2009 - Adjunct instructor in film production, University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts. Duties include eight hours of class time per week, overseeing the making of 72 student films per semester, script evaluations and grading of personal critiques for each project.
2007 - 2009 Adjunct instructor in visual effects, California Institute of the Arts Program in Film and Video. Duties included teaching beginning and advanced optical printing and digital image manipulation using Shake software.
1998 - 1999 Instructor, UCLA extension. Classes included Survey of Visual Effects and History of Visual Effects.
Production and Writing Experience _
2011 Cinematographer, Museum of Art and Design NY, short documentary about miniature artist Alan Wolfson.
Cinematographer, “Heaven or Hell”, documentation of multi-artist performance by Feminist Art Workers, as part of “Doin’ It in Public”, at Otis Art Institute, sponsored by the Getty Center as part of Pacific Standard Time.
2010 Director, cinematographer, editor, “Convergences” sculpture and media documentation at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA., featuring work by Nancy Buchanan, Lisa Mann,
Steve Shoffner and others.
2010 Director, cinematographer, editor, “BlastPhemy #5”, documentation of a NewTown music and media performance at the Silent Movie Theater, Hollywood.
2009 Cinematographer, editor, documentary of a performance by Christine Panushka and Alberto Araiza at the REDCAT Theater at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Production and Writing Experience (CONTINUED)
2009 - Director, cinematographer editor, online documentaries for NewTown Pasadena Foundation including:
Hallelujah/Aloha (2011) 10 min. A documentary about a surreptitious musical intervention on the Los Angeles Gold Line and at Union Station. Composed and choreographed by Richard Amromin,
Cam, Cranks and Computers, (2010) 23 min. documentary of music and sound-driven installations and a concert featuring the work of five composers.
On the Trail Of... (2009), Site-specific installations and performances by fourteen artists spread across a mile square area of Hahamongna Water Shed.
1987 Cinematographer, Two Unknown Photographers, directed by Kon Petrochuk,
16mm feature documentary screened at the Sundance Film Festival and the Maryland
Cinematographer, Temptation, 16mm, Tom Waits rock video, directed by Betzy Bromberg.
1981 Screenwriter for John Lilly, Jr., feature screenplay based on the isolation and beauty of the Huichol Indians juxtaposed with a world on the brink of nuclear war.
1980 Cinematographer, Russ Collins, 30 min. documentary about a twelve cylinder motorcycle and its creator, and the races he won with his super bike.
1978 Screenwriter, Columbia Studios Writer’s Workshop. One of twenty-five emerging screenwriters chosen in a national competition. Winners attended a six month internship and were commissioned to write an original screenplay which was later purchased by the studio.
Visual Effects Experience
2011 Visual effects supervisor, My Little Friend, music video by Nathan Shaffer.
2010 - Compositing supervisor, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, Walt Disney Pictures.
2007 - 2009 Senior digital effects artist on The Universe, for Flight 33 Productions, weekly television show for the History Channel.
2007 Lead digital compositor, Sea Monsters, for National Geographic, a four minute “time lapse” sequence depicting four million years of earth changes for 3D IMAX projection.
2001 - 2006 Senior visual effects compositor for Warner Brothers Visual Effects, on films including, The Lake House (2007), Astronaut Farmer (2007), Four Brothers (2005),
The Sponge Bob Square Pants Movie (2004), Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) and Scooby Doo (2002).
Visual Effects Experience (CONTINUED)
1996 - 2001 Lead digital staff compositor for Buena Vista Imaging, a division of the Walt Disney Company on films including Shanghai Noon (2000), Deuce Bigelow (1999), Armageddon (1998). Holy Man (1998), Con Air (1997) and James and the Giant Peach.
1995 - 1996 Senior compositor for Buena Vista Visual Effects, a division of the Walt Disney Co.
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
The Phantom (1996)
Escape From LA. (1996)
1994 – 1995 Compositor for Dreamquest Images on Crimson Tide and Toys.
1981 - 1993 Freelance optical effects camera operator and optical supervisor for films including:
§ Ghost (1990) for Available Light, Ltd.
§ The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), for Cinemotion
§ Altered States (1980) for Praxis Film Works
§ Wolfen (1981) for Praxis Film Works
§ Cosmos, PBS series with Carl Sagan (1979-1980) for MPI.
1987 - 1989 Optical camera operator for Pat O’Neill’s feature film, Water and Power.
2010 Massage, 27 min. 1080p digital, color, sound.
The human body becomes an unfamiliar landscape through graphic close up images of women being massaged.
2010 Leaky Mountain, 9 min. 1080p digital, color, sound.
A documentary about a burned and vandalized hilltop where human insult compounds natural injury.