Adam Shanker

Adam studied film production at The School of Visual Arts in NYC, and graduated from Hunter College in 1984. While in school he founded his company Best shot video, inc., and started working for Network shows as well as Places like MTV and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Through the years he has shot hundreds of shows for History, A&E, Animal Planet, Discovery, Food Network, MSNBC, TLC, Travel Channel, VH-1, etc… He has done regular work on shows that include; Dateline, 20/20, Today Show, Americas Most Wanted, Extra, Access Hollywood, and The Bachelor. Branded Content clients have included; American Express, Pfizer, Accenture, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Miller Lite, AT&T, Unilever, Samsung, Oracle, and Cisco, etc… He has shot commercials for The Clinton Gore Campaign, Senator Bob Casey, Congressman Bill Pascrell, and Entergy. In the 90’s, Adam shot the epic 20 hour program, The History of Photography, for The Library of Congress where he worked with artists and their estates. He also worked with the US State Department on an internal security documentary on the security forces protecting Nelson Mandela when he triumphantly came to New York for a week that culminated in a ticker tape parade. He once shot an interview with both Princess Diana and Mother Teressa to emphasize the problems in the South Bronx. During the Pepsi tampering scare in the 90's, Adam and his crews were embedded with the top executives at PepsiCo for 2 weeks to document the way in which they made decisions, and handled their PR. In his spare time Adam is a lover of music, going to around 100 concerts a year, collecting records, and being involved in music communities. His passion of music has found it’s way into his work. He shot the first VH-1 Story Behind the Music, and 15 thereafter, He shot the entire behind the scenes footage for Bob Dylan’s 30th anniversary Concert at MSG in 1992, including interviews with every artist. He worked with U2 on the What’s Going On Sessions the week prior to 9/11. He was Beyonce’s camera crew for a decade, working with her regularly. He shot hour shows for Elton John and Andrea Bocelli. He has shot EPKs for bands like Aerosmith, David Bowie, Stereophonics, and U2, and has worked with major artists including; Ella Fitzgerald, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo, Bob Dylan, Kanye West, JayZ, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Roger Waters, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Maxwell, John Legend, James Brown as well as many others. He works on music projects for the Rock Hall of Fame to support their museum exhibitions, as well as other projects. Last year the Rock Hall engaged Adam to shoot a 4 camera video interview with Keith Richards to support their big exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, and the Rock Hall in Cleveland, Play it loud- The Instruments of Rock. Adam combines a love for creative visualization with an understanding of current trends and technologies in video. That combination has allowed him to move forward through the myriad changes in video production over the past 37 years, and pass that along to his clients, and benefit the projects he works on. He makes himself available to consult on current work flow best practices, and all other facets of production. In the current environment, in which the internet is overtaking television, Adam is excited to work on some projects that are designed for Facebook, or the web. He believes, the ability to share and re-share video content that lives on the web and is available on mobile devices will be the largest area of growth in video production in the next decade. Mostly, Adam loves what he does, and when work is fun, it’s also usually good.