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Copywriter, Fandango, Los Angeles, CA. 2014-ongoing
Freelance writer for the movie ticketing website. Assignments include film-related photo galleries, quizzes, blogs, and other interactive content.

Creative Writer, Deluxe Entertainment, Burbank, CA. 2015
Freelance writer for Brood, a fictitious lifestyle magazine for witches, a promotional tie-in website for The Last Witch Hunter.

Contributing Writer, Indiewire, New York, NY. 2013-2015
Have written several articles for the popular filmmaking site, primarily about screenwriting and crowdfunding.

Author,, Carpinteria, CA. 2012-ongoing
Wrote and presented Screenwriting Fundamentals, an online video course that guides aspiring screenwriters through the process of developing a story idea into a well-structured dramatic narrative.

Creative Writer, 1K Studios, Burbank, CA. 2008-2015
Lead writer for interactive content for Hannibal, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows second screen apps; Blu-ray releases of True Blood, Treme, Sherlock Holmes, Watchmen, Star Trek (2009), Iron Man 1 & 2, Braveheart, Cloverfield, Clueless, Rio, and many more.

Concept Writer/Screenwriter, Picture Mill, Hollywood, CA. 2008-2014
Concept writer for theatrical credit sequences (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Other Guys, Dracula Untold, and others). Screenwriter, special feature for Blu-ray release of A Bug's Life.

Concept Designer/Art Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, CA. 2006
Worked with senior Imagineering staff to conceive and pitch StormStruck, a current attraction at Epcot Center. Created conceptual designs as well as final presentation of concept.

Art Director, Paramount Digital Entertainment (Paramount Pictures), Hollywood, CA. 1998-2002
Designed websites for Paramount's television properties, including Star Trek, Entertainment Tonight, Frasier, JAG, Charmed, and over a dozen others, as well as the studio site itself. Oversaw complete site redesigns, directed both in-house art department and developers, created thousands of daily production graphics, designed and animated hundreds of banner ads, designed print ad campaigns for magazines, one sheets, postcards, etc.

Senior Designer, BoxTop Interactive/iXL, Los Angeles, CA. 1996-1998
Lead design/concept on websites for Sega, Mattel, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Major League Soccer, LA Galaxy, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Lead Designer, Digital Planet, Culver City, CA. 1995-1996
Lead design/concept on studio websites for 12 Monkeys, Happy Gilmore, Waterworld, and GoldenEye. Designer on other websites for MGM, Philips Media, and Allstate.

Freelance writing, design, and animation for a large number of companies. Ask for client list.

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA
BFA in Film/Video, Experimental Animation program.

Wrote and directed two live action feature films (Foreign Correspondents, 1999, and Claustrophobia, 2003), the latter distributed by Lionsgate.

First filmmaker to utilize crowdfunding, as profiled in feature articles in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and The San Jose Mercury, as well as several television programs. Raised $150,000 in investments through a self-designed website for Foreign Correspondents in 1998.

Won Grand Prize ($10,000) in a Getty Images-sponsored international film competition for the 60-second short The Closest Thing to Time Travel, 2006.

Have given lectures on film and/or design at USC, UCLA, Art Center (Pasadena), Columbia College (Chicago), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Flanders International Film Festival (Belgium), Norwegian International Film Festival, VSDA (Las Vegas), motion (Albuquerque), and HATCHfest (Bozeman, MT).


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