Crafting Dynamic, Engaging Social Media



About Me

Danny Ledonne is a graduate of Emerson College's BA Visual Media Arts program in Boston and the MFA Film/Electronic Media program at American University in Washington, DC. He has been exploring the power of the moving image since 1998. Danny's interest in wildlife filmmaking first fostered the production of "Wild Animals, Domesticated Humans," a short documentary exploring the purposes and challenges of zoological parks. This film was distributed by the National Film Network.

Danny has served in camera and grip/electric departments on dozens of short films and music videos as well as several independent features. He has worked as director of photography on several award-winning short films, editor for several feature-length documentaries, and produced films in the wilderness of east Africa, Alaska, and the Galapagos Islands.

In addition to the feature directorial debut "Playing Columbine" at AFI Fest, his recent projects include a comedy about the complex relationship between humans and waterfowl entitled "Duck! (a duckumentary)," editing a road trip documentary about the kindness of strangers called "American Bear," a dramatic short doc about wilderness survival called "A Perilous Journey," and a mockumentary about bad reality television entitled "To Catch a Bestialitor."

A Colorado native, Danny has taught Tae Kwon Do and worked as a DJ for a community radio station. He is the owner/operator of Emberwilde Productions, has served as executive media producer for the DC-based sports company Reel Video Productions, and worked as video producer/editor for the Ocean Media Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Danny teaches media production at Adams State University. He has previously taught at Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program, International Film Academy of Jackson Hole, National Marine Sanctuaries, Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Intel Computer Clubhouse.

He thinks skiing is overrated and prefers to snow shoe into the wilderness.





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Danny Ledonne

Filmmaker and Teacher

Employment | Production | Skills | Speaking | Media | Education | Volunteer | Qualifications



Recent Employment Experience:


Owner/Operator - Emberwilde Productions (2004 - present)

Producing, shooting, editing short and feature-length documentary video productions for institutions, businesses, non-profits, and individuals as well as providing technical consultation and training. Subjects include business, travel, environmental, sports, health, education, and the arts/humanities.

Instructor; Visiting Assistant Professor - Adams State University - Dept. of Mass Comm (2011 - 2014; 2014 - present)

Develop and teach digital media production coursework including documentary, music video, narrative, and experimental. Serve as intern supervisor for annual Southern Colorado Film Festival, faculty advisor for Grizzly Video / GRZ-TV student media, and intern supervisor for Grizzly Athletics sports video.

Instructor - CIW: Chesapeake Bay - Center for Environmental Filmmaking (2012 - 2014)

Develop and teach a week-long "Classroom in the Wild" environmental film production course. Collaborating with Blackwater and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuges to guide a diverse array of students on field study and editing workshops. Delivery of completed films to National Wildlife Refuge system.

Executive Media Producer - Reel Video (2007 - 2011)

Video coverage of high school sports in the Washington, DC area. Edited highlight reels/skills videos of numerous sports for college recruitment. Maintained online database of all games for parents and coaches to view on the web.

Filmmaking Camp Director - Locust Grove Nature Center (2011)

Developed and taught nature filmmaking camp for youth ages 6-10. Students used waterproof cameras to create their own short films about wildlife and recreation at the Locust Grove Nature Center.

Instructor - International Film Academy of Jackson Hole (2009 - 2010)

Created intensive, one week field study courses in environmental filmmaking. Worked with teens and adults to create short HD documentaries in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Assistant Instructor - Classroom in the Wild: Florida - Center for Environmental Filmmaking (2010)

Instruction on media production field study in northwest Florida. Delivery of completed films to Suwannee River Water Management District.

Lab Assistant Fellowship - American University's New Media Center (2007 - 2010)

Provided support for production/post production needs for video, audio, desktop publishing, and web design for students and faculty. Taught seminars and workshop on specific aspects of multimedia production. Serviced audio/visual needs of the university's most advanced multimedia classroom.

Ocean Media Center Video Contractor - NOAA (2008 - 2010)

Produce short HD videos on marine ecology issues such as oil spills, marine debris, ocean wildlife, marine protected areas, and scientific research.

Video Mentor - NOAA Ocean for Life (2009)

Supervised multimedia production for educational pilot program in ocean science and cultural sharing. Collaborated with fellow instructors to develop a daily curriculum and production plan for groups of international high school students from 16 countries.

