An Editor/Designer/Compositor with over 20 years of experience. Extensive knowledge of; Photoshop, Illustrator, Cinema 4D, Final Cut Pro, Avid, Premiere and many more. Working knowledge of; prepress, Wordpress, CSS, HTML, Java script and PHP. A proven record and a portfolio of work that backs it up. Nel has provided Creative Direction and Vision for a variety of clients including; ABC, NBC, CBS, HDNet, The Weather Channel, Artists such as Pitbull and David Ellefson of Megadeth fame to name a few. His particular set of skills and creative vision helped to raise the quality and brand recognition of such companies. Increased production, faster turn around equals increased revenue. Something that's been proven time and time again. Something that Nel has provided time and time again.
Creative Director at PromoHD
February 2011 - Present (4 years 8 months) Provide Editorial, Motion Graphics, 3D Design, Post Production & Compositing for a variety of clients.
-Throttle Post/Scott Howell & Company - Electoral Campaign Support - Motion & Editing
-The Loomis Agency - Schumacher Homes - Logging and Data Management
-Magic Productions - Samsung Product Videos - Motion & Editing
-Regogo Racing/Regogo Music - Videography & Workflow/Equipment Consultation
-American Airlines - Social Media Report - Project Management, Scripting/Storyboard
-CreativeSeen - Pitbull-Give Me Everything ft, Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer - Compositing, Tracking and Interface Design of HP tablet scenes
-CreativeSeen - dyland/leny - Compositing & Tracking
-CreativeSeen - Sophia Del Carmen - Compositing & Tracking
-CreativeSeen - Michael Des Barres - Can’t get you off my mind. Compositing & Tracking
Video Editor at Ackerman McQueen
June 2014 - August 2014 (3 months) Provided editorial support on NRAFreestyle show Noir (episodes 5-8) hosted by Colion Noir and Amy Robbins.
Freelance Designer at ForbiddenSky
1999 - June 2012 (13 years) Provided Editorial, Motion Graphics and Print Layout for a variety of clients. Highlights:
-Temple of Brutality - CD package design, shirts and merchandising
-F5 - CD package design, shirts and merchandising
-Killing Machine - CD package design, Logo, shirts and merchandising
-Waking Up Dead - Film promotional material and website
Senior Multimedia Designer at ClickMotive
May 2011 - March 2012 (11 months) Provided editing and shooting for in house video production. Editing promotional videos for nation wide
automotive websites for automotive brands such as Chevrolet, Mazda, Lincoln and Ford to name a few.
Motion Designer/Editor at ImageMaker Post
December 2010 - January 2011 (2 months) Delivered design and motion support for a variety of clients in Luxury Lifestyle & Leading Edge Technology
Utilizing Film and HD content. Creating high-end graphics, editing and compositing for Broadcast, Trade and Online use.
Creative Director at Hothaus Creative
October 2006 - May 2010 (3 years 8 months) I provided a creative vision for a variety of clients in News and Cable Television. Utilizing Film and HD
content, we provided a mix of beautiful imagery and clean design. Creating high-end graphics, editing and compositing for many of today's top Cable and Television Networks.
4 recommendations available upon request
Promotions Writer / Producer / Designer at KTVT CBS 11
2004 - 2006 (2 years) Co-Produced station image campaigns for KTVT and KTXA. Redesigned promotional graphics for UPN 21.
Helping to brand the station under the "Made You Look" slogan. Designed and composited the "to The Max" franchise for the UPN O&Os. During that time I transitioned to the Promotions Department as a Writer/ Producer. Editing and compositing the very spots I was writing. Also assisted in station events for the CBS
4 recommendations available upon request
Senior Designer at KSAT 12
2003 - 2004 (1 year) Managed a team of five designers; Delegated the work flow, Art Directed the look and feel of the station.
Relaunched the News graphics package for the AM, 5, 6, and 10pm newscasts. Helped strengthen the relationship with the News Department. Assisted in Station outreach programs like Bikes for Tykes, and other casting events for the ABC network.
Broadcast Designer at KXAS NBC 5
2001 - 2003 (2 years) Completed daily news gfx. Produced animations for Promotions & Special Projects. Assisted in the Launch
of the NBC Art House Project. Training designers in news graphics work flow, understanding news rundowns (iNews), and overall interaction with the News Department. Was one of a handful of designers there for the launch day of the NBC Arthouse. Helping design, name, and organize some of the first graphics
used to make up their DekoMOS image library.
2 recommendations available upon request
Broadcast Designer at WFOR CBS 4
1999 - 2001 (2 years) Created daily news graphics, Animated treatments for promotions. Including custom graphics for sweeps promos, multiple Hurricane Season opens and bumps. Logo design and initial gfx package for Viewfinders (showcasing the work of our photojournalists). Helped maintain Macintosh computers in the Art Department (i.e. Network, System Maintenance, & Installs) Also assisted in casting events for the CBS network.
1 recommendation available upon request
Motion Designer at MIG (Multi Image Group)
1997 - 1999 (2 years) Created animated intros and large format graphics for: IBM, Blockbuster Video, Starwood, Empire Toys & American General. Often providing graphic support in supervised sessions with clients and sales staff.
Designer at Successful Images
1995 - 1996 (1 year) Provided graphics and animations for such clients as AutoNation, Dun & Bradstreet and Dow Jones Telerate.
