Feature Film Debut

"East Side Sushi" introduces us to Juana, a working-class Latina single mother who strives to become a sushi chef.

Juana is a great example of 'never giving up' and following your dream. The cast and crew of this award winning film was amazing to work with and reignited my dream of working in film. This indie film is concluding its Film Festival circuit tour with 15 awards and is scheduled for a Fall 2015 theatrical release. It was my pleasure to serve as Wardrobe Designer, assist the Executive Producers, and work behind the scenes as a Production Assistant on this sweet little story.

Motion Reel

Many hats were worn, but none were harmed, in the making of this movie you are about to watch. As a visual story teller I would consider myself a generalist. Designer, Director, Producer, Director of Photography, are just a few of the many hats I've worn while creating the content within this reel.

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I am Glenn Gschmeidler a visual story teller

A Life-long passion for telling stories in virtually any visual arts medium possible. Thinking big, yet with a precise control to convey the message within the boundaries of the box, while not confining the story inside the box. For years, creative circles, as well as business professionals, have been encouraging everyone to think outside the box; I ask you what is wrong with the inside of the box? I like boxes, and all sorts of basic geometric shapes. Motion Graphic Design is one place where the simplistic beauty of boxes and its geometric cousins can be explored and brought to life in amazingly creative ways. Take for example my logo consisting of a double Origami letter "G", the basic form starts with a square--fold it this way and that way a few times and the square transforms into something new. I love creating something new out of something borrowed…and that holds true for me in all aspects of my life. Everything has a story to tell. It's my job to unlock the mystery and tell a story in a fresh and interesting way. What's your story?


Marvel's Ant-Man

San Francisco's Treasure Island was the backdrop for this latest in the Marvel comic hero lineup. At around :22 seconds in the official trailer we see a water approach towards Treasure Island. Our team was responsible for coordinating all the shots and ground traffic so that the helicopter crew could get a clean plate while flying low over the water up to the island, and the car chase scene entering from the Bay Bridge onto the island.

FootJoy Hyperflex

Sonoma Golf Club was the beautiful setting for this intense golf shoe product commercial for FootJoy. A few major golf pros joined us for the shoot before they headed off to play in a nearby major tournament. This project got me right up front with the talent, director, and agency folks as I assisted the Digital Imaging Technician with capturing all of the footage.

Visa Checkout Nutcracker

The beautiful Orpheum Theater in San Francisco was the setting for this Nutcracker commercial featuring the infamous Maria Kochetkova. The series of Visa Checkout commercials proposes that it is so easy to complete a online transaction that one could do it while performing complex tasks, i.e. rehearshing the Nutcracker Ballet. My role as Production Assistant was to assist the Assistant Director in talent wrangling and stage lockdown.

Evolve
Evolve
Stop Motion Animation

Evolve

Date: September 2012
Skills: Concept, papercraft model design and construction, stop motion animation, lighting, photography

Software used
  • Dragon Stop Motion
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop

I've been wanting to try my hand at Stop Motion Animation because I find it so fascinating. So, I decided to incorporate papercraft geometric models into the piece and give it a bit of a dub step edge. This was so much fun and it gained me the most comments of all my work and really opened up my mind to new possibilities. When it came time to find music for the piece I struggled a bit. I wanted to try dub step, but wanted to meld it with a little more classy style. I searched high and low and finally found Lindsey Stirling's "Crystallize" which married dub step with violin, a perfect blend. It worked really well and inspired me to create my logo in stop motion origami papercraft.

