As a kid my imagination was my closest friend, and I spent a lot of time dreaming about my future. I wanted to explore the jungles like Indiana Jones, or search the oceans alongside Captain Nemo. Over time I caught on that these people were just fictional characters but that spirit of imagination and adventure never left. I eventually had to “grow up” and become an adult. So I pursued a career that was founded on the ideas of exploration and imagination. I chose to become a filmmaker.
When initially asked to write and direct a short film for the Ben Towne Foundation I sheepishly ran for the hills. Children with cancer is a scary topic and I wasn't up for the task. But after sitting down Dr Jensen and witnessing their incredible advancements in science, I couldn't resist. Together, we decided to tell the hero's journey of the T Cell before, during, and after The Ben Towne Foundation gets involved.
Ben Towne Foundation, together with The Academy, is proud to present The Mighty T, a charming animated short film that brings to life the cutting edge research that is happening at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research.
What would you do if you won a million dollars? Well, I would probably buy a submarine and cruise the ocean floor.
With a new campaign in mind, the Washington Lottery approached me with this question looking for a fun and whimsical approach to get people excited. Not really sure if this helped lottery ticket sales, but I sure had fun working on it. I am still waiting on a winning ticket...
The Empire was a group exploration held within the concepts of both simple design and basic animation. With a love for old cinema and classic title sequences, we set out to create a homage to some of our favorites from the past.
As a child I remember silently sitting in anticipation to view the flags of Disneyland, because I knew what stood beneath them was the most beautiful sign I had ever seen.
Disney eventually took the sign down to make way for it's "newer/fancier" version. But I will never forget the original Disneyland sign. For me it was a colorful reminder of the fun adventures to come.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
I am the son of a carpenter. So I studied design. But now I make cartoons. The End.
THE ROAD TO PIXAR
Every now and then the stars align to create something incredible. The Road To Pixar just happened to be one of those times.
A ragtag group of kids dreamt big and built an exact replica of the Pizza Planet truck from Toy Story, and I was fortunate enough to be a part of the adventure. Enjoy some of the promotional art I created to grab people's attention.
ONCE IN A LULLABY
When Heads Of State contacted me about working on some film titles I was instantaneously filled with excitement. Once they shared with me the film's concept I couldn't resist.
Once In A Lullaby follows Staten Island's PS 22 chorus, comprised of 60-70 5th graders, as they make their way from New York City to Hollywood for a performance at the Grammy Awards.
It was truly an honor to work with some of the best designers in the industry.
The Birder is a quirky film about Ron Spencer, a overly obsessive bird watcher, and his descent into revenge after losing out on the coveted position as Head of Ornithology. I was asked by the film's Director to create a silly title sequence that would act as the film's prologue.