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Dr. David Reiss, Associate Professor

Film/Video & Digital Media Production

Towson University, Electronic Media & Film Dept.


Tel: 301-806-AVID


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D.C.D., Doctorate of Communication Design, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 2005.

M.S., Master of Science in Film Production, Boston University, Boston, MA, 1990.

B.A., Bachelor of Arts in Visual Media, The American University, Washington, DC, 1986.

Associate Professor, Towson University, Electronic Media & Film dept., Fall 2005 - present.

Intermediate and advanced undergraduate media production courses including:

Corporate Video EMF 437: An advanced HD corporate communications production course based on creating short documentary style videos for local non-profit client projects. This course is offered both in the Spring and Fall, with an average of ten (10) videos produced by senior EMF students each year.

Documentary Film & Video EMF 461: DSLR HD Video production course.

Electronic Field Production EMF 373: Intermediate HD video production course.

EMF Department Internship Coordinator

General Manager of Student-Run Television Station WMJF.TV.

Academic Advisor and Planning Committee Member.

Visiting Assistant Professor, American University, School of Communications, 2004-2005. Teaching Assignments: undergraduate and graduate digital media production classes for Film & Media Arts program, including introduction survey course in Visual Literacy. Graduate student thesis project advisor. Developed new digital media production courses. Provide information on various digital media technology and applications to department and staff. Utilized distance education on-line Blackboard 5 and 6 software for course instruction.

Adjunct Professor, American University, School of Communications, 2003-2004. Teaching Assignments: advanced graduate film and video production class for MFA program, including instruction for both documentary and narrative styles of filmmaking.

Adjunct Professor, George Washington University Documentary Center, 2003. Teaching Assignment: video production including camera, lighting and sound recording for intensive 6-month program. Also taught AVID digital video editing and audio mixing. Director of Production of final student film, “Opening Moves”.

Freelance Instructor/Trainer and Post Production Systems consultant, 1997 to present. Teach series of workshops on AVID Symphony, Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, and Video Edit system configuration and troubleshooting. Clients include Connecticut College, Freedom Forum, National Geographic Channel, MY24/WUTB and NBC-4/WRC-TV.

Digital and Visual Media Expertise: Digital Economy - Distance Education - Mass Media and Culture - Mass Media History - Multimedia Learning and Design - New Media Design and Theory - Virtual Communities - Visual Literacy


Freelance Producer/Director and Editor, 1996 to present. Create professional broadcast-quality productions for a wide variety of clients, including National Geographic Channel, NBC4/WRCTV, Discovery Channel, Newseum, Freedom Forum, FOX-TV/WCVB, MCI-WorldCom, Greer & Associates, AOL, URC, ADA, Meals on Wheels, Maryland Film Industry Coalition, MY24/WUTB and McNeil Lehrer productions.

Freelance Video Editor, 1996 to present. AVID and/or Final Cut Pro video editor for professional broadcast-quality productions for a wide variety of clients, including Freedom Forum, Discovery Wings Channel, Greer & Associates and Macneil/Lerher Productions.

AVID Department Manager & Senior AVID Online Editor, Waveworks, Inc., McLean, VA, 1993-1996. Edited various projects including long-format episodic television series, commercials, multi-layered opens, industrials and corporate videos. Managed staff and systems for three Avid suites.

Test Engineer/Consultant, Avid Technology, Tewksbury, MA, 1992-1993. Test engineered the re-designed Media Composer 5.0 computer editing system. Responsible for providing feedback on Beta versions.

Swirl for a Girl, 10:00, 2011.
Hope: Then & Now, 5:13, 2010.
Engineering is Elementary, 9:00, 2010.
INCUBATOR, 52:00, 2010.
Meals on Wheels PSA, :30, 2009.
Baltimore County 9-1-1 PSA, :30, 2006.
Baltimore County 9-1-1 Recruitment Video, 6:00, 2005.
Salvatore Aquia Scholarship Video, 9:20, 2006.

