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JESSICA DYMOND

EDUCATION

2011 – Master of Fine Arts, Documentary Media, Ryerson University
(Toronto, ON)

 2009 – Graduate Diploma, Communications, Concordia University
(Montreal, QC)

 2005 – Bachelor of Arts, Majors in English Literature and International Development Studies, McGill University
(Montreal, QC)

SKILLS

  • Languages: English and French
  • Mac and PC
  • Excellent storytelling/communication skills
  • Softwares: proficient in Avid Symphony/Media Composer, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere
  • Web and DVD encoding and authoring
  • 8+ years of working in digital media production

EDITING

Origins, 2017, Offline Editor – 5 episodes
Produced by David James/TheKreative Productions, broadcast by Telus Optik.
Documentary series about innovative restaurants in British Columbia, featuring chef David Hawksworth.

The Layover, 2016, Offline Editor
Directed by Julie Kim. Short fashion film, based on a true story of an international traveller named Carlos.
Worked with director Julie Kim to create a visually stunning film with a strong narrative.
-FCPX

Million Dollar Genius, Season 1, 2016, Online Editor – 9 episodes
Produced by CMJ Productions, broadcast by The History Channel (USA) and History H2 (Canada). Docu-series about ordinary people who have transformed their ideas into wildly successful products.
-FCPX and AVID
-Fixed any errors in the timeline and ensured that each episode met broadcast standards
-Animated still photographs using Motion templates
-Incorporated final graphics, animations, lower thirds, and end credits
-Fixed issues in archival video clips (ex: duplicate frames, interlacing)
-Blurred license plates/addresses/brands using After Adobe Effects
-Recut scenes with director when necessary
-Created final exports and versions

Natural Born Outlaws, Season 1, 2015, Online Editor – 10 episodes
Produced by CMJ Productions, broadcast by American Heroes Channel (USA) and Shaw History Channel (Canada). Docu-series about American Outlaws.
-FCPX and AVID
-Please see above for Online Editor task description

A Stranger In My Home, Season 3 (2 episodes), 2016, Online Editor – 2 episodes
Produced by CMJ Productions, broadcast by Investigation Discovery.
-AVID
-Please see above for Online Editor task description

Fatal Vows, Season 4 (2 episodes), 2015, Online Editor – 2 episodes
Produced by CMJ Productions, broadcast by Investigation Discovery.
-AVID
-Please see above for Online Editor task description

CMJ Productions, 2014-2015, Assistant Editor
AVID and FCPX assistant editor for multiple docu-series, broadcast on channels including Investigation Discovery, Reelz, Évasion, and Canal D.
Shows included: Celebrity Damage Control, Celebrity Legacies, Homemade, Wheels That Fail, Hélico Tout Terrain, Boogeymen, Fatal Vows, Season 3, A Stranger In My Home, Season 2
-Processed/organized footage
-Merged files using Canon XF Utility
-Synched drives for backup
-Exported, encoded and uploaded daily rough/fine cuts for viewing by production team
-Provided technical support to offline editors
-Replaced low-resolution archives with high-resolution archives on the timeline
-Prepped timelines for online editors and colourists

Highway Wilding, 2013, Offline Editor and Colourist
Directed by Leanne Allison. Screened at the 2013 and 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival and World Tour in Banff, Alberta and worldwide.
Documentary about the importance of wildlife crossing structures.
-Worked closely with director Leanne Allison to build a cohesive and visually enticing story

PLACEnta, 2013, Online Editor and Colourist
Directed by Jules Koostachin, broadcast by B3 Media.
Short documentary about a family re-discovering First Nations traditional childbirth teachings.

The Banff Centre, 2011-2013, Offline and Online Editor
Creative editor of promotional, dramatic, and documentary video, as well as conferences and webinars, working primarily with Avid Symphony and Avid Media Composer, as well as Final Cut Pro 7.

Genius of the Violin, 2013, Offline Editor, The Banff Centre Segments
Directed by Dr. Michael MacDonald.
Documentary about the history of the violin.
-Edited multi-camera music performances from multiple takes, as well as some interview segments

The Family Farm, 2013, Assistant Editor
Directed by Ari Cohen. Feature documentary about the future of the family farm in Canada.
Screened on the Documentary Channel (Canada).
-Organized footage and pulled selects for offline editor  

Crystal S., 2012, Director/Editor
Screened as part of the exhibition “Ryoshi: Nikkei Fishermen of the BC Coast,” at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum in Steveston, and at the National Nikkei Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Short observational documentary about salmon fishing on British Columbia’s Fraser River. 

