The Road I'm Traveling
Some people go through life on a quest to find their purpose. Unsure of where they fit and how they can contribute, they leap-frog through the years trying this and trying that. But I've never had that problem. I'm a story teller. Have been and always will be. Regardless of the medium or the intended audience, my purpose is to reach people, inspire them, make them think and make them act. From online and print content to full-length feature films, I've shepherded 100's of projects to completion, safeguarded budgets of up to 8 figures and reached millions of people. Do you have the need to reach someone? If so, let me know how I can help.
- Wrote, Directed and Produced a feature-length animated movie that was world premiered to a standing-room only crowd at San Diego Comic Con
- Managed over 100 team members simultaneously across two countries while preparing a Taiwan-based animation company for take-over by Lucas Films International
- Lead world's second largest online BMX-only bicycle store to their best holiday sales year in the company's history, with dollar-for-dollar sales total improved by more than 100% compared to previous best year
- Cut man-hour requirements company-wide by more than 25% through implementation of improved management strategies
- Implemented marketing practices which have yielded a more than 300% growth in both social media following and newsletter subscription rates over a three year period
How I Get Things Done
Over the years, I've had the tremendously good fortune to work with and for some amazing creative minds, brilliant technicians and penny-perfect administrators. From each of these experiences, I've attempted to learn and take away lessons and strategies to inform my own approach to work. Now when stepping into any specific job posting, I make sure to prioritize bold creativity, strong technical knowledge or administrative perfection, while never forgetting that all three of these elements are necessary to maintain balance and achieve the goals set before me. Most importantly, I've discovered and try to keep at the forefront of my mind the critical role that personal relationships and interpersonal skills hold at the center of all work situations.
Having big ideas is great. Knowing how to communicate big ideas in a way that allows your support team to do their best work while breathing life into a singular vision is Directing. Bold and original creative thinking reigns supreme here, but solid technical understanding of what you're asking from your crew and being able to prioritize and adapt based on that understanding so that everyone can accomplish their workloads in a structured way is just as important.
Money, money, money money. It's not all about the money, but, well, sometimes it's all about the money. Knowing what it will cost to take a big idea and drive it to the finish line within a predetermined time-frame is Producing. If ever there was a place for micro-management this is it, but the only way to be a good micro-manager is to have a firm grasp of the creative concepts behind the big ideas and understand the technical means by which those big ideas will be layered into life.
Computers, mathematics, complicated problem solving and monsters. Lots and lots of monsters. But it's also a high pressure environment that demands an intense dedication to cutting edge and cutting costs. Being a techie guru with a few cool ideas is a big part of it, but successfully managing teams of people spread around the world and holding each of those people accountable on a frame-by-frame and pixel-by-pixel basis is the difference between a finished product and a work-in-progress.
Artist / Technician
Having a focused mission with a very clear and narrow goal allows me to slip into a meditative state where I'm simply clicking and creating. Each software is like another plane of existence that I travel to. I can get lost in Adobe Land or Lightwave World for hours and days and weeks at a time. But it takes a real artist to have enough self-management and respect for the rest of the team to pull yourself back into reality and meet your deadlines while delivering work that fits in with the overall aesthetic of the given project.
From the first time I read about how powerful the internet had been in driving the success of 'The Blair Witch Project', my mind was opened to and intrigued by this new channel for reaching people. Just like making a movie or writing a song, creating a concise and unique vision for an online brand and putting together a user-friendly experience that captivates and motivates a target audience to act fulfills the part of me that constantly seeks to reach and inspire people.
This isn't at the bottom of the list because it's the lowest priority. It's here at the bottom, because it serves as the foundation for everything else that I've ever done professionally. Whether it be marketing myself, my ideas, one of my movie projects or the many companies and/or products I've been involved with helping to promote through the internet, coming up with a concept and strategy for getting people excited about something they didn't previously know about or perhaps had once known about but since forgotten is and has been an essential element of my career from the beginning.
*This section represents many of the work experiences I've had, but not all. If you'd like to know more, don't hesitate to contact me directly.
Learning is a never-ending journey. Growing through knowledge is a key to being successful in life and work. I would never allow the lack of familiarity with a given concept, technique or skill to stop me from accomplishing something that has been set before me.
- Digital Cinema Cameras (Red, Arri, Panavision)
- DSLR Cameras (photography and video)
- Analog and Digital Audio Mixing Boards (various)
- Live Video Switchers (Newtek TriCaster)
- Steadi-Cam / Glide-Cam
- Camera Dollies (Chapman, Fisher and various sliders)
- Handheld Rigs
- Avid Media Composer
- Final Cut Pro
- DVD Studio Pro
- Adobe Creative Suite (image and video related tools)
- Newtek Lightwave
- Eyeon/Black Magic Digital Fusion
- Microsoft Office
- Movie Magic Budgeting
- Movie Magic Scheduling
- Eyeon/Black Magic Generation
- Google ( Analytics and Adwords)
- Facebook Power Editor
- Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Wordpress (basic usage)
Things Most People Don't Know About Me
- Was featured as 'Omellete Boy' in a series of IHOP commercials
- Was band leader and booking manager for a rock'n'roll outfit that played the CT club scene
- Have written and ghost-written over 20 screenplays, 7 of which have been produced
- Have traveled to 7 countries outside of the USA and lived/worked in 4 of them
- Good with Reptiles