Everyone has a story; some are exciting; some are sad; others are not as noteworthy, yet a story nonetheless — my story has a little of each. Everyone is special and interesting — in their own right and too no one else but their mother — but some are more interesting than others — but just like poetry, why am I more interesting than others?
I have been a LOUD creative person since the age of 3; banging on boxes and getting my first drum kit at age 6; That led to learning guitar, piano, writing songs, stories, rewriting stories already made; writing songs, and everything that came out new that I could change, alter, and modify such as computers, photography, posters, music, and so forth; I wanted to tinker and create my own world of imagination for people to watch, read, listen, and enjoy.
I have experience in all levels of film & video production. I am a proficient writer; I can handle both still and motion camera’s; light a scene for the camera; digitize, log, capture, edit, color-correct, and export video; start and finish a story in all mediums; record, write, and play music with real instruments; create exceptional graphic art work — there is not much I do not know or cannot do, and if I don't it will not take long for me to learn.
I have a passion and desire in entertainment and education using visual and auditory mediums, and I work toward, search for, and yearn for the chance to be totally immersed in the video and film entertainment world.
Yes I have been fascinated with the creative world and how things worked since age 3 and at 48 I am still that same little kid having fun with mine and your imagination.
Music playing, writing, and recording took up most of my day — and some sleepless and dream filled nights — there was not much time for another hobby or interest to fit in; however when Star Wars came out my interest in movies woke up — one of many things that was waiting to surface.
Star Wars — the story, philosophy, and excitement — encompassed everything I felt as a boy, everything I wanted to say, everything I wanted to do — the imagery, the sound, and the story; I absorbed the whole thing into my soul — like all boys, I wished I wrote it, I wanted to be Luke Skywalker or Han Solo — I wanted to be in that world, but I knew it was not real; I had written similar stories, I had far away worlds, I had fantastic adventures; and Star Wars reignited the fire, waking my past dreams that were started by the classic movies I saw as a child.
MTV began to get popular and I was intereged by the concept of marring music and moving pictures together — the ability to take the imagery in a song and actually view it was a concept that entranced me — but not having the resources available to produce high-end professional quality recordings and not having the marketing and sales outlets for my music — like with everything else I have tried up to that point in my life — I was at crossing with no bridge to get me over; but I kept on working at it in hopes that one day I would find that bridge.
This was also a time that home-video began to get popular with these over-sized video cameras that were quite expensive — not having the money to buy one myself I signed up for the TV Productions elective class at the high school which gave us access to the cameras and editing bays. I used them anytime I could to learn and practice things that I envisioned; it was wonderful to see what I saw in my mind be seen on a tv screen.
I logged many hours on the camera, writing scripts, editing, and adding music to the video footage — this is where World Next Door came to life. There was a video contest and the theme was World Next Door; the TV Production class wanted to enter. The concept we came up with was a person inside a video game was trying to entice someone to play it and when the person played it and won. They were sucked into the game and had to get freed by having someone else play and win. This was a year before the original TRON came out in the theatres — whatever that may mean.
We never finished it, but I did write a song for it that still survives today, in fact it is not just a song but a Novel, Screen play, and a Music Publishing company.
I always carried my Canon A1 camera with me and took pictures of anything I could working on my skills as a photographer and pushing my imagination, I also borrowed video cameras to tape events and little stage bits; and eventually purchased a Canon Ultura MiniDV camera that I put thousands of hours on it — I have over 200 tapes in storage.
Editing the footage was quite difficult and not very inspiring at this time — I did not have the ability to take the footage and put it into the computer and tape to tape editing was quite arduous, so I kept video taping with the thought that one day I would be able to create a library of movies that would be easy to view. I was thinking VHS but wanted DVD.
Editing footage began to get easier; the abilty to digitize footage into the computer was more accessible and video editing software was coming of age — I tried Adobe Premier, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and other obscure software titles and found that Final Cut Pro was much easier and much more usable — but getting the fotage back to a format that was ready to view was still, for me, a bit troublesome; nonetheless, I still worked on my craft and learning the tool. I also picked up my programming interest and attended WWDC.
As a WWDC student member I was offered the chance to get a one time hardware purchase through Apple at a 35% markdown. I chose the 17" Powerbook which had a DVD burner; this was the cornerstone that occupied my time. I purchased the full version of Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro and began to edit the hours and hours of footage I took over the past 15 plus years and put into nice organized packages — the powerbook was the answer I needed to furthur my creativity.
After getting my two AA's from Sierra College I went to CSU Chico to finish up my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, but realized that was not what I wanted to do — I mean I loved to program, but the school was not the right school to learn it; and I yearned for something more.
I finished a 14 monthy post-production program in 9 months at Video Symphony located in Burbank, California. While attending I was lucky — I do have skills though — to get involved with Kevin Church to shoot and edited the BTS of Dave Markey's Lovedolls Superstar: Fully Realized, which is on DVD and for sell at Amazon. I was also involved with a car show production called Maximum Street which did not go anywhere. And I also made friends with Dan Nelson, a very quick and energetic editor, Kristian Gabriel, and Jeanette Dubois. The school and working on projects have enhanced and solidified his skills in the film and video world.
I then decided that after learning about what causes productions to be delayed and seeing several productions get shelved or various reasons, I came home and started Aria Pictures my own independent movie production company with the intent to move the cretive proceess to completion in more streamlined and personal way. I produced PAINT my first movie where I was in charge of everything and knew that it would get finished — I did not know how good or bad it might be since I never done everything by myself — I was a mazed that it turned out really good; everyone involved was happy with it. I have rewritten it and retooled it to be longer and more exciting for when I remake it.