Circle of Lifesavers
Circle of LifeSavers
3D Animation

Circle of LifeSavers

Date: 04/2012
Skills: Concept, 3D Animation

Software used
  • Maxon Cinema 4D
  • Adobe After Effects

Our midterm project for 3D modeling was to present a candy in an interesting way. I have always loved LifeSavers and thought wouldn't it be cool to create a story that plays with the idea of the lifecycle of a LifeSaver. I begin with the color-less shapes sitting motionless on the African Serengeti. Bands of color emanating from the sun stream out and spread life onto the plains and into the LifeSavers. Bursting with their newly acquired energy and infused with color these ancient, and once still, sentinels spread out and spring forth new life--as if seeds scattered in the winds. Colorful towers grow out of the flat plains and erupt with millions of seeds, which are then sucked in by the collapsing supernova LifeSaver sun--ready to start the cycle all over again.

CB2
CB2
3D Animation

CB2

Date: 06/2012
Skills: Concept, 3D Animation

Software used
  • Cinema 4D
  • Adobe After Effects

Final project for my 3D for Designers class. We were challenged with creating a promotional piece for Crate & Barrel 2 that reflects their vibrant color pop palette and casual, modern product line. I decided to capitalize on the the circular shape of the logo and the number 3 as a recurring theme in this piece. Taking inspiration from the CB2 catalog, I recreated the "Love" room and exterior deck space, then added some of my own elements. The 3 living spaces were created on a circular disc representing a complete loft apartment, with living, bath, and outside areas to enjoy. The disc was rotated instead of rotating the camera, so as to create dynamic motion for the uprising plants and falling light pegs. It has been a rough go with lots of not so "good stuff" along the learning curve to getting this project rendered. Hope you enjoy the "Good Stuff" that is CB2.

CA Academy
CA Academy of Sciences
2D Motion Graphics

CA Academy of Sciences

Date: 12/2011
Skills: Concept, 2D Animation

Software used
  • Adobe After Effects

Utilizing what we had been taught in Motion Graphics class we were required to create a promotional piece for a mainstream corporate website. I was a member of the California Academy of Sciences fell in love with the idea that they have the whole universe under one roof for people of every age to enjoy. You can literally get lost in space, whether it be while watching a planetarium show, or wandering around in all the amazing exhibits. I wanted to capture that energy and excitement, along with the wonder of it all and create something that would be appealing to a diverse population.

The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
Title Design

The Sound of Music

Date: 06/2012
Skills: Concept, Casting, Location Management, Wardrobe, Props, Photography, Editing, Sound Design, Color Correction, Title Design

Software used
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign

This is my final project for a Title Design class at Ex'pression College. We were charged to create a new title sequence for an existing movie or TV show. I chose "Sound of Music" because it is one of my favorite musicals. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the story setting is Salzburg, Austria; where parts of my family originate. I thought it would be fun to tell a sort of pre-story of a young Maria as she collects flowers in the mountain meadows, for her "My Favorite Things" scrapbook, on her way to Nonnberg Abbey to spy on the nuns. Maria is playful and forgetful from an early age, but her love for the mountains never leaves her. She hears the Abbey bells and runs off to get a glimpse of the nuns before they head off to their evening Vespers. Maria takes a moment to pray for the day that she will join the sisters. Fast forward to a young postulant Maria praying in her room. She is distracted by the sounds and smells of springtime in the Alps and longs for her mountain meadow, but she prays for strength and discernment. God speaks to her through a gentle breeze, which flips open her childhood scrapbook to a page filled with mountain memories. Maria seizes the opportunity to escape the Abbey, answering the ancient call of mountain melodies. The hills are truly alive!

Here's my own list of credits:
Erin Gschmeidler as young Maria
Katie Seffens as Postulant Maria
Donna Fox as Nun in garden

Special thanks to:
• John Lewis and Larry Jeane - (Costumes) Douglas Morrison Theatre
• Will Brewer - Camera equipment
• Paula Porter - (Props) Thanks mom for the loan of your turn of the 20th century doll, authentic Salzburg area family photos, and my childhood Rosary, all of which added to the believability of the project.
• Father Manny Simas - (Location) St. Joseph's Parish and Mission San Jose
• Sister Karen Elizabeth Zavitz - (Location) Dominican Sisters of the Queen of the Holy Rosary @ Mission San Jose
• Carmelite Monastery - (Location) Carmel, CA
• Donna Fox - (Transportation)
• Julie & Erin Gschmeidler - (Scrapbook Design)

