As a kid, I always enjoyed exercising the left side of my brain with technical tasks such as taking apart my bicycle or testing how far a Hot Wheels car will go when launched with a bungee cord.
However, the right side of my brain would try to keep up. My award-winning second grade art painting featured a house and a flower. The flower was twice the size of the house, but hey. . . THAT'S ART!
I guess that's why I love this business. It offers me the opportunity to be creative but challenges me to push the technical boundaries too.
After 25 years in the industry, I can't think of anything else I would rather be doing.
THE MANY HATS I WEAR:
Director of Photography
Engineer in Charge
Experience with 35mm Film, HD Cam, RED, HD Broadcast Cameras
Steadicam Owner/Operator for 20+ years
Inventor of the Spider Pod and Ringo Head
Past ITVA (now TIVA) Board Member
I've always spent my life hovering somewhere between being a people pleaser and a stunt double. I love being able to help people get things done...to be a part of something cool, no matter how big or small my part is. As long as I can somehow make things better for everyone, I'm happy.
At the same time, I've always liked to push the limits...to find out the biggest, the newest, the best. As a kid, that meant snowboarding off the roof of the garage or borrowing a Handicam to hang out of car windows and shoot music videos with my friends. Nowadays...well, actually it's about the same thing!
Camera operator for live events and medical shoots
AC for Steadicam, jib and other moving video shoots
TD for live and recorded events
Grip and lighting assistant on narrative and film style shoots
Audio technician for field and interview production
Very proficient teleprompter operator
In short, I try to be the Video Production version of a Swiss Army Knife. I'll do whatever it takes, in whatever role is needed, to get the shot and make things fun. What other industry can offer that?
And yes, I was on Jeopardy! No, I didn't win. Yes, I'm still happy to come in to work at Moon Bounce. Why do you ask?
As a kid, nothing was safe from me and my screwdriver set. Anything that could be taken apart was taken apart…and almost always never worked again! I loved to see how things worked, to see how the pieces all fit together. What always struck me was how something that seemed like magic was usually just the clever combination of some simple pieces.
This fascination has led me down some interesting paths. I’ve built giant 80 ft. towers for huge concerts, produced a KickStarter video that crushed its $45k goal, built and operated many different cameras, lit a White House interview with President Obama, been a projectionist for an outdoor film festival series, and had my photography featured at The Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA.
All my success in the production industry has incorporated the basic idea, initially learned as a kid taking apart Super-soakers and radio controlled cars, that effective video productions are built from simple building blocks, cleverly and skillfully assembled, to create a final project that is much more than the sum of its parts.
As a DP and Jib operator, this philosophy has served me well and has allowed me to love the process as much as final product