Christopher A. Otwell (Chris)
Los Angeles, CA
2011 - Present: Freelance Editor
AOL Studios / Oath Studios:
The List: 1001 Car things to Do Before You Die (Webby/Telly Award Winner)
Adventure/Travel/Automotive, 24 episodes
**For this series I frequently wrote my own VO copy and did my own technical and
Everyday Giants (Webby/Telly Award Winner)
Short documentary series (sponsored by Brawny), 5 episodes
The Zainab Salbi Project (Huffington Post)
Social advocacy documentary series, 3 episodes
**For this series I edited content in French, Arabic, and Hindi
Tech/Automotive, 4 episodes
Nat Geo, Origins, historical docu-series, 45-min, 2 episodes
AMC, Eli Roth’s History Of Horror. 45-min, 1 episode
Single By Thirty, YouTube Red Original Series (25-min scripted), 6 episodes.
Over 100 commercial, branded, fashion, lifestyle, and trailer/sizzle edits for clients including
Cadillac, Pepsi, HP, Intel, Netflix, Uber, TBS, Subaru, Vogue Italy, GQ, Conde Nast, SanDisk,
Sungevity, Perricone, Therabreath, etc.
Defy Media / Break Media:
Man At Arms and Man At Arms Reforged
Short build doc series, 40+ episodes
Numerous branded series for clients including Ford, Fiat, Scion, Nivea, Axe, Vitamin Water,
Sony, Nabisco, Rohto, etc.
Scripted, comedy, competition reality, 30/60-sec spots, food/lifestyle
2009 - 2011: Producer/Editor, NBC Studios, Last Call with Carson Daly
High-energy documentary profiles, live concert cuts, celebrity interviews, 106 episodes
Rapid turnaround for nightly broadcast, 1 million+ viewers/episode.
2005 - 2009: Octane TV/Ripe Digital Entertainment: Editor, Freelance Editor
Short form VOD, Automotive, Lifestyle. 100+ episodes
Prior to 2005,
I was a freelance lighting designer, moving-light console programmer,
and giant-screen LED specialist for the live entertainment industry,
including auto shows, concerts, fashion shows, theatre/dance, and corporate events.
Numerous events and tours for automotive brands including
Maserati, Cadillac, Toyota, and Chevrolet.
1996: BFA in Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts, Florida State University
Graphics/Titles in Premiere, Avid, After Effects, and Photoshop
Color grading in Resolve, Premiere, Avid
Audio edit and mix in Premiere, Avid, Audition
Field Production — cinematography, audio recording, lighting, electrics
Still photography, photo color and retouching.
Extensive travel: Europe, India, Vietnam, Baja, Arctic Circle