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Joel Svendsen




KnowledgeCity, Carlsbad, CA (Remote)

Video Editor (Mar. 2022 – Present)

-Consistently exceeds monthly KPIs of 300 minutes of video and sound editing (including color correction) for business e-learning courses with quick turnarounds on QC notes.
-Selected to assist editing supervisor with prepping After Effects and Dynamic Link projects for globalization.

Nexstar Media Group, Rockford, IL (WTVO/WQRF)

Creative Services Producer (May 2019 – Oct. 2021)

-Led production of 200+ hours of news, lifestyle, and commercial content for Rockford’s highest-viewership television network. “Good Day Stateline” saw such success in ratings and ad revenue as a weekly hour-long show that it became a daily half-hour show.
-Consistently achieve quick turnarounds in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment. Day-to-day multi-tasking and managing multiple projects simultaneously with frequent change in direction and priority.
-Coordinate production, including working with the lifestyle host, commercial producers, clients, account executives, agencies, as well as planning location(s), talent, music, voice-over, motion graphics, and other technical pieces as needed for each project.


Chief Photographer (May 2015 – May 2019)

-Oversee day-to-day operations of the Photography (videography) division and is responsible for the maintenance of all photography technology and equipment at the station.

-Coach, mentor, or otherwise help others to improve their knowledge or skills with videography and video editing.
-Edited nightly newscasts which saw the 5, 6, 9, and 10pm shows rise to the #1 rated local news programs for those time slots. 6 and 10pm shows went from #3 to #1.



Freelance Video Producer (May 2012 – Present)

-Filming and editing video/audio for clients and assisting with every stage of production according to specifications.

-Includes independent filmmaking, wedding videos, advertisements, promotions, instructional videos, event coverage, and more.

-See Selected Work section below for examples.




-Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Audition), DaVinci Resolve, Sony Vegas, Final Cut Pro X, Avid, Motion, iMovie, Final Draft, WriterDuet, Celtx, Audacity, iNews, Microsoft Office, Windows & Mac OS.


Film and Video:

-Writing, directing, DSLR camera operation, editing, cinematography, script supervision, sound recording, lighting, post-sound, color-correction, motion graphics, special effects, green screen, storyboarding, graphic design, production assistance.

Owned Equipment:

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, Zhiyun Crane 3S stabalizer gimbal, Zoom H4N Pro Recorder, GVM 800D-RGB LED Studio 2-Video Light Kit, Audio-Technica AT897 shotgun mic, Comica Boom X-D wireless mic, Nikon D3200, and more.


Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video (2014)

- Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

-Nominated as a Finalist for the Moving Image Production II Fiction Category in the Take One Student Film Festival. “Wing Man” (2013). Writer, director, and producer.


Associate of Applied Science in Film and Video Production (2012)

- College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

-Assisted with multiple student film projects and independent films outside of the classroom including screenwriting, script supervision, and casting.


Selected Work


-"Trash Hunters" Web sketch comedy (2023)

-"Jake After Joel" Web mockumentary (2023)

-"Randy in the Afterlife" Web/Television pilot episode (2023) [in post-production]

-"Wing Man" Short film (2013)


-"RAGEMAN!" Unproduced animated pilot. Accolades: Semifinalist; Cinequest Screenwriting Competition 2022-2023, Quarterfinalist; ScreenCraft Comedy Competition 2023.


-"Good Day Stateline" Variety/lifestyle show (2019-2021)

-"Standard Equipment" Instructional videos (2015)

-"Dawn Equipment" Product videos (2014)


-"The Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl" Game show (2016-2021)

-"Hays Media Group" Product videos for Hinkley Lighting (2013, 2015)

-"I Am Big" Online talk show (2012-2013)

Production Assistant

-"Remember Our Days" Feature-length film (2019)

-"Chicago Marathon" Event coverage (2012, 2013)

-"And Then I Knew" Short film (2013)

-"The Girls on Liberty Street" Short film (2012)

(More available upon request.)

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