Spencer Willets

Freelance Video Editor & Video Producer

Location:Los Angeles, California, United States
2 Skills
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Spencer Willets and I have been involved in the production and postproduction business for over 30 years. I have been primarily a Video Editor and Post Production Supervisor/Producer for the past 25 years. I began working at the PBS station in Hartford, CT as an intern for college credit and was involved in all aspects of television production. Upon graduation I moved to California in 1978 to begin my full time career.
I began my production career in San Diego as a camera operator and audio technician as well as lighting, and general grip work. I began editing in 1982 and have continued with post production ever since. With the incredible advance in video technology over the years I have migrated from online linear editing to the nonlinear world and continue to upgrade my own systems and learn the new technologies as they emerge. Post now includes online streaming, compression technologies and working with a myriad of video formats. It keeps me reading and I feel like I have never left school keeping up with the continual developments. It truly is amazing.
My last full time job was with Fox Sports and I continue to freelance edit for them and work with other clients but I am looking for a full time position. I have run post departments and managed a staff of editors and work closely with directors and producers to deliver quality projects on time. I also can create budgets and develop work schedules and monitor various projects at one time. I still love the creative process and seeing people enjoy the final product.

Spencer Willets

N. Spencer Willets SFH Productions
5642 Norwich Avenue 714 W. Olympic Blvd.,Ste.701
Van Nuys, CA 91411 Los Angeles, CA 90015
hm.(818) 787-5908 off. 213-748-5464
cell (818) 720-0895
Professional Experience:

April 2009-Present: Freelance Editor/Post Producer

April 2002-April 2009: Senior Editor,
AEG Teleworks,Staples Center, L.A., CA
Fox dissolved the Los Angeles Tech. Ops. Division and moved Fox Sports West & West 2 to downtown L.A. with AEG assuming the facilities and post production contract for those entities. As a result I was let go by Fox on March 30,2002 and hired by AEG April 1, 2002. Same job, same people, different company.
I also freelance edit and post produce outside projects. I own a Final Cut Pro HD edit system and a Adobe CS4 system to produce and edit projects independently.

September 1991-March 30,2002: Post Prod. Coordinator/Supervisor/Sr. Editor Off-Line,On-Line Editor for Fox Sports, L.A.T.O.
I worked with staff and freelance producers and directors to edit all of the network shows, specials, promos, network I.D.s, etc. that we air. I was responsible for the "look" of the shows, promos,etc. that we produced. It was also my responsibility to make recommendations to upgrade our facility to keep it current with the technological advances that are changing in our industry today.

April 1985 – September 1991: Post Production Consultant/Post Production Producer/Supervisor
Freelance Off-Line & On-Line Editor
San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA
Freelance editor for major post facilities with superior knowledge of equipment mixed with creative editing style. I have edited all types of programming including: commercial, corporate, sports, music, documentary, entertainment, and special effects.

1982 - 1985: Senior Videotape Editor
Western Video & Film, San Diego, CA
Served as senior staff editor in charge of all facets of the facilities editing as well as training new editors. Extensive use of all Ampex equipment including the ACE editor, ADO, and the 4100 switcher. Projects ranged from commercial to entertainment,to corporate.

1980 - 1981: Producer/Owner
California Music Productions
Developed and produced music packages for radio and television stations as well as producing commercial jingles. Created the initial network music package for ESPN.

Primavera Video, Del Mar, Ca.
Parker-Bertea, Orange County, Ca.
Four Point Entertainment, L.A., Ca.
Complete Post, L.A., Ca.
Varitel Video, L.A.,Ca.
Trans World International, L.A., Ca.
C&C Visual, L.A.,Ca.
Visualize, Santa Monica, Ca.
Yale Video, Orange, Ca.
Pacific Ocean Post, Santa Monica, Ca.
Absolute Post, Burbank, Ca.
Fox Television, L.A., Ca.
VRC, Hollywood, Ca.
Matchframe, Burbank, Ca.
Rock Solid, Burbank, Ca.
Yeah! Video, Burbank, Ca.
Prime Ticket,L.A., Ca.
Prime Sports, L.A., Ca.
Fox Sports, L.A., Ca.
Bayview Productions, Manhattan Beach,CA
Laser/Pacific, L.A., Ca.
Jdub Productions, L.A., Ca.
PAC-10 Properties, L.A., Ca.
University of Southern California
Fox Sports Net
Fox Home Entertainment
Association of Volleyball Professionals(AVP)
Star Games, Inc.
Univ. of Texas

Professional Skills:
Camera Operator, Lighting, Audio, etc.

Post Production
Videotape Editor/Post Production Producer: 26 years

Technical Proficiency With:
Final Cut Pro HD ,Motion, Live Type, SoundTrack Pro, DVD Studio
Adobe CS4 Post System
Accom Axial editing system
Epic computer editing system (Harris)
All GVG-Editware computer editing systems
Case editing system
Calaway editing system
Convergence editing system
Ace computer editing system (Ampex)
GrassValley 100, 1600, 200,300, 2200 switchers
Ampex 4100 & AVC-21 switchers
CDL switchers
Ross switchers
Ampex ADO
Abekas A53-D & A51+ , & Deveous digital effects systems
Abekas StillStore
Chyron 41, Scribe, & Infinite, Dubner
All Sony VTRs
Ampex VPR 1,2B,80,6,3
Collage StillStore
360 Systems Shortcut Digital Audio Editor


Born: 8/17/54

Education: Berkshire Preparatory School, Sheffield,Ma.
BA; Communications, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Ct.

Nominated for 7 San Diego Emmy Awards (1986-1989)
Awarded 4 San Diego Emmy Award (1987,1988)
Awarded 3 ITVA Awards (1985,1987)
Awarded 3 San Diego Advertising Assoc. Awards
Nominated for 4 Cable Ace Awards (1994-95)
Nominated for 19 Los Angeles Emmy Awards (1997-2004)
Awarded 9 L.A. Emmy Awards (1999,2000,2002,2004)
Skills (2) Rating
Video Editing
Video Production