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ZYGOSITY (2010) — A Short Film, Director’s Cut

I’ve been writing, producing, directing, shooting, editing and even scoring short films since middle school. In 2010, I created the short film Zygosity for the fiercely competitive film school admissions process.  That submission was strictly limited to a running time of five minutes.  Naturally, a filmmaker wants to tell a story without artificial time constraints (and even […]

LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL: First Taping!

LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL: First Taping!

Fox Movie Channel chose several film students to share the co-hosting responsibilities on life after film school.  That means that each of us will miss out on the opportunity to appear on certain episodes.  Naturally, we’re all eager for our first appearance on the show.  But, even though I wasn’t chosen as a host for the taping […]

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LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL !!!

  Just got the call!  I GOT THE JOB!!   I’ve been cast for Fox Movie Channel’s long-running, film-industry-insider series, life after film school !!! Now that the new cast is set, I’ll be sharing episodes and guest interviews with my fellow student hosts as the 2012 season unfolds. Each episode will feature three of us, eagerly […]

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LIFE AFTER FILM SCHOOL: Final Auditions!

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been immersed in a casting opportunity for a spot on Fox Movie Channel’s life after film school. The show’s tag-line is, “One conversation. Three students. Where film theory collides with the reality of filmmaking.”  It features an in-studio interview format, where three film students get to quiz some of […]

We Bought A Zoo (2011)

My Sneak Peek at Crowe’s Perfect Holiday Gift: WE BOUGHT A ZOO

The other night I caught writer/director Cameron Crowe on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, promoting his new documentary, Pearl Jam 20.  If you’re a Pearl Jam fan (and even if you’re not), I don’t think you want to miss it.  It’s incredible! I also found out about his latest movie, We Bought a Zoo, and snapped up tickets to an early […]

Pulp Shakespeare at Theatre Asylum (photo by Rick Clark; copyright 2011, LA Times)

Pulp Shakespeare

My Introduction to Acting class at LMU requires that we attend two plays over the course of the semester. The first play I saw was End Days at the Odyssey Theatre, a comedy about family, faith and renewal, with a cast of characters that included an Elvis impersonator, Jesus Christ and Steven Hawkings.  Odyssey Theatre […]

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Dexter Halloween Costume

I love Halloween, always have, always will. Ever since I was little, we’ve gone all out for Halloween, decorating our house with elaborate scary scenes at the front door.  I missed out on all of that this year, but I did hang a severed arm on my dorm room door.  My version of a welcome […]

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LMU’s FILM OUTSIDE THE FRAME 2011 Film Festival & Awards Ceremony at Warner Bros

Film Outside the Frame is LMU SFTV’s annual student film festival and awards ceremony which honors both current and former students, including distinguished alumni, in all areas of filmmaking.  This year’s festivities were held in the Steven J. Ross Theater on Warner Bros. Studio Lot. As you can see in the photo gallery below, it was […]

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From the set of the new LMU SFTV film: A DREAMED REALITY

In October, while working as a grip on the set of a new LMU | SFTV student film production, Devin Wilson’s A DREAMED REALITY, I also had the unexpected opportunity to step in as an extra.  It was a privilege to be asked to wear both hats (especially THIS one) on the same shoot. Speaking of […]

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LMU Monday Movie Series: ABDUCTION with John Singleton

One of the many reasons that I love LMU|SFTV is the Monday Movie Series where movies are screened in Mayer Theater here on campus.  Every Monday, we have the chance to watch a feature film, followed by a Q&A with the director, writer, producer or other key principals. Tonight we saw Abduction and had a […]

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X FACTOR Premiere Viewing Party

There are so many reasons why being a student at LMU is awesome! This week FOX’s X Factor, a music competition judged by Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger, rolled onto Loyola’s campus.  They hosted a viewing party, complete with food, giveaways and prizes.  We all had a chance to watch the […]

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My Guitars

I’ve had my Peavey EXP Limited for a while now. It’s a beautifully-made little “Fat Strat” solid-body electric with two hot single-coil pickups (neck & middle), a humbucking pickup in the bridge, a satin-finish natural maple neck, rosewood fretboard, piano-black headstock and a turquoise flamed maple top that looks almost black too until you see it in good […]

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Settling in at LMU

First weekend in the dorm at LMU, in August 2011.  Love the campus, can’t wait to explore my new surroundings!  So many awesome things to do, SO LITTLE TIME!!  

"No. 1, 1949" @ MOCA

Jackson Pollock exhibit @ the MOCA

Today I had a fantastic opportunity to see my favorite Jackson Pollock painting, “No. 1, 1949,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The MOCA (across the street from the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, seen in the photos below) is running an exhibit featuring a wide variety of other contemporary American artists, including Lee Krasner (Pollock’s wife), Andy Warhol, Franz Kline, Robert […]

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My Own Pollock-Inspired Artwork

I’ve become a real fan of abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollock.  His vision and technique have so intrigued me, that I started experimenting on a canvas in my own backyard.  It was much more difficult than I expected and took several days to complete each painting, but finally I was able to create a couple of […]

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My Art History 101

I’ve always enjoyed abstract art because no one can tell you what you’re supposed to see in it; you simply determine that for yourself.  I remember when I was a little kid, a huge abstract painting hung over the sofa in our family room.  I insisted that it was a painting of a white wolf […]

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WELCOME!

Welcome to my brand new website and BLOG! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a storyteller — creating films, videos and performances that express my personal vision of the world. Well, I’ve decided that, later this summer of 2011, I’ll be relocating to Los Angeles to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Film […]

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College Visits

OK, even though I applied to several colleges and have been accepted to all of them except USC already, I’ve narrowed it down to only three schools; Loyola Marymount University, Chapman University and USC.  They have the best film schools, and after touring all three, my decision became a little easier. It might surprise some […]

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My Early Work

It seems like I’ve ALWAYS wanted to express myself through film.  Apparently, when I was three years old, I drew (seriously, drew, on an easel) a backdrop of a medieval castle, complete with a swarm of little bats overhead.  Then holding (flapping, really) a more life-sized rubber bat in the castle foreground, I proceeded to […]

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Marriage Equality (2010)

California’s controversial Prop 8 set off a nationwide firestorm of debate. In the aftermath, I created this short documentary to explore many seemingly irreconcilable opposing views. A final project for Honors English /AP US History, the film features my one-on-one interviews with respected legal scholar/author Lawrence Levine and religious leaders – from both sides of the […]

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