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04 Me and Melissa After the Ceremony

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 […]

02 Priest 2.0 wins "Best Student Documentary" by Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards

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 […]

04 A shot from Strictly Textual

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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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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HELL NIGHT (Director’s Cut) Trailer

As soon as my third year at LMU came to an end last month, I got right to work on the “director’s cut” of my 300 film, Hell Night, to submit to film festivals. The version I turned in for my LMU film production class had to be under 10 minutes, forcing a couple of my […]

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The Hell of HELL NIGHT Post-Production

Hell Night, my junior thesis film, is currently in post-production. When I completed the first rough cut of the film — which can’t exceed 10 minutes, including credits — it turned out to be 14 minutes, without credits and the very brief opening scene that I have to re-shoot. I’m very happy and proud of the work, […]

06 Setting up in Alumni Mall

HELL NIGHT – That’s a Wrap!

I just finished principal photography on my junior thesis film, Hell Night. Or, at least I hope it’s finished. There’s one important and very difficult shot that might not look the way I was hoping it would, so there’s a chance I might shoot it again. Making this film was quite an experience and there […]

01 Jovana Lara-Brooks of KABC and Me

LMU Regent Mentor Program

I was nominated to be one of only 22 juniors at LMU selected to participate in the LMU Regent Mentor Program. Each student is paired with a member of the LMU Board of Regents who is a working professional in the industry that coincides with the student’s major. As a film production major/theatre minor, I […]

01 2013 LMU Tree Lighting with Iggy

LMU Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

The Tree Lighting Celebration at LMU is always a special evening. There’s hot chocolate, music by LMU’s a cappella group NoteTORIOUS, horse drawn carriage rides, and of course, the tree lighting. While at the tree lighting, I noticed that there is now a cable attaching the baby Jesus to the nativity scene in Alumni Mall. This […]

02 Paramount Pictures Fountain

FILM OUTSIDE THE FRAME 2013 at Paramount Pictures

On Saturday I attended my third Film Outside the Frame. My freshman year, the awards were held at Warner Bros and, for the last two years, they have been at Paramount Pictures. Film Outside the Frame is LMU SFTV’s annual student film festival and awards ceremony which honors both current and former students, including distinguished […]

01 Paramount Pictures, Melrose Gate

LMU’s FILM OUTSIDE THE FRAME 2012 Film Festival & Awards Ceremony at Paramount

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 on October 27 in the Paramount Theater on Paramount Pictures’ Studio Lot. As you can see in the photo gallery below, it […]

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Ashton Kutcher Came to LMU and We Didn’t Get PUNK’D

Five Star Institute was on LMU’s campus today filming scenes for the upcoming film titled jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, J.K. Simmons, James Woods, and more.  Ashton is cast in the title role and you can see pictures of him on set, along with Joshua Michael Stern, the director. University Hall was transformed into […]

Sacred Heart Chapel

The Most Beautiful College Campus

LMU was founded in 1911 and encompasses approximately 150 acres high atop a bluff, providing unbelievable views of everything from Marina del Rey and the Pacific Ocean to the Los Angeles Basin and the Hollywood sign. Every day at LMU is an amazing experience.  There are so many reasons why I’m happy to be here […]

Commencement

LMU’s Centennial Commencement

As my freshman year comes to an end, the LMU campus is preparing to say goodbye to the Centennial Graduates of the Class of 2012. The entire Sunken Garden is a sea of white chairs in preparation for Commencement, with the length of Alumni Mall in the backdrop.  It’s impossible to walk past the stage […]

Transitions

TRANSITIONS, by Clovis Ong, promotes LMU at 100

My friend and fellow film student, Clovis Ong, created a promotional video aimed at international students applying to LMU, and he asked me to perform in it. From Clovis’ official blurb: Clovis managed to get a hold of some special equipment, which gave the piece a some very high production values, not to mention a […]

Dexter Halloween 3

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 […]

Red Carpet

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 […]

Tyler & Kevin @ X Factor party

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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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!!  

Santa Monica Pier (April 2011)

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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