Meet the Filmmaker


Ian Sears is an emerging filmmaker based in Charleston, West Virginia. His vision is to reach the broadest possible audience and to generate dialogue through cinema. Already an award-winning filmmaker, Ian’s immediate goal is to develop his technical and creative skills in visual storytelling through the medium of digital arts. This portfolio serves as a platform to introduce the world to Ian’s work.

Technical Proficiencies

Professional Experience

  • Cougar TV, Capital High School, Charleston, West Virginia (August, 2017 – Present)77e411728d23d16b090ebbaf39b7f4d3--capital-high-school-schools-in
    • This morning news program is produced at the Capital High Television Studio and affords students the opportunity to work on real live broadcast productions.
    • The show disseminates news and information to 1,500 people.
    • Except for routine teacher supervision, this show is completely student produced.
    • The course work examines the role of the responsible journalist in today’s society and the effects it will have on not only the public of today, but also into the future.
    • Responsibilities include writing for TV and video production; producing and directing TV and video segments; developing computer-generated graphics; editing productions; and use of special production equipment.
  • Technical Arts Ministry, Bible Center Church, Charleston, W.Va. (April, 2018 – Present)Bible_Center_Church3
    • Serving a congregation in excess of 3,000 people, Bible Center Church is a nondenominational, independent church.
    • The technical arts ministry coordinates the production of live events, concerts, and other activities.
    • The ministry also produces live broadcasts of worship services, provides streaming to social media, creates podcasts, and offers additional video services to the church community.
  • Intern, Filmanatix, Charleston, W.Va. (June, 2018 – Present)unnamed
    • Filmanatix is a creative video production company that specializes in providing high quality video content for small and large businesses.
    • The mission of Filmanatix is to empower its customers to transform creative content into meaningful relationships.
    • Filmanatix offers services related to video production, personal branding, and social media management.
    • Internship involves planning, filming, editing, script, and sound.


  • Capital High School, Charleston, W.Va. (Class of 2021)
    • A magnet school for the performing arts, Capital is the only high school in the state that teaches traditional instrumental music, vocal music, drama, dance, television, and media production every period of every school day.
  • Film Camp II, Asbury University, Wilmore, KY (June, 2018)
    • A five-day intensive with industry professionals utilizing Asbury’s cutting-edge Media Communication facilities.
    • Film II is an advanced camp that builds on the essentials of filmmaking including writing, directing, and editing.
    • During the camp, a short film is produced and is screened in Asbury’s state of the art screening room.
  • Visions Film Festival & Conference, UNCW, Wilmington, NC (April, 2018)
    • An event which aims to unite a diverse community of undergraduate students through scholarly analysis, discussion panels and cutting-edge screenings. It is hosted by The University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department and offers a unique opportunity for passionate film students to indulge in an environment full of artistic expression, as well as showcase their own work.


  • Honorable Mention, Student Production Award (“Student Emmy”), Best PSA, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Ohio Valley Chapter), Lawrenceburg, IN (August, 2018)
  • 1st Place,  Anti-Bullying Campaign, Capital High School, Charleston, W.Va. (May, 2018)
    • Created a public service announcement pertaining to bullying.
  • 1st Place, Digital Video Production, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Conference, Charleston, W.Va. (April, 2018)
    • Created a promotional video that explained why a school board should support starting an FBLA chapter at  local school.
    • Production guidelines permitted the use of any method to capture or create moving images. The presentation included sources used to research the topic; development and design process; use of different video techniques; a list of equipment and software used; and copyright information for pictures, music, and other items.
    • The performance competencies evaluated for the competition included excellent verbal communication; effective decision-making and problem-solving skills; expression of self-confidence and poise; demonstration of logic and systematic understanding; conducting a professional business presentation; and answering questions effectively.
    • Win at the state level qualified Ian for national competition in Baltimore, MD.
    • Evaluation Sheets and Notes:
  • 2nd Place, Television News Package, S.C.O.R.E.S. Academic Festival, Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va. (April, 2018)
    • Created a news report including interviews and reporter track.
    • The criteria for evaluation included news judgment, quality of reporting, writing, shooting, editing and use of sound bites.


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