The first time I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker was while watching the film Sweet Smell of Success (1957) in a small cinema in New York City. The energy of that city combined with the frenetic pace of that film, the music, the razor-sharp dialogue, the James Wong Howe photography flickering on the screen – it was intoxicating.
I studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in 1999 where I wrote, directed, and edited four 16mm short films. Over the next five years, I worked several odd jobs in and out of the film Industry. In Tempe, I flipped pizzas, and polished optics for Zeiss. I spent a year working at a movie prop house in Los Angeles called History for Hire, where we outfitted period films like Pearl Harbor and The Majestic.
In 2005 I began my working relationship with Francesco Lazzaro on a TV pilot called Live at Workbook. Francesco and I have been working side by side ever since. In 2009 we partnered up and founded Kinopicz American. Shortly after, we began working with client Buildipedia.com.
As of late, I’ve been working on Buildipedia original video productions, and eating unhealthy amounts of Szechwan beef from Bistro 86.