I grew up in northwest Indiana. 8-year-old me would sit in the driveway building" birdhouses from the scrap lumber box in our garage, paint silly backdrops on pieces of cardboard that were plucked from the recycling, and endlessly attempt to figure out perspective drawing (I mean daaaays on one, particularly tricky arbor). When I was 18, I moved to Los Angeles to study architecture at USC.
With architecture, I found something I loved. I love design. But, I was always inserting narratives into my concepts. So, I decided to shift my focus and began working as a production designer on shorts at USC. Then, I headed to the AFI Conservatory to complete my MFA in Production Design.
Since AFI, I have been working as a freelance production designer, art director, and set designer 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. I also try to have a great time doing it.
Past works as Production Designer include streaming feature films (Camp Takota, The Outfield, Dirty 30), a tv / web / doc fusion for Hulu (Rocketjump: The Show), award-winning shorts (Nani, Munchausen), a slew of commercials, web comedy sketches / series, and a whole heap 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
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