DV Filmmaking Program Director - Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program (2009 - 2010)

Taught previously as filmmaking and public speaking instructor for this summer program's middle school students, oversaw the hiring and curriculum design of the digital video filmmaking program. Interviewed applicants for teaching positions, researched equipment purchases and developed curriculum materials as well as online marketing design. Coordinated and judged student screenwriting competition. Designed and produced video series for online course catalog.

Assistant; Interim Coordinator - Intel Computer Clubhouse (2005 - 2007)

Developed programming for youth ages 8 - 18 with an emphasis on introducing multimedia technology to students from low-resource backgrounds. Ongoing self-education in various software applications to mentor youth in videogame creation, digital video/photo manipulation, programmable robotics, music production, as well as computer animation techniques. Training included alternative learning models and serving at risk youth effectively. Responsible for fiscal oversight and ongoing development of technology plan for host organization in addition to promotional materials and technological assistance.

Volunteer DJ - KRZA 88.7 FM (2005 - 2007)

Trained in use of studio's audio broadcasting equipment. Duties include selecting music for two hour show, maintaining a detailed playlist of all music broadcast, playing scheduled promos, and reading PSA announcements aloud on the air. Additionally, volunteered to pitch and promote station during semiannual fund drives.

Tae Kwon Do Instructor - Valley Health & Fitness (2004 - 2006)

Earned black belt; taught martial arts to children and adults. Developed ongoing curriculum to facilitate the needs of the class as well as testing students and ordering sparring equipment.

Teacher - Kids on Campus Summer Enrichment Program (2005)

Developed curriculum for intensive two-week course for 5th-12th grade students. Worked with Adams State College to purchase equipment necessary for digital photography, audio, and video productions. Hosted presentation during the student showcase of twelve short films including narrative, stop motion animation, and documentary at the end of the program.

Technical Advisor - Alamosa High School (2004)

Regularly took equipment inventory and maintained digital editing workstations. Set up multiple analog editing suites for tape-to-tape editing and digital-to-analog transfer. Held workshops with students to teach the principals of media technology as well as advanced camera techniques and audio recording theory.

Film Equipment Assistant - Emerson College Equipment Distribution Center (2001 - 2004)

Responsibilities include vending and inspecting college's equipment and making reservations for checkout. Readily assisted other students when questions arose.

President - Frames Per Second (2003 - 2004)

Supervised production of short films in 16mm and 35mm format including organization's first music video. Organized weekly workshops and lectures from industry professionals including cinema curators, independent film producers, equipment rental managers, and two former 20th Century Fox CEOs. Awarded Organization of the Year by the Office of Student Life.

Intern - Boston Camera Rental Company (2003)

Working closely with cameras, lenses, heads, and accessories, developed detailed understanding of 16mm and 35mm motion picture cameras, also video and HD video cameras. Responsible for in-house inspections, rental deliveries, and basic camera/accessory maintenance.

Student Technician - Emerson College Film Equipment Shop (2003)

Assisted master technician in repair of various motion picture cameras and sound recorders. Updated database frequently to indicate items in repair/on shelf.



Select Production Experience:


Producer, Director, Editor - Illuminate the Valley (2013)

Produced, directed, and edited short film parody of "investigative journalism" reality TV. Men seeking to have sex with pets they meet in online chatrooms are ambushed by hidden cameras! Released for comedy festivals and online with social networking.

Writer, Producer, Director, Editor - To Catch a Bestialitor (2013)

Produced, directed, and edited short documentary profiling muralist Ian Wilkinson. Commissioned by Adams State University Community Partnerships, winner of the Best of Colorado Award at the 2014 Southern Colorado Film Festival.

Producer, Director, Editor - A Perilous Journey (2012)

Produced, directed, and editing short documentary about avid snowboarder Alex Brown, who became lost for three days and survived an ordeal that many before him had not. Festival showcase and distributed online with social network marketing.

Editor - American Bear (2012)

Edited feature length documentary about the kindness of strangers. Sorted and organized 75 hours of HD DSLR footage, met weekly with directors via Skype to craft a story arc from a 60 day road trip across 30 US states. Work in progress, distribution to follow.

Producer, Director, Editor - Duck! (a duckumentary) (2011)

Produced, directed, and edited feature length documentary in HD on the complex sociological interactions between humans and ducks. Traveled from Florida, Massachusetts, California, and throughout the US to collect humorous or eccentric stories of ducks in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Worked closely with professional composer and motion graphics artists to create a unique style for the project. Showcased in wildlife film festivals and conservation programs.

