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filmmaker web designer Austin TX Shanna PharisI am an internationally published writer, editor, photographer, and filmmaker and an award-winning, nationally recognized web developer and designer with eighteen years of professional experience.

I have been an editor and writer for several major print and web publications, including The Prague Post, Texas Music Magazine, Experience Austin, Austin American-Statesman, Citysearch, and The Frisky. Technical skills include front- and back-end web development and design, film and video production, photography, and a strong interest in social media, with proficiency in software applications including Dreamweaver, SQL Server, Coldfusion, Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, and many others.

In 2010, I launched Nostalgia Film, a Super 8 film & video boutique production company for weddings and other occasions, as well as its parent company, Pharis Productions, LLC. In 2009, I launched SoCoDivka Designs, a vintage-inspired jewelry line full of bold color (currently on hiatus).

For five years, I worked as a Webmaster for The Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE), a research and service initiative of the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin (2007-2012) and prior to that I worked as a Lead Internet Developer for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (2004-2007).

I’ve been based out of Austin since the mid 1990s, aside from a period working as a freelance writer for The Prague Post and a web editor for globopolis.com (an online city guide to Central and Eastern European capitols) in Prague, Czech Republic. I am an alumni of The University of Texas at Austin (Bachelor’s of Journalism and Czech with two years of film study in Radio-Television-Film) and completed a year of work toward a Master of Arts in Counseling at St. Edward’s University.

Early on, I fell in love with arts, photography, and design in high school–learning to do advertising design with a pen and paper, and occasional computer-assisted typesetting and an X-acto blade. I began learning journalism and photography about the same time, dabbling in a B&W dark room and learning to shoot and develop… and a couple of years later, I discovered Super 8 filmmaking and shot my first Super 8 film as an undergrad. As a teen, I also was a BBSer long before everyone used the Internet (can you imagine!?); a few years later it was only natural for me to hop on the dotcom bandwagon as the bubble was building! So you can see the confluence of interests and skills that led me down the winding road to where I am now. We never end up where we expected, but it’s been a great adventure and journey!

In my spare time, you can find me enjoying spending time with my toddler daughter, taking photographs, making films, crafting, listening to music, practicing yoga, traveling, occasionally SCUBA diving, or swimming and hiking with my rescue dog.

I take freelance and contract projects as my schedule permits, so please contact me. Let’s discuss how I can help you with web design & development, communications, video production, event filmmaking, photography, or consulting.