Regan Alsup | Filmmaker | Washington, DC
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Professional and Academic Information
I am a highly motivated and dedicated worker who is passionate about using media for positive social behavior change. Ultimately, I hope to combine that passion with my interest and skills in multimedia production and communication in order to tell compelling narratives and raise awareness about issues that matter on a local, national, and global scale.
American University, Washington DC
BA, Communications (Film and Media Arts);
BA, International Studies (Concentration in Peace and Conflict Resolution in Africa)
University Honors, Dean’s List, Summa Cum Laude
Relevant Courses: Sustainability Communication, Cross-Cultural Communication, Writing for Mass Communication, Visual Literacy, Principles of Photography, Digital Literacy, Film and Video Production I & II, Writing for Visual Media, Motion Graphics and Effects, Producing Environmental and Wildlife Films
Freelance Filmmaker, Regan Alsup Films.
January 2014 - present
Synthesized the expressed needs of clients into a personalized communication strategy; developed a unique approach to each project based on that predetermined strategy; liaised closely with the client from start to finish in order to ensure the finished product fulfilled the initial vision and intention
Provided video and communication expertise and guidance to a diverse range of large organizations such as the National Park Service and National Geographic as well as individuals and small businesses in order to promote and convey their messages and work
Individually managed projects and crafted production plans, timelines, and budgets based on clients’ available resources and schedules; submitted deliverables on or before predetermined dates; furnished guidance and insight into appropriate distribution of final deliverable; tracked analytics and reach in order to determine success of marketing
Producer / Editor, The Collaborative.
March 2013 - June 2015
Provided technical assistance to a small team during production of videos created in order to promote the missions of The Collaborative clients, including social change agents like Ashoka Fellows, and Compass Partners; provided support for all aspects of pre-production, production and post-production
Aided in scouting interview locations, setting lights, and prepping interview subjects; took responsibility for setting up, checking, and operating sound equipment; catalogued footage at the end of each shoot in order to make it easily accessible for editors
Contributed to weekly strategy meetings and project brainstorm sessions; took charge of project logistics and daily communication with clients; managed internal team organization and coordination; maintained social media accounts in order to promote current projects and partners
Video Producer, National Park Service Climate Change Response Program.
June 2012 - March 2014
Contributed to a multidisciplinary team as a paid intern in the national Climate Change Response Program to achieve NPS’s highest-priority communication goals; produced, filmed, and edited short-format online videos that educate park rangers and the public about the effects of climate change in national parks
Led or contributed to all stages of production; assisted with development of key messages; arranged and conducted interviews with senior scientists and NPS staff; led all on-site shooting logistics; shot b-roll in diverse natural environments; created engaging graphics to explain scientific concepts
Balanced multiple video projects concurrently, all in different stages of production; edited and captioned content produced by other professional and amateur videographers to meet agency’s requirements under federal law; managed social media posts showcasing new videos and tracked viewership and reachVideo Producer, National Park Service Climate Change Response Program.
Communications Assistant, Glen Echo Group.
May 2011 - August 2011
Worked as a member of a four-person team to meet the needs of this consulting firm’s clients; strategized about effective ways to advocate for and communicate about the most pressing needs of telecommunications and technology companies such as Sprint, Creative Commons, and the Wireless Innovation Alliance
Wrote and edited weekly and monthly newsletters communicated between members of our client coalitions; planned and oversaw client events such as book releases, website launches, and advocacy meetings; assembled press packets for congressional hearings
Outreach and Development Intern, Nonviolence International.
