I did not originally intend to work in the film business. In high school I had a solid interest in science and a great love of the outdoors, and instead, had thoughts of becoming a wildlife conservationist. The abrupt change in career aspirations came when I was selected to be an extra in a TV show that was filming at my high school. I was taken to Warner Bros. Studios where I first experienced being on a set in a soundstage. I couldn’t believe that they had built all of this for a TV show! That was it - I wanted to know more. I quickly changed gears, and headed to UCLA, where I graduated with a degree in Theater Arts. Since making it through some thin times in those early days of trying to get into the business, I have been privileged to either have Set Designed or Art Directed on many diverse and popular films, such as: JURASSIC PARK, FORREST GUMP, INDEPENDENCE DAY, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, THE ALAMO, PIRATES of the CARRIBEAN 2&3, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, SAVING MR. BANKS, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, amongst many others. I love nothing more than being involved with the design and execution of large set builds - it is a thrilling, though sometimes daunting and pressure-filled task - but one that I'd never trade away.
After many years in the business, I am now also a proud member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In addition, I have been teaching Advanced Set Design as an Adjunct Faculty member of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles for the past 16 years. I am most proud to see many of my former students now working in the business as fellow members of the Art Director’s Guild.
In what is left of my spare time, I enjoy photography. I let this new passion guide me to many of the National Parks, and other outdoor wonders I had once hoped to work at, thus satisfying a small portion of my former goal. Of late, I have also begun to shoot some of the movie sets that I am fortunate enough to work on. These shots are often made on-the-fly, as the sets are not often ready and lit until just before the film crew walks in to shoot them. Some of my varied photographs have been displayed in galleries, and some have sold to private collectors.
The adventure continues…