2013 BEA Media Arts Festival Awards: Best of Faculty Promotional Video & Excellence in Faculty Short Documentary, 2012 Baltimore City Paper Film festival Official Selection, 2010 Women and Minorities in Media (WAMM) Festival Faculty Film Award, 2010 Accolade Documentary Short Film Merit Award, Accolade Faculty Feature Film Merit Award 2009, Utopia Film Festival 2009, Award of Excellence at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts 2008. Two Communicator Awards 2008, Award of Distinction in EDITING. Two DV Awards 2006. CINE Golden Eagle, 2006. World Gold Medal, New York International Film & Video festival, 2004. CINE Golden Eagle, 2003. CHRIS Award, Columbus International Festival, 2002. Grand Prize - Multimedia, New York Film & Video Awards, 1999. Gold CINDY Award, Association of Visual Communicators, 1999. Communicator Crystal Award. 1998. Association of Visual Communicators, Regional Cindy Award, 1998. Aurora Award. 1998. Certificate of Film Excellence, and the MDC Esplanade Film & Video Expo, 1989


Digital Media: Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, Magic Bullet plug in LOOKS.
AVID Media Composer, Symphony and Adrenaline, AVID Isis- AVID Ice Effects - GenArts Sapphire Effects.
Web/Video Apple Compressor, Macromedia Flash and Dreamweaver. HTML Programming.
Graphic Design Adobe Photoshop, Indesign & Illustrator.
Web Design Macromedia Dreamweaver and HTML code.
Operating Systems Apple OS 7.0-OS X - Windows Operating Systems (NT, 2000, XP & Vista)
Shareware Developer: Flash Virtual Demo Reel Version 1.0, with over 13,600 downloads from Flash Video Player with Text Field Version 2.0, with over 10,000 downloads from

Cameras Canon 7D, 60D and 550D DSLRs, Panasonic HVX200, HPX-170 & DVX 100. Sony Betacam, JVC, Cannon, Panasonic Mini-DV, Sony DV-Cam) - VTR Decks (Digital Betacam, Betcam SP, DVC-Pro 25-50, Mini-DV, D1-5, Hi-8mm and 3/4”) - Engineering Equipment (analog and digital waveform and vector scopes).
Audio Equipment (lavalier and boom microphones, field mixers, multi-track analog and digital studio consoles, DAT recorders, DA-88 Multi-track players)
Lighting Equipment (Arri and Lowell field packages, and various studio lighting systems)
16mm Film Equipment - Cameras: Arri SR, S, and BL. Bolex and CP-16. Canon Scoopic. Sound: Nagra sound recorders, field mixers, microphones, and multi-track analog mixing studios.

TELEVISION: National Geographic Channel promotional commercials for various series including: Mysteries of the Deep; Taboo; Dangerous Jobs; Geodic Moments, and National Geographic Today. NBC4/WRC-TV promotional commercials for local news and special events. NBC4/WRC-TV sales video, Digital Edge Expo. Discovery Channel segments for Shark Week. The Discovery Wings Channel launch, series of promotional commercials.

MULTIMEDIA: Newseum Permanent Exhibits: September 11th Wing, Main Theater: Running Towards Danger, and Galleries: TV News and Humor, The Press and Civil Rights, The Black Press, History of Nightline, The Berlin Wall, and The History of Newsreels.

OTHER: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), ATA/NEA Merger documentary, Legislative Issue Videos. Fox Television International, pilot for internationally syndicated program, Manhunter. Fox Television International, 52 one-hour episodes of syndicated series, Manhunter. Fox Television, television pilot for syndicated series Final Justice. Fox Television, segments and recreations for America’s Most Wanted. Political Commercials including; Mike Bloomberg for Mayor, NYC; Debbie Stabenow for Senate (D-MI); Max Baucus for Senate (D-MT); Barbara Boxer for Senate (D-CA); Kent Conrad for Senate (D-ND); Byron Dorgan for Senate (D-ND); Debbie Stabenow for Senate (D-MI); Conrad Burns for Senate (D-MT); Max Baucus for Senate (D-MT); Dennis Moore for Congress (D-KS). League of Conservation Voters, series of environmental issue ads, Dirty Dozen. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, national conference video, Covering Kids. MCI Community Relations, educational program promotional video, Marco Polo. Planned Parenthood, historical documentary, Planned Parenthood Looks Back. Dramatic short film, Double Trouble. Documentary short film, Hope. Boston University, recruitment film, A Inside Look at Boston University. Northeast Broadcasting School, recruitment commercial, Behind the Scenes. MEDSTAR training video, Flying Right Helicopter Procedures. Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, historical video, Reflections.



EdMedia 2014 International Conference Paper Presentation

Broadcast Media Association 2014 - First Place Student Media Division Paper

“Video-based Multimedia Designs: A Research Study Testing Learning Effectiveness"

Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, Fall 2007.

Judge: Broadcasting Educational Association Festival of Media Arts, 2013 & 2012.


2014, David Reiss. All Rights Reserved.

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