My father traveled quite a bit for work when I was young. While on the road, one of his nightly phone calls home revealed a wonderful fact - he bought a video camera. I was fourteen and had never touched a video camera in my life, but I knew that when he got home with it, we were making a Ninja movie.

 The plot involved a Ninja (played by me) giving a classy weapons demonstration, then another Ninja (my eleven year old brother Doug) sneaking into a house and offing two unsuspecting victims. The set was my home. The weapons were made of wood and plastic. The format was VHS. We cut in the camera. We held a Nintendo Game Boy up to the camera mic so we had a musical score. Looking back, the end result was terrible, but it was definitely the birth of my passion.

 I have been in the business of camera, grip, and electric professionally for over fifteen years now. I no longer shoot on VHS. If that's okay, feel free to contact me. Thanks for visiting the site.

                                                                                                          - Keith


IMDB

Click the logo to the right to view my IMDB page. You won't find those Ninja movies listed here. Well, not yet...


My Side Career | Music Composer

Film Composer | Sound Designer | Sound Engineer | Post - Production Sound

 

 When I was a kid, I would get vinyl movie scores from the public library. Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Return of the Jedi, Jaws - that kind of stuff. We owned the score for the original Star Wars (I still have the vinyl lp) - these were exciting sounds to me. Listening to the score without the image was a way to relive, or recreate the feeling of the film. It was a very memorable part of my youth.

 Performing and writing music started early on in my life as well. We had a Lowrey, two-manual tube organ in our living room. I used it to mimic video game and movie music, then make my own variants. I played the trumpet from age 11 through 16. Did the whole marching band / orchestra thing and some solo & ensemble competitions. Then came guitar and piano in my late teens. I was always bad at playing other peoples music though, and I definitely didn't want to be in a band. I wanted to create exciting sounds like the ones in my memories. Becoming a small version of a film composer was a conflate of all of these things.

  In 2008 I was awarded a regional Emmy for the score I created for a documentary about the Tuskegee Airmen called: Red Tail Reborn. It was directed by Adam White of Hemlock Films.

 Music is still a passion, but it has definitely become a side career to being a shooter and a gaffer. I will take on a project if it feels like something that could be special.

 The window to the right contains tracks of mine from various past projects. Including a musical endeavor called IMPERTHEAN, which is a mash-up of metal & electronic sounds - and some loud annoying vocals.