NEW YORK: Fenton has hired Arun Chaudhary, former videographer for President Barack Obama, as resident filmmaker in the agency's studio division.
Chaudhary will relocate to New York from Washington for the position, which he began last week.
“A lot of what I'll be doing is helping people who have great causes realize the best visual narrative ways they can tell those stories,” he said.
Chaudhary had not planned on entering the agency world after working at the White House, and instead thought he would go back into teaching. However, he changed his mind after meeting with the agency.
“When I met them, I realized they were so passionate, serious, and interesting and different than everyone else that I was like, ‘I actually want to work here,'” he said.
Serving as the White House's first official videographer until mid-August, Chaudhary filmed Obama daily, documenting both public appearances and behind-the-scenes activity. He helped to create “West Wing Week,” a back-stage look at the Obama White House featured each Friday on WhiteHouse.gov.
“Serving with the president was amazing, and it really showed me a lot of how important public service is, and especially as an artist, how important it is to get involved,” he said. “I'm very excited to be someplace where I still feel like I'm still able to serve, but also able to work in many different capacities on many different projects.”
Chaudhary also worked as new media road director for the 2008 Obama for America campaign. He was responsible for ensuring that then-Sen. Barack Obama was filmed and photographed each day on the road in real time. Previously, Chaudhary was an independent filmmaker and a faculty member of NYU's graduate film department.