2004 – 2014
In the 10 years before I went into the video game industry, I owned a video production company called Bassline Digital, LLC. I also simultaneously worked as a freelance cinematographer, director, editor, VFX artist, and colorist on a variety of short and feature length films. So, I was making commercials, industrials, and new media projects during the day, and then making films on nights and weekends, along the way winning a variety of awards for my work including a Rocky Mountain Emmy, Addy, Telly, Communicator, EMPixx, and Davey awards. At the 9th annual Phoenix Film Festival I was awarded the “Arizona Filmmaker of the Year,” an honor I hold very dear.
During this time I also volunteered with IFP Phoenix, a non-profit organization to support filmmaking in Arizona. I enjoyed participating in their 48-Hour Film Challenges, giving workshops and seminars, and from 2011-2012 I served as the Executive Director of the organization. Somehow, during this same time I also taught Digital Cinematography as an adjunct professor at Scottsdale Community College Film School and The University of Advancing Technology in Tempe. Busy times, for sure.