I am currently in my junior year at Columbia College Chicago studying Cinema Art + Science as well as Entrepreneurship and Business Management. The influential power that media can have is ultimately what drives me. I strive to create exceptional work that entertains, informs, and nurtures.
Creative and strategic vision, keen attention to detail, and desire to create for impact are skills that help me excel when it comes to my interest in film, marketing and creative enterprise.
I aim to construct monumental yet simple work that will help shape a better tomorrow.
Airbnb Internship | Editor | July 2014
I was very enthusiastic in getting the opportunity to edit Host with Pride. Finding the narrative and soul of this story throughout scattered audio clips, interviews, and b-roll footage was highly stimulating for me. I found great pleasure in creating work that stood for something bigger than myself.
Airbnb Internship | Producer, Cinematographer, Editor | August 2014
The goal of this video was to be informative and to express a sense of belonging. I wanted to accomplish this by keeping everything real; not scripting interviews and capturing footage in its most natural state. This was a great challenge I enjoyed learning a lot from.
Co-Founder, Design Lead | Current
Hang provides a simple and fun solution in getting together with your friends. The idea originated from a pivot while at YC Hackaton. Creating Hang is allowing me to collaborate with some exceptionally creative and talented people. We are all having a lot of fun and learning from each other each step of the way.
Independent Project | Current
Forward utilizes the power of quality content to influence users in positive ways. Its intuitive design and interactive features will nurture users lives forward as it informs and entertains. I love the process of building this application as I integrate new ideas and refine previous features as well as design aesthetics.
For further explanation of recent work or desire to see more work, please contact me at the bottom of the page.
Illinois Film Office | Fall 2014 | Chicago, IL
Volunteering time to assist film productions in finding locations and receiving a 30% tax credit. Attracting filmmakers to Chicago by scouting and photographing various locations around the city. Helping approve tax credits by organizing, analyzing and verifying mass amounts of paperwork.
"Dalton was a pleasure to work with. My team and I would welcome him on any project!" - Julie Morgan, Production Coordinator
Airbnb | Summer 2014 | San Fransisco, CA
Explained, expressed, and promoted Airbnb on a global level through various videos that I produced, shot, and edited. Contributed in launching a massive company rebrand that dramatically increased brand recognition and site traffic. Heightened interest in working for Airbnb along with raising number of applications with an intern recruitment video. Accelerated and improved the production of my team by maintaining a hands-on, can-do approach backed with an intense and detail oriented focus.
"One way that Dalton went above and beyond was in his ability to take critical feedback and edit and adjust from there. This showed a lot of maturity, flexibility, and creativity on his part. He paid attention to every detail in the video and refused to lower his standards for his final work. His work ethic and vision were totally on point. It was great working with him!" - Janet Frishberg, Recruiting Coordinator
The Documentary Unit | Fall 2013 | Chicago, IL
Created quality content by efficiently managing production teams and effectively communicating with clients. Oversaw every stage of production from conceptualizing and planning to marketing and distributing. Maintained a positive attitude while leading teams with constructive feedback and creative acumen.
"Dalton already has the passion, discipline, skill sets and sensitivity to shoot and edit documentary productions at a professional level." - Jeff Spitz, Documentary Unit Coordinator, Emmy Award Winner
Polk County, IA | 2013 - 2014
Collaborated with multiple departments on a variety of short tasks and long term projects. Achieved running a dynamic and fast paced office by being a self-starter, quickly learning new processes and technology, paying extreme attention to detail, and working with diligence.
Iowa League of Cities | Summer 2012
Captured the heart and soul of community initiatives by communicating with city administrators and citizens to understand the best way to tell their story on film. Conducted work independently while remaining reliable towards employers strict deadlines.
Extreme Bodyshaping | Summer 2011
Utilized media to enrich people's lives by encouraging and rewarding them. Pitched thought out ideas that were implemented into impactful marketing campaigns. Learned how to best create future content by following the impact of previous work.
Anticipated graduation: December 2015 | Cumulative GPA: 3.62/4.0
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Cinema Art + Science | Entrepreneurship and Business Management Minor
Columbia College Chicago is the largest and most diverse private arts and media college in the nation. At Columbia, I have been challenged with a rigorous academic program while being fully immersed in a creative and collaborative environment with a hands-on approach to multi-media production.
Advanced Career and Technical School | 2011 - 2012
Central Campus provided me with an intense two year communication and media program while I was still in high school.
"Dalton makes a habit of creating exemplary work. He is consistently exhibiting personal growth in taking on the required projects as well as projects that assist others. Perhaps most importantly is the fact that he remains commited to all tasks great and small."
Tim Collman, Media Professor
High School | Graduated 2012
Student body president, student representative on school board, student council, speech team, french club, and soccer team.
"He is motivated, amazingly creative and is not intimidated by taking on new challenges. He is one of the most passionate an energetic young people I have ever been around. Dalton also takes the time to build relationships his communication skills are excellent."
Craig Menozzi, Superintendent
Self-motivated, passion for quality work, keen attention to detail, a creative mind with a great sense of vision, outstanding written and verbal communication, ability to work well independently as well as collaboratively, maintains a positive attitude, has immense curiosity with excitement to learn and take on new challenges.
Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, iWork Applications, Google Applications, Movie Magic Scheduling & Budgeting, Celtx, Reel-Scout, Social Media Platforms
College Dean's List - superior academic attainments
Achievement Award Scholarship - outstanding achievements outside the classroom
IMPA Award of Excellence - Commercial ($1,000 - $5,000)
Student Production Achievements - 72 Hour Film Festival, Wild Rose Film Festival, Cedar Rapids Film Festival, Central Campus Art Show
Most Valuable Team Member - voted by film production class