SKILLS PROFILE SUMMARY:
– Experience working with clients to create products that best suit their needs.

– Skilled in Academic Research; Knowledge of MLA format and style guide. Experience in using JStor, Google Scholar & various online academic databases. Written essays & articles on a variety of topics including, literature, history, arts and entertainment and politics.

– Experienced Technical Writer, having helped draft numerous instructional coaching documents and manuals for H.S.I Soccer Consultancy. Skilled in helping others express complicated ideas in the most concise and clear manner possible.

– Writer of Entertainment Media; having written scripts for such diverse mediums as children’s television, animation, short and feature length films, live theatre and radio, spanning such varied genres as comedies, thrillers, action, sci-fi and dramas.

– Experienced Actor, having performed in several stage plays at the Great Canadian Theatre Company and Ottawa Fringe Festival. Member of Monster Budget Zero, a sketch comedy team featured on Rogers Cable. Voice acting experience as performer on a college radio morning show. Performer in Haunted Walks Halloween tours. Excellent public speaking skills.

– Skilled in Video Production; having worked such positions as camera, lighting, boom mic operator, script reader and location scout in shorts, feature films and corporate promotional videos.

– Skilled Graphic Designer; Designed technical graphs and instructional charts for sports manuals as well as sports team fonts and logos as manager of my own printing business. Contributed comic strips and cartoons to The Charlatan, Carleton University’s student news paper. Stage and prop design for several stage plays in the Ottawa Fringe festival.

CORE CAPACITIES, VALUES AND ABILITIES:
– Creative, resourceful, with a keen eye for artistic detail and a sense of humour.
– Always ready to bring new ideas to the table, while still listening to those of others.
– Comfortable working independently or collaborating as a member of a team.
– Fast worker with ability to handle projects within a tight budget and limited time frame.
– Broad knowledge of history, arts, politics, philosophy and pop-culture.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
– Wrote for Turbo Dogs, an award winning, internationally broadcast, children’s animated series.
– Wrote The Night Watchman, a feature length, film currently in production, starring acclaimed actor Adam Beach.

RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2009 – Screenwriter (Feature Film) Zed Filmworks – Ottawa
Duties: Co-Wrote The Night Watchman, a feature length thriller/mystery film staring Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers, Law and Order SVU). Worked in close collaboration with Ottawa-based Director/Co-Writer Adrian Langley to produce a psychologically riveting script, suited to production limitations and budget. Also served as location scout and production assistant.

2008 – Screenwriter (Children’s Television) CCI Entertainment/CBC – Toronto
Duties: Wrote several treatments and episodes for the internationally broadcast, children’s computer animate series Turbo Dogs, as seen on the CBC, NBC, Qubo, Ion, KidsCo and Telemundo networks. Worked with both producers and network executives to craft entertaining and humorous scripts that met international children’s entertainment, broadcast standards. Series won the 2009 US iParenting Media Award for Best Product in the television category.

2003 – Technical Writer/Graphic Artist H.S.I Soccer Consultancy – Ottawa
Duties: Worked with professional soccer coach to write instructional coaching manuals and documents. Also designed numerous diagrams of game plans and exercises.

2003 – Screenwriter (Optioned Screenplay) Gemini Productions – Los Angeles
Duties: Wrote several drafts of Silvershield, a superhero screenplay optioned to Los Angeles based Gemini Productions.

2001 – Screenwriter (Optioned Screenplay) Hipmedia Productions – Montreal
Duties: Wrote several drafts of Be The Man, an urban crime drama screenplay optioned to Montreal based Hipmedia Productions.

1999 – Actor/Writer (Live Theatre) Ottawa Fringe Festival – Ottawa
Duties: Wrote and performed in several plays and promotional skits for the Ottawa Fringe Festival, including, G is Grendal Harper, Commercial Jingle Pitch, Scooby-Choo: The Play and News Flash. Roles included Father Mike, the Devil, Sheriff’s Deputy, Advertising Executive and News Anchor. Also performed in radio promotional spots for the festival.

1997 – Radio Performer/Writer CKDJ Algonquin College Radio – Ottawa
Duties: Wrote and performed numerous comedy skits as featured member of CKDJ’s Stink’n Morning Show. Provided a wide variety of voices and characters.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature – Carleton University – Ottawa, ON, Canada
O.A.C High School Graduate – Nepean High School – Ottawa, ON, Canada

Contact Info:                                                          

ross_harrison@live.ca

WRITING SAMPLES & AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

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