|Geoffrey L. Smith's Media Related Bio 2011
Geoffrey L. Smith works and creates in all areas of the TV and film industry in Oklahoma and the surrounding region. He is an independent producer for his own video projects and shoots and edits projects for private clients and TV networks.
Smith received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts from the University of Oklahoma in 2001. While at OU he won several video contests and awards for his short films, documentaries, and stop-motion animation videos. Geoffrey is now an Art-in-Residence for the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Oklahoma City Arts Council, teaching residencies all round Oklahoma City and the state. Since the Summer of 2002 he has taught video production camps at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and surrounding Summer camp programs. Every Spring Geoffrey holds a Young Filmmakers screening of all his students video work. “I believe it’s important for the young filmmakers to show their work to a live audience on the big screen and not just on the Internet”. Several of his students have gone on to win at student video contests and festivals.
Smith also works freelance in the sports media industry for ESPN, ABC, Fox Sports and Cox Communications. Geoffrey works as a stage manager, clock and score operator for these TV networks. This includes the NBA Thunder games here in Oklahoma City. For the 2005-06 and 2006-07 NBA basketball seasons, he worked as the stage manager for the NBA Hornets broadcast team.
In the film community, Geoffrey has been involved in several galleries and organizations. Geoffrey was the Chair of the Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) Film Committee from 2001 to 2006 and served on the IAO Board of Directors for three years during that time. While at the IAO, he helped with programming the film events, fundraising for equipment, developed the film program and he established the IAO Linda Jaeger Film and Video Scholarship for graduating high school seniors. “The IAO was a great learning experience for me”. Geoffrey also served on the DeadCenter Film Festival executive board for three years (2002-2005). His duties for the festival were organizing the panel discussions and he was involved in the judging and programming.
Since Fall 2001 until Spring of 2008 he produced, directed and hosted his own public cable access television show titled the “Geoff Spot” that aired in Norman and Oklahoma City. Episodes and clips of the show can now be seen on Youtube.com and Bliptv.com. Over 70 episodes were created and are available to be seen online.
Presently, Geoffrey is in the pre-production and production phases of several media related projects for clients and self.