I’ve been working in online media since mid-1990s, when I was first introduced to HTML. When I attended the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley I focused on Multimedia production. I have been working as a full time freelance web designer and multimedia producer for over two years, and have worked with dozens of media and art independents, film productions and companies, small businesses, consultants and organizations across the Bay Area and around the US. You can view some of my work by browsing the categories below:
Kiran Goldman is a documentary filmmaker with a strong background in environmental science and engineering. She works as a shooter, editor and producer and has helped produce international, environmental and health stories for FRONTLINE/World and NBC-11, the Bay Area’s local NBC News station. Her latest documentary film, Fast As She Can, produced with filmmaker Molly Snyder-Fink is now showing in various festivals.
The aim was creating a simple, elegant and effective portfolio website for Kiran. She needed a package in which will show off her skills and make it easy for potential clients and employers to know everything they need to know about her work. It is based on a skinned WordPress theme which I modified and the design was made by me.
Across The King’s River is a documentary film in pre-production, which is being made by Bay Area local photographer and documentary filmmaker James Weeks. This website is currently in development and is targeted at getting support and funding to produce the film.
In this project I worked with a graphic designer to bring his design to the online medium, using WordPress as a content management system to include a variety of information in different forms as well as an active blog. I converted the design from a layered graphic to a functional website design, and implemented a variety of feature starting with video and audio playback, podcasts access, interactivity that allows users to post and share files, donation applications and social media sharing options.
City of Borders is a documentary film directed by the Berkeley based filmmaker Yun Suh. It tells the story of five different characters who frequent the gay bar “Shushan” in Jerusalem, where both Jewish and Palestinain gays can meet in a safe environment. This award winning film premiered at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival which I also got to attend and was presented in various festivals around the world.
I designed and developed the website and worked as the film’s translator. The first version of this site was hand-coded in flash. I then converted it to WordPress while heavily modifying a theme in order to duplicate the original website.
Burned is a cross-platform project in development, combining a documentary film and a fully interactive platform meant to educate about the issues raised in the film.
The current website is an initial and temporary website serving as a starting point in the effort to raise funds for the project. I am responsible for both the graphic design and the development, using WordPress as a platform that allows both staging static content – information on the project and the people behind it as well as offering possibilities to contact the production team and contribute to the project, and a blog with updates on the progress of the project.
Bread and Butter Films is a Bay Area production company, responsible for full-length documentaries as well as educational and commercial videos.
The company already had a website, programmed in HTML, and while they were happy with the design, they found it very difficult to update. This is where I stepped in, and converted the design they had into a WordPress website. As part of my site conversion specialty I pay very close attention to small details and therefore managing to retain the designs identical across platforms, despite the need to change the technical platform of the website which requires a different coding than the original website.
Arresting Ana is a documentary film by Lucie Schwartz, which deals with the potential criminalization of the pro-anorexia movement in France which is mostly promoted through “pro-ana” blogs.
This is a WordPress based site, with an heavily modified theme and a complete graphic design, including logo and branding.
While the site is mostly maintained by me, like the other WordPress sites, it allows its owner easy access for routine updates and changes.
Molly Snyder-Fink is a documentary filmmaker and a video journalist based in San Francisco. She produces, edits and shoots documentary films that tell compelling social and cultural stories, and has done it all, from running alongside Jamaican track stars to capturing the disappearing beaches of Puerto Rico. She’s told stories about America’s oldest woolen mill and documented the father of free jazz violin.
This is a basic portfolio part which includes the most immediate information possible clients would want to know about her. Her biography, an extensive portfolio section displaying selected videos and trailers of her work and short, effective descriptions of her work, and a contact page. The design was made to her specific requests and maintains a very clean and simple feel throughout.
Haiku Films is a full service production company specializing in affordable and innovative multi-platform media projects. We focus on corporate communications, small business, non-profit, documentary and narrative films, for clients in the USA and internationally.
This is a comprehensive site which includes many components and much content. The rich portfolio section is divided to sub categories and includes concise information about the company’s previous projects and videocips, as well as linking to legal sources for streaming and downloading films produced by Haiku Films. The site allows its visitors an interactive experience by combining social media elements like Facebook, Twitter and a mailinglist, and also offers an opportunity to donate for the company’s current production and offers some very interesting gifts in return.
Fast As She Can is a documentary film by two Bay Area filmmakers, Kiran Goldman and Molly Snyder-Fink, that explores the sudden emergence of Jamaicans as the fastest Olympic sprinters and follows two young women as they run for their lives to put their country on the map. It also features the 100m 2008 Olympic Gold medalist, Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser, who serves as inspiration for the film’s two protagonists.
The site was made as a promo mini-site to accompany the film’s presentation in festivals around the US. The mini-site includes a trailer, information about the team behind the film and the filmmakers, extended synopsis and an in-depth introduction of the film’s leading characters and their mothers.
Christina Salerno is a documentary filmmaker and a journalist based in the Bay Area. She recently completed a 24-minute documentary, “BURN: California’s Destiny”, about wildfire in urbanized California.
This is a clean and simple portfolio site, featuring some of Salerno’s work in both film and print. Salerno used Vimeo video services prior to launching her own site and chose to embed the videos through this service instead of loading the videos through the site domain. Generally, this is an example for a straight forward basic portfolio site, a preferred method for artists on a budget. The design is tailored for the client while the site functionality is uncomplicated and easy to use.