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Curtis A. Craven
Producer/Director/Shooter


P.O. Box 1701
Austin, Texas 78767

(512) 462-4927 Office
(512) 970-8373 Cell

ccraven322@yahoo.com
Hecho a Mano Productions

 

Employment


1996 - present
Hecho a Mano Productions
AUSTIN, TEXAS / SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXICO


INDEPENDENT TELEVISION PRODUCER / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY


Since 1996, I have been working as an independent producer/director, director of photography with broadcast and corporate projects in Texas and Mexico. In 2003, I co-produced and directed the HD documentary for PBS, "Texas: the State of Water", which won a regional Emmy. Also during 2003 I was cameraman for numerous cable and broadcast "reality tv" shows, including "The Bachelor" (ABC), "Ambush Makeover" (FOX), the Wedding Story, "Perfect Proposal" (both TLC) and "behind the scenes" footage for Miramax, "Spy Kids 3D". During 2001-2002 I was director of photography for the national PBS documentaries, "The Forgotten Americans" and "Accordion Dreams" (Galan, Inc.). Presently, I am editing two long-form documentaries shot in Mexico, "Burn Judas Burn!" and "Vanilla: the Ancient Flavor", and in production on "Found Artists", a doc about southern outsider artists.


 
little girl in white dress

1990 - 1996
TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
AUSTIN, TEXAS

SENIOR TELEVISION PRODUCER


As senior producer I was responsible for generating segments for the award winning Texas Parks & Wildlife Television Series, a weekly documentary program broadcast on PBS stations throughout Texas and the Southeast. I originated segment concepts and carried out all research, script writing, shooting and editing. Traveling across the state, I managed all production schedules and supervised the field crews. Much of my work focused on the rich cultural heritage of Texas, primarily the Texas/Mexico border region. I also became an experienced underwater videographer, shooting on and under the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

little boy sitting

1982 - 1990
COMMUNICATIONS ALTATEC, INC.
AUSTIN, TEXAS

CO-OWNER / DIRECTOR


Communications ALTATEC was one of the first independent corporate production companies in Austin. As partner, I shared in the marketing of our services and was solely responsible for the aesthetic and technical quality of all the programs we produced. My company completed over fifty sponsored projects for a wide variety of clients in the fields of health, environment, product promotion, entertainment and education. Clients included American Express, Readers' Digest, National Geographic, Texas Association of Private Industry Councils, Scott & White Hospital, Texas Department on Aging and numerous advertising agencies including GSD&M. I prepared proposals, bids and budgets, managed office and field personnel as well as all outside contractors, such as graphic artists, script writers and editors.


1975 - 1982
FLORIDA STATE MUSEUM / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
GUTIERREZ ZAMORA, VERACRUZ, MEXICO

PROJECT PHOTOGRAPHER / DRAFTSMAN

During this ongoing archaeological project in rural Veracruz, I was involved in both archaeological and ethnographic studies of the region. My duties included the photographing and cataloging of thousands of artifacts found during the excavations, as well as mapping and recording trenches and ancient structures. During this period I lived in the coastal Veracruz town of Gutierrez Zamora for up to six months out of the year. Before this, I worked with a community development project on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Funded by the Catholic Relief Organization, I worked directly with U.S. engineers and local indigenous groups on a regional effort to design and construct a series of potable water systems.

 

Education

University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
BA, Geography and Latin American Studies
1978

University of Texas
Austin, Texas
Graduate Studies in Radio/Television/Film
Teaching Assistant
1979 - 1982

Special Skills / Training

Fluent in Spanish
Experienced SCUBA Diver.
Underwater film/video/still photographer.
Still Photographer, lab technician.
Extensive knowledge of film/video/photography equipment.
Macintosh, Windows, Adobe, Media 100, Corel.

 

hikers on mountain