Commercials. Music Video. Viral Media.
When I was 5, my parents took me to Radio City where we saw Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. That was almost 40 years ago and I still remember that night as if it was yesterday. The incredible cinematography, the colors, the design, the frosty performances by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood...the first computer graphics, Doug Rain as the voice of HAL.
I found a hand-wound Argus super-8 movie camera in my dad's closed when I was 9 years old and used it to shoot my first short film..when I finished that project, I moved on to the next and haven't stopped yet.
Early on in my career I had the opportunity to shoot and edit travel programming for the original Travel Channel. I spent many years travelling in Europe and Southeast Asia and worked with some wonderful people who helped me develop my craft. It was on these productions that I met my longtime partner, executive producer and the mother of my child...we are still working together on many levels
I began work in the commercial side of the business as an editor in a post house and have since owned a number of production and post-production companies. The larger the companies became, the further I got away from the camera and the closer I got to administrative headaches. My partner and I "dropped out" a couple of years ago in a gambit to get back to serious (albeit mostly comedic) filmmaking.
Today I am a commercial film director with 17 years professional experience, specializing in comedy and visual storytelling. I use my experience with cinematography and visual effects as key components in my projects. I am also one of the principals in Zenfilm, a film production company that produces comedy TV commercials, documentaries for the arts and viral media.
Several years ago we created a film for Houston conceptual artists The Art Guys..and I am preparing to revisit it in the edit suite...I think it is a special film with much to say about the state of current media. I am also celebrating because one of our films was recently listed on imdb.com which feels really "official" for some reason.
I am currently working on broadcast and web commercials, a couple of music video projects and pursuing more national and international work. I currently have representives peddling my wares on the West Coast, Midwest and in Texas and I am looking for New York and Eastern and Western European Reps...
Zenfilm is a great little company that we started in our living room (having a 2 year old put a popsicle into a VTR takes on a whole new meaning) and has grown to a staff of 5. We are extremely good at assisting ad agencies and brands punch through the media clutter...using our twisted sense of humor and just a touch of weirdness. We always use our powers for good.