Video shot with a Sony A33 DSLR and Canon EOS 60D DSLR

Music:
"My Favorite Things" - iTunes, Guitar Troubadour Ensemble, Acoustic Guitar Christmas, 2011 Big Eye Music
Benedictine Nuns Gregorian Chant, Notre Dame Abbey
"The Sound of Music" prelude - BBC PROMS 2010

Fonts:
Walkway Black
Amperzand

Ex'pression College
Ex'pression College
2D Motion Graphics

Ex'pression Graduation Bumper

Date: 02/2012
Skills: Concept, 2D Animation

Software used
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop

Working for the Office of Student Affairs at Ex'pression College has given me ample opportunities to add my creative flair to marketing endeavors on campus. We were looking to create a unified brand for the monthly graduation ceremonies from the program to the on-screen bumpers. It was my pleasure to develop a look and feel that was consistent with the overall college brand identity, yet distinct enough to stand alone. I started with dry-erase storyboards and then moved into Illustrator after the concept was approved. There were many rounds of revisions before the final color scheme and pixel design was approved. Ultimately, I tried to create a user-friendly After Effects project file that could be easily revised as the programs and graduate information changes from ceremony to ceremony.

Four Leaf Clover
Emily Rath - Four Leaf Clover
Music Video

Four Leaf Clover

Date: 08/2012
Skills: Concept, Casting, Wardrobe, Location Management, Talent Wrangling, Directing, Photography, Lighting, Editing, 3D Animation

Software used
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Cinema 4D
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator

My first ever music video. This group project had all the makings of the perfect storm. We selected Emily Rath from a pool of Bay Area artists that applied to the college for consideration of having their music video produced. Emily was a dream to work with and didn't complain at all even though we subjected her to unseasonably cold and foggy conditions in San Francisco. We started by presenting the client with three storylines for her chosen song. Emily loved the idea of a handful of half-naked, ripped young men she could interact with--she even asked to help hand pick them during the casting process. The guys were real pros as well! They had it even worse with their upper bodies exposed to the frigid temperatures at the Palace of Fine Arts on the night of our shoot. I felt sorry for them as they had to perform exercise routines to raise their body temperatures in-between takes. We shot in and around the Palace and over at the Legion of Honor on two different days. I managed to score the necessary permits for both locations so we could be assured of a uninterrupted shoot schedule. With the help of two graduates from Marinello Beauty College we were able to maintain some semblance of beauty for Emily as she became dewey with the fog rolling in. Lighting was tricky at both locations with the evening shoots and no available power outlets--we had to bring in a generator and utilize movie magic to make it happen.

There was a lot of trial and error on location due to a lack of pre-production planning and unknown variables. We shot everything at 60fps and had Emily perform her song at 2.5x speed to achieve a slow motion effect for everything surrounding Emily while her performance appeared normal. Initially, we had planned to shoot both normal and high speed, but time was not our friend and the team opted to go the more risky route. We had fun with the vignette scenes being a little more risky with talent placement and introducing a more seductive side to the story. The vignettes were designed to introduce failed relationships from the singer's past and create a connection for Emily to perform her song at those locations. The performance shots were desaturated for dramatic effect and the vignettes were colorized to retain more vibrant hues. Special effects were composited to help sell the idea of Emily moving through her failed relationships unto her ONE true love, a rare find--her Four Leaf Clover. I modeled and animated the clover fall at the end of the video.

