Christopher A. Otwell (Chris)

Editor, Preditor

Los Angeles, CA


2011 - Present: Freelance Editor

Key Clients:

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

historical research.

  • 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

  • Translogic

Tech/Automotive, 4 episodes

Asylum Entertainment:

  • Nat Geo, Origins, historical docu-series, 45-min, 2 episodes

  • AMC, Eli Roth’s History Of Horror. 45-min, 1 episode

Sawhorse Productions:

  • 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


  • Writing, story producing

  • Fluent in Premiere, Avid

  • 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