Progress Not Perfection: The Work of Ariel Schudson

Curriculum Vitae

Seasoned media professional trained in multiple content areas related to film history and moving image preservation, digital asset management, database design and cataloging. Advanced skills include social media management, project development and written content.


New Beverly Cinema | Los Angeles, CA | October 2016-2019


  • Deep research, critical evaluation and mastery of moving image works in order to write regular published articles about films, moving image genres and entertainment figures for local repertory theater’s monthly calendar.


Inveniem | Los Angeles, CA | December 2017 – June 2018

Senior Archivist

  • Assessment and management of large archival collections from legacy musician estates
  • High-paced cataloging, description and ingestion of pop culture documents, photographs, objects and ephemera
  • Handling and digitization of unique materials; meticulous rehousing/care for damaged/deteriorating elements
  • On-going dialogue with client management team on workflow structure & data collection; regular report submissions
  • Working with team members on shifting client needs; tabulating workflow results, keeping documentation up to date
  • Regular back-ups of client files and liaising with remote employees on further data management


LA: Lindeman & Associates | Los Angeles, CA | January 2017 – August 2017

Media Vault Manager

  • Creation, design and development of Filemaker Pro-based database for print/AV/digital-based media vault
  • Management of vault team, providing coherent workflow strategies and standardization techniques
  • Handling of high-security transfers using file encryption software and other digital delivery platforms
  • Digital asset management, spreadsheet structuring and administration
  • Creation of Vault Standard Operating Procedures and Standard Operating Vocabulary for database/spreadsheet use
  • Cataloging and tracking of incoming/outgoing materials (hard drives, costumes, props)
  • LTO library management, tape back-up and archival documentation


Post Haste Digital | Los Angeles, CA | February 2016 – January 2017

Media Vault Librarian / Archival Specialist

  • Electronic records management for commercial moving image film and television works using MediaPulse-based software
  • Creation of metadata for multi-format media elements and cataloging of digital/analog-based materials for client access
  • Regular interoffice communications and coordination of outgoing elements via FedEx, UPS, client pick-up, vault drop-off
  • Primary contact for preservation and restoration projects at Post Haste Digital
  • Investigation & option development for at-risk AV collections at archives, museums, educational and other facilities


 Lamelas Archive | Los Angeles, CA | April 2016 – January 2017

Primary Archivist

  • Scanning of fragile specialized art materials- photographic, documents, ephemera, slides, negative
  • Arranging files to reflect client’s desired access standards, building Omeka Database as primary access point (nationally and internationally) for works being scanned and ingested, digital asset management
  • Working within Dublin Core Metadata Standards for cataloging of artwork, AV materials, ephemera, and documents
  • Applying strict cataloging rules to said scans, metadata tagging, cleanup and organization of digital assets


Film Noir Foundation | Los Angeles, CA | June 2014 – June 2015

Nancy Mysel Legacy Project Scholar – preservationist, database & social media manager

  • Design and daily management of Tumblr and social media platforms. Positive results shown by regular analytics reports.
  • Research, development, ingestion of film noir-specific information for Filemaker Pro-based database
  • Audio/visual film preservation and restoration assistance on deteriorating film elements such as Woman on the Run (Norman Foster, 1950) and The Guilty (John Reinhardt, 1947)


Digital Post Services | Los Angeles, CA | 2008 – 2011
Media Vault Librarian/Manager

  • Electronic records management for commercial moving image film and television works using Xytech-based software
  • Database cleanup of media library, regular scheduling of deliveries and pickups of time-sensitive, element-sensitive materials
  • Creation of metadata for multi-format media elements, cataloging of digital/analog-based materials for client access, interoffice communications, internal operations, daily/monthly reports

Short Term Assignments

 Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Film Festival (TCMFF) | 2015, 2016

Social Media Producer

  • Generate posts based on film restoration and preservation, posts gained approximately 73 new views a day, 13 direct retweets and 14 direct Facebook reposts on publication day
  • Development of preservation-centered social media stream for TCMFF social media forums (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Assisted in making #TCMFF hashtag “trend” on Twitter for the first time in TCMFF history by retweeting 20-100 colleague/fan threads a day and interacting with Instagram/Facebook accounts