Division of Labor
Division of Labor
2D Motion Graphics

Divide & Conquer

Date: 07/2012
Skills: Concept, 2D Animation

Software used
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop

Object was to create a simple 2D animation with the Division of Labor logo that would accompany additional work animated for Live Nation. I love basic geometric shapes and thought it would be cool to play with the circle shape already present within the logo. Divide and conquer is the theme for this piece, inspired by the game “Connect Four”. Strategic placement of the game pieces divides up the playing field affording the smart player an easy win. DOL likewise divides up their labor by assigning projects to the key players best suited for the task.

Breyers BOTS
Breyers BOTS
Commercial

Battle of the Scoops

Date: 02/2012
Skills: Concept, Scriptwriting, Casting, Wardrobe, Location Management, Talent Wrangling, Directing, Photography, Lighting, Editing, Motion Graphics

Software used
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • ProTools

Claire has re-purposed an old toy to stage a Breyers Ice Cream flavor battle for the evening. The usual evening finds everybody scattered around the house partaking in individual activities, but Claire is dressed up and ready to rumble. The only way to get this family together is a big event and ice cream. Rather than leaving the flavor choice open for debate, mom decides to pit America's favorites, chocolate vs vanilla, in the boxing ring…and the winner ends up in the bowl. Now Claire must gain the attention of her family. Let the games begin! Who will win in this epic battle?

The Battle of the Scoops was such a family togetherness success that Claire decides she must devise other flavor contests to keep the momentum going. Stay tuned for tomorrow nights flavor contest. She'll be sharing her ideas on Breyers Facebook fanpage with recap photos of the event.

As part of our class requirement we had to produce a complete viable commercial from concept through final deliverable within five weeks, for our client Breyers and submit our project to the crowdsourced Poptent contest by the deadline. We started with a client creative brief and began brainstorming ideas from there that would touch as many of the client key topics as possible. We were careful to stick to the parameters of the creative brief while inserting our own sense of creativity and spontaneity with hopes that it would earn us a win in the contest. The main directive was to appeal to a target audience defined as "Claire" from ABC Television's "Modern Family".

Mill Valley Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Event Trailer

Inspire. Create. Share

Date: 08/2012
Skills: Photography Assistant, Lighting, Casting

Ex'pression College has a fantastic working relationship with the fine folks over at Pixar. The school was asked to assemble a team to produce a promotional trailer to market the upcoming Mill Valley Film Festival. My part in this project was minor but all the small pieces fit together beautifully to tell the story of imagination and creativity as seen by one small boy. In his miniature world of make believe inside a shoe box turned movie theater, Mill Valley comes to life in a most unexpected way. Through the magic of tilt shift, live action takes on a miniaturized look and feel perfect for a kids eye view as he peeks through a hole into his magical shoe box world. That's what the independent film festivals are all about--inspiration, creativity, and sharing. I assisted in the opening and closing segments of this piece.

TV Land
TV Land
2D Animation

The Galaxy's Only Source for Classic TV Shows

Date: 01/2012
Skills: Concept, 2D Animation, Scriptwriting

Software used
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator

For a class final I was given the assignment to create an animation for a mainstream TV channel. I was already playing around with the space theme from my midterm project so I decided to continue on in that direction. TV Land was just the right channel to give me all the material I would need to make my obsession with space and fantasy a reality. The project started out with the idea that radio signals travel through time and space. Intelligent life somewhere out there is bound to intercept those signals someday and maybe consider paying us a visit. What if we took a journey and traced a path through the galaxy from somewhere out in deep space back to Earth. Along the way we might enjoy some of TV Land's classic moments revealing our creative interpretation of what extraterrestrial life might look like. The biggest challenge was to create a realistic 3D fly through of space in 2D animation and to time the graphical elements to coincide with my script.

