This page is dedicated to getting active and inspired. A pep talk if you will. I'll tell you what I've gone through to get here. And I'll try my best to help motivate you towards your goals with my trials, tribulations and tangents.
I was born March 9th, 1985 in Raleigh North Carolina. My parents divorced when I was five, leaving me in the care of my paternal grandparents. I was a fairly outgoing, if moderately odd child who excelled in school, in fact I was (and still am) quite the "nerd". I have always enjoyed entertaining people (even though I am rather shy.) I like doing impersonations and dramatic performances (and also just making a complete ass of myself) and have done so since a very young age.
When I hit about age 9 I began going through a rough patch in my life. There were a lot of troubles in my family (to say the least.) I gained a piss ton of weight and became very withdrawn, eventually retreating into the world of movies. It's around this time I started building my massive collection of films. (I own a bit over 2,000 VHS at this time.) Also, I didn't just watch and buy movies, I began to study them, meticulously. (Some might even say with a psychotically obsessive ferocity, but pota[y]to; pota[h]to.) From a very early age I was smitten with R-Rated films, in particular cheesy 70s and 80s B-Films and horror flicks. But of course, as I grew older I broadened my tastes as well (yes I own a copy of Steel Magnolias as well as Murdercycle.)
At age 13 I got my first camera, a gigantic VHS clunker. My original aspirations in life were (believe it or not) to be an architect. But the moment I held that camera in my hands I knew films were my true calling. I began making very ambitious (and oft times epically retarded) short films. These efforts did help to broaden my talents and skills with each little five minute diddy. Back then I would edit the films using the "old two VCR's trick." And, I even had a mild "hit" series called "Star Trek: The Merde Generation" starring action figures, voiced by (and "puppeteered" by) myself.
After suffering social phobia and panic attacks throughout my teenage years (so bad in fact I could not attend school. I was home bound, practically taught myself through High School.) I also had a lot of trouble associated with being gay and growing up in the rural south. In any case, I managed to graduate High School with honors (ah thank you.) However I had only enough money saved to attend one year of college (and they only had an opening in ballet, yuck), so instead I bought meself a computer, a digital video camera and some new fangled editing software. At age 18, a scant month after my equipment purchases, I was enlisted to direct an extremely low budgeted dramatic film called "Temptation." The film was plagued with problems and ended up being a disaster (Me being like the whitest, most horror movie loving guy in the world, it was probably a bad idea to tackle an "urban teenage drama" with an all black cast, corrupt producers and a horrible script. But, live and learn.)
I did manage to get a little praise for some of my camera work and editing on the film but, I still felt horrible about the experience and vowed not to mount another feature until I had honed my cinematic skills to perfection (or yknow, as close as I could get with no moola.) So, for the next 4 years of my life I did just that. I surmounted numerous short works, across all genres; including (but certainly not limited to) the short suspense thriller "D.O.D." (acclaimed by filmmakers Sean S. Cunningham and Mike Hodges) and a well received music video for the band "RIP/TORN".
Now armed with a rag tag group of talented young production associates, my partner in life and business Brett Brinson and my good friends Aeryn Suin and Jon Skinner I have decided to head forth back into the realm of feature films to achieve my life long dream of creating stylish, entertaining, well crafted cinematic experiences for the masses.
(If they had a Lifetime Channel for guys I would sooooo make that into a movie. But I'd add a lot more explosions, musical numbers and ninjas.)
"You're born to live and you live to die. In between, you do stuff. Make that stuff count."
"In the darkest corner of the deepest pit, there is always a light. Reach for it, even if you get burned."
"Beyond fame, beyond fortune, beyond any material possession, beyond anything else, love is what matters most, period."
"Love what you do and do what you love."
"I promise, when you sign on with me, you will never look better than when I film you."
Lastly, to quote a film that has constantly brought joy and inspiration to my life, Megaforce (1982):
"Deeds, not words."
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