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The Hollywood Masters Comes to NETFLIX !

Starting on August 1st, three seasons of The Hollywood Masters will be available for streaming on Netflix! “Personal. Provocative. Hollywood’s greatest successes reveal the secrets behind their careers,” teases IMDB. Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell, Sherry Lansing, Judd Apatow, John Singleton, William Friedkin, Michael Mann, James L. Brooks, Billy Bob Thornton, Hans Zimmer, Hilary Swank, Sean […]

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Shooting UW Athletics LIVE – Go Huskies!

Last year my work at UWTV got even more interesting, because in addition to working on the national PBS television show  Well READ (which I really enjoy), I had the opportunity to be a part of the TV crew for UW Huskies Football home games at Husky Stadium. Being on the field was exciting because I got to […]

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Too Busy to Blog!

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve added anything to my blog or updated my website, but I’ve been CRAZY busy all year.  #NOTcomplaining. I’ve been working regularly as part of the UWTV crew, adding camera operator to my list of jobs there.  My ongoing gig with Well READ — seen on over 250 public television stations, covering 84 percent […]

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PAWSome Experiences

Volunteering at PAWS is a great way for me to spend more time doing what I love most — shooting and editing video — while getting my furry animal fix at the same time.  It’s also a way to help animals in need, and what could be better than that? Through my picture-taking at PAWS, I’ve learned the hard way […]

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Are YOU Well Read? … or, “The Best Part of Crewing My 1st National TV Show”

This summer I signed on to be a member of the production crew at UW Video. UW Video, located on the University of Washington Seattle campus, is a complete video production studio with state of the art equipment, professional staff (including me) and technical expertise. When I joined UW Video, my first gig was working […]

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Choice Cuts: My New Editing Reel

Now that I’ve graduated from LMU and have begun to add professional projects to my portfolio, I decided it was a perfect time to update my editing reel. The reel begins with a clip from a Cloud Atlas trailer I created during my early-2015 internship at Mark Woollen & Associates in Los Angeles. The challenge with that project was that […]

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IT’S LIKE POETRY: The Saga of Darth Lucas

Mashups and fan videos have always fascinated me, particularly ones relating to Star Wars.  So, as both a Star Wars fan and an editor, I guess it’s kind of a no-brainer for me to create one myself. I wanted to take George Lucas’s often mocked quote which compares the parallels between the original and prequel trilogies […]

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Memorial Tribute to a Legend

Just about every guitarist, from bedroom noodler to stadium shredder, knows Jimi Hendrix. The man may just be the greatest guitar player to ever live and one of the most creative and original musicians in history. That’s why I was honored and thrilled to visit the Hendrix Memorial in Renton, Washington. Like many other great […]

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STAR WARS Comes to Seattle’s EMP Museum

It’s really no secret that I’m a massive Star Wars fan. So when I heard that there was an exhibit filled with original Star Wars costumes at the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum at the Seattle Center, making time to get over there was a no-brainer. Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and The Power of Costume […]

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Jackson Pollock at SAM (Seattle Art Museum)

In my never ending quest to see all the Jackson Pollock paintings that I can, I made a visit to the Seattle Art Museum where Sea Change is displayed, in all its glory. Sea Change, was created in 1947 at the beginning of Jackson Pollock’s “drip-period” and was previously owned by art patron Peggy Guggenheim […]

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That’s a Wrap!

I’ve graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University with a major in Film & Television Production and a minor in Theatre Arts. I knew that the School of Film & Television was the college that was scheduled to be the first one to confirm degrees to their graduates, but I had no idea that by […]

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PRIEST 2.0 (Short) Wins First Honors: LAIFF “Best Student Documentary,” NOFI Selection

I just learned that Priest 2.0, the short version of my new documentary about the life and times of Father William James Fulco, is an Official Selection at both the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, where it won “Best Student Documentary,” and the NOFI World Festival of Student and Non-Commercial Films. Forget what the fine people […]

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The Art of Movie Trailers (aka Learning How They Make Magic @ Mark Woollen & Associates)

Fifty Shades of Grey.   Gone Girl.   Birdman.   The Theory of Everything.   Boyhood.   CitizenFour.   The Social Network.   Black Swan.   The Tree of Life. ALL of these wildly diverse Hollywood hits share a wonderful common connection. Have you watched a movie trailer that really drew you in? And, when it was over, you knew you just HAD to see the film? […]

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The Hollywood Masters: Season 3

A new season of The Hollywood Masters began last month, moderated again by The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Galloway. First to come to LMU was one of my personal favorite actors, Ethan Hawke, followed by producer Gale Anne Hurd of The Walking Dead and Terminator trilogy, Sir Kenneth Branagh, and this week Sean Penn was our […]

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It’s STRICTLY TEXTUAL

Recently, I took a stab at directing my first rom-com, Strictly Textual — a contemporary look at relationships in our digitally-driven age. This was a shot at going outside my comfort zone, not just in terms of genre, but also in directing a short film written by someone else. It’s one thing when you direct a story you […]

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The Hollywood Masters: Season 2

The Hollywood Masters, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter executive features editor Stephen Galloway, returned to LMU this semester for Season 2. Galloway was recently named LMU School of Film and TV’s Cosgrove Family Distinguished Visiting Artist for 2014. Once again, I was part of the production crew and it was awesome. This season our guests […]

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Interviewing MEL GIBSON at Icon Productions for My New Documentary, PRIEST 2.0

Production on my new documentary, Priest 2.0, is in full swing! For reasons that will become clear soon enough, earlier this month, my crew and I went to Icon Productions in Santa Monica to interview its founder and the director/producer of 2004’s powerful The Passion of the Christ — the one and only, Mel Gibson. Behind-the-scenes tales of the making of The […]

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PLAY DATE – A Short With a Purpose

I’m grateful and proud to have had the opportunity to work on a wonderful film this summer. Currently in post-production, Play Date, is an important film that is trying to make a difference. 5% of all of the fundraising campaign proceeds for this film went directly to the OPCC (Ocean Park Community Center) in Santa […]

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My First DIT Gig on a Feature Film

Film editor Rachel Pearl, one of my past professors from LMU, recommended me to another director this summer. Rachel had gotten me the gig working with her on Courting Chaos last summer, and now this summer we had the chance to work together again. Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabbar was directing a feature, Muslimah, and I got […]

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Strings and Keys

I’ve been playing guitar since I was 15 and now have a total of three guitars, each special to me in its own way. My oldest is a Peavey Limited Edition EXP HSS, with a dark turquoise-black-burst quilted top, piano black back/neck/headstock, rosewood fingerboard and a Hipshot Ultra Glide tremolo bridge. Along with it, I got it […]

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