I first became interested in the process of filmmaking in high school, when a group of friends and I embarked on the production of a couple of videos for history class. The first one was called "Time Travelin' Teddy" and I played a Libyan terrorist named Lou, and I got to have a kung-fu battle with my Libyan terrorist partner Bud, aka Shawn, at the end of the film. The film also involved Teddy Roosevelt.

It was the most fun I had in high school. For our next class, we decided to make a sequel to "Teddy" called "Time Travelin' Table", in which three below-average physics students manage to take a lab table back into time and steal a library book from Spanish insurgents.

During this time I knew of guys who were into making 'serious' videos about things like Ancient Rome, but I couldn't get myself interested in that kind of thing at that age. Also, those guys' parents were rich enough to buy them film cameras, whereas I had to borrow the school's video camera and explain to my teachers where I came up with words like "whereas".

In college I continued making silly videos about spies and computers. After I graduated I got a chance to work on couple of feature films with such directors as Edward Yang and Hayashi Kaizo. But pulling cables for directors who weren't into divulging the secrets of their craft didn't do much for me, so when I happened upon a scholarship to the New York Film Academy, I jumped at it. There I made four short films. The first one was rather silly, and I 'lost' it, somehow. Probably left it on the subway or something. The other three, though, I kept, and they used to be available for viewing on IFILM, which has "lost" them. One of them, The End, even got accepted to the International Festival of Cinema and Technology 2002, held in Toronto in 2002 and is viewable on the Triggerstreet Film website.

In late 2002 I went into considerable debt to purchase a Panasonic 24p AG-DVX100. In any case, I'm making more projects these days, and digital video makes it a great deal easier, even if quality is harder to achieve. One project, Clay Soldiers, involved the Lady X Film series. It was the most ambitious project I'd done so far, more complicated even than Coolishness, but it turned out well. It won the Best Episode, Best Writing, and Best Depiction of Location awards in the Lady X competition, as well as the jury prize for Best Film at the Urban Nomad III Film Festival in Taipei in March, 2004.

Now I'm working on the sequel to Clay Soldiers. (The name of the production company comes from my fake news page). This is, as always, the biggest thing I've done to date. Click on the link below for details on production, trailers, and other interesting stuff.

The End
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A collection of short clips I took with my little Canon S300 whilst out and about.

(a collection of low-res clips I've taken here and there with my little Canon)

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