VIKAS MALHOTRA
email: vikas333@gmail.com
EDUCATION:
Currently enrolled at UCSB, PhD program in the Dept. of Religious Studies
Concentration in South Asian Religions
Columbia University, Masters program in South Asian Studies (May, 2004)
Concentration in Anthropology and Religion
B.A. Hampshire College, Amherst MA (Jan 1999)
Concentration in Anthropology and Multimedia Production/Design
School for Visual Arts in NYC [2000] -various digital video and web development classes
San Francisco State University (SFSU) Certificate from Multimedia Studies Program [1995]
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
(1997) Designed and produced in an Enhanced CD-rom known as KATTARIVU: "Wisdom from the Forest": a multimedia exploration into the folk and tribal communities of Kerala, South India, which was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution Washington D.C. Contains over 25 short video clips, 9 digitally recorderd audio tracks and hundreds of photographs.Click above link to see web version.
Received $20,000 grant from the NCIIA/Lemelson National Foundation for Kattarivu project
Documented the Maha Kumbh Mela, a festival in India that occurs once every 12 years and is recorded in the Guiness book of records as the "largest gathering of human beings" in history with over 40 million people attending.
2nd camera for a documentary on the Maha Kumbh Mela entitled "Manthan: The Churning" produced with Hampshire colleague Shalini Kantayya which won "First Prize Documentary Film" CUNY Asian American Film / Media Festival. Click on link to see the award and video.
Interned at the Natural History Museum in New York City and conducted research for Dr. Laurel Kendall, director of Asian departmen. (Sept-Dec 2003)
SKILLS:
Knowledgeable about new computer, internet, audio, video, print, and photography technology.
Have designed, organized, managed, and produced DVD's, CD-roms, documentaries, web sites, and various promotional and print material. Versed especially in Macs.
Graphic Design/Computer Skills:
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Image Ready, Go-Live, InDesign, Motion, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, DVD Studio Pro, Quark Express, Power Point, Acrobat, Word, Excel,
Video production, shooting, and editing; digital/film/HD:
Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Soundtrack, Live Type, Motion, Compresser, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, streaming and encoding technology ie. Quicktime, Real Producer, Windows Media Player etc and podcasts. Experienced with various digital and HD video cameras and setting up multi-camera shoots.

Audio design, production, and recording:
Pro Tools, Cubase, GarageBand, Soundtrack, Ableton, and Audacity. Knowledgeable with recording equipment such as samplers, keyboards, mixers and mixing consoles, effects boards, microphones (omni, shotgun, lavalier), etc.

Event management: Have coordinated events in New York City involving high profile and international guests, music events, and fashion shows. (More info can be given on request)

RECENT EMPLOYMENT:

Central Ohio Technical College [8/2007 - 9/2009]
Adjunct Professor
Taught for both the Behavioral Health Sciences Dept. (BHS) and the Digital Media Department (DMD).  For BHS I taught Sociology and Cultural Diversity.  Involved creation of syllabus, creating and presenting interesting and interactive lectures, working closely with students, testing and grading.  For the DMD I taught Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, and Digital Video.
cotc.edu

Penn Summit (now Valmont Industries) [10/2006 - 3/2007]
Web/graphic Designer/Network Administrator Assistant
Responsible for web design and maintenance, print design of advertisements, promotional materials, and images for conference booth, inventory analysis, and new project research (wind towers). Also helped Network Admin. with keeping network stable and running, creation of stations w/ network capabilities, and email troubleshooting.

Blaze Productions/Focustream.net (2/2006 - 9/2006)
Multimedia Producer
Responsible for shooting and editing of videos, streaming online video, special effects, titiling, and motion graphics, as well as execution of all web and print media. Videos range anywhere from commercials, to documentaries, to online conferences, market research, travels shows, promotional videos, music videos, etc.
focustream.net

Jeanisis (8/2004 - 3/2006)
Art Director
Head of design department; overseeing all aspects from conception to execution. Responsible for management and creation of all design and promotional media, which included all web and print media, design boards and stylesheets, logos, look book, shooting and editing of promotional videos, event coordination (fashion shows), etc.

The Pro's: Video and Audio Services (Jan - Sept 2002)
Videographer and DJ
Responsible for setting up and shooting video for events such as weddings, conferences, and other events. Also setup large audio systems for similar events and often DJ'ed the events.

