thomas@berkswerks.com                      c: 616.450.2956

Experienced filmmaker and designer committed to supporting your media message.
Experience: Animator/Editor, BerkWerks, Grand Rapids, Michigan; November 2009-present
Animation Designer, Postworks/1041EAST, Grand Rapids, Michigan; November 1993-October 2009
• Designed and implemented animated title sequences for corporate, regional and national clientele
• Illustrated storyboards for client approval covering all aspects of production and post-production
• Managed and maintained assets of internal and external elements for production including photography,
printed material, scripts, timelines, logos, and budgets
• Shot/directed/produced short and long form pieces for corporate, regional and national accounts
• Produced/designed print support for press publication and advertising
• Proficient in the trade applications: Photoshop, After Affects, Premiere, Encore, and PowerPoint
Freelance Camera Support/Art Director, Proud Cloud Productions, Owner-Operator, Grand Rapids, Michigan; April 1988-Present
• Work on small to large video and film productions in multiple capacities for regional and national clients including Steelcase Inc., Herman Miller, Meijer, Spartan Foods, D&W, Gordon Foods, Gerber, Amway Corporation, DOW, Whirlpool, and regional television spots for local interests
• Design and illustrate logos, corporate identity packages, promotional material, merchandise, storyboards and other collateral for individuals and companies
• Crew member in two small-budget feature films: Matchbox Circus Train, Beizer Productions, Gaffer, 1993 How U Like Me Now? Avant Garde Films, Dolly Grip, 1991
Illustrator, Ad Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan; May 1986 – March 1988
• Illustrated, designed and keylined specification sheets, packaging prototypes, two-color and four-color advertisement inserts, and other print collateral
Non-Profit, Pediatric Oncology Resource Team, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 1994-2010
• Created memorial booklets and moving media for annual memorial service for the families and caregivers
of children and young adults who have passed after battling blood disorders

Documentary Work:

Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, 5 years, documentary through design and build stages, donor meetings, conceptual drawings, excavation, winter heeling, on-site planting, boulder recon-aquisition, japanese structures, geese, deer, muskrat… https://vimeo.com/145426218

Boulder Placement, documenting the ceremonial process of laying the cornerstone to the soon to be opened Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park, October 2011   https://vimeo.com/52088087

Sabre Larch Hill, documentary about Welsh artist David Nash and his installation at the Frederick Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park, November 2014   https://vimeo.com/95966861

Dale Chihulys’ Lena’s Garden Installation, documentary for the Frederik Meijer Gardens following the acquisition process of the most recent Dale Chihuly sculpture for the renovated café at the gardens  June 2010    https://vimeo.com/19197329

Michele Oka Doner Installation, documentary following the install process of the bronze constellations in the terrazzo floor of the foyer and adjoining walkways through the pavilion at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park  September 2009

Awards/Recognition: Sixth place, first annual ArtPrize international art competition; Grand Rapids, MI; October, 2009 http://www.artprize.org

     2009• Member of a four-person team that conceived, designed, and produced “Nessie on the Grand,” 100’ – long, stylized art-deco interpretation of the Loch Ness Monster. Of over 1,200 entries, “Nessie on the Grand” won sixth place in a public vote. http://www.nessieproject.com
2010• Second year ArtPrize Top 10: SteamPig Experiment, “Parsifal” is a 55′ long, 25’tall x 25′ wide flying steampig in the vein of ‘steampunk culture'(mix of Industrial Revolution and Victorian Era Architecture) manifesting itself in a grand steam engine, part pig, part machine; Grand Rapids, MI; October 2010     http://www.steampig.com

Education

New York University, New York, NY, Certificate in Film, May 1988
Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI, BFA, Illustration, June 1986
Northwestern Michigan University, Traverse City, MI, Visual Communications, September 1980-June 1981

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