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March 11, 2011


by Scott W. Smith

Once upon a time I made a couple videos in high school, became a 19-year-old photojournalist in Florida, graduated from film school in California which open a door to a career made of words, images and stories.

In the past 20+ years working in film, video, and TV/radio I’ve been able to travel all 50 States and five continents working on an eclectic mix of media productions; filming America’s Downhill in Aspen, shooting from a seaplane over the Amazon River, writing/directing short films, producing national TV documentaries, commercials, music videos, corporate & industrial videos, promotional videos, economic development projects, writing radio dramas, producing faith-based videos, directing multi-camera productions, covering the Iowa Caucuses— including the then future President Barack Obama, freelance field producing for The Montel Williams Show, ABC’s The Doctors, and what was at the time the largest immigration raid (Postville) in the U.S for Telemundo, location scouting for Mandate Pictures, and taping more than 400 interviews including two Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah project.

Along the way I’ve been able to tell and partake in some wonderful stories and honored to work with many gifted and amazing people.

Since 2007, I have produced projects under the River Run Productions shingle and enjoy working on a variety of projects where I can bring my diverse creative talents to various groups looking for something different.

In 2008 my blog Screenwriting from Iowa became the first ever screenwriting blog to win an Emmy Award. (Regional—Minneapolis, Advanced Media.) In the last few years I’ve won more than twenty awards for various productions including a second Emmy for location lighting.

As a public speaker, I’m a former Toastmaster president, and have spoken to schools, colleges, businesses and creative groups on production, creativity, and the power of storytelling.

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