Dave Tress



Filmmaker and Artist • Skilled in live action filmmaking as well as illustration with an emphasis on story and character.  Knowledgeable in film language, composition, script writing, and editing.  Creative and collaborative.

Work experience


National Community Church

Cinematographer, Editor, Animator

August 2015- present; Washington D.C.     

ID8 Creative / Favorite Color

Cinematographer and Editor

August 2006 – June 2014; Vestal, New York (Favorite Color - NYC)


          - Cinematographer - Director of Photography on many corporate and commercial video productions.  Responsible on set for composing and lighting shots, camera operation, data management, and equipment maintenance. 


          - Editor- Post production editing of footage including interviews and B-roll, and selecting music tracks and sound effects to craft our client’s story. 


Clients include: HBO, Arnold (York Peppermint Patty), The History Channel, GE, Johnson at Cornell University, Pershing, EBAY enterprise / GSI Commerce, PromaxBDA, Stryker Orthopedics, and Boehringer Ingelheim.  


SOS Video Communications

Editor Intern

January 2006 – March 2006; Columbus, OH

          - Apprenticed the editing staff.


JPL Productions

Production Assistant Intern

May 2005- August 2005; Harrisburg, PA

          - Apprenticed the Director of Photography as a grip.




After Effects



Final Cut Pro


Character Design





Logo Design



Columbus College of Art and Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts; Time Based Media Studies (Cinematic Arts)

Graduation May 2006

GPA: 3.96

Professional Development


"REDucation" RED Camera Training with AbelCine, New York - Fall 2016

“Character Design for Production” with Nate Wragg.  CGMA - Summer 2014

“Storyboarding for Feature Animation” with Steven MacLeod.  CGMA - Fall 2013

“Storyboarding for Feature Animation” with Rad Sechrist.  Rad How To School - Spring 2013

Character Design for Animation” with Nate Wragg.  CGMA - Fall 2012

“Story and Animation Masterclass” with Andrew Gordon and Matthew Luhn.  NYC Workshop 2011





© 2017 David Tress

Hey, I’m Dave Tress!  I’m a filmmaker and artist, with over ten years of professional experience filming and editing many corporate and commercial productions.  I currently live in Washington, D.C. developing creative content for National Community Church.    I’ve been employed at ID8 Creative in Vestal, NY and their sister company Favorite Color in NYC, working with clients such as HBO, York Peppermint Patty, The History Channel, Johnson at Cornell University, EBay Enterprise, and Stryker Orthopedics.  In addition to my full time job, I’ve done freelance design and illustration, as well as creating my own short films. 

            I graduated Suma Cum Laude from Ohio’s The Columbus College of Art and Design, with a BFA in the “Time Based Media Studies” program (now known as Cinematic Arts, which is way more descriptive).  During my studies I was also very involved with student life as an RA in the resident halls, and served as President of the Student Programming Board.  In college I did internships in production at JPL Productions in Harrisburg, PA, and editing at SOS Communications in Columbus, OH.  I’ve continued my art education post college, with Storyboarding and Character Design courses taught by instructors working at Pixar and DreamWorks.