I am currently in my junior year at Columbia Collage 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.
Currently, I'm seeking internships for Spring 2015 and Summer 2015.
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.
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.
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
Assisting film productions in receiving a 30% tax credit by organizing and verifying mass amounts of paperwork. Ensuring productions made an effort to employ local minority workers and spend money in the state by handling diversity and spending sheets. Attracting filmmakers to Chicago by photographing various locations around the city and building up a film locations database.
Airbnb | Summer 2014 | San Fransisco, CA
Dramatically increased brand recognition and site traffic on a global level by creating numerous videos that explained and expressed a massive company rebrand. Heightened interest in working for Airbnb along with raising number of applications with an intern recruitment video. Helped accelerate the production of the video team by taking on an abundance of tasks and being an impactful team player.
The Documentary Unit | Fall 2013 | Chicago, IL
Enriched clients websites with captivating and informative videos. Created quality work by effectively communicating with clients and efficiently managing video teams. Maintained a positive attitude and a sense of humor while in the heat of intense film shoots as well as client meetings.
"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 projects. Took thousands of scattered paper files and organized them into a digital database by quickly learning new software, paying extreme attention to detail, and working with a can do, hands on approach.
Iowa League of Cities | Summer 2012
Captured the heart and soul of meaningful community initiatives by communicating with city administrators and citizens to understand the best way to tell their story. Worked independently while remaining reliable for deadlines set by employer.
Extreme Bodyshaping | Summer 2011
Utilized media to enrich people's lives by motivating and rewarding them when it came to getting in shape. Work closely with marketing team on a wide variety of campaigns. Learned how to best create future content by following the impact of previous work.
Anticipated graduation: December 2015 | Cumulative GPA: 3.54/4.0
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'm immersed in a creative learning environment designed to give me ample opportunity to test and to perfect my art while being grounded with a rigorous academic curriculum. Columbia provides me with a solid foundation I am eager to build off of.
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
Full of self-motivation, passion for quality work, keen attention to detail, creative mind with a great sense of vision, excellent written and verbal communication, organized and reliable, ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, maintains a positive attitude, excited to learn and to take on new challenge
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