Eyewitness
Eyewitness
Short Film

Listen for Double Entendre

Date:06/2010
Skills: Concept, Scriptwriting, Storyboarding, Casting, Location Management, Directing, Photography, Lighting, Editing, Sound Design

Software used
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Soundtrack Pro

MSV class project at Ex'pression College. We set out to create a thriller short film that would be worth of submission to film festivals. 10 weeks to produce a 10 minute short film with a beginning crew of four "& Then There Were 3". The first five weeks entailed pre-production and production, with the remaining five weeks to complete post-production. Our crew was brand new on the project and a mixed bag of students from different departments. This was the ultimate test of collaboration and cooperation. Develop a story, write a script, cast, film and edit all within a mere 10 weeks. I didn't think it could be done well, but we amazed ourselves and managed to produce something worthy of being selected by the college for film festival submission. We had a great cast and I managed to score the perfect loft for our location. Ironically, the place was already peppered with photography props that fit right in with our lead female character's bio. Be wary of double entendre's--when your fianceé tells you, "everything will be okay after today's shoot," you should run away! Lasting friendships were made in that group. Two of those partners have gone on to graduate before me and I do believe we will cross paths again soon!

Original team consisted of: Miguel Cervantes, Glenn Gschmeidler, Shanna Kennedy, Tim Taylor. Produced by Shanti Jones.

Metropole
Metropole
3D Poster Animation

Metropole du Centre

Date: 03/2012
Skills: Concept, 3D Animation

Software used
  • Cinema 4D
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop

Take a turn of the 20th Century Art Deco Poster and bring it to life. That was our final project for 3D Animation class in the Spring of 2012. I searched for days to find a poster that appealed to me artistically and spoke to me in terms that I could bring to life. Metropole du Centre fit the bill with its architectural nod to Art Deco, it's dark and bold color palette, and Gotham Cityesque flavor. How do you bring static buildings alive in a 3D world? Well, I chose to add some surprise elements not seen in the poster to give the landscape the 3D pop it needed. Why not take the metro to the city and go for a stroll in the park? Maybe while we are there the Doctor will drop in to see us and we'll run off on an adventure to another world! Wel--it's my fantasy world and I felt compelled to incorporate the Tardis from my midterm project! Getting the perspective and colors right for my homage to the original poster was the most challenging part of the project.

Veer
Veer
2D Motion Graphics

The Long & Winding Road

Date: 04/2012
Skills: Concept, 2D Animation

Software used
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop

The entire class was tasked with creating a promo 2D animation for Veer. I hadn't even heard of the company prior to this class. Turns out they provide creative assets for inspiration to artists. Immediately I felt that I wanted to play with the meaning of the name "Veer", as in to change direction suddenly. My obsession with the Beatles landed me on "The Long & Winding Road" which had me literally interpret the piece to incorporate a winding asphalt road. Inspiration came from a brilliant 2D Motion Graphics piece entitled, "Shop Vac". What do you see when you are on a road trip? Billboards, dashed lane lines, and traffic lights of course. So, I'm thinking when an artist is having a creative block they should change direction and head over to Veer where they can find: Fonts, Images, and Ideas to help them get back on track. Again, the challenge was to create the illusion of 3D space in a 2D world.

GGNRA
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
PSA

Ocean & Beach Ecology Jr. Ranger Program

Date: 10/2012
Skills: Project Management, Concept, Casting, Location Management, Directing, Photography, Editing,

Software used
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign

Three phase project to introduce a NEW “Ocean & Beach Ecology Jr. Rangers” program to visitors within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) parks.

Current Situation--While there are currently 3 Jr. Ranger programs in existence within the GGNRA, none specifically focus on Ocean and Beach Ecology. This fourth program will focus visitor’s attention toward the challenges associated with maintaining and preserving the oceans and beaches located within the GGNRA sphere of influence. Education and Awareness are key to sustaining the beauty of the park offerings. Educated visitors take ownership of their National Parks jewels and help to keep them bright and shiny for all to enjoy!

Proposal--3 components: 1) Logo, Brand Guidelines 2) Activity Book/Color Book creation as means to earn Jr. Ranger certification 3) Public Service Announcement (min. 30 seconds) to introduce new program. A motion graphics piece that will incorporate the new brand and attract parents and their children to the program.

