26
Years On Earth
366
Films Seen in 2016 (not nearly enough)
3
From Kevin Bacon

Typically, directors develop their passion for films and then begin making them.

My experience was different. I developed my passion for films by making them.

My high school had a cinematography class, and they loaned me a camcorder with free reign.

Within just a few days, filmmaking became my focus.

And those films ultimately led me to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts:

NYU Film

At Tisch I made a name for myself as a detail-oriented director and editor. I’m hands-on, and like to be immersed in every aspect of production.

Short Films

In school I wrote, directed, and edited 9 short films, while assisting on dozens of others. You can find my best ones on /films.

Ridley Scott Associates

Outside of the classroom I interned for the production company of Ridley Scott — director of Alien, Gladiator, and The Martian.

Warrior Poets

I also interned for Morgan Spurlock, the director and star of Super Size Me. I collaborated with his team on several recent projects.

Footage from my documentary, To Write Love on Her Arms, was even featured on:

My latest short, Adopt Me, premiered to a sold-out crowd in 2013 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in NYC.

Film Degree Completion

97%

But the prospect of only a film degree wasn’t leaving me fulfilled.

I’m passionate about the business world.

About finance. About startups. About innovators.

And NYU didn’t teach me enough about the film business.

So with just 2 classes left at Tisch, I transferred to SUNY Geneseo, where I majored in financial analysis and business administration.

SUNY Geneseo

In business school I completed coursework on strategic management, security valuation, sales & negotiations, marketing, and ethics. I graduated with one piece of paper but essentially two degrees: Film & Business.

Varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field

I spent two years on the track team, and after just one I was named Sprints Captain, leading 45 NCAA athletes on and off the track.

Adirondack Funds

Outside of school I interned for a mutual fund with over $275M in assets. I assisted and shadowed both the fund managers and the marketing director during investor relations and financial analysis.

Freelance Photographer

I also continued to market & design services for weddings, magazines, car unveilings — anything to enhance my filmmaking capabilities (and pay for Thursday night drinks).

Business Degree Completion

100%

Now I’m building smarter homes at Wink.

We bring all of your smart devices into one simple-to-use application.

I work in customer service as the Lead Tech.

If any team member is stumped, I’m the one who fixes that.

I love what I do.

Each year my goal is to watch a movie a day.

 

Each year I fail miserably.

 

As you can see, it wasn’t trending the way I wanted it to.

 

2016 is a leap year, so I made sure to get my act together.

260
Films in 2014
117
Films in 2015
366
Films in 2016

If I feel like I have something important to say, sometimes I’ll blog about it.

And even if I don’t, sometimes I’ll still blog about it.

     I’m currently writing my first feature film.      

It’s an expansion of the premise from Adopt Me.

It has all-new characters, and a much more grounded feel.

Stay tuned.

110
Pages
125
Scenes
333
Cups of Coffee Consumed (Probably)

The Next Steps

Gather feedback and
perpetually re-write.

Send it into the wild.

Keep grinding until we
turn ink into reality.

A (Far from Complete) Mixer of My Influences

Calvin & Hobbes

90%

Edgar Wright

70%

Billy Wilder

60%

Judd Apatow

20%

Quentin Tarantino

40%

Wes Anderson

50%

Casablanca

80%

And if you ever hit a roadblock in life, just remember my favorite quote:

"If you can laugh at yourself loud and hard every time you fall... people will think you're drunk."

− Conan O'Brien, Speech at Harvard