I’m a filmmaker who studied Film Directing at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and has worked as the Art Director in films.
I also have received my BFA in Illustration from Art Center focusing on the entertainment aspects such as character & environment design. I have an Associates from Ricks College in Graphic Design & Illustration.
I am a photographer… I accidentally fell into that field when living in Los Angeles and I started working with commercial photographer. I ended up owning a photography studio for a few years before moving to Utah.
And for more than a decade, I have been a college faculty member, where I have taught primarily foundational courses to a diverse group of students ranging from your 18 year old, first time in college student to the art director from an animation studio with twenty plus years in the industry.
This background has given me a unique view of the visual and performing arts; I’ve been a concept artist, cameraman, script writer, director… and has allowed me to participate in film-making from conception to finish and me the understanding in each field to communicate with confidence.
Film (Romance) Art director Bridger Jenkins was born with a rare heart defect and is in desperate need of a transplant. At the tender age of only 3 years, Bridger's life is hanging in the balance. His doting mother Helen is raising Bridger on her own and is in search of a miracle. The doors of heaven are soon opened and Bridger receives the heart he needs to go on living. 14 years later, Bridger has grown into an outstanding young man who knows that his time on earth is limited. His romantic heart longs to find true love and to see the ocean before his time runs out. Living in poverty, his mother has done everything in her power to give her son a good life, but their world is once again turned upside down when Bridger's abusive stepfather threatens their lives. On the road with only 197 dollars to their name, Bridger and his mother embark on one final journey to fulfill a lifelong dream. But a series of obstacles foil their plan and they end up stuck in the middle of nowhere - a small town that will prove to ... Written by Rob Diamond
Commercial by Darin Southam Art Director
Film (Comedy and Drama) Art director Waffle Street's riches-to-rags tale is an adaptation of James Adams' 2010 memoir of the same name (published by Sourced Media Books), which chronicles the financier's foray into the food industry. After being laid off at the hedge fund where he worked, and further jaded by his culpability in the crisis, Adams chose to work at a popular 24-hour diner where he claims "most of his financial knowledge has been gleaned." Offering a fresh take on the fallout of corporate greed, Adams' is a tale of the redemption and unlikely friendship found under the tutelage of Glover's character Edward, the best short-order cook in town. Written by Autumn McAlpin
A Christmas Eve Miracle
Film (Comedy and Family) Production designer Sharon and Dustin Holden (Olivia D'abo and Anthony Starke) were High School sweethearts. They went to the same college and graduate school together and earned everything they ever dreamed of: great kids, great jobs, and the loyal golden retriever, "Jerry" (Jon Voight). But before long, Sharons's career consumes her world. In an effort to rekindle the joyous family life they once shared, Dustin insists on taking a Christmas vacation to their old stomping grounds, Farthering Pines. When they arrive, they're greeted by Jack Carter (C. Thomas Howell), Robert Jones (Jonathan Silverman) and their families. Despite the festivities, Sharon just can't seem to pull herself away from her work. Frustrated in juggling both her family and work life, Sharon wonders aloud how life would be if she and Dustin did not have children. The next day she wakes up to find that her wish has come true and her children are nowhere to be seen! At first she enjoys this new version of her life, but upon seeing how ... Written by Crystal Sky Pictures
Film (Adventure and Family) Art director An ancient stone amulet and calendar disc has the power to stop time. Passed from generation to generation, these magical artifacts end up in the hands of an 18-year-old half Shoshoni Indian named Justin, who chooses to to use his power to make the world a better place. But on the other side of the equation is the power-seeking philanthropist, Micahel Romano, who seeks to indulge in the riches of the world. Written by Rob Diamond
States of Grace
Film (Drama) PA Although Elder Farrell and Elder Lozano are assigned together as Mormon missionary companions they are a study in contrasts. Farrell, from Utah, is bookish, sensitive, focused on seeking potential converts, and dedicated to following mission rules. Elder Lozano was shot by a rival gang when being initiated into the Latino gang of his brothers and then was converted to the LDS church while recovering at the same time as a missionary in the hospital. Due to go home in three weeks, he shows more interest in playing basketball than teaching people. One day while going door to door in Venice, California they find themselves caught in crossfire as a Latino gang does a drive-by shooting. Lozano renders aid to Carl, an African American gang member who is seriously wounded. Upon recovery, Carl thanks him and becomes interested in learning about what the missionary has to teach about redemption. Returning home, the elders find an ill man lying on the street and take him back to their apartment.... Written by Brian Greenhalgh
Art Center College of Design