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You can download a copy of Ryan’s Resume Here: Ryan Rakowski Resume 4-27-2015

Ryan Rakowski
Phone: (269) 929-8623

Work in a film and video-related job that utilizes my skills in planning, producing, shooting video, and editing digital content across multiple platforms.

Grand Valley State University – Allendale, MI
-Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Film and Video – emphasis on Animation/New Media –  Graduated April 25th, 2015

Work History:
Production Assistant at WGVU-Public Media – Grand Rapids, MI
September 2012 to Present WGVU-Logo

•Lifted heavy equipment, set up lights, built sets
• Created scripts and storyboards
• Created motion graphics and other video advertisements for television and on the web
• Marketed the Student Employee Scholarship Fundraiser and filmed telethon fundraisers
• Operated Sony and Ikegami studio cameras, audio boards, Chyron and teleprompters
• Worked with and conducted uplinks for companies such as CNN and FOX News
• Filmed Grand Valley State University sporting events such as Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Football, and Volleyball. Edited footage into highlight videos.
• Trained production assistants on how to shoot sporting events
• Directed an episode for The Grand Valley State Sports Report – Sept. 29th, 2014
• Produced an episode for Ask the Expert! (Live) – Ask The Magician – Jan. 13, 2014
• Some other major events in which I have been involved with are: WGVU Food & Wine Symposium, WGVU Pledge Drive (Live), WGVU Cool Teacher, Hope College vs. Calvin College: The Rivalry (Live Basketball), Newsmakers, Community Connection, Kalamazoo Lively Arts, Hope College Christmas Vespers 2013, Family Health Matters,
Kids Day at the Zoo

Videographer at Sonlight Christian Camp – Pagosa Springs, CO
March 2012 to August 2013 (1 year and 6 months)sonlight_brn
•Filmed footage of all major camp scheduled events on a weekly basis using Canon DSLRs and GoPros.
Filmed children white water rafting
• Hiked 13,000-foot mountains and filmed children ascending mountain peaks
• Took photos, and edited photos for advertisements and marketing projects
• Managed Facebook accounts, uploaded content on a weekly basis, responded to comments
• Created video promos for YouTube
• Creatively produced weekly highlight videos of each camp session for campers to purchase via DVD and for purchase online at
• Completed general tasks as assigned such as: washing dishes, and cleaning cabins

Videographer at Grand Valley Lanthorn – Allendale, MIlanthorn_logo_2
September 2011 to January 2012 (5 months)
• Filmed Grand Valley State University sporting events using Panasonic cameras
• Conducted interviews and filmed on campus events at Grand Valley State University
• Edited footage for YouTube and

Videographer at Otsego Public Schools – Otsego, MI
Feburary 2010 to June 2011 (1 Year and 5 months)
• Filmed sporting events such as basketball and football

• Created highlight DVDs for players applying for colleges and for coaches to review games
• Created a PSA about school bullying that was presented to the entire school

Software Skills and Proficiency:
• Adobe After Effects (Advanced)
• Adobe Premiere Pro (Advanced)
• Adobe Photoshop (Advanced)
• Adobe Illustrator (Intermediate)
• Adobe Lightroom (Intermediate)
• Sony Vegas (Intermediate)
• Final Cut Pro (Intermediate)
• Microsoft Office (Intermediate)
• ProTools (Familiar)
• Adobe Dreamweaver (Familiar)
• Autodesk 3ds Max (Familiar)
• NewTek Lightwave(Familiar)

Other Related Skills:
• HTML (Familiar)
• 2D/3D Compositing (Layer-based)
• Photo Editing/Photo Manipulation
• Motion Design
• Chroma Keying
• Rotoscoping
• Color Correction
• Color Grading

Personal Skills:
Strong attention to detail. Respects deadlines, manages time efficiently, and works well under pressure. Excellent team player with great communication skills, self-motivated and focused.

Honors and Awards:
• Departmental Award for Graphic Arts – 2011
• Comet Scholarship Award – 2011
• Harry Stout Foundation Scholarship Award – 2011
• WGVU-Public Media Outstanding Student Employee Award – 2013, 2014

Zach Liniewski
WGVU-Public Media
301 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6492.

Kim Roberts
Associate Film and Video Professor
School of Communications
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Dr., Allendale, MI 49401
(616) 901-9708

Mandayln Keeler
Communications Professor
School of Communications
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Dr, Allendale, MI 49401

Mary Marugg
Sonlight Christian Camp
1536 Sonlight Place, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
(970) 264-4379

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