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I have a Bachelor and Master's degree in Fine Art From CalArts. I have used drawing and sketching as a key tool for fifteen years professionally to problem solve and design custom props and sets. Also, I just love drawing! Drawing is the first step in a detailed creative plan.
I have worked as an art director and set decorator for over fifteen years. I have recently finished teaching movie making workshops to middle schoolers for the past summer and loved it. I was the lead man for the art department on the feature film, "The Minus Man", starring Owen Wilson.
I have just finished teaching photography and movie making workshops for the past seven weeks. Middle school students learned shutter speeds, aperture settings, learned how to handle equipment, shoot outdoor and in a studio, then uploaded images to Photoshop to manipulate. Student work was printed and presented to parents each Friday in a gallery show. Some amazing work was produced!
As a film maker, I have been directing children actors for many years. As an art teacher, I have instructed classes of kids from K thru 8th grade creating sets and props for television, film and still photography for my entire adult life. Current personal projects include a kid's dance-science fiction show, a junior cooking show and a show teaching art history. Last summer I instructed all day -two week workshops teaching film making. The students created amazing short films, inspiring me to continue working to create exciting media for children of all ages.
I have been creating videos since art school in the late eighties, my passion grows as current technology makes anything imagined possible. As a set decorator, I have been creating sets and props for television, film and still photography for my entire adult life. In college, I was the go-to guy to film any performance. I continue to study current video and graphics editing and animation software, always wanting to update skills. My current personal project is a science fiction kids show which I am adapting for a live theater experience.