Sometimes you have no idea where the road will take you when you start the journey. I certainly didn’t. A couple decades ago, while pursuing a graduate degree in screenwriting (yeah I wanted to write feature films), I took a gig as a production assistant. It was one of my greatest mistakes. Why? Because it distracted me from my scriptwriting work. But it also took me behind-the-scenes and opened my eyes to the nuts and bolts of production. A master’s class in television commercials, feature films, and movies-of-the-week was under my belt within a year.
But what really caught my eye was the camera and lighting department. Fortunately, some generous and talented people took me under their wings, showed me the ropes, and gave me a chance. With no looking back I was suddenly working full time as a freelance lighting technician in Texas and California. It was a real game changer for me, one that gave me the opportunity to work with and be mentored by some of the most talented directors and cinematographers in the industry – hands-on tutelage in bringing words on a page to images on the screen. Priceless.
Apparently there was a great purpose to all of this, right? After several years in the trenches I decided it was time to get back to writing. And now that I had production skills, why not direct AND write? It seemed to make sense. I opened up my own shop, hung out my shingle and started building a portfolio of work with local and regional advertising agencies, advocacy groups and production companies.
I’ve managed to carve a somewhat unique niche for myself in the market by combining my knowledge of lighting and camera with solid storytelling skills honed as a writer. In short,I can get people to tell a good story and make them look good too. Along the way, I’ve learned how to run a set efficiently, keep it calm, and have an amazingly good time with some incredibly talented clients and collaborators.
For the past two decades, I’ve established an eclectic portfolio of work in documentary programming, advertising, educational media, and music videos. My work has been featured on the PBS program “The Territory”, I’ve written and directed a multi-episode educational series on American History, recently scripted the documentary “The Himalayan Meltdown” for Discovery Asia, directed a series of regional PSAs for the Texas Education Agency, a promotional webisode for Livestrong, and my music video for the songwriter Darden Smith premiered at the Sonoma Film Festival 2011.
My clients range from Fortune 50 juggernauts like Dell and Motorola to high profile public advocacy organizations like Goodwill and the American Heart Association. No matter who the client, it’s about creating award winning work that builds brands, markets ideas, and tells stories.