January 2011 - May 2011
Supported all activities and enterprises of this small international NGO from the base office in Washington, DC; assisted with program and web development, organized fundraising campaigns, and collaborated with other team members to brainstorm unique and engaging nonviolent actions
Tracked current instances of nonviolent action around the globe; planned for and participated in nonviolent actions in the DC area as well as helped communicate with and provide support to those planning them abroad
Contributed to, edited, and distributed a bi-weekly newsletter with updates of worldwide non-violent actions; wrote articles and updates to post to the organization’s website
– Strategic communication
– Narrative development
– DSLR cinematography
– Cross-cultural storytelling
– Non-linear editing
– Field aduio
– Interview lighting
– Multi-camera shoots
Social Media / Web:
– Google Analytics
– YouTube Analytics
– Constant Contact
– CMS (Commonspot)
– Adobe Premiere
– Adobe Photoshop
– Adobe After Effects
– Adobe InDesign
– Final Cut Studio
– Camtasia Captioning
– Microsoft Office
– Mac OS X
– Windows XP
–Copy and content writing
– AP Style
– Copy editing
– Proficient in French
Leader – Alternative Break to Northern Ireland to study peacebuilding and integrated education, Spring 2013
President and Captain, AU Women’s Ice Hockey Team, January 2011-May 2013
Volunteer, Casey’s Trees, Washington, DC, Spring 2010 and Spring 2011
Communications Director – AU Community Service Coalition, May 2010-May 2011
Facilitator – Amnesty International Human Rights Education Service Corps, Fall 2010
2010 - present
2010 - present
Selected Film and Graphics Projects
Produced and edited over a five-day period on-site at the 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, this video is comprised of interviews with Congress delegates as they reflect on climate change and the role of parks and protected areas in beginning to solve the issue. It serves to capture a representative selection of the 6000 Congress attendees in order to ensure the discussion and progress of the WPC endures well beyond its closing sessions. This project challenged me in that I had to find a way to incorporate a wider range of voices and define the narrative in an exceedingly short period of time. Despite the complex set-up and execution, the video was well received by Congress participants during and after its debut at the closing sessions.
In my first international project, I spent two weeks working with Scotland’s Coastal Heritage at Risk Project documenting the work they are doing in Brora, Scotland, a small industrial town on the northeastern coast of Scotland. This video tells the story of the volunteer-based excavation lead by SCHARP that recorded the town's historic saltpans just before a big storm washed them away. Having only two weeks to complete pre-production, filming, and editing, this project challenged me to increase the efficiency with which I complete my work, while still remaining the highest quality.
Whereas the majority of my videos are interview-based, these process videos are entirely visually based, and challenged me to present the artist and his work in a way that genuinely represents his process and vision, while still creating a continually engaging video. Additionally, working with an artist pushed me to expand the bounds of my creativity as I strove to match the style of the video to the level of artistry shown in his products.
The aim of these videos is to present scientists and their work in a way that is easily accessible and interesting to middle and high school students in order to encourage the students to pursue science in their studies and future careers. Acting as sole editor on these three-minute videos, I took interview footage from various sources and various dates and combined it with pertinent b-roll in order to construct engaging stories. I also crafted simple graphics and animations in order to provide fun and appealing visuals to supplement the content of the interviews.
Climate Change in National Parks Video Series.
In filming, producing, and editing these episodes, I have learned to use storytelling to communicate the science, education, and resource management being done in the national parks; interviewed a wide variety of subjects, including senior scientists, graduate students, high-level members of the NPS leadership team, and interns working in various parks; explored highly complex issues like ocean acidification and phenology while working to explain them to diverse audiences; and promoted the work of student interns and fellows doing research and communicating about climate change as part of the George Melendez Wright Climate Change Youth Initiative.
“Species’ Range Shifts in Sequoia National Park”, January 2014
“Ocean Acidification in Point Reyes National Seashore”, December 2013
“The Role of Interpreters in Communicating Climate Change”, April 2013
“Phenology and Citizen Science in Great Smoky Mountains National Park”, December 2012
Climate Change Stop-Motion Demonstration Videos.
In conceptualizing these stop-motion demonstration videos, I strove to create a visually entertaining and fun viewing experience for teachers and students to use in both informal and formal educational settings. These are the first videos I have produced that are not based around an interview, and challenged me to explain climate change concepts in my own words as a filmmaker, communicator, and non-scientist.
Ireland and Northern Ireland – May 2011 and May 2013
Traveled to Ireland and Northern Ireland first as a participant and then as a student leader of this trip focused on peacebuilding and integrated education in a post-violence society; arranged meetings remotely with pertinent experts and organizations; constructed lesson plans in order to prepare our 11 student participants during a 12-week pre-departure course.
Dakar, Senegal – January 2012-May 2012
Studied language and culture in Senegal; lived with a host family and spoke only French and Wolof; researched how the media portrayal of the then-current election affected its outcome; challenged myself to reach beyond the comfort zone of my own culture and previous experience.
Turkey, Cyprus, and Greece – March 2011-April 2011
Participated in an in-depth review of the conflict between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots as part of the American University Washington Semester Peace and Conflict Resolution Program; spoke to politicians, NGOs and survivors from both sides of the conflict; worked to apply various peace models to the situation.