The Equation, 2012, Second Editor
Directed by Jeremy Collins. Screened at the 5 Point Festival in Carbondale, CO, the Adventure Film Festival in Boulder, CO, and the Banff Mountain Film Festival and World Tour, 2012.
Fiction short about Dr. Julian Desvaux and his quest for beauty, specifically in the form of the elusive Breathing Orchid.
-Worked closely with director Jeremy Collins to transform the film’s rough cut into the final version

Skin Deep, 2011, Director/Editor
MFA Thesis Project. Exhibited at the IMA Gallery in Toronto, Ontario.
Multi channel video and film installation, examining beauty, femininity, and self-worth through the lens of a group of women who attend Beauty Night in Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside.

TRAILERS AND PROMOS

Highway Wilding Trailer, 2013, Offline Editor and Colourist

Chartwell Retirement Residences: Onboarding, 2013,
Offline and Online Editor

Coop Cercle Carré: Toit Vert – Green Roof Fundraising, 2013,
Videographer and Copywriter

Big Rock Eddies: Party in a Box, 2012, Videographer and Copywriter

The Banff Centre: Theatre Arts Production Residencies, 2012,
Offline and Online Editor

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism: Discover the Legend, 2012,
Offline and Online Editor

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Curriculum Developer, Digital Media Academy, North America
2016. Developed curriculum for digital filmmaking courses using Final Cut Pro X, taught across Canada and the United States.

Lead Instructor, Digital Media Academy, Montreal, QC, Toronto, ON and Vancouver, BC
2014-2016. Courses taught:
-Advanced Filmmaking, using FCPX 
-Adventures in Animation and Cartoon Creation, using Toon Boom Studio;
-Beginner Music Video Production, using FCPX;
-Intro to Filmmaking and Special Effects, using FCPX.

Instructor, The Gulf Islands Film & Television School, Galiano Island, BC
2013. Instructed adults during an intensive introduction to documentary filmmaking, including camera operation, editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, and story/conceptual guidance.

Mentor, Doc Camp by Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto, ON
2011. Instructed secondary school students during an introduction to documentary filmmaking using FCP7.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Associate Producer and Production Manager, Resurrecting Hassan, 2016, The Handshake Productions, Montreal, QC
Directed by Carlo Guillermo Proto. Feature documentary about a blind family who make their living singing in Montreal’s metros. Screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), 2016. Awarded Best Canadian Documentary at RIDM.
Collaborated on creative decisions and funding proposals, coordinated and scheduled production and communications.

Researcher, Rotating Planet Productions, Montreal, QC
2013. Worked on pre-production research for upcoming documentary projects, drafted funding proposals.

Production Assistant, Wildways: Corridors of Life  (in production), Banff, AB
2012. Directed by James Brundige. Wildlife documentary in development for PBS NOVA.
-Assisted director James Brundige on his shoot in Banff National Park

Associate Producer, El Huaso (2012), The Handshake Productions, Montreal, QC
(Contract: September to December, 2013)
Directed by Carlo Guillermo Proto. Screened at Hot Docs Film Festival 2012, and broadcast on the Documentary Channel.
Feature documentary following a man’s battle with depression and anxiety.
As an associate producer coming in after the film had been released, I assisted in grant report writing and closing the film’s finances. I also aided in the production of the film’s web component, http://www.elhuaso.org, which offers a space for discussion, as well as resources for those suffering from mental illness.

Producer, In Visible Borders, Banff, Alberta
2011
Created by Peter Poole, Dongsei Kim, Trudi Lynn Smith. Exhibited at the Exposure Photography Festival in Banff, and The Military Museums in Calgary, Alberta.
Photography installation comprised of triple-synched projections, comparing the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in Alberta, Canada.
-Sequenced the photographs, organized the logistics of the media display, and created the final media output (dual and triple synched projections)

LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS

2013, Participant Video Editor, Women in the Director’s Chair (Banff, AB)

2012, Participant Video Editor, Women in the Director’s Chair (Banff, AB)

2012, Artists’ Crossing (Artist Talk), The Banff Centre (Banff, AB)

2012, Video Editor, Science and Communications Conference Led by Jay Ingram, The Banff Centre (Banff, AB)

2011, Panelist, “Bridges to Communication, Paths of Healing,” Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)

2011, Participant, Doc U, Hot Docs Film Festival (Toronto, ON)

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2011-2013, Full Tuition Scholarship, The Banff Centre (Banff, AB)

2010-11, Ryerson Graduate Award, Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)

2009-10, Ryerson Graduate Award, Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)

2009, Member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, Concordia University branch (Montreal, QC)

2001, British Columbia Ministry of Education Scholarship (Delta, BC)

2001, Pepsi Bottling Group Scholarship for academic achievement (Delta, BC)

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS
Standard and Emergency First Aid CPR/AED Level C, Valid June 2016 to June 2019.