Award-winning director, editor and cameraman with almost 20 years’ broadcast experience.

About Me

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WSBE-TV Rhode Island PBS                                                                1996 – present
Senior Editor, Videographer & Technician

Emmy nominated editor of PBS series, documentaries, commercials and promotional spots. Skilled in all aspects of editing including color correction, animation and audio.  Extensive expertise in technical broadcast standards as well as web video.  Highly organized, creative and personable – an excellent team player.

 

3rd Story Productions, LLC                                                                  2002 – present
Owner-Production Manager/Editor/Cameraman

Produce and create video content for broadcast and corporate clients such as PBS, Merck, Tishman Construction and the Smithsonian Museum. Principal videographer, online editor and colorist for the N.E. Emmy nominated documentaries Ghost and Vampire Legends of Rhode Island and Mai: A Lesson in Courage, Passion & Hope as well as the national PBS series Love to Paint with Mimi.

 

WJAR-TV NBC 10                                                                                    1998 – 1999

Operations/Production Technician (News)

Responsible for satellite downlink/uplink, videotape, LMS, studio camera (manual and robotic), Infinit! Chyron, live truck operations and master control.

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scott@scottsaracen.com

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Over the course of almost 20 years, I have worked on hundreds of promos and programs.  Here are some clips of my favorite and/or most recent work:

 

 

This is a music video that I shot and edited for Grammy Award winning children’s musician Bill Harley.

 

 

A wise man once said, “never work with children or animals”. We decided to ignore this sage advice and work with two very cute subjects who had the attention span of fleas. We entered the final product into the Heinz Ketchup commercial contest (which we didn’t win, but they did give us a nice ketchup trophy).

 

 

A promotional spot for a Kids Club/community outreach project.

 

 

A promotional spot for Rhode Island PBS’ yearly wine event.

 

 

 

 

Another Heinz Ketchup commercial entry. This one involved fewer tantrums but some serious construction for the table. 

 

 

Waking up at 4am was a change of pace as I shot this award acceptance video for Wright’s Dairy Farm.

 

 

This image package spot was made to highlight Rhode Island PBS’ seasonal line-up.

 

 

If you watch PBS, chances are you’ve seen Ken Burns’ acclaimed work. I had the opportunity to light this interview and then edit it into five interstitials to promote his series, The War.

 

 

This is one of a whole series of nutrition based informational videos created for ArtfullyNourished.com

 

 

This documentary short earned me my second New England Emmy nomination.

 

 

This promo was created for Rhode Island PBS’ 2010 fall line-up. The footage was sourced from a variety of PBS programs and I was responsible for the editing and graphics.

 

 

Ghost & Vampire Legends of Rhode Island, our first independent documentary, was nominated for a New England Emmy award in 2002 and it won a first place Telly Award. Since then, it has been used in many classrooms throughout Rhode Island as a fun way to teach local history.

 

 

Love to Paint with Mimi is a national PBS series that I directed, shot and edited. This clip is one of the non-studio segments that introduces Mimi to viewers.

 

 

This video was edited for Civco Medical Solutions an international leader in medical device and medical accessories.

 

 

Making a film in 48 Hours sounded like a fun challenge. It was, and we walked away with the 1st runner up, best director, best editing and a few other awards.

 

 

Our second 48 Hour Film challenge.

 

 

Portfolio

Scott has a deep understanding of cutting-edge editing technology, a firm sense of responsibility, and is a great team player. His attention to detail is extraordinary, his follow-through as reliable as the sunrise, and best of all, he never panics when I do, which happens now and then while under the strain of producing 26 half-hour episodes.

 Paul M. Lally
Executive Producer, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito
Director, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood



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As the director of photography and editor of my national PBS series, Love to Paint with Mimi, Scott was an absolute joy to work with.  He’s highly skilled in all technical aspects and infuses his work with resourcefulness and creativity. Best of all, Scott is incredibly personable and easy to work with, which puts everyone around him at ease.

Anne Mimi Sammis
Host & Executive Producer, Love to Paint With Mimi



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After a nearly five year process of producing “First Face: The Buck Starts Here” for public television’s Independent Television Service (ITVS), we were extremely fortunate to land in the capable hands of Scott Saracen, who performed the on-line edit of our program. Scott was not only an expert colorist and technical expert, but also a calming, helpful force in completing our film during the last leg of post-production. Beyond his expertise and his demeanor, we got the sense that Scott genuinely cared about our project. It was a rare pleasure to work with Scott, and we whole-heartedly recommend him to any production team!

Jim Wolpaw
Academy Award Nominated Producer/Writer


Steve Gentile
Award-winning Producer, Editor, DP

 

 

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I have been fortunate to have worked in some of the top production houses in the US and England. In 2012 I made a documentary with WSBE and had the privilege of working with Scott Saracen. Scott is extremely talented, He worked on the final edit and colouring of my story as well as the title sequence.

 

Scott is one of the few people I have worked with that can direct, produce, shoot and edit with top technical skill in all areas. I now understand why Martin Scorsese has used Thelma Schoonmaker for over forty years as his editor, I hope to do the same with Scott.

Sheri Miller Bedau
Documentary Filmmaker


 

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