Searching for the right place to work, the right kind of people, and the right kind of area that suits me and my way of life is quite difficult — more so now that the economy is in the dump — that I am willing to take on any project or position to make ends meet. I dabbled in asphalt; yes, seal coating and paving — I was the estimator and actually began to enjoy it until the econmy took a dump.
So I took on a few more websites and odd jobs uncluding editing a 10 minute short called Detective A that was for Access Sacramento's "A place called Sacramento 2009" movie contest in which I won the "Best Technical Achievement" award for my editing and post-production work.
In May 2010, my screenplay "THE GOLdEN TREE," was selected as one of the ten finalist — out of forty-five entered — to be made for Access Sacramento's "A place called Sacramento 2010" movie contest. After nine months and 25 revisions I was pleased with what I wrote and was excited and content that they chose a well crafted entertaining story, but after the cast & crew call on May 19, 2010 — when I only needed five characters to be cast — we had the longest line all evening and I received more than 60 head shots and bio's from potential actors and crew seeking positions in addition to another 10 more from email requests.
We ended up with 28 actors and a total of 45 people working on this film. I rewrote the script to include them, made it longer to incorporate the possibility of a 30+ minute version to send to film festivals, potential producers, and give the actors more screen time. For more and COMPLETE information about THE GOLdEN TREE: its actors, crew, and production, you must visit The Official Web site of THE GOLdEN TREE. I was also a co-Director and Co-Camera Operator with Brendan Brooks on Treasure Chest of South Sacramento, also a PCS 2010 film.
With my children off to college and doing really well — I miss them dearly but know they need to become themselves — I have been able to concentrate and fine tune my path to find that bridge, and in 2011 after writing three stories: the WATERING hole, THE GOLdEN TREEs (a continuation of THE GOLdEN TREE), and Petite Chardonnay (a shorter version of Chardonnay); I submitted them into the 2011 PCS contest only one of them the WATERING hole was the only one selected.
With Brendan Brooks, Jim Heck, and Scott Slotterbeck, as well as, a new member of my creative and entertaining team, Rob Tillitz who I made the executive producer, we completed the movie and at the premiere on October 2, 2011 at the Crest Theater we won the Producers' Choice Award.
Before the premiere at the Crest, I began to get a fire burning about doing Petite Chardonnay for marketing purposes like they did for Slingblade; but I kept wondering if I could get enough people on board to see the potential and possibilities it could bring us in our careers and financial gain as individuals and for the Sacramento Area Film Community.
The idea snowballed so fast after mentioning it to Ryan McKinney that a real budget, that would be deferred, was created and the process began with a long and painstaking audition and casting session — at one point in time it felt like things went in slow motion and I could see the whole thing taking place and reflected on my journey to reach such a place in my life; the joy, elation, and strangeness of it was surreal and I knew that this was a very small production but was thankful for being where I was.
During this extended crazy busy period I also Directed and Edited The Producer Written & Produced by Dänna Wilberg that played at the Crest Theater on October 7, 2012.
Twenty Thirteen I found myself working at Kmart as an early morning Hardline Merchandizer. Now I sort of like the job, it was mindless work where I could think about my future, path, and what I wanted to do, but it was a mindless grunt position with no real appreciation for what I did; and hearing that after Sears bought Kmart, the whole thing went down the drain: no parties, no fun, no bonuses, and no raises — appreciation.
The job gave me time in the afternoon to rewrite and hone my skills on website work, plus many other things.
Twenty Thirteen I was working at Kmart as an early morning Hardline Merchandizer. Now I sort of like the job where I could think about my future, path, and what I wanted to do, but it was a mindless grunt position with no real appreciation for what I did; and hearing that after Sears bought Kmart, the whole thing went down the drain: no parties, no fun, no bonuses, and no raises — appreciation.
The job gave me time in the afternoon to rewrite and hone my skills on website work, plus many other things, but that did not bring in a steady income so I applied for a shop position at Byers LeafGuard. I was not qualified, in their eyes, to get the position. Days later they called me and asked if I did Website and Video work as a hobby. I told them I did not. They wanted me to come in for an interview. I was hired on as an experiment, and I labelled myself as the multimedia specialist. I did their website, videos, artwork, graphics, and much more.
Brendan Brooks entered a screenplay TODAY into the Foothill Film's contest through NCTV, and it was selected. He brought me on to help edit and be his first assistant director, producer, production manager, and more.
Aria Pictures had a Film Showcase on April 9, 2016 to celebrate Aria turning 26, and to share 11 shorts films Aria Pictures has been involved in. It was also to say goodbye to short films and usher in a new direction of feature length projects, starting with Paint or Gobe Normal.
Kyriè and Aria both graduated, moved down to Southern California to pursue each of their dreams and career goals. Aria is a Flight Instructor and Kyriè has been doing Acting workshops and working at Universal Studios — and she loves it.
Still working at Byers, I enjoyed a full year of Nevada County Adult Coed Softball umpiring for Western Nevada County Softball Association, as well as, being the Coed President.
Aria now works for a private firm as their pilot and aviator. He keeps a journal/blog about his adventures titled: Captain's Log · Adventures in the Air.
Two projects, maybe three, or could just be one that is in the works and possible, crossing fingers and praying, that it will be financed by a Southern California and Iowa company. COMING SOON!!
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