Visual Storyteller :: Lighting Expert
Neil’s skillset with Lighting can only be called “cinematic”.
Every interview, the forground, subject and background are carefully balanced.
Even reality TV show producers recognize it – hahahahahaha
Movement Studied :: Stories Revealed
Movement catches the eye.
Movement unexpected holds the eye.
Movement tells the story of the age old questions.
Movement captured well, is irreplaceable in visual storytelling
Visual Perspective :: Visual Creativity
The creative visual perspective
Introduces us to life – seen again
Life seen afresh
Neil’s habit of seeing, transforms a script into a fresh visual document
TV Episodes Directed
Love of the craft
- Cinematography 100% 100%
- Premier Pro Editing 100% 100%
- Lighting Design 100% 100%
- Set Building & Dressing 100% 100%
- Color Grading 99% 99%
- 2k 4k 8k Highres Capture 89% 89%
- Talent Direction 80% 80%
- Team Management 90% 90%
- Proposal Writing 85% 85%
- Script Writing 75% 75%
- Sound Production 65% 65%
- Jib – Dolly – Gimbal Operation 99% 99%
Bachelor of Arts :
Major Study : Art
Minor in Outdoor Recreation Management
Houghton College, Houghton, NY
Full time employment doing quality work with a learner‘s attitude in a place where creativity is abundant, criticism is shared, and leadership is strong; to be prolific in that environment furthering my audience and abilities beyond what I achieved in the past.
- Visually intelligent, creatively motivated
- 17 year’s on set production experience for Still & Motion
- Lighting and Grip for cinema : dolly, crane and steadicam setup and operation
- Adobe Creative Suite workflow mastery with Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, and Lightroom
- Proficient in common Web technologies including WordPress, HTML, CSS, & PHP
- Professional training expertise communicating concepts and technical skills to fellow professionals
- Farm grown common sense with a strong work ethic
- Extensive experience with collaborative problem solving
- RGB Production: web scalability, video production, photo archive management
- CMYK Print Production: Long Run, Short Run, On Demand and Book Binding
- Direct and Internet Marketing services for companies Capitalized at <1-3m
- Brand Development and Management for Startups
- Sales and Marketing for creative services
- For complete history please view my extensive Linked In profile
- 18 Years as freelance creative professional in production
- 18 Year experience branding and marketing creative services
- Clients include: New York Times Magazine, General Mills, UPS, Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Harpers, Beretta, Intermedia Outdoors, Nikon, Sig Saur, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, New York State Tourism Board, Constellation Brands, ESPN, H&G TV, Glock, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Guns & Ammo
- 250,000 airline miles averaged each year since 2014
- Relate to Each Individual
- Create from Personal Insight
- Dream Globally and Act Locally
Broadcast TV Titles
- ESPN Golf
- NASCAR Reality
- Big Deer
- Guns & Ammo
- Gallery of Guns
- Ruger Inside and Out
- World Of Beretta
- Peterson’s Hunting
- Bowhunter TV
- North American Whitetail
Neil is one of those thoroughly creative, aesthetically genius people that I strive to compare myself to in my own work. Joshua Pies
~The Good Light Adam Coker
Neil is an incredibly innovative, hardworking, out-of-the-box thinker and worker. He is an asset to any team, and would be an incredible creative resource to any company.
I would highly recommend him for any creative position!! At Rockin Baby he saved us money on printing, moved effortlessly through communications bottlenecks on set, and shortened our creative delivery timelines by 3 or 4 weeks.
I had the daunting task to create a management system for our three warehouses on three continents, online transactions in 4 currencies, wholesale & retail pricing, and Neil saw the Magento website build through to completion in 3 months!!!!!Kathryn Wiley
Mr. Cowley and I have traveled to numerous destinations both U.S. and abroad to film, and I
have always been pleased when he was assigned to me. He is extremely intelligent, always maintains a good sense of humor, and consistently works as long as it takes
and goes to whatever lengths necessary to get the job done. He is both technically skilled and
technologically advanced, and, unlike many of his peers, expends a great deal of thought and
effort prior to a shoot making certain that he is prepared and has the proper equipment for the
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Neil is absolutely one of the most creative and inspiring humans I’ve had the opportunity to have worked with. He knows his trade. He knows precisely how to combine branding efforts with our companies trajectory with the utmost of ease. His knowledge and sense of urgency to proactively utilize not only the typical SEOG data in respect to programming and design, his approach allows for great transparency and communication. This has opened up far reaching avenues of specific brand marketing for us. Our launch that will be soon, has been met with excitement and already proven with Neil’s proprietary services to directly reach not only our doors and pages, yet far beyond. We are a global resource that has been globally transformed to match our future positioning for Sales and Marketing! All thanks to Neil’s persistence and skill sets that aligned our past to our future! Thanks Neil. The only loss that companies encounter by not having Neil to compare their data or create their content, can't be measured witnessed until you retain his services. He is as sought after as one can get in his field. Get in line to sign up!Tom Pemble
Neil has an incredible eye for images, and presents a new reality through his photographs. Whenever I’ve had the pleasure of working on a job with Neil, he’s always been a complete pro, focused on his work and considerate to other professionals who needed to share the same work area. And, he could always add some levity to the situation, even if things weren’t going perfectly. I would work with Neil any day, and not hesitate to recommend him.Dave Bartlett
As a field producer/director, I have worked with Neil for 4 years and on each production he has been a key member of the team. Neil has a comprehensive understanding of camera equipment, lighting and cinematography. I can rely on Neil to creatively capture the image I have for each shot. With a ever cheerful attitude Neil inspires the whole crew to be more creative and makes each shoot a fun atmosphere. I highly recommend Neil as a go to Videographer in any circumstance. Whether you have a highly controlled set or you are capturing fast ever changing action Neil is a great hire for your next production.Stacy Ratliff
Neil designed our first website and would always lovingly add his expert eye to our mailing and publications. He always took the time to help me learn what he was seeing, or how it would help communications rather than just show me he could do it better. Neil was there to do strategic thinking, branding and opportunity identification. He partnered with me in reaching donors as effectively as consumers, and helped me communicate those emotional cues that are the motivation for donating just like purchasing. Neil was also able to utilize common print formats to allow us to give away print pieces and mail effective communications that had a cohesive style and message on our minuscule budget.
I was very hesitant to spend on getting Neil to Uganda for the purpose of making video: how could he do better than a team with college degrees? But he did - piece was the first successful 3min video that shows what we do, and the people of Uganda in their natural state without overt or manipulative 'tone'. These video pieces helped introduce me to fundraising audiences as I was invited to speak in schools and churches across the country raising thousands of dollars and impacting tens of thousands of individuals in Uganda.
I have worked with Neil for 4 years on 12 different shows. Each time I log and watch through his footage he brings a creative eye to the production. Neil is a consummate professional that is calm, works at whatever pace fits the set, and captures the shots that shine. I really like working with Neil and would recommend him for your production team.Jason Lyons