Nautica Clothing (Feb 01-Dec 01)
Graphic Designer, Nautica Europe Division
Under head designer of Nautica Europe, responsible for all aspects of companies graphic and print design needs. Mostly involved in creation and maintanance of design boards, which includes skills such as scanning, manipulating and coloring images in photoshop and illustrator, streamlining to create vector graphics, color matching, creating palletes, patterns, swatches etc.

Playboy.com, P.E.I. Enterprises, New York, NY (March 00-Jan 01)
Web/Graphic Marketing Designer

Under the direction of the Vice President of Marketing and Advertising Sales as well as the New Media Art Director and Director of E-commerce, responsible for designing, recommending, organizing and implementing presentation materials and advertising for the Company's website. This included: design and implementation of interstitial pages, event sites, banners, media kits, custom ad sites, as well as off-line (print, CD-rom) materials, power point presentations, spreadsheets, graphs/charts etc..

Blue Dingo Digital, New York, NY (July 99-March 00)
Interactive Web Designer

Responsible for concept, design, strategy, and execution of proposals, comps, and final works including web sites, video, print and CD-rom.
Clients include Volvo, MCI, UDV Jose Cuervo, Benjamin Moore, Hermans Survivors, Chefboy, 1800 collect. *1999 Web Awards Winner Outstanding Web Site for www.cuervo.com and www.swedenrules.com (now defunct).

Freelance:

PAST CLIENTS:
World Music Institute Bistro Du Soleil
McCan/Erricson Monsoon Art Gallery
Columbia University/Barnard College Ricardo Maduro, President elect Honduras, 2001
yourveincarecenter.com Bombay Grill
Bosley Hair Institute Aleta St. James
Nautica Deviant Donut/Kevin Garant
Brindiamo TV Spontane (NYC music group)
Playboy.com Miniflix.com
Dots (promotional video) Blue Dingo Digital
Jeanisis Fashions Tracey Jones: BOBe Designs
Universal Music Studio (NYC) Eventide

VIDEO/DVD PRODUCTION
Was Multimedia producer at a reputable NYC production company (Blaze Productions/Focustream) where I produced from conception to execution a large number of DV/HD projects and DVD videos including commercials, online conferences, market research, travels shows, promotional videos, music videos, etc. A few of the clients have been listed above.

Brindiamo TV: Worked for Brindiamo TV a show on italian restraunts and cooking. Edited, created effects, titles, for TV shows and interactive menus for the DVDs. Shows were broadcast on channel 25, a popular public channel in NY and tri-state area. Was a winner at 2007 28th Annual Telly awards. Also created podcasts for their website. See a few of the shows here


Shot and edited demo music video with filmakers Diego Benavente, and Fernando J. Velasquez (director of the cult film "Burning Man: Where's the Fire?") for internationally-known musician and producer Talvin Singh (U.K.)
using footage we shot at the Maha Kumbh Mela. Click here to see video.

World Music Institute: Created, shot, edited and produced a promotional DVD on a folk ritual performance from South India for WMI's Festival on Kerala. Click here to see video.

Ricardo Maduro: shot video for TV commercial and documentary about president elect of Honduras

Eventide: Produced interactive promotional DVD containing demos with Surround Sound

Second camera for documentary about the farmers market run by the Lower East Side Girls Project.

Society for Children's Development, New Delhi, India: shot and produced promotional video's about school for disabled children

WEB PRODUCTION
Created a number of various web sites: see below for a few sample Url's

SAMPLE URLS:

www.aboriginalproductions.net: founder of multimedia production company abOriginal Productions
www.yourveincarecenter.com: created website for radiologist group (freelance)
www.revasc.icrstraining.org: created design and templates for ICRS (freelance)
www.focustream.net: redesigned site according to their specifications
www.barnard.edu/religion/hinduismhere: designed website for class at Barnard/Columbia (freelance)

RP-Interiors.com: created animated under construction intro using Flash 8 and Motion

Video Samples (compiled from above)
Brindiamo TV
Talvin Singh music video (Kumbh Mela)
World Music Institute video on Theyyam
Manthan: The Churning
Kattarivu: Wisdom From the Forest - There are a large number of video clips scattered throughout the site