THERE ARE MANY MEDIUMS OF GREAT DESIGN.
I am a content creator of web, video, story and graphics.
Press Writings about Me
I have been around the block a while.
My very first job in highschool (1990) was for a production company shooting highschool sports and editing highlight reels on tape using an AB Controller. After highschool, I enrolled in universary majoring in Graphic Design but still kept my part time production job. Cramming on a late night project one evening, I nosed around the edit suites and discovered the graphics department. My true passion was animation. As a kid, I would stay up 48 hours at a time and recreate Wolverine comic book covers pixel by pixel using Deluxe Paint on an Amiga computer. As I sat in the graphics chair, I begain playing with an intriguing 3D animation system called LightWave 3D. I was hooked. I looked for excuses to work late so that I could secretly learn LightWave 3D.
After digging through a closet full of manuals, I found the Video Toaster user’s manual and stuffed it in my backpack to take home. I spent the next 24 hours on no sleep reading and studying it. Soaking in as much knowlege as I could. That next day, I went to the mall and purchased every graphics magazine on the shelf and spent the next year learning and doing. My dream was to become an animator for a production company and everything I did from then on was to make that dream come true.
While in school, my part-time employer noticed that I was running circles around their graphics guys. I was creating amazing motion graphics, show openers, and commercials. They asked if I would be interested in coming on full time to head their animation department. I was 19.
I dropped out of school and took the position. Afterall, my dreams were coming true early so who needed school? I spent the next year winning Addy Awards for exceptional animation and creating one of the very first morph animations on broadcast television.
Still meandering my way though the world, I took on a commercial editing gig at a local FOX affiliate and honed my skills as a commercial editor. For the next 3 years, I edited more than 2000 commercials on 1″ tape using an Ampex ACE editor. It was then that I met my wife, a film student, who would usher me into the world of feature filmmaking.
In 1995, I was married and moved to the independant film capital of America, Austin, Texas. Here, I crewed on film sets and made ends meet with freelance animation before moving to San Antonio in 1998 to work for Newtek, the makers of LightWave 3D.
I WAS ON MY WAY
Funny Story. I prepared my animation demo reel on CDROM, drove to San Antonio, walked up to the front desk and told the girl “I am better at LightWave than anyone in this building. You should hire me.”, then I walked out. I did not wait for a response. I felt the receptionist eyeballs boring a hole into my back as I walked away towards the elevator. 3 months later, I had a job. They actually created a position for me, “The Lightwave Expert Group” who gave tips, tricks and techniques to the big Hollywood studios.
This position was shortlived as in 1999 I moved into NewTek’s UI/UX department imagining and designing such applications like Video Toaster for Windows, Aura, and SpeedEDIT. In 2004, I became the head of the UI/UX department and designed a breakthrough technology called “TriCaster” which would nominate me for an Emmy Award. Today, TriCaster is the core of NewTek’s product line.
Over the years, I became very good friends with NewTek’s CEO Jim Plant. Jim knew of my love and eventual departure into feature films. He encouraged me to follow that dream when I felt the time was right. In 2010 Jim aggreed to pay for my 3rd feature film (my first financially successful one) called Angel Dog. After making his money back, Jim dipped in again for our 4th feature called “My Dog the Champion”. It was then that I left NewTek to pursue filmmaking full time. Jim was thrilled and wished me well.
After a string of successful films, my wife and I were divorced which lead me to remove myself from the filmmaking business and seek a fulltime job doing graphics, animation and occasional video production. I took a job with a company called Alamo Film using my love of branded storytelling and expertise in cinematic feature filmmaking.