David Sommer

  • Editor
  • Los Angeles
  • Mar 15, 2019
Contractor / Freelance Editor

Personal Summary

I bring over 15 years of editing experience having edited a wide range of genres, content, and styles. Please find below a link to my website which contains my reel and featured work. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information. Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to hearing from you.

Work Experience

Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Dec 2018 - Mar 2019 513 Productions

• Design motion graphics and edit promos and social media content for Kate Bock, CorkEyewear, and Impeccable 
• Color and mix audio for promotional and social media content 
• Prep, QC, and deliver final outputs and projects 
• Ingest, transcode, sync, and multicam footage

Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Dec 2018 - Dec 2018 Space 150

• Designed motion graphics and edited promotional and internal videos for Facebook
• Colored and mixed audio for promotional and internal content for Facebook
• Prepped, QCed, and delivered final outputs and projects
• Prepped cue sheets for delivered projects
• Organized and coordinated the delivery of media and assets

Apr 2017 - Dec 2018 Launch DRTV

• Edited, colored, and delivered short-form and long-form advertisements and branded content for multi-million dollar brands including Murad and Guthy Renker for broadcast and social media
• Collaborated with producers on scripting, copy, and motion graphics
• Worked with clients to address notes during review sessions
• Provided technical support for post-production stations and operations
• Prepped and delivered assets for color correction and sound mix
• Ingested, organized, transcoded, synced, and multicammed media
• Troubleshoot and resolved technical issues in software and hardware
• Prepped, exported, and delivered media for transcription
• Prepped cue sheets and customization logs for delivered projects
• Prepped hard drives for on set DIT stations and offloaded media returned from set

Post Production Supervisor
Sep 2016 - Oct 2017 11/8/16

• A feature length documentary following voters across America on the day of the 2016 election
• 2017 Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominee
• Released theatrically, on Netflix, and on VOD platforms in November 2017
• Coordinated with 50 award-winning filmmakers across the country to confirm shooting specs and ensure that all media is delivered on time and at the appropriate specs
• Tracked and managed project schedule and budget
• Booked and negotiated rates with color, sound mix, finishing, and authoring vendors
• Prepped and provided all requested deliverables to the distributor including splittrack outputs, audio stems, music, and subtitles
• Scheduled and coordinated mix and color reviews
• Researched, purchased, and deployed necessary hardware and software
• Ingested and transcodeed media from RED, Black Magic, FS7, F55, C300, C100, Canon DSLRs, Panasonic HVX, and more
• Organized, logged, synced, and multicammed footage in Adobe Premiere
• Troubleshoot and resolved technical issues in software and hardware
• Prepped, exported, and posted links to dailies for producers and editors to review

Associate Producer - Live Events
Apr 2016 - Apr 2017 Beachbody

• Wrote scripts, reviewed cuts, and worked with editors and graphics artists on advertisements for multi-million dollar brands including 21 Day Fix, Shakeology, and more.
• Prepped shoots including building prop lists, location scouting, scheduling, building shot lists, collaborating on the creative style, and more
• Tracked and managed project schedules and budgets
• Coordinated with producers, editors, graphics artists, live events, and legal in the production of all live shows, with over 30,000 attendees and over 1,000 assets produced, to ensure that all assets are approved, go through sound design, and are delivered on time and at the appropriate specs
• Collaborated with sound mixers and colorists during mix and color sessions
• Scheduled rehearsal and call times with all live show talent
• Scheduled and attended legal reviews with legal department
• Scheduled and coordinated mix and color reviews and ensured that all needed assets were delivered and QCed
• Delivered promos and ensured that all parties have the necessary deliverables including final outputs, web links, and cue sheets
• Coordinated and maintained communication with talent, art department, production, post-production, colorists, and sound mixers

Post Production Manager
Dec 2014 - Apr 2016 Beachbody

• Managed a team of 11 assistant editors supporting 20 producers, 15 editors, and 11 graphics artists with an average of 60 active projects across key brands and record setting direct response advertisements for a billion dollar company
• Prioritized, tracked, and assigned all incoming assistant editor tickets
• Interviewed and trained all new assistant editor
• Oversaw the post production department for the Coach Summit 2015 Conference with over 1,000 assets produced, over 20,000 attendees, and over 15TB of media captured at the event
• Organized and maintained a 1,500TB server with over 1 million files
• Developed and implemented the post production workflow for the
launch of Beachbody On Demand, a streaming video service with over
700 videos launched in the first year
• Developed and implemented Beachbody’s ingest, media management, project setup, online/offline, graphics, mix, color, captioning, and delivery workflows
• Supported the engineering team in the implementation of new hardware and software including Reach Engine MAMS system, Vantage transcode system, Signiant Media Shuttle, and more
• Troubleshoot and resolved technical issues in software and hardware
• Prepped laptops, hard drives, card readers, and review monitors for on set DIT stations
• Collected and organized paperwork including releases, NDAs, timecards, scripts, cue sheets, and customization logs
• Coordinated with outside vendors specializing in production,
post production, sound mixing, coloring, live events, subtitling/captioning, and authoring to ensure that work is delivered on time and at proper specs
• Reviewed stock media license agreements and purchased stock media, After Effects templates, and Cinema 4D templates
• Coordinated with Production, Product Development, Creative, Digital, Web, Social Media, Marketing, Live Events, Brand Leadership, and Legal teams

