"The presence of the original is the prerequisite to the concept of authenticity."
- Walter Benjamin
Multi-disciplinary storytelling.
Inspired creative.

Introduction.

I am Benjamin Dickerson, a multidisciplinary creative professional that has specialized in time-based media, digital product creation, distribution and strategy. Built on a unique combination of creativity and technical skills. Apply where needed to tell compelling stories that inspire action.

Film & Video

"Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls."

- Ingmar Bergman

Photography

"One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time."

- Annie Leibovitz

Design

"As we get more technically driven, the importance of people becomes more than it's ever been before. You have to utilize who you are in your work. Nobody else can do that: nobody else can pull from your background, from your parents, your upbringing, your whole life experience."

- David Carson

I have considerable production/post-production skills in video, film, audio and photography, developed from a background in print and digital design. Most of my recent experience is in strategic communications, digital public relations and capacity building. I have been the core creative behind several national, international and local campaigns, promoting everything from Public Policy, Fundraising, Donor Stewardship, Conservation, Democratic Reform and even Cooking and Travel recommendations. I am looking to apply “me” into creating quality, consistent and challenging work.

My goals, I want to engage, inform and inspire. My own standards are high (as most of ours are) and I have tendency to get giddy about the possibilities in developing projects.

I am someone that seeks to grow and expand in my storytelling capabilities and the methods in which we can create and share these stories.

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Core Experience.
Parkinson Canada

Donor-Centred Marketing & Communications
2016 to 2018

Parkinson Canada is the result of the amalgamation of a majority of federation member organizations formerly unified within the “Parkinson Society of Canada.” One of the projects in re-balancing Parkinson Canada post-amalgamation was to audit the communications and marketing relative to donor stewardship and fundraising. The position was created and I was brought on to fill it. My main task has been to re-scope the voice that Parkinson Canada speaks to donors in through visual and written languages. Then, to begin the process of making that voice more consistent and inline with the both fundraising and organizational objectives.

OCAD University

Studio Management, Integrated Media Studio Technician.
2015 to 2016

My role here, is as the Integrated Media (INTM, for short) studio technician specializing in Product technology. What that entails is… Managing the student staff and class assistants for the Integrated Media Department, the product facilities and equipment. I train faculty on current production technology and develop working solutions for their tutorial sections in production, postproduction and presentation tech. Plus, I teach the INTM students how to use different production methods and gear, presentations set up and workflow pipeline methodologies.

Integrated media is a program dedicated to the study of Time Based Media as an art form, that encompasses video, film, audio, production and postproduction. In addition to digital or online artwork, interactive, kinetic, electronic time-based installation work, as well as performance art.

benjamindickerson.com

Sole proprietorship.
2014 to 2015.

Film, video, audio, design, photography production and post-production. I also have done a lot of print and digital design, content strategy and other audio/visual support for live events, presentations. This is my sole-proprietorship and I worked primarily out of my home studio. I’ve had the pleasure of working with and enabling content creation for all sorts corporate clients, public services, policy think tanks, individual politicians, political parties and NPO’s.

MediaStyle

Creative Director.
2013 to 2014

Basically, all of the same things I listed in my Sole-proprietorship description… But, with the support of additional creatives and project managers… So, Film, video, audio, design, photography production and post-production. A lot of print and digital design, content strategy and other audio/visual support for live events, presentations. Working with and enabling content creation for all sorts corporate clients, public services, policy think tanks, individual politicians, political parties and NPO’s. But, again with a small team in a boutique agency environment in downtown Ottawa.

Parliament of Canada / Canada's NDP

Communications Officer.
201o to 2013

This position originally started in the Federal NDP’s downtown Ottawa HQ. I was brought into a small but efficient communications team in late 2010. My role was develop a professional, responsive video and multimedia solution within Jack Layton’s Communications team. I primarily did video and audio production and postproduction. I was also used to create and operate presentation supports and collaborate in developing AV solutions for live events. After the 2011 Election my position was moved into the Caucus services branch of the Officer of the Leader of her Majesty’s Loyal Official Opposition (say that 5 times fast)! Where the work was primarily the same, but with the addition of the job being about broader support for the Official Opposition Members of Parliament.

Previous experience.
2010: MJM Media

Editor, “Foodies” (CanwestGlobal), various commercial and documentary projects.

2009: “Point of light” – Vimeo / iMDB

Story editor, co-writer and associate producer.

2008 – 2010: Carbon Sound & Picture

Professional Video Sales and Support.

2009: Centennial College

Video instructor, digital media and video.

2006 – 2007: Sharkwater

First assisting editor, title designer, online promotion and ad editing.

2007: “Travel Guy”

Editor and Creative director.

2003 – 2005 – Trader publications
Print/layout artist.
2007: “Woman abuse affects our children”

Editor, animation and sound.

2006: OCAD University

Integrated media teaching assistant.

2000 – Integrated Communications & Entertainment (ICE) – iMDB

Live events, multimedia, print & web production assistant. ICE closed it’s doors permanently some time ago, I included their iMDB page, because that’s the only online presence it really has left. It was a thriving company in 2000 and 2001, but then suffered from the “dot-com” fallout. 🙂

Education, Awards & Acknowledgements.

2013/15 – “The power of community knowledge”

Co-Produced by MediaStyle & CKX (A division of Community Foundations of Canada)

Cinematography, Direction & Audio & Video Editing by Benjamin Dickerson

Food for Real Festival, 2015, short program, Liverpool, UK.

2011 — Jack Layton’s State Funeral, Video Eulogy

As mentioned in Olivia Chow’s autobiography “My Journey,” Page 282

2006/07 – “Lindsay the Alchemist”

Distributed by Ouat Media.
20th Annual Images Festival, Toronto, 2007.
Calgary Fringe Festival, Best Canadian Mid-Length Drama.
William F. Whites Award.
Trinity Square Video Award.
Exclusive Lab Award.

2011 — “You have a choice” Freetime/Online Election Ad

As described in Maclean’s Magazine in the May 2011 issue

“The untold story of the 2011 election: Chapter 3 ‘The velocity of indignation’” Page 29 by Paul Wells