Producer, Cinematographer, Editor - The Galapagos Game (2010)

Collaborated on the development of an interactive multimedia simulation for middle school science students, modeling the ecological impact of invasive species on endemic populations. Traveled to the Galapagos Islands and shot/edited HD video production to introduce the elements of the simulation for classroom use, transition into new phases of game play, and introduce concepts for classroom discussion. Slated for publication in the Problem Based Inquiry Science Curriculum, New York City.

Producer, Cinematographer, Editor - Farming Forward (2009)

Co-producer, cinematographer, and editor on short documentary in HD focusing on the environmental problems of modern agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay region. Interviewed farmers and agricultural scientists about the improvements being made to reduce the environmental impact of industrial farming practices. Included in the "EcoViews: Reclaiming the Bay" series broadcast on Maryland Public Television, featured online, and screened at environmental film festivals.

Producer, Director - Moments (2008)

Created experimental narrative short film utilizing verite documentary technique, improvisation, and high contrast post-processing. Worked closely with DVD authoring technician to create a final assortment of 18 scenes that play in a random order with each viewing.

Cinematographer, Editor - Working with Fire (2008)

Filmed and edited a short observational documentary in HD of a prescribed burn led by a team of fire experts and field biologists in northwest Florida. Winner of the Best Environmental Film award at Visions 2008, featured on Montana State University's "Life on Terra" and Link TV.

Producer, Director, Editor - Playing Columbine (2008)

Produced, directed, and edited feature length documentary in HD on the future of videogames for social activism, interviewing over 40 subjects. Premiered at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, online distribution via iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix. Screened in numerous film festivals and on dozens of college campuses nationally and abroad. Hosted online and live presentations of the film.

Cinematographer, Editor - Kenya Hidaya (2007)

Travelled to the east African country of Kenya and toured five major national parks. Shot and edited a short documentary in high definition video highlighting the landscape, wildlife, and indigenous Masai culture.

Cinematographer - Kis-ka-DEE (2007)

Served as cinematographer on a short documentary focusing on the lives and techniques of a group of blind birders in south Texas (who identify birds entirely by ear). Included numerous outdoor locations and wildlife cinematography on three separate shoots in various locations. Screened at film festivals and featured online at "Life on Terra" and on Link TV.

Editor - An Awakening Journey: Songs and Voices from the Earth (2005)

Assembled nearly seven hundred photographs into a feature length documentary project produced, directed, and composed by Eric Karlstrom. Photography from five continents was broken into nine sections with graphical maps and titles. Responsible for picture cutting, image movement keyframing, title design, additional sound mixing, and final DVD design and output.

Game Developer - Super Columbine Massacre RPG! (2005)

Researched and developed videogame focusing on the Columbine High School shooting of 1999 over the course of six months. Used game encoding software to create an interactive approach to understanding the motives behind the shooters' actions. Distributed via the Internet, the game gained immense popularity (over 600,000 downloads) and sparked international debate (in the form of television, online, and printed press) over the game's contribution to the medium as well as its potential social value. The only entry in the history of the Slamdance Film Festival to be accepted as a finalist and then pulled weeks before being screened due to mounting controversy. It has been called "one of the worst games of all time" as well as the "most important artistic videogame."

Writer, Director, Editor - Wild Animals, Domesticated Humans (2004)

As a senior thesis project for BA: Visual Media Arts (film production) from Emerson College, worked with faculty advisor Robert Todd to interview zookeepers, enthusiasts, and experts in the field of zoological parks. Footage was shot from five zoos in Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, and Massachusetts and cut into a documentary short. Screened at Emerson College, Wildscreen Film Festival 2004, Jackson Hole Film Festival 2005, several other international wildlife film festivals, and was a semifinalist in the Jack Ward Film Award at the 2005 Animal Behavior Society. Currently being distributed on DVD through the National Film Network.



Special Skills:

  • Strong familiarity with American Sign Language and German
  • Extensive training in classical, method, and eastern approaches to acting for the stage
  • American Heart Association Certified: Basic Life Support (CPR, AED), First Aid
  • Experienced in wilderness survival, snorkel, SCUBA diving
  • Certification in outdoor filmmaking by Learn to Return Survival Training Systems
  • Technical proficiency with wide variety of multimedia software (Mac and Windows)
  • Experience with computer networking, diagnostics and hardware repair
  • Multimedia research training as teaching assistant and faculty marketing consultant

 

Publications, Presentations and Speaking Engagements:


