I have always been a visual storyteller...
In third grade, I began studying picture books. It was the first visual medium I would grasp onto as a tool for creative expression. I dissected, analyzed, and copied a number of my favorite books...unfortunately, these studies have been lost to time.
Later, comics became a source of inspiration. Starting with Archie comics and eventually Marvel and DC, I began to understand what was possible through visual communication.
My eagerness for creative expression as a kid eventually led me to Ringling College of Art & Design where I experimented with every medium under the sun.
By the time I graduated, my focus had narrowed to illustration, digital image manipulation, photography, video, and design. Utilizing these tools, I have established a fulfilling career as an artist and art director.
-Brett Wiseman
📷:@matthewsumi
📷:@matthewsumi
RESUME
Brett Wiseman is a dynamic creative professional with a proven record of managing large projects from concept to completion.
As a hands-on collaborator, Brett has experience working within cross-functional teams and leading the pre-production creative process for fashion editorials, ecommerce, and paid social media campaigns. By building clearly thought-out creative decks, Brett provides his team with the knowledge they need to execute a successful photo or video shoot.
During shoots, whether directing on set, on location, or remotely, Brett balances his time working with the photographers/videographers, models/actors, set/lighting designers, prop stylists, wardrobe stylists, hair/makeup artists, and producers. Throughout the post-production process, Brett provides editing and approval of final imagery, as well as notes for photo retouching and video rough cuts.
Creative, Leadership, & Workflow Skills: Sketching/Illustration. Creative Ideation/Brainstorming. Asset Management. Creative Deck Development. Project/Team Management. On Set Direction. Photo Editing. Photo/Video Markup Notes. Quality Assurance. Mentoring.
TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE: Adobe Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator, Capture One, Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook/OneDrive, Google Docs/Sheets/Gmail/Drive, Dropbox, Slack, MacOS/Windows, and other proprietary software.
EXPERIENCE:
Freelance Multimedia Art Director (Present)
• Video Direction: Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Tommy Bahama
• Photo Art Direction, On Figure: Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Nordstrom Photo Studios, Amazon Photo Studios, Tommy BahamaRun Studios, RRD
• Photo Art Direction, Product: Tommy Bahama, RRD
• Photo Retouching: Nordstrom, Nike, Redfin, Facebook, NARS Cosmetics, Boeing, Cutter & Buck, Blue Nile, See Kai Run, Seattle Bride Magazine
• Illustration: Moment App, City University of New York, Cambridge University Press, Offbeat Empire
Art Director - Nordstrom (September 2012 - 2019)
• Planned, cast, and directed Nordstrom’s kids editorial photoshoots, including monthly regular price items and Back to School, Holiday, and Anniversary Sale campaigns.
• Memorized and implemented Nordstrom’s style and photography guides, helping to increase production from 40 garments per day to 65 garments per day.
• Managed two photo crews at a time, doubling e-commerce on-figure photo editing from 250 shots per day to 500 shots per day.
Senior Digital Image Editor - Nordstrom (June 2012 - September 2012)
Digital Image Editor - Nordstrom (2005 - June 2012)
• Maintained superior photo retouching standards for Nordstrom’s e-commerce and editorial photography.
• Updated photo retouching standards, including writing scripts and actions for Nordstrom’s Designer editorial photography, reducing retouching time from 30 mins per image to 10 minutes per image.
• Trained new hires on photo retouching standards for editorial photography.
• Developed and maintained a tight production schedule while resolving issues and building trust between the post and pre-production teams.
Artist - Filter Digital (2004)
• Fulfilled a wide range of needs for numerous clients as an Illustrator, Photo Retoucher, Designer, Mock-up Artist, and other roles. All positions required tight deadlines and close attention to detail.
Lead Digital Painter - Hot Java Productions (2003)
• Created color and lighting style guides and hand-painted hundreds of finished panels for a series of direct-to-video motion comics.
Other Experience: Art Director Mentor (2018-2019), Art Director Mentee (2018-2019), President of Condo Association (2014-2019), Board Member of Condo Association (2010-2014), Picture Frame Designer (2004-2005), Office Assistant (2004), Hand Model (2003), Retail Cashier (2003), Retail Stock Clerk (2003), Restaurant Busser (2003), Movie Theater Concessionist (2001-2002), Office File Clerk (1998-2002), Elementary Art Instructor (1997-1998), Gymnastics Coach (1994-1998)
EDUCATION:
Ringling College of Art & Design - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration/Painting
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Caught in the act! 🧍:@sariachen 📷:@sandallphoto @rufio_o
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Teaching a little girl how to pose. 📷:@caprocrn
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Art directing on a hot day. 🧍:@alex.jamaal 👚:@rico2u 📷:@barbpenoyar
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Location scouting. 🎬:@jrhproduction
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I frequently find myself becoming the second assistant. 👚:@jessiejamz 💪:@dadjokesaside 📷:@matthewsumi
Helping with the really tough stuff. 🎬:@jrhproduction
Helping with the really tough stuff. 🎬:@jrhproduction
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Delicately pouring whiskey. 📷:@barbpenoyar
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Delicately submerging ice ball. 📷:@barbpenoyar
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Making final adjustments. 📷:@barbpenoyar
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Sometimes you gotta pitch in. 🧍:@frankieadair 👚:@laurenschugar 💄:@sarahswain79
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Trying for a 😊. 📷:@caprocrn
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Sorry humans, dogs are my favorite models. 📷:@caprocrn
Its the details, really. 👚:@graceerdman 📷:@barbpenoyar
Its the details, really. 👚:@graceerdman 📷:@barbpenoyar
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