|Pictured: Alfred Hitchcock Filming in Santa Rosa, CA|
I was raised near the Bay Area in Santa Rosa, California, one of director Alfred Hitchcock's favorite locales. He lived and worked in the area several times throughout his life, and it was there he filmed his suburban suspense-thriller classic Shadow of a Doubt (1943). Although I later lived in a few other Western states, California has always been home.
|Pictured: Alfred Hitchcock Being Awesome in Santa Rosa, CA|
MY PORTFOLIOJ. Michael Straczynski's groundbreaking TV series Babylon 5 (1993-98).
Marriott School of Management, which ranked at that time as a Top 5 undergraduate business program in the U.S. by Business Week magazine.
Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key International Honour Society. After graduation I set to work finding a job or internship with a movie studio, or any company remotely related to the film industry. Unfortunately, I graduated at a time of terrible economic distress in the United States, and could not find any conventional work in these fields. The only job I found during my six months in Hollywood was a single day as an extra on an unreleased independent film. So I moved to Austin, Texas, where the independent film industry has been booming recently.
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MY EARLY SHORT FILMS
David Lynch is one of my favorite film directors and his intrepid artistic sensibilities have always been a source of inspiration. While researching the work of several directors, I decided to present my research about David Lynch's films on this blog. Writing the articles helped me develop a better appreciation for the work film historians and critics go through to discuss films and TV shows.
Among the original videos I created as part of my analysis in 35 Years of David Lynch is this new trailer I edited for one of David Lynch's most overlooked and under-appreciated films, his science fiction epic Dune (1984). Dune was my gateway Lynch film as a child, and it ultimately led me to watch all his other work in motion pictures. For this reason, I always had a special affection for this movie, and seeing that none of its theatrical trailers did the film justice, I created one myself.
This video demonstrates the evolution of one of David Lynch's most significant visual metaphors throughout his films: the ring. This video gives a general overview about how helpful it is to contrast all instances that a certain symbol is used in David Lynch's films to help clarify its meaning and emotional resonance.
The above video represents the culmination of my efforts to study the master filmmaker and present a glimpse at his inimitable style and visceral power to communicate beautiful, mind-bending ideas on film. This tribute is my love letter to the magical cinematic worlds he created for us over the past 35 years and I look forward to even more from him in the years to come.
Frustrated by the lack of a definitive guide to harmonize the viewing order of Joss Whedon's interconnected TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and its spinoff Angel (1999-2004), I created one myself and posted it at The Watcher's Council. Occasionally, I will write articles on Joss Whedon's other films and TV shows, or on other topics related to the genres he typically works in, including science fiction, fantasy, and superhero.
MY GUEST APPEARANCES
As part of my David Lynch article series, I analyzed all the episodes he directed of his TV series that co-created with Mark Frost: Twin Peaks (1990-91). My articles on the show drew the attention of the Twin Peaks Podcast hosts, who invited me to join them as a guest on three separate podcasts to discuss Season 2 Episode 02: "Coma," Season 2 Episode 20: "The Path to the Black Lodge," and their final summary: Twin Peaks Retrospective.
These guest appearances opened the door for invitations to guest on a number of other IntroCasts, including ones for Carnivàle (2003-05), LOST (2004-10), Supernatural (2005-Present), and Battlestar Galactica (2003-2008). I also appeared on other podcasts, including It's a Strange World, with Frank Cronogue! and Tuesday Night Hootenanny.
MY PODCASTSBreaking Bad (2008-2013), one of the boldest, most imaginative and powerful dramas on the air. After finishing our discussion of the first season, our podcast has been on hiatus due to conflicting obligations in the hosts' schedules. However, I recently transformed the first season of my podcast into video presentations, which you can view below.