Target Audience--The target age for Jr. Rangers will be children within the 6-13 year age range, Parents of children within the target age range, Parents of children who are active in ecology arenas, Visitors to the GGNRA.

Single-minded Proposition--Engage a community of children to become the next generation of guardians of the National Parks System.

Motion Reel
Motion Reel
2D, 3D, Stop Motion Animation & Cinematography

Motion Reel

This Motion Reel is the culmination of my blood, sweat, and tears which highlights work that easily encompasses thousands of hours of labor and many a sleepless night. Check it out and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you.

When you find that you need a visual storyteller to help convey your message drop me a line--we'll dig together inside my box and find the right tools to get the job done.

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  • Life-long passion for telling stories in virtually any visual arts medium possible. Thinking big yet with a precise control to convey the message within the boundaries of the box, while not confining the story within the box. A solid experience developing multi-media strategies, managing / motivating staff and volunteers. Proven record of utilizing media effectively, on schedule, and on budget with diplomacy in all relationships.

    Graphic Design
    Multi-Media Presentations
    Video Capture / Edit
    Team Building
    Event Marketing
    Public Relations
    Asset Management
    Acting / Directing

Education
  • BASc Motion Graphic Design
    Emeryville, CA
    Apr 2010 – Nov 2012
    Ex'pression College for Digital Arts

    Ex’pression’s Motion Graphic Design program provides students with traditional design training in print and web design in addition to learning motion graphic design. Students learn the fundamentals of graphic design like fine art drawing, typography, concept creation, and color theory. Training in this challenging program prepares students for careers as motion graphic designers in broadcast, film, web, advertising and other industries.

  • Hayward, CA
    Chabot College

    Major: Mass Communications

  • Hayward, CA
    California State University - East Bay

    Major: Mass Communications

  • Experience
    • Creative Director / Executive Assistant
      Orangevale, CA
      Jan 2013 – present
      Pathways for Veterans

      –Developed WordPress website to be the primary marketing outreach vehicle for the nonprofit organization.
      –Incorporated complex functionality such as Membership, Fundraising, Salesforce integration, e-commerce, and event registration into website.
      –Traveled to national events to head up media team video coverage.
      –Directed the story telling of video segments for web and marketing campaigns.
      –Designed and implemented print and online marketing campaigns for events and trade shows.
      –Supported the Founder/CEO with developing and growing the non-profit thru strategic partnerships, grant writing, IT support, travel arrangements, and calendar scheduling.

    • Student Affairs Assistant
      Emeryville, CA
      Jun 2011 – Nov 2012
      Ex'pression College for Digital Arts

      –Designed and printed, flyers, posters, and banners announcing student events, policy changes, and support services.
      –Created and posted images, text, and content to the Student Website, including announcements, campus updates, and school events. Assisted with backend maintenance. Monitored forums.
      –Designed brand compliant motion graphic bumpers for graduation reel.
      –Updated graduation web pages monthly.
      –Prepared graduation marketing materials, gowns, and guest tickets.
      –Revised and printed Student Handbook, assembled Orientation packets, updated and photocopied forms, handouts, and maps.

    • Digital Training Facility Manager @ Camp Parks
      Dublin, CA
      Jun 2009 – Jul 2009
      Ciber, Inc.

