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My story began in Carmichael, CA, a quiet Sacramento suburb. When I was young, I had a strong desire to learn and create. I found joy in skateboarding, rec sports, video games and computers (I was such a nerd, I taught myself HTML when I was 12). Movies and cartoons were interesting too. Then I saw Jurassic Park.
See, I was also completely obsessed with dinosaurs. Admittedly, I wanted to be a paleontologist before a filmmaker. Jurassic Park changed all that. It absolutely terrified me. I was seven years old and it was my first scrape with a fictional world that seemed real. At the same time, I was mesmerized. I wanted to know how it was done. Later that year, I had the privilege of seeing Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Thanks, mom!), and I grew interested in visual effects.
My love for film grew along side my love for cartoons like The Simpsons, Ren & Stimpy and South Park. I liked to draw comics and decided in elementary school that I would become a cartoonist. I discovered Flash and its amazing simplicity. I taught myself animation through tutorials and sheer experimentation. I joined Newgrounds.com and started submitting my own shorts. They contained the usual junk from a middle schooler: crude violence mixed with senseless fart jokes. Still, it was all in good fun and I was always pushing myself.
In high school, I slowly refined my taste. Through the newly formed television department, I discovered an interest in editing. I continued with flash animations on the side, trying to introduce story into my work. When senior year rolled around, I decided the Academy of Art University was the best option to jump into a hands-on filmmaking education. I don't regret it one bit. I learned practically every side of filmmaking working hands on with amazing teachers, and I met incredible artists from around the world.
Since college, I've worked as producer/editor for Monster Cable Products and as a freelancer for clients such as Warner Bros. Records, Tostitos, Chronicle Books, Paulette Magazine, and more. Today I'm still kindling that initial spark here in SF, working at Viewstream as a full-time editor and animator for clients including Autodesk, ERA Real Estate, Microsoft and Intel.
If you'd like to collaborate or just say hi, please don't hesitate to drop me a line.