I'm Russell. Nice to meet you...
Education / Awards
CBS This Morning
CBS "On Assignment"
Starbucks / Chase Bank
Task & Purpose
U.S. Marine Corps
I've had the privileged of working with gifted producers, photographers and journalists throughout my professional journey. I aspire to their courage and enthusiasm in every project I take on.
I believe documentary filming is simple, but not easy. I don't wait for inspiration; I keep a camera ready for when it comes. I toil at the technical, ace the audio and prioritize verité. I know how to find the perfect shot, but I have the mindfulness to settle for good if chasing it might disturb the honest vibe of a scene. If the video feels true, I know the work is worthy.
I have worked in journalism for eight years, branching often into marketing and sponsored content. At my core I am a storyteller, specializing in cinematography.
As a field producer I have risen to challenges in many austere environments, including Iraq, Korea, India, Mexico and Standing Rock. I have also done on-camera correspondent work for documentary projects in Haiti and across the United States. Additionally, on this site you can find some of the professional video editing work I've done commercially and for documentary projects.
Master's - Documentary Production
Master's - Investigative Journalism
Bachelor's - Broadcast Journalism
Best College Newscast
Overseas Press Club Scholar
Elections in Haiti
When I'm not in the field, I'm happiest sharing what I've learned with others. I've taught college students as well as working professionals, typically offering hands-on field production and editing skills.
As a Marine veteran, I also mentor service members through their transition to civilian life - especially those angling for careers in journalism. I believe veterans are under-represented in the media industry, and they offer a diversity of experience and first-hand knowledge that is invaluable to newsrooms.
Taught workshops for communicators in U.S. industries on creating social media content.
- Led production teams in the Middle East, Europe, South America, Asia, the Caribbean, and throughout the U.S.
- Taught undergrad video course as assistant professor at City University for 2016 Fall semester.
Authored comprehensive video style guide for Marine Forces Europe and Africa cinematographers.
Guest-lectured at Columbia University, NYU, and New York Film Academy.
Field Producer / Cinematographer