Assistant Editor
May 2013 - Dec 2014 Beachbody

• Edited product and promotional videos for P90X, The Beachbody Challenge, and more
• Ingested and transcoded media from RED camera, FS7, A7S, KiPro, Atomos, Canon C300, DSLR, Panasonic P2 and more into Adobe Premiere and FCP
• Logged, organized, synced, and multicammed footage using Adobe Premiere and FCP
• Exported XMLs from FCP to transfer projects and sequences to Adobe Premiere
• Prepped and delivered projects for sound mix and color correction
• Color corrected marketing spots
• Exported and compressed rough and final cuts to be delivered for broadcast, web, through Wiredrive, Brightcove, YouTube, and on DVD
• Re-onlined Premiere and After Effects projects received from outside vendors

Lead Assistant Editor
Oct 2013 - Apr 2016 The Flight Fantastic

• A feature length documentary about The Flying Gaonas, one of the most famous flying trapeze acts in history
• Transcoded and ingested media in FCP7
• Prepped and delivered edits for graphics, mix, and color
• Edited content for promotional and web use
• Prepped, exported, and delivered edits for delivery and submission to film festivals
• Prepped, exported, and delivered edits for review through Vimeo and DVD

Feb 2014 - Jun 2014 SoulPancake

• Editor on The Science of Love series with over one million views 
• Prepped and delivered cuts for mix and color 
• Exported and delivered cuts for review and final delivery 
• Transcoded, synced, and multicammed footage in FCP7 and Premiere

Lead Styles Developer/QA Lead
Jan 2012 - May 2013 Dreamworks Animation

• Part of the development team behind the social media app Ptch
• Oversaw the creation of branded styles in partnerships with Kaskade's Freaks of Nature tour and Paramount's Paranormal Activity 4
• Created and designed mock-ups of styles to be applied to user photos and videos including art assets, color correction, layouts, transitions and more
• Implemented designs using Lua, JSON, and GLSL
• Contributed to general app design including user interface and feature set

May 2011 - Jan 2012 The Sparkhouse

• Edited commercials, micro-documentaries, featurettes, and corporate videos for Forever 21, Stussy, Entrepreneur.com, Sage Automotive Dealership, and more
• Color corrected, finished, exported, and delivered finished work to clients
• Transcoded, ingested, synched, and multicammed media for upcoming projects
• Assisted in production of various projects
• Organized media and project files

Co-Creator/Level Designer/QA Lead
Aug 2010 - Jul 2011 DancePad

• A rhythm-based iPad game that brings the dance floor to your finger tips
• Sold to Moonshark and released in June 2012
• Reached #2 on the iPad Games Chart and #1 on the iPad Music Games Chart
• Designed and implemented over half the levels that appear in the game
• Oversaw level design and general level progression and difficulty
• Contributed to general design including gameplay design, art, and user interface

Aug 2010 - Dec 2010 Vuguru

• Wrote coverage and notes for submitted and developing screenplays
• Managed the assistant duties for the President of Vuguru, including rolling calls and scheduling
• Researched theatrical and digital distribution models
• Exported and formatted video files
• Tracked upcoming and recently released web series
• Consulted in the development of the Vuguru iPad app
• Maintained communication with clients for upcoming projects

May 2010 - Aug 2010 AMC Networks

• Wrote coverage and notes for submitted and developing screenplays 
• Managed the assistant duties, including rolling calls and scheduling 
• Researched competitive networks and programming 
• Tracked upcoming and recently released television series

Jan 2010 - May 2010 DeLine Pictures

• Wrote coverage and notes for submitted and developing screenplays 
• Managed the assistant duties, including rolling calls and scheduling 
• Tracked upcoming and recently released films 
• Maintained communication with clients for upcoming projects

Assistant Editor
Jul 2009 - May 2010 The Girls In The Band

• A feature length documentary about the struggles of female jazz musicians
• Edited in Avid
• Logged, captured, and organized footage
• Exported edits for review and festival submission
• Prepped and logged licensed and archival material for legal review

Intern - Writer's Room
Aug 2009 - Dec 2009 Melrose Place

• Organized scripts, story areas, and outlines for upcoming episodes 
• Researched topics involved in upcoming scripts 
• Recorded notes during writing sessions and writer’s meetings 
• Maintained a line of communication between the writer's room and production

Assistant Editor
Jul 2008 - May 2009 Finding God In The City Of Angels

• A feature length documentary about religion in Los Angeles 
• Edited in Final Cut Pro 
• Ingested, transcoded, logged, captured, and organized footage 
• Exported cuts for various formats


Computer Science (Games)
Aug 2007 - May 2011 University of Southern California