My professional creative career began at a strip mall Internet development company before being recruited by one of the largest dot-com development companies in the country, Hydrogen Media. When the Internet bubble burst, for me that was in 2000, I dabbled in video post-production until a modest manufacturing company hired me to model their entire product line in 3D. They didn’t think I could do it, so I offered them a 90-day challenge.
Three years later, I earned the title Art Director and later Creative Director and eventually went freelance as a commercial director and editor, producing TV spots and other creative for a boutique ad agency. Today, as a Creative Producer for my local Film Commission, I just celebrated my 23rd year working in the creative industry. And if you’re wondering, yes, I nailed that 3D 90-day challenge . . .
Currently, I’m a Creative Producer for Film St. Pete-Clearwater (Film SPC) a department of the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Pinellas County government). I produce creative and video content to promote the twenty-four municipalities in Pinellas County, Florida to the film and television industry both within Florida, the US, and internationally.
Daily, I use industry-leading software, such as Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition), Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve Studio, and on occasion, 3D programs like Autodesk Maya and Blender. I also help filmmakers and photographers with locations and support services and liaise with local authorities for film permitting.
As a freelancer, I’ve the honor of being the Sunscreen Film Festival’s Creative Director from its start back in 2005 and its brands originator. I’ve also the distinction of creating other recognizable brands during the decade I worked with Wilson Media, brands like the Florida State Fair, Central Cigars, St. Petersburg Festival, and Lonesome Pine. Film USA is yet another of my branding creations, an internationally recognized non-profit organization.
I enjoy helping start-ups create their brand identities and digital infrastructure, shaping their mission in visual terms and supporting their goals moving forward. Freelancing allows me to spice up the day-to-day routines of only producing video content, for instance, collaborating with new company owners set their brand apart from the competition. It’s a great challenge.
At home, I’m a husband of 34-years and a father of two, a keen Star Wars fan, an enthusiast of old Westerns, and a budding musician (drums). Originally from the northeast, I moved to Florida in the early 1980’s, attended art school in Atlanta, Georgia, and I’m an award-winning filmmaker.
In the mid-2000’s, I received a degree in Strategic Security and Intelligence Management, specializing in counter-terrorism and -intelligence. No kidding! That experience was exceptionally rewarding. It’s fun to have spent time with both movie stars and spies. Though, today, 3D modeling is my passion, so when I'm not working or spending time with family and friends, you’ll find me moving points around in 3D space - with great joy!
I earned my first degree, an Associate in Arts (AA), from St. Petersburg College (Clearwater campus). There I studied fine arts, art history, and architecture. I graduated from St. Petersburg College, magna cum laude in 2003.
Although art school taught me the principles and elements of design that I use every day in my work as a professional and freelance artist, the majority of the software and technology that I use I learned outside of school. When I attended ACA, the multimedia program was in its infancy, e.g., when I first learned Adobe Photoshop (1994), it was version 2.0.
Staying competitive is an ongoing process. I believe it's important to learn new skills, especially considering the lightning pace of software updates and the constant paradigm shifts in technology. I find it crucial to stay connected and keep up-to-date with the latest advancements and trends, keep my software subscriptions current while learning new software programs like Blackmagic's DaVinci Resolve Studio.