me, Atlanta Homicide, Fatal Attractions, Snapped Notorious season 2, & Homicide Hunter which air on Investigation Discovery, Oxygen, and TV1. Duties include setup and care of equipment, power management, setup and transport of video transmitters and monitors, camera maintenance and troubleshooting, lens cleaning and changes, setting up tripods, jibs, slider rails; dollies, transporting gear from location to location, operating second/third camera and capturing stills & b-roll. Use of Sony FS7, Sony F5, Sony A7s ii, Cannon 5D, tilt shift lenses, and Teradek video transmitters.

Photographer/owner, CJ Thomas Imaging    Earth, Milky Way    Jan. 2015- Present

Freelance Photographer/Videographer/Editor. Member of the Ocean Artist Society. Have had photos on exhibit in Miami, FL; Time Square NYC, NY; the Louvre Museum Paris, France. http://www.cjthomasimaging.com

Camera Operator, Tennessee Smokies Baseball   Kodak, TN USA    Apr. 2017- Present

Hand-held, wireless operation of a JVC GY-HM790 PROHD camera with a Teradek transmitter around the stadium during games, capturing game action, between inning activities, and fan interactions for web broadcast and home stand highlight reels of the AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMLi07YQ3hI (Not all but most shots are mine.)

Production Associate, Jewelry Television    Knoxville, TN USA    Sept. 2016- Aug. 2017

Assist in the execution of live show plan, prepare and break down set for live show, prepare live show product for broadcast. Hand-held and pedestal operation of Hitachi z-hd6000 for specialty shows, such as The Morning Mix, regular broadcast shows, and product capture. Became proficient in the operation of NXIO in a playback and image capture capacity. Requires excellent organizational and communication skills ability to multi task and adapt to changing priorities with the ability to prioritize work based on changing business needs.

Maintenance, Stardust Marina     Andersonville, TN USA    April 2015 – April 2016

Operation of forklift to empty dumpsters, trailer boats, and haul dock anchors. Operation of Maintenance boat to adjust and maintain docks, push trash barge, and push dump barge for dock anchors. Assist patrons with docking boats, assist with fueling boats, and waste tank pump-outs. Property and rental boat care.

Intern, Jost van Dyke Scuba/BVI Eco Tours     Jost Van Dyke, BVI    Oct. – Nov. 2014

Short term internship. Tasked with repairing and maintaining outboard engines. Performed annual visual inspections on scuba cylinders. Repaired regulators and tank valves. Guided dives and entertained guests. Captained and crewed a 26’ Privateer and a 27’ Dusky on day excursions and dive trips.

Seasonal Tour Guide, Snorkel Alaska     Ketchikan, AK USA    May 2014 – Sept. 2014

Guided 160 snorkeling tours for various cruise lines and their passengers. Sized guests for wetsuits and fitted them for mask and fins. Gave site briefings and wildlife presentations as well as free dived for echinoderms. Nominated for Princess Cruises Guide of the Season 3 of 5 months.

Delivery Crew, S/V Kristy Sue(40’ Bavaria)     Tortola, BVI    May 2014

Contracted to sail vessel 845 nautical miles from Tortola, BVI to St. George, Bermuda. Covered watches and tracked our location.

Dive Master, D/V Aqua Cat(102’ Catamaran)   Nassau, Bahamas   Jun 2013 – Feb. 2014

Travelled through the Exuma Cays, acquiring 6,534 miles at sea. General crew duties: Customer service, line handling, mooring maintenance, wash downs, and cabin cleaning. DM duties: Give dive site briefings, guide dives, scuba cylinder visual inspections, tank valve maintenance and repair. (Media): Captured and created memorable 30 minute trip videos and slideshows, using Sony Handycam and Nikon D70 & D80 in Ikelite housings, available for purchase on DVD at the end of each week long charter. Archive and log raw images/footage and finished products. (Lead): Liaised between Captain and passengers to ensure guests’ wishes were met, manage the 4 member dive team. (Boutique): Kept guests accounts up to date and secure, sold apparel, closed accounts and ensured payments were made before departure. (Assistant Engineer): Maintained engines, generators, compressor, water makers, and air conditioning units. Cleaned bilges, spliced lines, created a hatch to a water shut off valve, wired outlets.

Dive Instructor, Camp Bay Beach Dive Resort   Roatán, Honduras   Sept.– Dec. 2012

Taught Scuba courses, dive mastered a 6-pack dive boat, and guided kayak, snorkeling, and scuba diving tours at this start up resort.

Videographer, Open Aperture Productions  Charlotte, NC USA   Jun. 2011 – Sept. 2012

Single-handedly managed and operated multi-camera (Sony handycams and Canon 7D) shoots of legal, corporate, and wedding videos. Oversaw projects from pre-production through to distribution. Camera Operator, Editor.

Skills

Software Proficiency: Final Cut Pro 7/X, Soundtrack Pro, Word, Celtx, Adobe Photoshop 6, Adobe Lightroom 5, Capture NX 2, DVD Studio Pro, NXIO, Microsoft Office.

Equipment Proficiency: Sony FS7, Sony F5, Sony VX2100 and handycams, JVC GY-HM150U, JVC GY-HM790 PROHD, Hitachi z-hd6000, GoPro (Hero 2,3&4), Nikon D70, D80, D200, D300s, Canon 5D and 7D, Holga medium format, Minolta Maxxum, black & white film and print development, and the construction and use of pinhole cameras.

Language Proficiency: Fluent English, some Spanish.

Education

East Carolina University     Greenville, NC USA    24 Aug. 2007 - 6 May 2011

B.S. in Communications, Media Production            Minor in Art & Design

Courses taken include: Digital and Film Photography, Design, Videography, Lighting, Editing, Writing for the Electronic Mass Media, Image Theory and Aesthetics, Production.

Certifications

MCA Master of Yachts 200 ton Limited      Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA    April 2014

Successfully completed The Maritime Coastal Academy Master of Yachts 200 ton Limited course/practical, and VHF Radio Operators certificate.

STCW ’95 and Powerboat Level 2.     Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA    March 2014

Successfully completed STCW ’95, RYA Powerboat level 2, and RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship certificates.

NAUI Instructor #54258     Roatán, Honduras    April 2012

Successfully completed the NAUI Dive Master and Scuba­­­ Instructor Training Course with specialties in teaching Underwater Photo and Video, Deep, & Wreck.

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