Founded 1984

Biography

Mr. Murdock started his career as a still photographer, graphic artist and videographer at the National Zoological Park. In 1981, he moved to the Mutual Broadcasting System as a photographer and Assistant AV Producer. While at Mutual, Mr. Murdock staged an exhibit of his photography and historical information about Mutual at Needham Harper Steers Ad Agency in Chicago.  Additionally he photographed celebrities and political figures who appeared on Mutual Radio’s, The Larry King Show or other shows or appearances for the network.  These photos were used by the Advertising and Promotions department to promote the network shows throughout the year and for their annual advertiser meetings held in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit and Las Vegas.  He also has done the photography for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) annual report and Convention exhibits for several years.  This involved traveling to Rural Electric co-ops and documenting both the work the co-ops do as well as the customers they serve.  Mr. Murdock has done both video and still photography for the American Red Cross.  Most recently he shot a series of photos for the Services to the Armed Forces branch of the Red Cross while on assignment in Daegu, South Korea documenting the work the Red Cross does for our active duty troops.

 

In 1984, Mr. Murdock started Blue Moon Productions and began working for a variety of corporate, government, and broadcast clients.  He was the Director of Photography for the Annenburg Documentary/Telecourse "Economics USA" which consisted of 26 half-hour segments and a 2 hour primetime special aired on PBS. He also worked as a sound recordist on the PBS documentaries: "The Speaker from Texas", “The AIDS Quilt”, and "For a Deaf Child" produced by KERA in Dallas Texas.  In 1997, and 1999 he was Director of Photography, and Editor for 2 Civil War Documentaries, “Voices of Antietam” and “Ghosts of Cedar Creek”.  For his work on “Voices of Antietam” Mr. Murdock was nominated for an EMMY for Editing and received an EMMY for Cinematography.  In 2001 he was the videographer for a documentary on the inside works of Lockheed Martin’s Skunkworks and the PBS membership special on the “Canyon Ranch” Health spas.  In 2003 he took over as Technical Director of the “Mountain Stage” music series, which airs on PBS.  Recently Mr. Murdock has been working with the American Red Cross Disaster Public Affairs Department. His projects at Red Cross include: documenting the recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, annual media training for their public affairs spokespeople, helped design and set-up the “media ready room” used to track media stories concerning the Red Cross during disasters, shoots and edits video during disaster responses.  Over the past three years he’s traveled throughout the US, Germany and Korea, working on a documentary series for the Service to the Armed Forces branch of the American Red Cross “Continuum of Care”.  This series documents the ways the Red Cross touches the lives of service members and their families from the day they sign up through the day they die.  The series has won five Telly Awards to date.  Additionally Mr. Murdock produces, shoots and edits case study videos for the show “Road to Recovery” sponsored by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse, Mental Health Services Agency).  His corporate/government clients include the Department of Transportation, the American Bankers Association, the Smithsonian Institution, National Institutes of Health, The Montgomery County Public Schools, the FBI, FEMA, The American Trucking Associations, and AARP.  Topics of his corporate and government productions include, raid planning for the DEA, the job of an avionic technician on the aircraft carrier USS America, railroad engineer training for Burlington Northern Railroad, road construction and maintenance for the FHWA, and incident management training for the IRS.

 

In addition, Mr. Murdock has worked extensively over the last 20 years doing medical productions.  Starting in the early 1980’s doing medical photography at The National Zoological Park in Washington, DC. In the mid-80s he started working as a cameraman and later as a producer/director on live cardiac cases demonstrations at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington Adventist Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, the Cleveland Clinic, Miami Baptist Hospital MCVI, and the Ochsner Hospital, New Orleans, LA.  In addition he worked directing live case demonstrations for the annual TCT meeting from the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.  He also has surgical case experience photographing open heart and reconstructive surgery.  He worked for two years in the OR for the Discover health show “Birthday Live” following 10 hours in the life of the birthing center at Bethesda hospital.

 

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Accomplished photographer with over 35 years of professional experience in all aspects of commercial photography. Proficient in the use of small (35mm), medium and large format cameras for the purpose of capturing products, architectural interiors and exteriors, landscapes and studio set-ups. Skilled at incorporating natural and artificial light to achieve quality photographic images representing the true nature of the subject. Expert in the use of photographic processing techniques, using both traditional methods and modern digital processes to achieve quality archival images. Creative thinker and problem solver, self-motivated and able to work alone or in teams to accomplish the project goals on time and within budget. Click to browse samples of my work.

Accomplished Audio Visual Production Specialist with over 35 years of professional experience in all aspects of videography and video editing.  Proficient in the use of professional television cameras for the purpose of creating broadcast quality video images.  Skilled at incorporating natural and artificial light to achieve quality HD video images representing the true nature of the subject being photographed.  Expert in the use of video editing software and equipment such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite, to produce professional quality video and multi media programs.  Proficient with the use of the internet for the presentation and distribution of video programs.  Adept at supervising teams of photographers, photo assistants, videographers, sound engineers, lighting designers, producers and subject matter experts and directing both professional and non professional talent to successfully complete video assignments.  Creative thinker and problem solver, self-motivated and able to work alone or in teams to accomplish the project goals on time and within budget.  Click to browse samples of my work.

  • Emmy Award - Cinematography “Voices of Antietam”
  • Emmy Nomination – Editing “Voices of Antietam”
  • Cine Golden Eagle “Voices of Antietam”
  • Twelve Telly awards for multiple projects and clients.  Most recently five Telly awards for work with the Service to the Armed Forces division of the American Red Cross.
  • Two ITVA awards
  • Two Government Communicator Awards
  • Two Videographer Awards
  • First Place Commercial Photography Show for Large Format Photography
  • Sony FS 7 4K Video Camera
  • Professional Sound Equipment including: Schoeps Boom, Audio Limited Wireless, and Tram Lavaliere Microphones
  • Professional Lighting Package including: Quartz, Florescent and LED lights.  Studio Strobes for still photography
  • Nikon Digital Still Cameras and Lenses.
  • Hasselblad medium format and Linhof large format film cameras
  • Professional Editing System, utilizing Final Cut Pro, and the complete Adobe CC Suite of video editing and graphic software

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