I grew up in northwest Indiana with a bit of an overactive imagination and a desire to see something else. When I was 18, I moved to across the country to Los Angeles to study architecture at the University of Southern California.
I found what I loved as a designer, but quickly realized that my interest in physics was much smaller that my interest in storytelling. As I was always inserting drawn out narratives into my designs, I realized I should shift my focus. I reached out to the graduate film school and began working as a production designer on short films. And basically have not stopped.
Once I found my niche, I headed to the AFI Conservatory to complete my MFA in Production Design. Since AFI, I have been working as a freelance production designer and art director on a wide range of projects, with an even wider range of budgets and styles. My goal is to create worlds with a deep sense of character, place, and emotion that illustrate and strengthen the words on the page.
Past work includes streaming feature films (Camp Takota, The Outfield, Dirty 30), award-winning short films (Nani, Munchausen), a tv / web / doc fusion for Hulu (Rocketjump: The Show), web comedy sketches and series, and more.
No, what I like is a jumble of the tangible and intangible, of beauty and ugliness that somehow sets me a-tingle. -James M. Cain