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Commercial, Video, and Film Producer.
Joel Hartz – Commercial, Video, and Film Producer.


I am a huge fan of cinema…

Seriously, huge fan. I began to write, direct, act in, shoot and edit my own short films  at the age of 12 years old. Although I try to stay behind the cameras these days, those films were the just the beginning of my journey learning the skills I use today in all of my creative endeavors.

As a  Producer/Line Producer….

Building on those experiences from my childhood and having an insatiable thirst for knowledge, I have expanded and honed my skill set on as many different types of projects like T.V., Film, Commercials, Music Videos, Corporate video and in as many different positions as possible; Grip, Electric, Sound, Camera, Production Management to name a few.  It is these experiences, the successes and the failures, over the last 20 years that makes me the resourceful, knowledgeable and balanced Producer I am today.

As a Photographer…

Well that started a bit later for me, 18 years ago actually. It blossomed out of that thirst for knowledge I mentioned already. I was a Cinematography/Producing major and fell in love with photography (which was shot on actual film back then). After my first Black and White Photography class I had an insatiable thirst for knowledge relating to light and its interaction with film emulsion, so I continued the photography classes and began developing and processing my images in my homemade darkroom. Eventually I switched over to digital photography out of necessity and the economics of event photography which I had begun to do quite a bit of.  These days I mostly shoot travel, fine art photography, and behind the scenes on my sets. But I still create portraits, shoot commercially, and do some event photography on occasion.

As a Writer…

Since I already mentioned the start of my writing, I’ll skip ahead. Today my writing mostly consists of a treatments and first draft scripts for film projects that I develop. The bulk of which is with my Darktide Films Inc. business partner for films that we are developing together. These film projects, over 60 now, populate several genres like Thrillers, Suspense, Horror, Adventures with a few Comedies for good measure.

As a Production Manager, Assistant Director, Location Manager, Sound Recordist, etc…

I generally perform these, either in addition to Producing (like Indie films or music videos) or whenever I have some availability (I like to keep busy and my skills fresh). Working in these other positions keeps me in touch with production needs and capabilities, which in turn makes my budgeting and crewing more accurate as a Producer/Line Producer.

Veteran U.S. Air Force: Honorably Discharged


  • CMT Breakthrough Artist of the Year Carly Pearce “Every Little Thing”
  • 2 Platinum Hermes Awards – Emerus – Emegra Video & Campaign
  • 3 Gold Hermes Awards – Emerus – Emegra Video & Campaign
  • 2 Platinum Hermes Awards – Emerus – Baylor Brand Spot
  • Annie Goya Award (Grand Prize – Photography)

I have worked with artists such as:

Brad Paisley, Maren Morris, Chris Tomlin, Carly Pearce, Old Dominion, Chase Rice, Granger Smith, Raelynn, Danielle Bradberry, For King and Country, Augustana, Dylan Scott, Trent Harmon, The Wind and The Wave, Big Smo, Phillip LaRue, Family Force 5, Brady Seals, Elizabeth Lyons, Cassio Monroe, Lecrae, The Wind and the Wave, Matthew West, Newsboys,  Gloriana, Cage the Elephant, Leeland, Anthem Lights, Morgan Wallen, Jerod Neimann, and Danny Gokey.

Companies I have produced or helped create content for:

Sony Music Nashville, Broken Bow Records, Big Machine Records, RCA Records, Baylor Emergency Clinics, Warner Music, Verizon, Capitol/Universal Music Group, CMT, Curb Records, Razor & Tie, RCA, Word, Beachbody, Emerus, Lifeway, TN Governmental Housing Agency, Carecentrix, United Methodist Communications, Healthtrust, Silver Dollar City, CMA Music Festival, Back Yard Burgers, Owensboro Health, 1-800-Petmeds, B & L Plumbing, Simon & Shulster, Boot Barn, iHeart Radio, Lodge Cookware, National Cornbread Festival, Provident/Sony, Reach Records, InPop Records, Jive Records, Boot Barn, Big Loud Records, Redkap Clothing, Parallon, Capitol CMG Label Group.

Education & Key Skills

Associates in Arts and Science – Tacoma Community College

Associates in Applied Science – Nashville State Technical College (Cum Laude) Visual Communication: Photography

Additional Courses in:

Business Law, Entertainment Law, Management, Film History, Screenwriting, Business, Directing, Fine Art, Art History, Psychology, Philosophy

Specialized skills:

Suba Diver:PADI Open Water Certified,

Sailor: ASA 101,103,104 Sailing Certifications, Multiple Regatta races (crew), Outdoor Enthusiast: Hiking, backpacking, Skiing, Snorkel,

Producing, Production Management & Coordination from concept to delivery including:

  • Production Supervision: Administrative, financial, technical details of production, and day to day

  • Production Liaison: Between; Client, Director, Ex Producer, Studio/Label, Crew

  • Budgeting: Creating Budgets, Delegating budget lines, Managing, and Actualizing costs.

  • Production Scheduling, Cash Flow Scheduling & Forecasting,

  • Negotiation and securing crew, locations, equipment, facilities, and outside vendors.

  • Securing contracts and releases. Handling matters of insurance, safety, unions.

  • Casting: Scheduling and Managing; Casting calls, Auditions, Talent Agencies, Alt Casting channels.

  • Accounting: Cost Managing, Petty Cash, Invoices/POs

  • Office Management & Admin: Call Sheets, Production Reports, Cast & Crew Lists, Supplies, Distribution.

  • Travel: Accommodations, Transportation, Per Diem, Logistics

  • Post-Production Management: Edit, Color Grade, Sound, Deliverables

  • Creative problem solving & Logistics

  • Staying on budget

  • Excel, Word, Google Suite, Premier Pro, Photoshop for PC & MAC, Lightroom & Photo Editing

  • Final Draft 10, 9, Celtx Script

  • Showbiz Budgeting 9,Gorilla Budgeting 6, AICP, Gorilla Scheduling 6, Celtex Scheduling, Scenechronize


Set Management:

  • Prepare and issue final shooting schedule and select breakdowns

  • Prepare pre-production schedule for director

  • Survey and assist Director and UPM with selection of shooting locations.

  • Set Supervision and keeping principal photography on time.

  • Supervise crew, cast, extras, doubles.