Butler Tech Program: Digital Media
Graduation Year: 2014
Instructor: John Ginter
The seeds of working in media were planted in Chase Crawford at a young age. His father was an anchor at Fox Sports when he was growing up and he admits he was always so fascinated by the behind-the-scenes aspect of media production. At around fourteen years old, Chase jumped into the digital media world himself by making videos with friends, but he quickly realized that to follow his dreams he would need access to equipment and the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to be successful.
“That’s where Butler Tech fit into the picture perfectly,” explained Chase, “and once I got started, I didn’t look back.”
Today, Chase is a successful movie producer with the world premiere of Moondance, his latest production, set to release in March 2020 in a limited theatrical release in Cincinnati, Dayton, Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago. “Moondance” described as a “zany musical comedy,” can be viewed locally at Bogart’s in Cincinnati on March 12 and The Neon theatre in Dayton on March 22. Chase has also starred in nearly twenty independent projects as an actor including the 2016 Sundance Selection Goat and 2016 Toronto International Film Festival selection In the Radiant City.
During Chase’s sophomore year at Monroe High School, he applied and was accepted into the Digital Media program at Butler Tech. He admits that he was nervous about meeting new people and balancing the program and a new environment with sports and his personal life back at his home school.
“Instead, I immediately made tons of friends across all of the programs and had the opportunity to work on what I love to do each and every day!” said Chase. “My time at Butler Tech really opened my eyes to what was possible in the industry and having a trade at eighteen is such a valuable thing. I’m so happy to have had gained that background at Butler Tech.”
After Butler Tech, Chase graduated from the University of Cincinnati and eventually worked for a digital media company in Chicago before pursuing his own production company full-time. He now owns and operates, Four by Three Productions and has produced several independent films including Alan in the Fullness of Time, which was shot in Butler County, and The Cran starring Stranger Things actor Joe Chrest.
Chase currently lives in Cincinnati with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs.
What advice would you offer current Butler Tech students?
“Follow what makes you happy and figure out a way to pay your bills doing it!”