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Darrell Moore

July 25, 1958 — February 22, 2021

Winter Park, Florida

Darrell Wayne Moore, 62, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Winter Park, Florida on Monday, February 22, 2021. Darrell was a brilliant author, educator, and filmmaker. He was born July 25, 1958 in Shelbyville, KY to Gene A. Moore and Betty Demaree Moore. He lived in Pleasureville, KY until he moved with his family to Louisville KY in 1963. Darrell had one brother, David Moore, who passed away on May 12, 2005.  Darrell is survived by his three sisters, Sandi Magers (Ronnie-deceased) of Wasilla, Alaska, Patti Davis (Glenn) of Louisville Kentucky, and Robin Collier (Curt) of Georgetown, Indiana. He is survived by four nieces, Jennifer Davis (Jon), Janet Milner (Cody), Katherine Winchell (Zach), Danielle Woodward (Zach), and nephews, Bill Magers (Kayla), Chris Collier, and Joseph Magers, (who passed away in 1984).  Darrell was also Great Uncle to Roman, Hadrian, & Aurora Milner, Bristol, Healy, & Florence Magers, Maisie Woodward, and Kennedy Winchell and is also survived by aunts, cousins, friends, colleagues, and students worldwide who loved him dearly.

Darrell Moore graduated from the Advanced Program from Durrett High School in Louisville, KY in 1976 having earned many prestigious scholarships. He began his college career attending Brown University in Rhode Island from 1976 - 1978, and then transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking in 1981. He later earned his Master of Education Media Design & Technology in 2013 from Full Sail University, Winter Park, FL. while serving as Course Director and Professor there.

Darrell has been involved in education for more than 28 years, designing multimedia for K-12 science curricula, teaching at the collegiate level, and creating corporate eLearning materials for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. While in college in Chicago, Darrell worked as projectionist for the movie theatre that famous movie critics Siskel & Ebert watched the films to assess and do their critiques.

Darrell started in long career from 1982- 1985 as Editor-in-Chief of Video Times magazine with Publications International, Ltd. He then was a producer and writer with Popadoc Productions in 1985 – 1986 to create original programming for the home video market including Great Crimes of the Century , an anthology of true-life crime stories distributed by MPI Home Video. From 1986 – 1989, Darrell was the Director of Original Programming at MPI Home Video And oversaw inhouse video production as well as line-producing several programs directly.  He created, approved, and supervised all the production concepts and budgets.  He scheduled internal editing and booked all online edits.  As line producer, he conceived, wrote, researched, scheduled, edited, directed, and often shot my own projects.  He also wrote package and catalog copy for the sales department.

He later shared his filmmaking knowledge as an Assistant Professor of Computer Graphics and Video Compositing at Columbia College in Chicago from 1993 to 1996 and taught twenty classes including six which he wrote and developed himself: Video Compositing & Computer Effects Design; Computer Graphics & Video II; Computer Arts: Digital Culture; Advanced Compositing Techniques; Interactive Web Design; and Multimedia Seminar.

While in Chicago, Darrell helped to pioneer the application of new media into the global culture as co-founder, Editorial Director and Multimedia Designer of New Media with Swell Media from 1994 - 1997 . There he helped introduce and integrate Fortune 100 companies into the new possible applications of new media, multimedia, www web domains, CD-ROMs, digital media with clients including Uarco, Searle Pharmaceutical, Nabisco, Philip Morris, U.S. Robotics, & Chevrolet. In 1997, Darrell led a production team that worked with Bill Kurtis' New Scientists series from PBS television to create in-class learning multimedia for middle-school science education: "Far Out Physics," "Killer Viruses," "Super Seeds" and "Restless Earth." He subsequently helped found eldln (Electronic Long Distance Learning Network), which pioneered online education curricula for K-12.

Darrell served as the New Media Director from 1997 – 2001 at Post FX in Chicago, a video post-production & special effects studio. There he oversaw the development of all interactive projects undertaken within the facility with clients including Accenture, Proctor & Gamble, Ameritrade, A & E, Bill Kurtis, Alligator Records, J. Brown & Associates, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, & Cisco.

He served as the Lead Developer, Chicago Media Lab from 2001-2006 where he Created online, CD-ROM and DVD-based presentations and instructional materials for a variety of client including Wall Street, Virtual Learning Systems, Storandt, Pann & Margolis, TAP Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi Aventis, IFCJ (International Fellowship of Christians & Jews), & North American Real Estate Association  and worked at Chicago Media Lab as  Lead Developer from  2001 – 2006.

