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5. NOVA Spy Factory – NSA’s Blind Spot

“ONE OF BIGGEST IRONIES IN HISTORY OF US INTELLIGENCE…” This excerpt is one of the most fascinating. Here we discover the hijacker’s final summit on the eve of 911 was held at a small hotel in Laurel, Maryland, the same small town which the NSA calls home. Less than two miles from NSA headquarters, author Bamford notes that then NSA director Jim Haden could have almost seen the hotel in which the hijackers were living from his 8th floor window. [...]


Conversations: LA/Leiden – Nature and the City

Think of it like this – take some of the greatest artists and turn them loose in a science clubhouse – mix it all up and see what happens. This was one of my favorite projects. The “conversations” referred to are those between artists and scientists. While we sometimes think of them residing in different camps, this film puts them in the same playground… where shared spheres of creativity and curiosity are exposed and celebrated. All are heavy hitters in [...]


Paper or Plastic

PARADIGM SHIFT – This short film was created as a “proof of concept” for a feature film we hope to make using this message, style, and framework. NOTE – some elements are not supported by the team anymore, but still live in this cut, though will be changed – examples include using corn to make bioplastic – which has more problems than benefits.I was approached by Jimmy Wardell back in 2005 and asked to edit a short promo to help [...]


thesandbox (trailer)

thesandbox is a short sample of a feature doc that explores the desert. The name for the film and our company came to me on a great desert outing, realizing that both are a place of play. 5 character portraits, each having a unique connection to the deserts of CA and Utah, but unified in the depth of that bond. Through their tales, the greatness of the desert unfolds. In this sample, the desert tortoise speaks through Tim Sheilds, an [...]


24/7 Airport – Animals

This is a short section from 24/7:Airport, an hour long documentary which was one of a 3-part series produced by JWM for Discovery/TLC’s “adrenaline rush hour”. My great friend, Neil Barrett, invited me, my wife, and our new baby, Una, to DC for the project. He flexed his masterful diplomacy and somehow gained extraordinary access to JFK airport’s 50 departments. We busted our butts on this project. Neil and I met in Visual Anthropology grad school, and bringing that perspective, [...]


7. NOVA Spy Factory – Illegal Wiretapping

RIGHT TO PRIVACY and DATA FLOW From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to San Fransisco to AT&T This excerpt shows us how data travels around the world, with most Asian communications landing on California’s west coast. We track an email sent from Jim Bamford in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to his producer at NOVA, containing keywords that NSA super-computers are programmed to detect. Jim explains where the point for intercepting international communications should be, and how, instead, the NSA captures them once merged [...]


sandbox time-lapse reel ’06

This is my old time-lapse reel from way back in 2006. I’ve not updated it in part due to the amazing projects that have kept me busy in the past 5 years, but also because my old site was flash based, which was a huge pain in the ass to update! I think the decision to make the new site blog based will make updating much smoother. New reels will be appearing now that the blog is up and running [...]


FUEL – WINNER Sundance 2008

FUEL is a film about alternative fuel and how your choice of fuel has huge political, social, cultural and health ramifications. FUEL won the Sundance Best Documentary Audience Award (2008) with 11 standing ovations at the 11 screenings. Being a Co-Producer on FUEL was a thrilling experience; the chance to dive into something you really care about and see it find an energized audience is exactly what I am in this game for. I was first brought into the project [...]


Motion – LA: Light/Motion/Dreams

This piece was part of the 2005 year-long installation called: LA: Light/Motion/Dreams. There were a total of eight rooms in this exhibition, each with video and audio installations, all of which I had some hand in. Unique exhibit formats were used throughout, with an especially captivating design format for the short films looking at LA through the prisms of Light and Motion. While it is complicated to display these experiential installations here, a few still can help visualize.     [...]


Porsche Cayenne – Dreams

I edited, color corrected and finished this short film created for the Porsche Cayenne launch, originally projected at the 2003 LA Auto Show. Lance Richter was the Producer, Chris Do the Graphic Designer, and Larry Embry did sound design and mix. Much of the footage was originally shot in IMAX format. This was one of the first projects completed at the new solar powered sandbox in Venice, CA, and was made for Caribiner, who later became Jack Morton World Wide. [...]


The Nathan Experience

This is my first film, shot on Super8 while as I was in grad school at USC studying Visual Anthropology back in 1995. I am including this film because it highlights the path that I am still on and which was launched by this little project, which blends the documentary with the experimental. We had one week from concept to screening – we made 5 films. It was intense but wonderful. The boy is my nephew Nathan, who is grown [...]


Dolphin Dance

I loved working on this film! …and my kids loved it too. Beautiful imagery, a lovely concept, and working with the wonderful Chisa Hidaka made every moment a pleasure. I was Editor, Colorist, and music designer, mixing existing tracks, for this film.I have a personal interest in human-animal communication and was thrilled to meet Chisa and have the pleasure of spending my time soaking up the aquatic ballet, compelling interactions, and mesmerizing imagery of this underwater art-dance-science poem.  Color correct [...]


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