My love for movies began in the summer of 93′ at the age of nine. I had gone to see Jurassic Park and ended up seeing the movie four more times in theaters. I was in awe. For the first time, I witnessed the magic of filmmaking. I wanted to be part of this world and from there on out, I spent my teens filming anything and everything I can get in front of my parent’s mini-DV camera. Being the black sheep of the family, I decided to make a career out of this by enrolling at The Art Institute of Los Angeles. I spent my weekends producing short films, music videos, and narratives. These valuable years allowed me to finetune my skills as a cinematographer, editor, and producer.
My career in film has taken many forms throughout the years. I’ve worked as a set PA on feature films, edited documentaries for Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films, produced, directed and co-wrote the comedy spoof Juno: Redux which most notably won an MTV Movie Award for Best Digital Short in 2008, and most recently produced the film Tragedy Girls (2017), based on an original screenplay by Tyler MacIntyre and Chris Hill. The story is a twist on the slasher genre following two death-obsessed teenage girls who use their online show about real- life tragedies to send their small mid-western town into a frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends. It stars Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse), Craig Robinson (This Is The End, Hot Tub Time Machine), Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games), Jack Quaid (Vinyl, Hunger Games), Kevin Durand (X-Men: Wolverine, Fruitvale Station). I produce content ranging from mico-budgets to several million dollars.
I’ve worn many hats but the one I cherish most is of a Producer. There is something indiscernible about pouring effort into a project when it’s just an idea. Through sweat, tears and more tears, there is something very rewarding in a finished project that was produced by a team of talented artists. There is no instant gratification in this field. It takes hard work, patience and the love for movies to make it happen.