His commercial eLearning design and programming work includes such clients as Pfizer, Roche, Searle, TAP, Abbot, Takeda, Glaxo Wellcome, Sanofi-Avantis, University of Chicago Hospitals, Rush Presbyterian-St. Lukes, and Humana Corporation. Darrell Moore has written several books on film history, including "Horror Films: The Best, Worst and Most Unusual," "Rating the Movie Stars," and "The Great Movies" (12 volume genre series). He was also editor-inchief of Video Times magazine for several years. Darrell wrote, produced, and directed several original productions for home video release, including "Great Crimes of the Century," "Oliver North: Memo to History," "Chicago Politics" and "The Speeches Collection: JFK, MLK & FDR." Some of Darrell's early 16mm work, including "Quantum: A Lamentation" and "Starting in the Middle of the Day, We Can Drink Our Politics Away," are available for rental from the Film-Maker's Cooperative in New York.

He moved to Florida after the death of his brother and collaborator, David Moore in 2007 and had been employed as Course Professor at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida until his passing. There he served as Course Director for Editing Digital Video in the Digital Arts Degree program. During his time at Full Sail University, Darrell created curriculum and taught “ Introduction to Digital Video”, “Digital Literacy ”, and “Creative Presentation” introducing students to the primary concepts of storytelling, sound design, imaging, and editing.

As a tribute to Darrell’s illustrious career and legacy, his sisters are organizing Darrell Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund to award university scholarship funds to students in the Full Sail University Digital Arts & Design program in his honor. We ask that you help us celebrate the life of our beloved Darrell Moore by contributing to this scholarship fund at

The family of Darrell Moore will be hosting his Memorial Service on Friday, June 4, 2021 at 10:00am at the Louisville Memorial Gardens East Funeral Home & Cemetery located at 11601 Ballardsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40241, where his remains will be placed in his memorial bench at the head of his parents’ graves along with the cremated remains of his beloved brother, David Moore. The family also plans to live stream the Memorial Service. A weblink to the event as well a memorial tribute video to Darrell Moore will be forthcoming.

Darrell’s excellence as an author, educator, and filmmaker was surpassed only by his dedication to providing his students with the best possible educational experience. Thank you for your donation in his honor to the Darrell Moore Memorial Scholarship Fund for Full Sail University Digital Arts & Design Students at


“Improving Online Communication”, Teaching with Technology, May 2014, Volume 1, Apple iBook, Author.

“Nature Is Leaving Us: A Video Theatre Work”, Leonardo The Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, MIT Press Vol. 26 No. 1, February, pp. 3, 11-20, Co-author.

Great Crimes of the 20 th Century , 1991.  Crown Books.  512 pp. Contributor.

World War II in Color, 1990.  Crown Books.  600 pp .  Picture Researcher.

The Illustrated History of Tanks , 1989.  Publications International. 150 pp. Picture Researcher.

The Best Video Films , 1984.  Warner Books.  256 pp. Editor.

Your Guide to [Foreign, Horror, Musical, Science Fiction, Children’s, Action/Adventure, Western, Drama, Comedy, Mystery/Suspense, Fantasy, War] Video Tapes and Discs , 1985.  Signet Books.  128 pp each. Editor. (12 book series).

Rating the Movie Stars , 1983.  Publications International.  384 pp. Editor, Co-Author.

Rating the Movies , 1983, 1984, 1985 editions.  Beekman House/Crown.  512 pp. Editor .

Best, Worst and Most Unusual Horror Films , 1983.  Beekman House/Crown.  160 pp. Author.

Best, Worst and Most Unusual Musicals , 1983.  Beekman House/Crown.  160 pp.  Editor.


Famous Speeches series: John F. Kennedy (1988) 59 m.; Martin Luther King (1988) 52 m.; Winston Churchill (1987) 39 m.; Franklin D. Roosevelt (1988) 49 m.; Dwight D. Eisenhower (1987) 54 m.  Compilations of important addresses by world leaders. Producer.

CoverUp (1988) 80 m.  A look at the CIA implications of the Iran/Contra scandal.  Producer:  Barbara Trent. Supervised production.

Foreign TV Commercials (1988) 29 m.  Funny, fast-moving look at international television ads. Producer.

Mao’s Little Red Video (1988) 34 m.  A re-editing of a Red Chinese propaganda film from the Cultural Revolution era. Producer.

The Great Gleason (1987) 87 m.  A biography of the TV comic, with ample show clips.  Producer:  Jeff Forester. Supervised production.

The Confessions of Bernhard Goetz (1987) 84 m.  An examination of the story and motives of the famous subway vigilante.  Director:  Eric Shaun. Producer.

Oliver North:  Memo to History (1987) 88 m.  A condensed compilation of the Senate testimony at the Iran/Contra hearings. Producer.

Help !  The Music Videos (1987) 24 m.  Five music videos culled from the Beatles film, Help!, to promote its release on videocassette.  The music videos played on MTV and other television venues. Producer.

Great Crimes of the Century (1986) 70 m.  A news anthology program that details the exploits of several famous crimes. Co-Writer, Producer .

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