DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY | FILMMAKER
As a kid, I used to make up my own stories inspired by the heroes I loved: He-Man, Voltron, Tranformers, Thundercats and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. My father taught me how to color in coloring books while my mother showed me how to create characters. She always pushed me to read and from that I gained the sensibility to interpret characters from the narrative. Moving on from the beloved action figures of my childhood, I stepped up to drawing and creating my own comic books. It’s these lessons, learned in early in life, that I use in all of my film making projects.
Family trips to Chihuahua, Mexico to visit my grandma and the desert landscape we crossed to get there would forever ignite a fire of inspiration to capture everything I encountered. My uncle owned a video camcorder and would let me record our family gatherings from time to time. In my subconscious, that’s when it all clicked. But it didn’t occur to me that I would love to make films of my own until much later.
Thankfully, because of how deep I was into music – a love affair begun in my teenage years – I found my true calling by watching music videos on MTV. Instantly, it triggered my passion for the visual and aural mix of film.
In high school, my 11th-grade English teacher showed a film in class that I will always refer to as the one that put it all together for me: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” – a French short-film that was also featured on a special episode of one of my all-time favorite shows, The Twilight Zone.
Upon graduating from high school, I made the decision to set out and become a filmmaker. In college I started shooting and creating short, student films. I wanted to do everything when I first started. And, while I got a taste of writing, directing, editing, animation, music and sound, I found that being behind the camera is where my heart is.
I studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz earning a B.A. in Film and Digital Media in 2004 and then returned to my hometown of Chula Vista, California where I currently live. I work for the Sweetwater Union High School District as a Web/Video Services Specialist where I am consistently producing short PSA’s and District-related promotional videos.
Outside of my day job, I enjoy shooting everything from Documentaries, to Music Videos, to Short Films and Feature-length projects. I’m always open and inspired to work with new people! But, the greatest joy I have felt and the most beautiful things I have ever photographed are my family, my beautiful wife and 2-year-old son.
Viva el Cine!