Mixed background in producing, post, logistics, and several other aspects of production. I’ve worked in documentary, narrative, IT, live events, and graphic design. I have a full location sound kit. Always looking for freelance work.


9/21 – Current

Editor (Premiere & After Effects) Troublesome

Film (Feature-length) — Chaotic Neutral Studios Details
9/21 – Current

Work in progress feature-length documentary about the East Troublesome fire in Colorado, which also explores the larger underlying issues of forest fires in general and climate change. Directed/Produced by Connor Nelson and Parks Thomson. Currently has over 25 interviews and 15 terabytes of footage.

5/21 – Current

Camera Operator (Ursa Mini G1 Broadcast, Sony FX6, other misc.) Misc. Freelance live event work. Includes Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Millennium Park Foundation, University of St. Francis Joliet, and Others

Misc. livestreams — Live/Special Event — Great Lakes Media, Tick Tock Film Works, & Others Details
5/21 – Current

Camera operation (on sticks and handheld), event setup & teardown, live switching, graphics switching, instant replay operation, etc. Concerts, sports, and other misc. live events

6/15 – Current

Editor (Sony Vegas) Customer Tandem Video Editor (Seasonal Part Time)

Digital — Digital — Wisconsin Skydiving Center Details
6/15 – Current

Edited over 3,000 customer video/stills packages. Often as many as 25+ per day during busy periods. Also occasionally worked front desk scheduling plane loads, selling video packages, and helping customers with liability paperwork.

11/23 – 11/23

Director of Photography (DP) (& Editor) "I'll Have What She's Having" Jewish Restaurant Owners Panel Hosted by WGN's Bob Sirott - Illinois Holocaust Museum

Digital — Freelance Details
11/23 – 11/23

Shot and edited panel of prominent Jewish restaurnat owners hosted by Bob Sirott at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, IL. One man multicam shoot on Sony FX6, FS7, and A6400. Field audio recorded with Zoom F8N kit.

9/23 – 9/23

Stagehand Riot Fest 2023

Live — Live/Special Event — Riot Fest Corporation Details
9/23 – 9/23

Assisted with unloading/setup, changeovers, & teardown of festival stages, barricades, lighting, AV, & audio components.

6/23 – 9/23

Camera Operator (& Occasional Live Switcher) 2023 DCASE Millennium Park Summer Concert Series Shows

Live (IMAG) — Live/Special Event — Great Lakes Media
6/23 – 9/23
8/23 – 8/23

Producer (Radio) Remote Media Press Tour- National Association of Realtors Leadership Summit

Misc Radio Stations Across the US — Corporate — D.S. Simon Media Details
8/23 – 8/23

Coordinated day-of logistics and talent wrangling for RMT for National Association of Realtors. We worked with a control room in NY to call in and be connected to various outlets and stations based on a pre-determined schedule. There was a simultaneous TV Press tour going on next door, and we shuffled talent back and forth between the two. I worked on the Radio side.

7/23 – 7/23

Production Assistant (& Grip Assistance) Chicago Stories- Leopold and Loeb Episode (Season 2)

7/23 – 7/23


  • "Troublesome" Official Trailer - Original Feature Documentary

  • Wayward Souls- Trailer


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Brendan Walsh
Camera Operator
Sam's one of the hardest working and most capable people I've had the pleasure of working with. He's truly a Swiss army knife - able to easily handle any job you throw at him either in post or on set. Rest assured, Sam will be an excellent hire for ...MORE...
Emerson Cole
Production Assistant
Sam is one of the fastest and passionate filmmakers I know. While we haven't worked together closely very much, I have seen his progress and the reputation he's accumulated over the years and it's impressive, to say the least. I would trust Sam to pr ...MORE...


Class of '20

Columbia College Chicago

B.A., Cinema Arts & Sciences, Producing Emphasis

My Gear

  • Tripod
  • Reflectors
  • Follow Focus
  • Audio Technica Shotgun Microphone
  • Camera Slider
  • DSLR Shoulder Rig
  • Sennheiser MKH 416 Shotgun Microphone
  • K-Tek boom pole
  • Lectrosonic Lavaliers
  • Arri Fresnel Lighting Kit
  • Umbrella Light Kit
  • Softbox
  • Panasonic Lumix G7
  • Zoom F8n MulitTrack Field Recorder
  • SmallHD 5 inch Monitor
  • 18tb Thunderbay Raid
  • M1 Mac Mini Editing Setup
  • LTO/LTFS Archive
  • Yes I do have a car
  • M-audio USB Audio Interface
  • Ktek Stingray Jr X Mixer bag
  • Lectrosonic UCR190 Transmitters/Receivers
  • Zoom FRC-8 Mixer Control Surface


  • Web Design
  • Producing
  • AVID Media Composer
  • Photography
  • Video Editing
  • Final Draft
  • Line Producing
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Production Coordination
  • Camera Operation
  • Movie Magic
  • Movie Magic Budgeting
  • Graphic Design
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Scenechronize
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Social Media Management
  • DIT
  • Movie Magic Scheduling
  • Production Assistant
  • live switching
  • Location Sound
  • Assistant Editing
  • assistant directing
  • carpentry
  • Field Audio
  • Film Budgeting
  • EPKs
  • Film Scheduling
  • VoiceOver Recording
  • LTO Archival
  • Instant Replay
  • DCP Creation
  • Live Graphics
  • Deliverables Management
  • Dailies Technician
  • Tape Digitization and Conversion
  • Conform Editing
  • Footage Ingest
  • Event Setup & teardown
  • Gear Shipping