Ian Issitt




2006  B.A. Film/Video Major, Concentration in Cinematography; Columbia College Chicago 

On Set Production Experience

2016  ​ Camera Operator “The Gamble House DocumentaryDirector: Don Hahn, Canon C300

2015  ​ 1st Assistant Camera “Kentucky Derby MuseumDonna Lawrence Productions, Arri Alexa XT Plus

           Director of Photography​  “The Sound” Media Lark Productions, Canon C100 

​           Director of Photography​  “​ Hint! Trailer​ ” University of Louisville, Canon C100 

2014  ​ Director of Photography​  "​ Trep Life​ " ​ MediaLark Productions​ , Canon C100 

           Director of Photography “Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money TrailerChicago Children’s Theatre, Canon HD

           Director of Photography “Dead Man Walking TrailerUniversity of Louisville, Canon 5D

2013   Producer/Director of Photography “Fo ProjectAccademia dell'Arte, Canon 5D

           Director of Photography “Francis: Pilot” Director: Mickey Dwyer, Canon 5D

           2nd Assistant Camera “Keno Commercial” Kentucky Lottery, Arri Alexa

           Production Assistant “Australian Beam and Cola Commercial” Jim Beam Distillery, Arri Alexa

2012   Director of Photography “Cool Dog” Director:Angela Vela, Broad Shoulders Productions, Canon 5D

           Camera Operator “Career AdvancementUniversity of Chicago Admissions, Sony SxS

           Camera Operator “Color Jam: A conversation with Jessica StockholderUniversity of Chicago, Sony SxS

           Director of Photography “World of Traegonia” Director: Rachael Russakoff, Canon 5D

           Director of Photography “EO Thrive:25 YearsThe Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Canon 5D

2011   Director of Photography “Boomer's Projectdig productions, Canon 5D

           Director of Photography “Wireless Energy ModulesNew York City Housing Authority, Canon 5D

           Director of Photography “Interfaith Leader Aubrey RoseInterfaith Youth Core, Canon 5D

2010  Director of Photography "Home Carpet One Commercial" Left Brain Right Brain Productions, Canon 5D

           Camera Operator “3D Set Top Box CommercialMotorola Solutions, Canon 5D      

           Camera Operator “TBS Rogaine Commercial” Director - Johnny Bruder, Second City Communications, Panasonic P2

           Director of Photography "World Circus Culture" To The Moon Productions, P2 1080p HD (2 months, 8 countries in Europe)

2009  Director of Photography “WeTube” Symmetri Marketing Group, Canon 5D

           Director of Photography "22 Years From Home" Director: Malachi Leopold, 1080p HD (2 months in Sudan, and Kenya)

           Director of Photography "Art Drift | Clifton Meador" New Bound Media, 24p MiniDV

           Director of Photography "Hanul Family Alliance" New Bound Media, 24p MiniDV

 Director of Photography "Sicilian Odyssey" Director:Jenna Constantine, 24p MiniDV

2008  Camera Operator "Chicago Humanities Festival 2008" Semaphore Media, 30p HDV

           Projection Assistant "Jenny Holzer – Protect Protect" Building Projections, MCA Chicago, PIGI Projector

           Photography Assistant "Michelle Nolan Photography" Time Out Chicago Magazine

           Camera Operator "Behind the Scenes - Home Schooled" Second City, 24p Mini DV

           Camera Operator "The Teachings of Viola Spolin" Second City, 24p Mini DV

2007  Camera Operator "Toonami Klik Skate Competition" Cartoon Network, 24p Mini DV

           Director of Photography "Renaissance Club" Renaissance Hotel Chicago, 24p Mini DV

 Director of Photography "Meat Is Murder" Director: Devi Snively; 24p Mini DV

2006  Director of Photography "Trippin'" Deviant Production; 24p Mini DV

           Director of Photography "Raven Gets A Life" Director: Devi Snively; 24p MiniDv


Technical Experience

4K/HD Cameras​ : Canon, Arri, Blackmagic Design, Red, Sony, Panasonic and JVC 

Lighting Equipment​ : Kino Flo, LED, Advanced Tungsten, Advanced HMI, and Photo Flash 

Graphic Design​ : Adobe CC; Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Lightroom 

Video Editing​ : Adobe CC; Premiere Pro, After Effects, Encore, Final Cut Pro X

A/V Equipment​ : Folsom and Extron Video Switchers, Sanyo and Christie LCD Projectors, Spyder Video Processor 

Work Experience

Trep Life,

Director of Photography, I am the head of the camera department. I'm responsible for creating a visual style and consistency to each video. I reported directly to the CEO to insure client satisfaction. Worked closely with the post production team on coloring and data management. I was also the head camera operator on all projects.

July 2015 – Dec 2015


Jewelry and Watch Photographer, I am responsible for photographing and capturing video of jewelry products for use on their website. I style and capture each item, and then shoot a 360 video. Then do a small amount of correction using Photoshop and then upload the file using an FTP client.

March 2013 – April 2015

Scooterworks USA,

Telesales and Graphic Design, I talk with customers every day processing their orders or resolving their issues. There are over 50 orders processed on average by me a day. There are many different types of people calling in, and it is always great to help them out and get their problems resolved. The other aspect of the job is to design from concept to completion the weekly ad’s and any other promotional material. I completed a 200 page digital catalog.

    June 2011 - Sept 2012

New Bound Media,

Creative Director & Director of Photography, I am responsible for the creation of concept and production of all media for clients. I am the liaison to the client, and assist them in achieving their goals with the project. I operate the camera, setup lighting and sound, and do post production if needed.

   March 2008 - Present

Chicago Media Initiatives Group, University of Chicago,

Freelance Videographer, Responsibilities include lighting and filming a variety of interviews, lectures, and symposiums. I setup all the equipment and work closely with the producer and client to achieve the look they are looking for. We work with Sony HDV and Panasonic P2 camera, and edit on Final Cut Pro.

   August 2009 - Dec 2012

 Event Creative,

Camera and Video Technician, Responsibilities include setup and breakdown of video projection equipment, video switchers, DVD player stations, FastFold screens, plasma TV's, and any other video equipment needed for the job. I am also the on site technician that runs the show, using the aforementioned equipment.

   October 2008 - January 2011

Renaissance Chicago Hotel,

Audio Video Technician, I am responsible for set up and breakdown of any audio/video needs of the hotel. Anything from setting/teching a lavish event, to setting up a telephone line for a client. I used a wide array of audio and video equipment to serve the clients needs. Before my departure I enhanced the utilization and storage of our department's most used equipment.

   May 2007 – September 2008

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers,

Staff Photographer, I am responsible for photographing all property that comes in for catalog, web, and press purposes. I lit, photographed, cropped and edited each item as necessary to be ready for press. I proposed and obtained new camera and lighting equipment for the department, along with streamlining the workflow, by strategizing with account executives to optimize output.

   December 2007 - July 2007