Kyle Biggs

Freelance Digital Jack-of-all-trades

Des Moines, Iowa

Kyle@biggsproductions.com

Digital Jack-of-all-trades

What does Digital Jack-of-all-trades mean? It’s the term I’ve come up with to discribe my skillset. Put another way, I’m good at quickly finding and learning ways to use computers to solve problems. From scripted automation, to 3D rendering, I develop workflows. This means learning a little bit about everything, and more importantly, learning how to learn. Naturally, this makes it difficult to distil my skills down to a short description, but I’ll give it a try.

Creation

Processes that take an idea and bring it to life with visuals and sound.

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Photography

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Videography

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2D/3D Rendering & Concepts

Modification

Transforming existing ideas, videos, images or other concepts to achieve a new end state.

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Photo Edit/manipulation

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Visual Effects

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Web/Digital Design

Presentation

Delivering images, text, 3d models and other content via some means of presentation.

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Unity/UE4 Design

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Virtual Reality

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Video Editing

Software Proficiency

Photoshop

Premiere Pro

After Effects

Illustrator

In Design

Substance Painter

3D Studio Max

Mudbox

Unreal Engine 4

Photography

  • 10 years of experience photographing in every environment imaginable, from the battlefield to the sports stadium, with subjectsranging from real estate and architecture, to people, food, animals and products.
  • Familiar with Canon, Nikon, Sony and more. Experienced with using 360 cameras, GoPro, Drones, and even thermal cameras.
  • Extensive use of RAW photography workflows for maximum quality.
  • Experienced deploying to digital as well as print media. T-shirts, wall prints, social media and more.
  • Adaptable to new technology, equipment and workflows.

My interest in photography started as a hobby while deployed to Iraq in 2005 where I quickly became ‘the camera guy’ for the occasional needs of my Platoon or Company. At that time, I was an Infantryman who had undergone special training to operate a small UAV.

After the untimely destruction of my personal camera thanks to an IED, I purchased a DSLR camera and began developing robust photography skills. Before long, I began taking official photos (DA photos, award ceremonies and the like) when needed. This branched out into photographing products for some of my fellow soldiers who were starting their own businesses.

Post-military, I ventured into Real Estate photography, event photography, and more. I went on to build Biggs Productions into a multi-media production company that continues to this day, serving the largest Real Estate and rental management companies in the state of Iowa.

Real Estate

I’ve photographed thousands of houses, from multi-million-dollar new-construction to single-family resales. While Real Estate photography isn’t my passion, it is a great way to continue to maintain proficiency with my equipment while supporting the rest of my business.

 

Rental Management

From 2010 to 2016, I was the primary photography contractor for Elevate Property Management, where I captured images of nearly every floorplan at every property owned by Elevate. This experience taught me invaluable lessons about interacting with very large corporations, as well as expanding my skills into other arenas to help their marketing department get the most out of my photos.

 

Events

I have worked with Drake’s Director of Creative Services to help capture photos and video of the Drake Relays, working on the field with press photographers in an official capacity. This kind of experience was a crash course in shooting very large events with very specific restrictions for access, athlete interaction and security. It was also my first time witnessing (and photographing) a world record being broken!

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Videography

  • Much like my photography, I have 10 years of experience shooting in every environment imaginable, from the battlefield to the sports stadium, with subjects ranging from real estate and architecture, to people, food, animals and products.
  • Familiar with Canon, Nikon, Sony and more. Experienced with using 360 cameras, GoPro, Drones, and even thermal cameras.
  • Experienced with RAW video technologies including RED, Blackmagic, and emerging DSLR-based RAW video.
  • TV Commercials, web advertisements and event video

I grew up making home movies and stop-motion animation, kick starting my interest in cinematic video and animation respectively.

Around the time of my first deployment to the middle east, consumer level HD cameras were just beginning to come down into affordable price ranges. That’s when I took the leap, buying a first generation HD Sony handycam to take with me.

Upon returning to the US, I exchanged my first DSLR for the next model up, which offered video on a full frame sensor. I continued to improve my videography skills, moving up to the famous Canon 5DMKii, a full frame, full HD digital video camera that finally made cinematic video possible for ‘prosumers.’

I leveraged the video mode of my DSLR camera while developing my photography business, using it to supplement photos with video material. By 2010, I was taking part in the yearly 48 Hour Film Project making award winning short films. Even though 48h is a creative personal endeavor, it led to opportunities making TV commercials and other video promotions.

Real Estate

Thanks to the power of DSLRs and their new video modes, video for Real Estate exploded. I found myself booking nearly as many video shoots as photo shoots. The unique demands of Real Estate have allowed me to explore many types of stabilization equipment, sliders, cranes and specialized lenses.

 

Commercials

I put my film making equipment to use making rapid, high quality commercials for both the web and TV where I learned how to conform video files to the unique sound level requirements for television.

 

Interviews and Events

My cinematic film experiences have given me the skills to produce sit-down interviews, where blocking, lighting and clean audio are key, as well as run-and-gun event video.

 

Cinematic Video

The line between cinematic art and commercial video can be surprisingly hard to define. I believe that any video is about telling a story, weather it is the ark of a character’s adventure or a tale about what a product can bring to a customer’s life.

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