The influential power that media and technology can have is ultimately what drives me. I strive to create exceptional work that entertains, nurtures, and informs.
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, design, and creative enterprise.
I aim to construct monumental yet simple work that will help shape a better tomorrow.
Co-founder | Product, Design, Media | Current
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Autodesk Internship | Designer, Producer, Editor | August 2015
At Autodesk I was able to collaborate with multiple teams on several key products. Telling the stories of these products allowed me to work with multiple mediums and forms. This video highlights a SketchBook campaign site, a Ember mini series, and a Spark overarching video.
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 shot but capturing all footage in its most natural state. This was a great challenge I enjoyed learning a lot from.
Autodesk | Summer 2015 | San Fransisco, CA
Received a thirty eight precent download click rate on a SketchBook campaign site by enhancing it with ambient video, interactive GIFs, and consumer artwork. Collaborated with product, marketing, and business development teams to create a compelling narrative for Spark, Autodesk’s revolutionary 3D printing platform. Expressed this narrative through videos, photos, presentations, and web design. Produced an internal miniseries of training videos for Ember, Autodesk’s new DLP 3D printer. Through visual storytelling I was able to assist Autodesk on multiple fronts with their mission of unlocking creativity in everyone.
Illinois Film Office | Fall 2014 | Chicago, IL
Volunteered time to assist film productions in finding locations and receiving a 30% tax credit. Attracted filmmakers to Chicago by scouting and photographing various locations around the city. Helped 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.
Graduated: December 2015 | Cumulative GPA: 3.7/4.0
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, After Effects, 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