UCLA Film & Television Archive | Los Angeles, CA | July 2015 – December 2015

Archival Traffic/Database Technician – Collection Services

  • Appraisal for relocation of thousands of moving image elements
  • Meticulous separation, care and supervision of archival collections of 16mm, 35mm and magnetic tape elements for transport
  • Transition and organization of archival elements at new location, with critical attention to format, condition and location
  • Detailed and timely database entry; database corrections and location management for newly arrived elements
  • Creation of and expansion on records within FilemakerPro database for incoming elements


Crawford Media Services | Los Angeles, CA | Oct 2014 – December 2015

Metadata Writer/QC Assistant

  • Assessment of classic newsreel footage with meticulous attention to details of historical figures, moments, actors via online platforms
  • Employ descriptive cataloging skillset to translate moving image content into data-driven and research appropriate terminology and keywords
  • Compile concise and accurate metadata for archival video assets from historical documentation


David Stern Collection | Los Angeles, CA | Feb 2014 – present

Archivist and Media Collection Manager

  • Conduct inventory & appraisal of multi-media, multi-format collection for Award-winning TV commercial cinematographer
  • Arrange, rehouse, & describe works by creating collection-level records & appropriate finding aids, utilizing relevant standards
  • Catalog & inspect over 300 elements; provide basic repair & preventive preservation on 16mm film to prepare for digitization
  • Develop complex multi-format workflow based on metadata for digitization; prepare & build 16mm film reels for telecine
  • Create exhibition plan & trajectory for showcasing of Stern Collection for TV Commercial preservation


Nickerson Research | Angeles, CA | Nov 2013 – Jan 2014
Assistant Researcher

  • Researched and sourced commercially desirable imagery from online moving image archives, stock footage libraries or publicly utilized spaces such as Vimeo and YouTube
  • Assembled inquiries for ownership rights of materials and availability for clients’ work
  • Edited 10-20+ moving image clips a day into usable content using Handbrake and other editing/transcoding software
  • Spreadsheet design and development for ingestion of media asset information


UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television | Los Angeles, CA | Jun 2012 – Aug 2012

Digital Asset Manager, visual archives

  • Creation of training manual based on visual material cataloging standards and practices
  • Worked with IT department to design system for internal visual image searches, installed controlled vocabularies, standardized key terms
  • Improved existing metadata conventions, applying them to pre-ingested photographic materials
  • Data entry, digital asset documentation, standardized digital library’s visual vocabulary for better access and speed of image return
  • Research and information location on film and media figures, iconic areas, education figures, historical events for University and Alumni collections

UCLA Film and Television Archive | 2012

Cataloging Intern

  • Working with long runs of specific film/television/radio programs in collection, create complex bibliographic records representing each work and holding records that represent specific holdings in Archive’s collection
  • Apply MARC standard to all records being cataloged; extensive research of applicable film/tv/radio personalities


UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies: Moving Image Archive Studies Los Angeles, CA | 2013

Master of Arts

UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television: Cinema & Media Studies | Los Angeles, CA | 2005

Master of Arts


Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Film Festival: 2011-2018 (all years)
Digital Asset Symposium (DAS): 2011-2014 (all years)

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA): 2010-2018 (all years)

Reel Thing: 2010-2018 (all years)


File transfer & data encryption platforms: Aspera Faspex, FTP, Fifth Kind

Web/Markup Languages: familiarity with HTML

Database Programs: Filemaker Pro, OpenOffice, Access
Content Management Systems: Mezzanine, WordPress, Omeka
Metadata Standards: AACR2, MARC, Dublin Core, EAD, PREMIS, PBCore
Classification Standards: LCSH, LC Classification
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr
Special Materials: 16/Super8mm film handling/projection, handling of zines, posters, collectibles, documents, printed and AV ephemera
Productivity Software: Google Docs, Basecamp, SurveyMonkey, Doodle
Archives Software: Archivist’s Toolkit, LibAnswers, RefWorks, EndNote


Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) | 2012 – 2017

Access Committee, Chair

  • Solicit project ideas and annual AMIA conference proposals from Committee
  • Coordinate, meet, maintain and update information on Committee page
  • Work with Committee members to establish critical moving image access projects to be worked on for the year

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) | 2011 – 2013

Student Chapter, President

  • Establishment of multiple successful social networks (Facebook, Twitter) for student chapter
  • Curation of fundraiser film series, celebrity guest Q&A moderation for Student Chapter events, raised $3000+ from events
  • Event planning with other Student Chapters at Annual Conference
  • Coordination of monthly chapter meetings & allocation of projects to board and Chapter members

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