Multimedia Assignments: Not Just for Film Majors Anymore Chronicle of Higher Education: Apr 2013
Closing Night Filmmaker Panel Southern Colorado Film Festival - Alamosa, CO: Sept 2013
A Perilous Journey Adams State University - Alamosa, CO: Oct 2012
Adventures in Backpack Filmmaking Adams State University - Alamosa, CO: Feb 2012
Duck! (a duckumentary) Center for Environmental Filmmaking - Washington, DC: Apr 2011
Classroom in the Wild Center for Environmental Filmmaking - Washington, DC: Nov 2010
Student Video: Doing it Right Ann Ferren Teaching Conference - Washington, DC: Jan 2010
Ocean for Life: Video Mentoring American University - Washington, DC: Nov 2009
Filmmaker Discussion/Q&A Marymount Film Festival - Arlington, VA: Apr 2009
The Business of Wildlife Film Production Environmental Film Festival - Washington, DC: Mar 2009
Deadly Games: Echoes of Columbine Starz Film Festival - Denver, CO: Nov 2008
Videogames: Art or Commerce? AFI Festival - Los Angeles, CA: Nov 2008
Duck! (a duckumentary) Silverdocs Film Festival - Silver Spring, CA: Jun 2008
Game Designer Lecture Series Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Worcester, MA: Jan 2008
Reflections on Game Design Montreal Independent Games Summit - Montreal, Quebec: Nov 2007
Stepmania in your Clubhouse Intel Computer Clubhouse conference - Chicago, IL: Apr 2007
Videogames and the First Amendment Loyola Marymount University - Los Angeles, CA: Feb 2007
Videogame Journalism Canadian University Press - Vancouver, British Columbia: Jan 2007
RPG Game Design Intel Computer Clubhouse conference - Denver, CO: Oct 2005
Conservation Messages in Wildlife Films Wildscreen Film Festival - Bristol, United Kingdom: Oct 2004



Additional media appearances/interviews:

Fox News, NPR, New York Times, Wired, Mother Jones, Washington Post, G4TV, Der Spiegel TV, MTV Canada, CBC, Kotaku, Associated Press, Toronto Star, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Link TV, Westword



Education:

American University - Washington, D.C. (2007 - 2010)
MFA: Film & Electronic Media - emphasis on natural history documentary
Cumulative GPA: 3.92 (Academic Merit Scholar)

Emerson College - Boston, Massachusetts (2001 - 2004)
BA: Visual Media Arts - emphasis on film production (minor in hearing and deafness)
Graduated Magna Cum Laude - Cumulative GPA: 3.84 (Gold Key Honor Student)



Volunteer Experience Highlights:

Social Media Director, Promotional Video Producer - Rio Grande Healthy Living Park (2013 - present)
Promotional Video Producer - Tu Casa Domestic Violence Prevention (2012 - present)
Technical Director - Southern Colorado Film Festival (2012 - present)
Advisory Board - Southern Colorado Film Commission (2011 - present)
Promotional Video Production - Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley (2011 - present)
Elementary School Tutor - DC Neighborhood Tutoring Program (2010 - 2011)
Promotional Video Producer - La Puente Homeless Prevention (2005 - present)
Food Server, Host - Alamosa Community Christmas Dinner (1992 - present)
Music DJ - KRZA 88.7FM community radio (2005 - 2007)
After School Mentor - Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley (2004 - 2005)



Summary of Qualifications:

Media production credits including documentary, narrative, music video, new media. Research in emerging issues of communication law such as First Amendment and Fair Use in Copyright. Outdoor filmmaking training, excelling in traditional and non-traditional educational settings, vigor for teaching students of all ages, ethnicities, and abilities. Excellent written and verbal communication, dynamic teaching style, sincere interest in community involvement and outreach, longstanding commitment to media education. Combining production theory and practice while producing measurable outcomes and outstanding projects.

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Emberwilde Productions Work Samples

Narrative


So Scripted What If? Moments trailer Ship of Fools Promised Glacier's Melt

Documentary


A Perilous Journey trailer (how to) Hold Your Arms Out Duck! (a duckumentary) Working with Fire GIMME SANITea Playing Columbine trailer

Promotional


Ocean for Life: One World, One Ocean Save Jobs in Southern Colorado Ashoka PSA Campaign Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program Garbage Nap - PSA Classroom in the Wild: Chesapeake Bay

Experimental / Music Video


Ocean Melody Marine Debris: an Ocean Story When A Man Loves A Man Kenya Hidaya The Declination of Independence Julian Assange - Heroes Are Hard to Find

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