      –Conducted basic software/hardware troubleshooting and interacted with the DLS Help Desk to remedy any workstation or connectivity problems
      –Performed accurate fault diagnosis in conjunction with the DLS Help Desk
      –Provided maintenance or backup data on servers
      –Maintained inventory control and security of the classrooms and the classroom equipment
      –Conducted preventative maintenance on all DTF equipment, and reported on the repair/service of equipment on a regular basis
      –Assisted Army customers with scheduling, registration for courses, and software installation within the DTF
      –Coordinated daily schedules with the Distance Learning Point of Contact (DLPOC), and completed daily updates of scheduled activities in Microsoft Outlook as classes or events were scheduled in the DTF
      –Executed basic marketing tasks and activities on the Army installation or at reserve sties, and interacted with Army training officers, non-commissioned officers, and administrators to coordinate new training programs
      –Submited progress, metrics, and utilization reports to the DLS management team as required

    • Arts Summer Camp – Movie Making Instructor
      Castro Valley, CA
      Aug 2008 – Aug 2008
      Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley

      Instructed a week-long class to four different groups of children ranging in age from first through sixth graders. We had the challenge to create a movie from scratch in five hours from start to finish. Each class brainstormed their own ideas, outlined a general direction for the movie, story boarded the concept, cast characters, designed costumes and makeup, acted, and video recorded their movie. I was responsible for editing and presenting the final production at the festival on the last day.

    • Director of Sales and Marketing
      Union City, CA
      Sep 2006 – Dec 2007
      Kerrock Countertops, Inc.

      –Developed and implemented direct-mail marketing strategy.
      –Established new key partner relationships.
      –Introduced uniform brand strategy.
      –Improved corporate website.
      –Redesigned showroom and product displays.
      –Reduced advertising costs over 50%.

    • Worship & Arts Engineer / Drama Team
      Castro Valley, CA
      Sep 2006 – Present
      Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley

      Drama Team – Assume dramatic roles in sketches and full length productions that are presented to both the church congregation and general public. Our musical outreach events at Christmas and Easter are presented over multiple nights to audiences upwards of 10,000 people. Currently participating in the World Premiere stage adaptation of the 'Prince of Egypt'.

      Worship & Arts Engineer – Support music and messaging to further the vision and public relations of the church. Hands-on technician operating video, lighting, sound, and multi-media systems in both adult and children's church venues. Video record and edit presentations for children's church services. Direct rotating team of actors for children's church.

    • Visual Information Specialist
      Hayward, CA
      1993 – 2012
      Graffiti Graphics

      Consulted business, offering graphic design services, printing, document management, promotional products, apparel, and e-commerce solutions.
      –Assisted clients with the planning and preparation of information to communicate their message through a variety of visual means: Print (brochures, catalogs, directories, stationery, newsletters, labels, forms, packaging); Exhibit Graphics & Signage (trade show graphics, maps, directional signage, architectural); Multi-media (interactive websites, i-mag presentations, audio / video projects, CD/DVD authoring, slide and overlay presentations); and Promotional Products (apparel, drinkware, writing instruments, and giveaways).
      –Produced award winning projects through the creative utilization of artwork, drawings, illustrations, charts, diagrams, photographs, maps, and text.
      –Concepted and designed corporate identity packages, marketing collateral, logos, direct-mail campaigns.
      –Extensive knowledge of print production processes in manufacturing and design agency settings.
      –Supervised sheet fed and web offset, flexography, screen-print, foil stamp, barcode, and letterpress.
      –Performed press checks.
      –Reviewed and approved contract proofs.
      –Negotiated contracts, reviewed bids, verified specifications, checked invoices for accuracy.
      –Alleviated errors, preserved details, and maintained deadlines in a ‘need it now’ environment.
      –Analyzed problems and formulated solutions.
      –Remained decisive and calm under tight deadlines.
      –Focused on improving efficiency, quality, controlling costs, and delivering superior customer service.

    • Drama Director / Worship & Arts Engineer
      Romeo, MI
      Sep 2002 – Aug 2006
      Stoneridge Church (fka Romeo First Baptist Church)

      Oversaw various aspects of worship and arts ministry with focus on collaborating with pastoral staff to create a meaningful worship environment. Served as audio-visual engineer and recruited / trained volunteers. Directed drama sketches and full length production.

