Thanks for checking out my work and here is a short blurb about me.
It dawned on me the other day that ten years ago, I left my job at an MIT startup in Underwater Robotics to move to London and get my MA in Filmmaking. When I first got out of school, I tried to make some bigger horror feature films and failed. During that time, I would work any job I could—2nd AC, 3rd AD, logger, and transcriber in TV. This was also the beginning of 4am Films, where I was a co-founder and producer. 4am Films was small production company that produced some really great non-fiction content. From Chinese sitcom pilots, seaside dramas and undead westerns.
When I returned to the States, I wrote a few different feature films and tried to get those made but, again, failed. During that time, I would support myself by doing ‘one man band’ work—shooting, editing and producing what I could, which mainly consisted of branded content and small scale commercials. At this time, I built a 360 camera and started using that medium to tell stories or take people to other parts of the world. I was lucky enough to shoot in Antarctica for National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions, as well as help clients like Nokia, and Elite Daily embrace the new format.
Over the last few years, I started getting more work in television as a field producer. At the same time, I was making documentaries about people I knew or came across. One documentary I worked on was about a terminally ill boy whose skin would fall off if you touched him. He was in constant pain and suffering. This was turning point for me. I believe we all make life livable by building a reality for ourselves. We live in a tunnel of ‘if I do this, I’ll be okay,’ but the reality is nature and the universe don’t care about us and at any moment, our lives could change, our loved ones could suddenly become sick and pass.
When I work with people outside of my life or situations, they keep me in reality and it keeps me grateful for what I have, which are friends, family, and health.
Since then, I’ve produced pieces about adults struggling with addiction, Native American protests, Gypsies, the homeless, murderers, terminally ill children, disabled children and people struggling to simply walk out their front door because they are afraid of how the world views them.
My main focus as a filmmaker is exploring the world we live in and telling the stories of other people from their reality and their experiences.