JUSTIN BENCH

831.594.3580

justbench@gmail.com

 

Video Production & Photography

Videography | Photography | Production

 

Experienced photographer, independent filmmaker and project manager in international development. Dynamic communicator and team coordinator with strong interpersonal skills. Adept at working with diverse clients, from concept to delivery. Excels in multicultural environments. Native English speaker with professional fluency in Spanish and French, plus working knowledge of Portuguese. Key strengths include:

Video Production & Photography

Online Courses & Promotional Pieces

Logistics and Customer Service

Multilingual and International

PORTFOLIO

Video Production: vimeo.com/1takewonders                                                    Photography: JustinBench.500px.com

 

SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE

1 Take Wonders

q  Founded 1 Take Wonders.com, a media production company providing customized video & photography.

q  Experienced with documentation in studio & events, portraiture, wedding photography.

q  Produced 4 online courses with 4 – 18 classes & training videos.

q  Specialized in 2 minute website promo videos for businesses & entrepreneurs.

q  Managed ideation, storyboarding, filming, directing, editing & release.

International Project Management

q  Delivered 11 inclusive business Spanish language case studies via the World Business Council for Sustainable Development detailing best practices in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Columbia, Chile, Argentina, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

q  Led the development and training of the Netherlands Development Organization’s (SNV) Public Policy Toolkit, an organizational product featuring best practices, tools, and methodologies identified in collaboration with 12 experts from 5 Latin American countries.

 

Wellness Consultant

q  Created and administered classes, workshops, private lessons, and personalized sessions.

q  Delivered 12 to 30-hour wellness workshops with a co-facilitator in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

q  Designed and composed all marketing materials, including promotional videos, workshop descriptions, flyers, visuals, and social media posts.

 

Event Management

q  Managed 60+ staff and volunteers on 10 teams in AcroYoga’s annual festival in 2011 – 2015, hosting over 700 across 4 days. Led all teams through setup, implementation and breakdown, including onsite troubleshooting

q  Provided logistics for SNV’s internal product development meetings held in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the United States (Boston, Miami and San Francisco) in coordination with consultants from Monitor Group.

 

Writing and Publications

q  Delivered case study publication: Negocios Inclusivos: Creando Valor en America Latina (Inclusive Business: Creating Value in Latin America) for SNV-WBCSD’s Alliance for Inclusive Business.

q  Drafted and produced over 20 case studies for SNV Annual Report publications in English and Spanish to highlight results, challenges and best practices.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1 TAKE WONDERS                                                                                                                     Feb 2011–Present

Independent video production & photography business
WELLNESS CONSULTANT                                                                                                          Sept 2010–Present

Teaching & marketing wellness workshops in Australia, Brazil, Quebec, Colombia, Ecuador & USA
PUBLICATION COORDINATOR / CONSULTANT                                                                         Feb 2010–Oct 2010

World Business Council for Sustainable Development Ÿ Quito, Ecuador
REGIONAL KNOWLEDGE INSTITUTE ADVISOR                                                                          May 2007–Jan 2010

SNV – Netherlands Development Organization Ÿ Quito, Ecuador
ASSISTANT PROGRAM COORDINATOR                                                                                   May 2006–May 2007

Development Project Management Institute Ÿ Monterey, CA, USA
ASSISTANT ORGANIZER, Linking NGOs with Capacity Services (LINCS) EVENT                  Jul 2006–Sep 2006

Pact Ecuador Ÿ Quito, Ecuador

EDUCATION/ CREDENTIALS

Bay Area Video Coalition: 2013

Independent Filmmaking Training Center, San Francisco, CA, USA

Coursework: Cinematography | DSLR Filmmakers Bootcamp

Lighting Techniques | Chroma Key | Interviewing Techniques

MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: 2007

Monterey Institute of International Studies Ÿ Monterey, CA, USA

30% of coursework conducted in French

 

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE: 2006

Development Project Management Institute Ÿ Washington, DC, USA

Coursework: Development Theory | USAID Logical Frameworks for Project Design and Analysis

Program Evaluation Organizational Partnering and Strategy Development | Facilitation Techniques

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY: 2003

University of California Santa Cruz Ÿ Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Additional coursework: Spanish and French Languages

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – EDUCATION ABROAD PROGRAM (EAP):2003

Université de Toulouse (University of Toulouse) Ÿ Toulouse, France

Coursework: Religious and Political Anthropology

 

AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE (AFS) INTERIM YEAR PROGRAM: 1999

Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (Latin University of Costa Rica) Ÿ San José, Costa Rica

Coursework: Spanish language and Public Speaking

 

TECHNICAL ACUMEN

Canon 5D Mark III | GoPro | Final Cut Pro X

Adobe Creative Suite (After Effects, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator)

Mac OS X | Microsoft Office | Web 2.0 Information Communication Technologies

Google Docs | Flowchart Software (MindManager, OmniGraffle, Visio) | Online Surveys

 

 

OTHER EXPERIENCE

CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR AND MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR:

Athletic Playground Ÿ AcroYoga Instructor Ÿ Emeryville, CA                                                    Feb 2011-present

Sadhana Yoga Studio Ÿ Yoga Instructor Ÿ Quito, Ecuador                                                                Feb 2008–Dec 2009

Star Alternative High School Ÿ Yoga Instructor Ÿ Santa Cruz, CA, USA                                          Feb–June 2005

Santa Cruz Juvenile Hall Ÿ Volunteer Yoga Instructor (Spanish/English) Ÿ Santa Cruz, CA      June 2004–June 2005

Official Interpreter (Spanish/English), at the Intl Martial Arts Festival, Mazatlán, Mexico             2001, 2002, 2003

 

 

REFERENCES

Rob Izumi – Former General Manager at AcroYoga International

Email: acroyogarob@gmail.com                                                                                       Phone: (510) 684-0570

Caitlin Binder – Chemistry Lecturer, UC Santa Cruz

Email: Cambinde@ucsc.edu                                                                                                 Phone: 831-459-3405

Heather Campbell – Former VP of ESPN & Co-Founder of ReadySetRecover.com

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/heather-campbell/4/966/142

Email: heather@readysetrecover.com                                                                                    Phone: 917-549-9907

Reintje van Haeringen – Manager Global Programme for Business Development & Women Empowerment at CARE

https://nl.linkedin.com/pub/reintje-van-haeringen/9/758/a6

Email: vanhaeringen@carenederland.org                                                                             Phone: +316 3462 7610

 

Skills

  • Film Production
  • photography
  • Videography
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