    • Audio & Visual Technician / Drama Director for High School Ministries
      Troy, MI
      Jun 2001 – Jul 2002
      Kensington Community Church

      Supported high school ministry and drama team utilizing creative talent and technical abilities to plan lighting, sound, and video needs for all services, special events, and productions.

    • Chief Operations Officer
      Sterling Heights, MI
      Dec 2000 – Jul 2002
      Graymatter Information Systems, Inc.

      Information Technology and Services Industry.
      Consulting, design, implementation, and integration, domestically and internationally, of local and wide area networks, and their associated technologies. Providing a wide range of industry specific solutions: Web Development; Graphic Design; Application Development; Security; Imaging; Work Flow.

      – Managed day to day operations with a focus on business development
      – Recruited and managed client site placement of network administrators
      – Project manager for several communications upgrade projects
      – Creative lead for client web design projects
      – Developed and updated electronic Standard Operating Procedures Manual
      – Coordinated application development outsourcing

    • Art Director
      Livermore, CA
      Dec 1999 – Dec 2000
      Ms. Carita, Inc.

      Creative lead, supervised production artists creating press-ready film for screen-print, flexography, barcode, and die cut processes, graphics for trade show banners, point of sale signs, and vinyl graphics. The company wanted to increase their market share as a leader in producing flexographic labels, screen-printed panel overlays, and point-of-sale signage. As a result of my creative services expertise, key prospective accounts were landed. At risk clients were retained due to the improved efficiency and communications. Ms. Carita, Inc. strengthened its foothold in the marketplace through strategic maneuvers to expand its product offerings and implementing new production standards.

      –Creative services launched.
      –Operations streamlined by implementing ISO 9000 standards.
      –Pre-press production team rebuilt and cross-trained.
      –Communication protocols strengthened between sales and manufacturing.
      –Rework reduced through accountability metrics and proofing guidelines.
      –Departmental overhead reduced 35%.

    • Drama Director / Worship Arts Engineer
      Crows Landing, CA
      Nov 1992 – Dec 2000
      Harvest Community Church

      Selected drama material for sketches and prepared team members for presentations. Prepared lighting and set design and served as audio engineer. Developed and created church and event marketing to reach the congregation and community with church news and special event announcements. Led drama workshops to develop acting skills of the team.

    Training

    • Maximize the Message

      Maximize The Message
      Kensington Community Church
      Troy, Michigan
      FEB 2003

      Technical Arts Conference providing training in lighting, sound, and video technologies for live theater.


    • Technical Arts Conference

      Infomart – Dallas, Texas
      JUL 1997

      Multi-day conference covering technologies utilized in live worship arts venues. Workshops provided hands-on and instructor led training in lighting, sound, and multi-media. Numerous vendors presented their wares in exhibit hall.


    • Leadership Summit & Arts Conference

      Willow Creek Association
      Illinois
      AUG 1996

      Leadership training and worship arts training to develop leaders with vision who can effect change in their community, church, business, and personal lives. Arts Conference included workshops developing acting and directing skills, team building, lighting design, audio mixing, multi-media design, writing drama sketches, and children / adult ministry programming.


    • Leadership Summit & Arts Conference

      Willow Creek Association
      South Barrington, Illinois
      APR 1995

      Leadership training and theater arts workshops designed to elevate the level of professionalism in creative arts communication and delivery in the church. Emphasis was on creating moments in story telling through drama, music, multi-media that enhance the message of the main speaker.


    • Digital Storytelling

      Media Shout
      Utica, Michigan

      Utilizing Media Shout presentation software, training was provided on how to effectively tell a story utilizing multi-media.

    Awards

    • EMMA Award – Outstanding Visual Artistry

      Extraordinary Member Merit & Achievement (EMMA) Award presented by the Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce in 2005 for visual artistry contributions to the EMMA Annual Awards event and other Chamber functions.

    Licenses / Affiliations

    Contact Me

    Location

    San Francisco Bay Area

    Tel: 650.394.5363

    Email: Glenn Gschmeidler