Thom Butler - Writer/Producer


Over the last 20+ years I've written everything from children's plays, to print and broadcast journalism, technical manuals, short stories, screenplays, a book on audio principles, advertising copy, scripts and articles for corporate communications, and a book on menopause.

I consider myself a story teller and my first steps are always to seek out both the story in, and the voice of, any project that I am engaged with.

I do this because it is the most interesting approach, and because these first steps go a long way to showing me the way forward and through whatever it is I'm working on. By working this way, I am able to listen to, and then to speak with, the voice and tone of those whose story I am telling. This approach has enabled me to tell the stories of children and older folks, hotshot technical engineers, and homeless people. It has also helped me, over the last fifteen years, to be especially adept at designing websites and interactive media installations that are user friendly and intuitive.

Today, with the rising development of social media, I use these same skills to tell people's stories in blogs, on facebook, video and audio podcasts, and with the 140 chracters of Twitter. I regularly have the enjoyable (and sometimes disorienting) task of speaking with other voices in order to bring my clients' stories to the world in a new form.

The one thing I know is that while there are countless stories, we all beat with one heart.

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Writing Samples
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It's Surprising Where You'll Find Us (Multi-media Script for Kaiser Permanente)
View the video here

Kaiser Permanente Special Service Edition
("A Tale of Two Teams" - "Three Departments One Mission" - "Hiking Together Up World Class Mountain")

The MenoMavens Menopause Manual

Making The Connection (segment from audio book written for Fender)

WebFM (a software manual)

The Little Studio That Could (Radio script for Riverwalk Jazz)

Video Samples:

Petaluma Brownfields Documentary Short

North Bay iHub - An Ecosystem of Innovation

Flash Mob video for Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente - Live Well Be Well

Recent web video for Sonoma County clients

Michael Vincent & Rocking Horse - Upside Down - Music Video

Want To Join Our Gang? - A segment from Pocho in the House

The Art & The Fire - A segment from The Vocabulary of Expression (a documentary series)

Big Chief - A segment from The Vocabulary of Expression (a documentary series)

Audio/Podcast Samples:

Recent audio tours and installations

Extra Innings Radio (NPR and Podcast)

Blues Music Radio and Podcast

Websites:

Jim Callahan Sculptor

Brixx Pizzeria

Jason Williams - Absolute Impressions

Charles Williams Decorative Concrete

Martin Brothers Supply

Pocho In The House

Joe Voltierra - Actor

Kit Lofroos Massage

James Singleton - New Orleans Musician

Clive Wilson - New Orleans Trumpet

Fly Boy Band

Churches Supporting Churches New Orleans

Candu Corporation