Skills & Expertise
Motion Graphics Creative Direction Final Cut Pro Video Production After Effects Animation Broadcast
Post Production Premiere Graphics Television Illustrator Photoshop Videography Graphic Design Video Editing
(Native or bilingual proficiency) (Native or bilingual proficiency)
Avid Cinema 4D Logo Design Layout Compositing Visual Effects Motion Design Art Film Digital Media Art Direction 3D Producing Color Correction Digital Video Non-linear Editing User Interface Design Advertising Storyboarding Adobe Creative Suite HD Video Commercials Digital Compositing Typography Creative Writing Dreamweaver Computer Animation WordPress Final Cut Studio DVD Studio Pro Team Building Print
Honors and Awards
Promax Gold in Promotion & Marketing for my work on MY Networks launch of the syndication Everybody Loves Raymond.
Dallas Press Club Award
Dallas Press Club Award Dallas Press Club Award for my work on the Superman Tower of Power introduction commercial.
Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Bachelor of Science, Computer Animation, 1995 - 1999
Howard County School of Technology
General Education, Graphic Design, 1992 - 1994
Howard High School
General Studies, General Studies, 1992 - 1994
Honors and Awards
Field Day - Certificate of Achievement 1984
Graphic Design, Films, New Technology, Audis/Volkswagens, Flux Capacitors, Pugs, Puggles!
SPIN a short film by Director David Rousseau
August 2015 to Present Members:Nel Santiago, david rousseau
Created a few simple graphic overlays for the short film SPIN by Director David Rousseau
Sofia Del Carmen: Lipstick
February 2015 to Present Members:Nel Santiago, david rousseau
Compositing of TV monitors throughout the music video.
Michael Des Barres: Can't get you off of my Mind
March 2015 to Present Members:Nel Santiago, david rousseau
Compositing and tracking of TV monitors throughout music video.
Scott Howell & Company: 2014 Campaign Spots
2014 to Present Members:Scott Howell, Dan Allen, Katherine Walker, Nel Santiago, Kelly Riemenschneider
A selection of campaign spots created during 2014
11 people have recommended Nel
"Nel is very creative AND fast. He stepped in quite a few times to help us with urgent last-minute needs."
— Bill Osborn, managed Nel
"Nel is a highly talented designer/producer with an excellent work ethic. Delivering each project on time and on budget. His experience on the local TV station level makes him keenly attuned to the needs of his clients. Nel will go the extra mile, and beat expectations. From my experience with him, I have no reservations recommending his work."
— Gary Thomas Wann, was Nel's client
"Nel is a talented artist who understands branding and brought innovative ideas to the creative process and eventual execution of some very cool graphic packages for us. His work is unique and cutting edge."
— Garth Franklin, was Nel's client
"Nel has been and continues to be one of the most talented people I've worked with in my career. Nel provides not only some of the best project support I've ever had, including editing and compositing, and troubleshooting on technical issues, he also is a top notch designer who can lead a project from beginning to end with clarity and attention to detail, not to mention keeping the client happy and coming back for future projects!"
— Matt Quinn, Creative Director, Hothaus Creative, worked directly with Nel at Hothaus Creative
"I didn't get to work with Nel for long at KTVT but in that time I was very impressed with his drive and energy. This is a designer who is not content to pull the same old things from his bag of tricks over and over again, but will reach down give you something you didn't even know you wanted and it will look great. This is the highest praise I can give a designer."
— Chris Burgess, Graphic Artist, KTVT-TV, worked directly with Nel at KTVT CBS 11
"Nel is simply one of the best in the business. No matter how crazy or how ambitious the idea is, he can make it look even better than you first imagined. His attention to detail is really incredible. I wish I had him available on all my projects!"
— David Hershey, VP- Creative Services/CBS TV, CBS 11/TXA 21- CBS Corp, managed Nel at KTVT CBS 11
"Nel is an amazing designer - his graphic work is always dynamic, inventive and exciting, yet still always in keeping with the established brand. His promotion work was always stellar. Any company would be extremely fortunate to have Nel! Everything he produces is eye candy."
— Jennifer Duval, Writer/Producer, KTVT, worked directly with Nel at KTVT CBS 11
"Nel's talent and ability changed my perception of what was possible at a local television station. His technical skill combined with his artistry greatly expanded the vision and capability of the creative services department at KTVT/KTXA, permanently raising the bar for both stations. No concept was above his grasp, no challenge beyond his ability and every project exceeded my expectations. His efforts were instrumental in developing the award-winning, nationally-recognized brand of KTXA-TV."
— Tadd Van Cleve, Promotion Manager, KTXA-TV (CBS O&O), managed Nel indirectly at KTVT CBS 11
"I had the pleasure of working next to Nel at NBC KXAS. He's was reliable, very creative and we learned a lot of 3D tips and tricks from. He never missed a deadline and was always communicative. I've learned from him and glad I had the opportunity to work with him."
— Bruce Fallini, Senior Design Manager, NBC ArtWorks Texas, worked directly with Nel at KXAS NBC 5
"Nel is one of the finest graphic designers I have ever had the pleasure of collaborating with. His unlimited creative capacity is only matched by his professionalism and sincerity. I highly recommend Nel for any position for which he might be considered. He is a natural leader who inspres others around him to ever greater creative heights."
— Jim Doyle, Director of Design, KXAS-TV, NBC-Universal, managed Nel at KXAS NBC 5
"Nel is a complete creative package. From concept to final delivery, he never disappoints. I highly vouch for his artistic and technical talent. His addition to any team or studio, instantly improves the quality of work delivered to all clients."
— Sam Hernandez II, Senior Designer, CBS News South Florida, worked directly with Nel at WFOR CBS 4