has been working as a television production director, editor, and digital artist for over four decades, starting in broadcast stations in west Texas, then moving to commercial production houses and cable television production studios in Austin, Texas before starting CrewsCreative in 2007.
For over eleven years, David was also on the technical staff and served as an on-air host for KMFA, Austin's venerable and much loved all-classical radio station. He hosted a weeknights request show and weekend afternoons including the Metropolitan Opera live broadcasts.
David has worked in many roles, from Production Manager to Senior Producer/Director. He has received a number of video awards, including six Telly's, a Gold Addy, a Communicator Award, a Pixie animation award, and a Moondance Film Festival award. He serves on the Silver Telly Council as a judge for the international Telly Awards.
"I have deep experience with the creative 30 second television commercial and I've always enjoyed how one must write, edit, and design for that short window. The "30" is a sort of video haiku that requires true art to do well and to make truly effective, especially on a limited budget.
"Whether you need a broadcast commercial, a corporate or web video, or animation elements or logos – I have the experience to give you the finished product you deserve.
"I have been involved in Television Production since January of 1973, when I started my career at KOSA-TV in Odessa, Texas.
When I began, videotape was still in the dinosaur age - hulking huge reel-to-reel machines that ran 2-inch wide tape. Commercials with products were done LIVE in our studios during newscasts! Weather graphics were created by placing plastic letters on a grooved menu board!
How incredible the changes in technology have been!
"In the late 70s, I helped build a new TV station in Odessa/Midland (KTPX, now KWES), serving as Production Manager.
"In 1983, after a short time working for production houses in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Austin areas, I settled in Austin and worked for Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) - first as Production Manager, then as the Senior Producer-Director (my preferred role). I helped design and start an in-house production botique called Uptown Studios.
After more than two decades there, I opened my own post-production studio, CrewsCreative, in 2007. This gives me the opportunity and freedom to work on projects I find challenging and rewarding for myself and my clients."
"As a composer and recording musician, I've been honored to win several awards for my long-form music.
I've released two albums: "Cave of the Jaguar" and "Songs of Day, Songs of Night". Learn more at my dedicated music-specific site, JaguarFeather.com.
I've also created original music and sound environments for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas.
"As an author and filmmaker, I have an abiding interest in the human history of religion and spirituality. In recent years, I've studied and worked with modern and native shamanism, twice travelling to the Peruvian Amazon to work with indigenous tribal shamans to experience their powerful plant medicines and ancient ceremonies. This has been a life-changing experience, leading to the creation of my studio, CrewsCreative. I also wrote an influential book on the New Testament and authored various websites on religion, shamanism, travel, and philosophy.
You can learn more about my adventures in the Amazon at my blog, DavidCrews."