Adam Elder Montanaro Videography Reel
Adam Elder Montanaro Theatrical Trailer Reel
Follies - SF Playhouse Trailer
Slowly Regarding Silent Things: Muir Woods
Jayne Matthews - IG
Self Tape Master Class Lesson: Uploading our audition
My name's Adam. I'm a filmmaker, cinematographer and editor living and working in Berkeley, CA.
As a videographer, I've been working with theater companies across the Bay Area, creating theatrical trailers and other promotional content. I also specialize in recording auditions, monologues and scenes for working actors, and have been teaching actors the art of self-tape auditioning for the past five years.
I've recently released an online, on-demand version of that training - the Self Tape On-Demand Master Class.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you! In the meantime, please check out my work!
Danyon Davis, Director of the MFA Program at American Conservatory Theater
Adam is an an incredible artist, an expert technician, and a gifted teacher. Adam was instrumental in helping our acting school to update our curriculum and reframe our learning objectives throughout the pandemic by equipping our students with digital production skill sets now required for entering the field. Adam also distinguished himself nationally when he served as director of photography for our video industry showcases in 2020 & 2021 when the shelter-in- place orders prevented our actors and crew from assembling in the same place.
Lisa Ramirez, Playwright/Screenwriter/
Adam is an incredible filmmaker, videographer, and editor. He has created a few previews of theatre projects I have been involved in and filmed and edited entire shows for streaming purposes. He is a true collaborator and goes far and beyond in creating what I asked for. I say beyond because what Adam does is make it better than I originally imagined in my mind.
Michael Moran, Director, Oakland Theater Project
Adam Elder is exceptional. Adam knows how to get the best out of people. He is incredibly sensitive to the needs of a room, knows how to kindly draw out wonderful interviews and can roll with any difficulty presented in the most turbulent of circumstances. He is a dream collaborator that both knows how to collaborate in the process and execute on a final product with extraordinary results. Adam's ability to edit together a sharp, bracing and exciting video that captures the goals of the company, artists and collaborators is at the top of his field. I have had the pleasure of working with Adam for a number of years and his trailer videos (one of the many kinds of videography he had done for us) not only serve a marketing function but genuinely move our audiences. And, what's more, I often have the experience of seeing Adam's work and realizing that he captured what we meant to say instead of what we actually said. I cannot recommend him highly enough and believe anyone would be lucky to employ his services and talents for your personal film project or organizational needs.
I'm so thrilled to announce that my new short film Wooden Sea that premiered last month at the prestigious Dances With Films festival at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA, has not been invited to screen at SF Shorts in September!