I have over fifteen years of professional production and post-production experience working on commercials, web videos, live webcasts, long-form videos, films, and broadcast events. In this time, I have become a well-rounded video maker and have significant skills in directing, shooting, editing, motion graphics, grip and lighting. I went into this business because I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s fun to meet people and make new friends, to learn from seasoned veterans, and to help teach those new to the industry. To be able to work on big productions, help out on micro-budgets when possible, and just to have fun creating.
In 2012, I graduated, with honors, as a post-baccalaureate from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in TV for Post-Production and Special Effects, with a Minor in Motion Graphics. My first degree is a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications for Broadcasting and Multimedia, with a Minor in Computer Applications from Black Hills State University.
I have also had my work recognized and awarded: 2012 Silver Trumpet Winner by Publicity Club of Chicago, The Black Hills AdFed Addy Committee, Golden Hermes Creative Award, AASHTO’s 2011 National Transportation Public Affairs Workshop, Black Hills State University, Columbia College Chicago, as well as First Lady Laura Bush. My freelance clients have included ESPN, NatGeo, ABC, BBC, TruTV, The Travel Channel, The Food Network, and the US Government.
Today I am the Owner/Operator of, "Gator Grip and Lighting," with a 3-Ton and a 1-Ton Grip Truck. I offer lighting packages, Doorway Dolly, Dana Dolly, and much more. Curious about the name, Gator Grip and Lighting? Well, the name stems from a summer job where I would perform venomous snake and alligator programs for the tourists (No Joke). Check me out at www.gatorgriplighting.com
Unique traits: Experienced - Versatile - Professional - Affordable
Film by Hamid Torabpour (Action and Horror) Camera and Electrical Department
Film (Comedy and Horror) Camera and Electrical Department While transporting the unstoppable killer Bonejangles to an asylum, a group of police officers encounter a hellish pit stop: a cursed town where the dead rise from their graves. Now the only way to save their lives and the town is to release Bonejangles and fight the curse...with something much worse. Written by Wild Eye Releasing
The Last Job
Film (Short, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department When a mid-level Minnesota mobster kidnaps his ex-girlfriend-turned-heiress and takes her to his buddy's lodge to hide out, he discovers it's been sold to new owners who make sure his last heist isn't so easy to pull off.
Under One Roof
Film (Short, Drama and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department Sarah can't sleep after her husband's death, and the sounds of footsteps in the attic are no help. She seeks solace in playing her estranged son's guitar, then moves the instrument up to the attic as an offering, hoping her son might be hiding out there. She leaves the house for the first time since the funeral and procures the makings of a Thanksgiving feast in July.
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Star Trek: Renegades
Television by Gene Roddenberry (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department When a seemingly unstoppable new enemy threatens the very existence of the Earth, Admiral Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) is forced to work outside the boundaries of Starfleet's rules to combat this deadly new foe. When planet after planet winks out of existence, yet Starfleet refuses to act, Chekov turns to Commander Tuvok (Tim Russ, who also directs), the new head of Starfleet's covert operations division, Section 31. Together, they assemble a new elite strike-force, consisting of rogues, outcasts and criminals, led by the fearless yet haunted Lexxa Singh (Adrienne Wilkinson). The Renegades' mission is simple: take on an army and stop their leader, Borrada (Bruce Young), from destroying the Earth. Outnumbered and out-gunned, the ragtag crew is in an adrenaline-pumping race against time and space. But they soon find their foes are the least of their concerns: the real trouble may be coming from within! Written by Ethan Calk
Film (short) by Danny Morlock (Adventure and Drama) Visual effects Screens is a coming-of-age film about a high school boy who wants to take a road trip to Florida but his friends and family disallow it because they are completely obsessed with a reality TV show about sugar daddies called Sugar Love.
Film by Cara Greene (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Struggling artist Anna Larsen's mother has never understood her. So when Anna returns home to Minnesota to help care for her ailing mom, she brings years of family baggage with her. But the rediscovery of a magical mailbox from her childhood and the search to solve its mystery forces Anna to confront the fact that maybe she's the one who doesn't understand. Written by Cara Greene
America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa
Television (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department A look into America's future and changing demographics.
Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition
Television (Reality-TV) Visual effects Showcasing the skills and personalities of the best pastry talent working in the restaurant industry, the Emmy® Award Winning Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition challenges the portrayal of chefs on today's conflict-driven reality programming. Written by Nicolas DeGrazia, Jimmy MacMillan, and Margo Rowder
The Light at the Laundromat
Film (short) by Maribeth Romslo (Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department In a world where an evil force called The Void has overpowered all that is good, things are pretty bleak. Computer whiz Penny Parker might just have what it takes to conquer the darkness. But being a secret superhero is lonely work. Can she maintain her tech nerd cover, save the city from disaster, and maybe find love along the way?
Film (short) by Andres Torres-Vives (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department A Lakota man reconciles with his father, in the complex world around Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Film (short) by Tristan Barnard (Sci-Fi and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department A young screenwriter, Andrew DeMatton returns home to a ranch in South Dakota where his Grandfather is sick. While home, a series of unexplained, other worldly events take Andrew on a psychological journey where reality and insanity collide. Written by Anonymous
Film by Julian Grant (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Visual effects Billy and Steve have to get some money to pay off their drug dealer Tyvan. Their plan to rob a Carwash gets complicated when the plan gets shared and everyone has an ulterior motive. Crime/drama with a supernatural edge.
Full Throttle Saloon
Television (Reality-TV and Sport) Camera and Electrical Department, Miscellaneous Crew Reality show about Full Throttle Saloon, the worlds largest biker bar, open once a year for 10 days during Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota. Watch how Mike Ballard manages the entire operation, his hot biker chick wife dancing with the girls of Flaunt and the colorful patrons, bartenders, security staff and even regular Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl who is intricately involved in Full Throttle.
F*ckload of Scotch Tape
Film by Julian Grant (Crime, Drama and Musical) Visual effects A musical Neo-Noir drama where a patsy is set up to take the fall for a kidnapping that leads to murder. When the money he is paid is stolen, he embarks on a rampage of revenge. Things go from bad to perverse as Benji must fight and fuck his way through father figures, hookers with no hearts, marauding men and the hopelessly lost. All singing, all-fighting - FLOST is a throwback to the crime films of yesteryear mixed with the music of Kevin Quain. Based on the writings of pulp-fiction writer Jed Ayres, FLOST is a mash up of film noir, musical drama and hard-hitting social injustice. Not for the faint of heart or humor. Written by Julian Grant
Film by Boris Wexler (Comedy) Animation department A young French chef with a fondness for America and a life in shambles pushes the limits of the American Dream by converting a Chicago pizza shop into an escort-service for the super-rich with the help of a suburban slacker who dwells in his parents' basement. Written by Anonymous
Silver Trumpet Award
AASHTO National Transportation Public Affairs WOrkshop
Golden Hermes Creative Award
Black Hills AdFed Addy
Columbia College Chicago
Black Hills State University