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.
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.
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.