NATHAN F. PIAZZA
Media Builder/Designer/Writer

2015 Lewis Mountain Road
Charlottesville, VA   22903
804.977.6316
nathanp@cstone.net
http://www.nathanpiazza.net

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education

B.A. English, University of Virginia, 1997.
Concentrations in: 20th Century Literature, Mass Media,
Information Technology, and Journalism.

Currently enrolled in graduate program, University of Virginia.
Matriculation expected August 1999, M.A. English
Concentration: American Studies/Literature and Technology/Design.

experience

WEB DESIGNER
AND PUBLICATIONS ASSISTANT
                         9/98 to the present
Alderman Library Publications Office
Alderman Library, University of Virginia

Designed and supported a variety of web projects and applications, including the redesign of the office's web site and the implementation of a CGI project-management tool written in PERL.

WEB DEVELOPER                         9/98 to the present
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
Alderman Library, University of Virginia

Assumed responsibility for all digital video and audio associated with Professor Steven Railton's media archive of Uncle Tom's cabin. Encoded and edited Quicktime, RealAudio, and WAV content. Marked up documents using SGML (TEILITE) for web search and presentation.

WEB DEVELOPER                         11/97 to 8/98
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
Alderman Library, University of Virginia

Designed and constructed an online project tracing the 2000 year history of the water system and urban infrastructure of the city of Rome for architect Katherine Rinne. Primary duties consisted of visual conceptualization, HTML markup, graphic creation, and Javascripting.

MULTIMEDIA DEVELOPER
AND DIGITAL VIDEO TECHNICIAN
           7/97 to 8/98
Darden School of Business
Authored multimedia educational tools for business professors using Macromedia's Flash and HTML. The primary project I developed was eventually purchased by Harvard Business School and integrated into their curriculum. Responsibilities also included television production, video editing, and MPEG 1 and 2 digital video encoding in the Darden School's television studio facility.

MANAGING EDITOR                     1/96 to 11/96
The Declaration - A Weekly Newsmagazine & Culture Journal
A tabloid format student publication at the University of Virginia.

Coordinated 20+ editors, writers, cartoonists, photographers, and other staff members during a 15 hour weekly production night. Edited large amounts of copy. Wrote numerous articles, interviews, columns, and reviews. Duties included page layout, graphic creation, and a redesign of the magazine. This was an elected position.

LITERARY EDITOR                     1/96 to 12/96
Rag & Bone Literary Magazine
A student publication at the University of Virginia.

Solicited literary and graphical submissions as one of three elected managing board members. Responsible for quality of content and editing, as well as layout and image compositing.

software skill-set      (Bold indicates high proficiency.)

HTML(including a solid knowledge of CSS, DHTML, and browser support variability), PERL, Javascript, SGML(TEILITE), Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier, Adobe Pagemaker, Adobe Illustrator, Debabelizer, Shockwave, Macromedia Freehand, Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Director, Macromedia Fireworks, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Microsoft Office Professional (including Power Point, Excel, Access, and Word), Write Deko NT-based Character Generator, Sound Forge, MPEGComposer Digital Video Encoder, Avid Media Composer, Quark Xpress, RealAudio Encoder.

hardware skill-set

NT/95/98, Macintosh, Unix

First Virtual Vcaster and digital video encoding system (MPEG 1 and 2), a variety of Sennheiser and Sony microphones, Ikegami HL-43 Studio cameras, Strand lighting systems, Sony DXC-637K Betacam SP, Vinten and Miller tripods, Sony HR Trinitron studio monitors, DPM700 Grass Valley Digital Effects Board, Grass Valley Model 250 Production Switcher, Sony DSC-1024G Scan Converter, SVO-2000 Super VHS VTR, Sony Betacam VTRs, Sony Umatic inch VTR, Mackie CR-1604 16 channel mixer, Tektronix 1740A Vector Monitor, Kodak DC50 and DC120 digital cameras, Panasonic AG-W1 VHS World Deck, Avid Nonlinear Digital Video Editing System.


References available upon request.

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