Geoff Adams
ga@geoffadams.com
http://www.geoffadams.com


Education

Rhode Island School of Design, Film, Animation & Video Department BFA, 1983.


Teaching
http://www.geoffadams.com/RISDclasses.htm

1995-2003 - Adjunct Instructor - Film, Animation & Video Department, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. I taught studio classes in video production and sound for the screen. Additionally I have taught special topic video classes in Medical Imaging and Culture Jamming.

Fall, 1991- Instructor - Super 8 Film Production course, Fine Arts Department, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.

Spring, 1991 - Instructor - Introduction to Film. Degree program course, Film, Animation & Video Department, Rhode Island School of Design. Super 8 film production course.

Professional Production
http://www.geoffadams.com/work/

I am a self-employed videomaker. Since 1995 I have worked almost exclusively for the Children's Programming Department at WGBH on a variety of Nationally broadcast live action segments including:

• 2005 – 2010 - Creator of interstitial segments for the Emmy Award winning Curious George, an animated science, technology and math show. The interstitial segments are unscripted 2-minute pieces that feature kids engaging in science, technology and math activities. I shoot, edit, and create music and animation for the pieces. 180 segments made to date for 6 season of the show.

• 2002 - 2010 - Creator of live action interstitial segments for the Emmy Award winning Peep And The Big Wide World, a pre school science show. I have created over 100 1:30 segments for six seasons. In each unscripted piece, children engage in exploration of science topics established in the animated story of the show. I produce, shoot, and edit all the segments.

• 1995 - 2010 - Creator of the interstitial segments for the Emmy Award winning Arthur. I have created 200 segments for 15 seasons of the show. They are unscripted, documentary style pieces that feature children engaging in creative activity inspired by the topics from the animated show. I produce, shoot, edit, compose music and create animation for all the segments.

• 2009 - 2010 – Creator of segments for Martha Speaks, an animated vocabulary based show. Who’s That Dog segments are portraits of talented and working dogs and their kid owners. I shot, edited and composed music for the pieces.

• 2007 - 2009 – Creator of Pro File segments for Design Squad. I was one of a team of video makers creating engaging portaits of working engineers f0r this design competiton/reality show.

• 1998-2002 - Creator of ZOOM Guest segments. ZOOM is an Emmy Award nominated PBS children's show featuring a cast of kids presenting ideas sent in by viewers. ZOOM Guest segments are unscripted location stories featuring a single kid. I cast, shot, edited and composed music for the pieces.

1988-1995 - Partner & Director with Eastfilms, Inc. Providence, RI.
Eastfilms was a commercial production company. My role was as director, editor and often composer, and also very frequently as cinematographer & videographer. As director I interpreted storyboards and devised executions of TV spots. I supervised all production and post production activity. Our clients were advertising agencies in Providence, Boston, Hartford, and New York City. We also created non-broadcast work for corporate and non profit clients. I worked as script writer, director, cinematographer or videographer, editor and frequently music composer.

1990 - Directed Music Videos for Nashville-based ACME pictures.

1987 - Producer & Assistant Director, Complex World. Theatrical Feature written and directed by Jim Wolpaw, released in 1990 by the Hemdale Film Corporation. Shot on location in Providence, RI.

1983-1985 - Media Specialist, Davol, Inc. Cranston, RI. Created video programs for medical company.

Screenings
http://www.geoffadams.com/video.htm

Birdstate (2005, digital video/animation, 18:00) Screened at many US festivals in 2006 including: Big Muddy • Athens • Poppy Jasper • New England • MicorCineFest

Shadow Of Liberty (2005, digital video, 13:00) Screened at over 20 festivals in the US in 2005 including: Big Muddy • Tribeca Underground • Chicago Underground • Iowa Docs • Detroit Docs • Portland Doc & Experimental • Boston International • Cucalorus

Birdbeat (fugue) (2002, Digital 2D Animation, 4:08) Featured on RESFEST 3 DVD Compilation. Screened at over 30 festivals internationally, including:
• RESFEST 2002 • San Francisco International Film Festival • Toronto Online Film Festival • Dallas Video Festival • MicroCineFest • Brooklyn International Film Festival • Big Muddy Film Festival • Kurzfilm, Hamburg • Cracow Film Festival

Noise In My Backyard
(2000, Digital Video, 22:00) Screened at 24 US festivals in 2001 & 2002 including:
• Athens International Film & Video Festival • Big Muddy Film Festival • Dallas Video Festival • Seattle Underground Film Festival • New England Film and Video Festival • Savannah Film & Video Festival • US Super 8 & Digital Video Festival • Cornell Environmental Film Festival

March, 2001 - Retrospective screening, AS220, Providence, RI

February, 2001 - RISD Alumni Series, talk and select screening.

September, 2000 - Convergence Film Festival, Providence RI. Natural History of Rhythm.

October, 1997 - RISD Biennial Faculty Film Show - Natural History of Rhythm, Ceiling Doctor, Miss Eddy, Pretty Good Go-Cart.


Talks

March 2003 - Rhode Island Red: Case History of a State Bird Symbol. Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT.


Artist Collaborations

2001 Living Fossil, Installation by Rachel Berwick
Created video and sound installation components for the exhibition at the CCAC Institute in Oakland, CA

2002 Front Pockets, Installation by Jonathan Bonner
Created single channel installation video segment for the exhibition at the RISD Museum, Providence, RI

1996 Two Fold Silence, Installation by Rachel Berwick
Created video and sound installation components for the exhibition at the Thomas Nordanstad Gallery in New York City.


Awards & Grants

2006 For Birdstate
• Best Animation - MicroCineFest
• Best Documentary - Poppy Jasper Film Festival
2005 For Shadow Of Liberty
• Craziest Documentary - Bearded Child Film Festival
• Best Documentary - West Chester Film Festival
2005 & 2007 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Daytime Emmy Award for Peep And The Big, Wide World.
2003 For Birdbeat (fugue)
• Experimental Award Δ Athens (Ohio) International Film & Video Festival
• Best Short Short - Big Muddy Film Festival
• Best Animated Video - MicroCineFest
• Audience Choice - Portland International Short Short Film Festival
• Best Music - Dahlonega Film Festival
2002 LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund, Project Development Grant for BIRDSTATE
2002 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Merit Award in Film/Video
2001 For Noise In My Backyard:
• First Prize, Documentary - Athens (Ohio) International Film & Video Festival
• Best Independent Video - NE Film & Video Festival
• Best Short & Audience Choice - US Super 8 & Digital Video Festival
• Honorable Mention, Documentary - Big Muddy Film Festival
• High Honorable Mention - Santa Cruz Environmental Film Festival
2001 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Daytime Emmy Award for Arthur
2001 Peabody Award for Arthur
2000 Convergence Film Festival (Providence), Juror's Choice Award for The Natural History of Rhythm.
2000 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Film/Video
1999 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Daytime Emmy Award for Arthur
1989-1994, Numerous Hatch Awards, Ad Club of Greater Boston

Technical/Software Experience

DVCAM, DV, HDV, Betacam cameras, Digital SLRs, 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm motion picture cameras. Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Digital Performer, Pro Tools, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Freehand. Synthesizer/sampler programming. Location lighting. Field and studio audio recording.


As Musician

1979-present - I am a semi-professional saxophonist and composer. I have created most of the music for my film and video work. I have also played in numerous jazz, blues, rock and funk bands since 1979. Member: ASCAP.


Related

1989-1994 Board of Directors, AS220. Unjuried performance/gallery space and artists studio complex. Served as Board President 1992-1994. Also created 4 video promotion pieces used for fundraising and community outreach.