Not just anyone can pick up a camera and capture compelling video content. In this day of viral YouTube stars, Instagram stories and Buzzfeed Video, we don’t always appreciate the polished finished product that belies the hours, edits, and legwork involved. Paul Moore, Technical Specialist at Evia, knows all about what goes on behind the scenes and manages to make it all come together and earned recognition this month as Evia’s Employee of the Quarter.
Paul is one of the Technical Leads, overseeing technical operations, managing contractors and venue leads, and troubleshooting. He is also the main point of contact for AV. A typical workday when he’s on an event is often 12–14 hours. He joined the team just a year ago in August, and since that time, he has racked up air miles supporting events in Las Vegas, Washington DC (3 times), Orlando, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, and Mexico City.
In addition to his onsite event work, Paul was singled out by Evia Leadership for successfully improving processes that have made the technical team more efficient. e describes his approach this way, “I’ve tried to focus a lot on training people when they are on site, especially newer people and give them multiple ways to learn; I try to adapt to other people’s learning style.”
He has also researched and found equipment to help streamline the technical process of capturing event content, introducing the Apollo multicamera recorder/switcher from Convergent Design for use onsite at tech summits held in 6 cities around the world (Copenhagen, Tel Aviv, Washington DC, Chicago, Toronto, and Mexico City). Using this recorder has helped increase the video quality while reducing the cost of capturing content.
Prior to joining Evia, Paul worked as a freelance video producer for 8 years. He attended film school at Seattle Central Community College and graduated from The Evergreen State College. Some of his previous projects include filming a season of the A&E television show Hoarders and a documentary on the history of surfing in Washington state. For the documentary, he worked as the director, camera operator, cinematographer, editor, graphics creator, and even built the website with a team of 3. “I did that for fun,” he says.