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Broken Wing |  David M. Kennedy

PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT SUMMARY:

David M. Kennedy Motivational leader, team builder and team player. Aggressive risk manager who consistently posts wins in high-risk environments. Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Upbeat self-starter, relief pitcher, capable of remote / independent operations, able to work from a blank page. Outstanding briefer and persuasive speaker. Safety/Operational Risk Management expert. Retired from U.S. Navy in February 2000 at rank of Captain after over 24 years of active duty.

WORK HISTORY

Feb 2000 – present: MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION SUPPORT

RECENT/LEGACY:
TV development project BATTLE CRAFTS (Candor Entertaiment)
TV pilot Cut Man (Davis Entertainment)ADR/SAG: Avatar, The Day the Earth Stood Still
Project Manager, Aircraft Crash Safety Test (BBC/National Geographic)
Consulting Producer, ICON Films Carrier Project (Icon/PBS)
On-screen commentator / researcher, Dogfights series (History Channel)
Technical Advisor, Dirty Dozen (Warner Brothers)
Original Spec Screenplays: Giantkiller, Chokepoint,
Cut Man, Vultures Row, Unknown Rider,
Outlaw Air Racer and others
Writer’s Consultant, Capricorn – (Davis Entertainment)

MAJOR FILM PROJECTS: Avatar, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Pearl Harbor, Behind Enemy Lines, The Day After Tomorrow, xXx, xXx: State of the Union, Flight of the Phoenix, The One, The Core, GI Jane, Afghan Knights, Black Hawk Down, Flyboys, Next, Islander

COMMERCIALS: Boeing (Scott Free), Boeing (Jim Krantz)

MUSIC VIDEOS: MTV videos (The Corrs, Soundgarden)

Detailed Participation in Film, TV, Videos, Commercials:

Voice Actor:Avatar, The Day the Earth Stood Still
Project Technical Lead:BBC / Nat Geo Crash Safety Project (in development)
Producer: Original large format/IMAX-style film Where are the Carriers?
Producer:Original Television series: Cut Man (in development)
Consulting Producer: Icon Films’ Carrier Project; Paradox Films’ Afghan Knights
Supervising Producer: Strike Group, U.S. Navy embed project in development
Writer: Fourteen completed screenplays and 37 registered scenarios
Actor/Pilot: Pilot, actor in scenes; voice dubbing; resource provider
Commentator:LA FOX 11 TV on-screen military / technical expert / Gulf War –
Technical Consultant:Assistance with project development, CGI, visual FX
Technical Advisor: Providing actor training, on-set assistance with filming as required
Writers’ AdvisorIndependent consultant to Zak Penn, Jeffrey Nachmanoff., Andre Nemec, Josh Applebaum, Tag Mendillo, Peter Bushman and others
Aerial Coordinator:Planned and executed shots, obtained FAA/CAA approvals and waivers; developed and obtained clearances for new camera systems and mounts
Military/Space Consultant:Sony, Disney, Fox, Warner Bros., Revolution and others
– Spearheaded effort to secure Department of Defense (DoD) production support contracts
– Assisted with non-US military support (Canada, Czech Republic, Slovakia)
– Managed execution of DoD and foreign military support on location;
– Conducted risk management and advance liaison for complex operations;
– Set up DV/VIP visits to aircraft carriers and submarines;
– Arranged visits to Navy/Air Force/Army/Marine Corps units and facilities as well as NASA and other space facilities;
– Planned and executed large-scale shipboard filming deployments (US, Hawa-, Australia)
– Assisted with compliance with government procedures and regulations, including FAA, EPA, NPS and many others
– Provided expertise regarding advanced aviation & space exploration technical and cultural issues

Jun 2002-July 2005: REVOLUTION STUDIOS, TECHNICAL ADVISOR

Consultant/writers’ advisor: Assisted writers Patrick Sheane Duncan, Mike Rich, Rich Wilkes, Ian La Frenais, Dick Clement, Simon Kinberg, John Romano, Michael Schiffer, Tag Mendillo, Ric Waugh, Mark Protosevich and others on studio projects involving technical/ aviation/space/military/police issues.

Jan 1999 – Feb 2000: STAFF TECHNICAL ADVISOR, U.S. NAVY OFFICE OF INFORMATION, WESTWOOD, CA

Provided script review for movies and TV projects (Executive Decision, JAG and others)

July 1975-Feb 2000: NAVAL OFFICER AND NAVAL AVIATOR

Earlier service highlights:

– F/A-18A/C Department Head, Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113)
– Ordnance Department Head, Strike Aircraft Test Directorate, Pax River
– Concurrent F-4/F-18/A-4/A-7 quals and Cat D test pilot design
– Student, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School; graduate Engineering Test Pilot
– A-7E Light Attack Pilot, Airwing Strike Leader, Attack Squadron 27 (VA-27)
– SH-2F LAMPS Pilot, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 33 (HSL-33)

FLIGHT QUALIFICATIONS:

Test Pilot: Approximately 49 models of jet, prop, helicopter & non-powered aircraft.
FAA commercial, fixed-wing and rotary-wing, instrument, single and multi-engine airplane land ratings
Previous US Navy NATOPS qualifications in H-2, T-2, T-38, A-4, A-7, F-4, F/A-18 aircraft
NAVAIRSYSCOM NATOPS model manager in F/A-18

SIGNIFICANT SAFETY/ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION BACKGROUND:

Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) 2007
Graduate: U.S. Navy Aviation Safety Officer course, Monterey, California 1985
Safety Department Head: Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113), 1986-1988
Consultant to Naval Research Laboratory (NRL): For advanced aircraft spatial disorientation/
misorientation factors and controlled flight into terrain (CFIT)
Graduate, U.S.C. Aviation Safety Department: Human Factors in Aircraft Accidents
Expert Legal Witness for post-accident aviation litigation: Federal and State courts
Graduate, U.S. Naval Safety Center Operational Risk Management (ORM) trainers’ course, Norfolk, Virginia; initial U.S. Navy ORM cadre
Independent JAGMAN investigator for two major Class A mishaps (S-3/F/A-18)
Senior safety investigator for VFA-113 Class A (fatality) mishap during FLEETEX
Expert investigator called out of retirement to assist with Point Mugu QF-4 fatality crash
Delivered groundbreaking Operational Risk Management paper at Society of Experimental Test Pilots
(SETP) flight test safety Symposium, 1999

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

Member, Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP)
Member, The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Member, Tailhook Association
Member, Writers Guild of America (WGA)
Member, Screen Actors Guild (SAG)

EDUCATION:

B.A. with High Honors (Echols Scholar), University of Virginia, 1975
Graduate, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, 1985, Patuxent River
Graduate, U.S. Navy Aviation Safety Officer course, 1987, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA