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I've been making movies since I was twelve years old, when I started shooting "sequels" to Star Wars on Super8 and VHS. One of them was actually honored with a cinematography award at my eighth grade graduation ceremony!
Since those heady days of middle school acclaim, I later went on to study cinematography at New York University, the Maine Media Workshops, and at the American Film Institute Conservatory where I received a Masters degree in Fine Arts. I also had the chance to apprentice under Academy Award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, eventually becoming a camera operator on several scenes on the movie Funny People.
Over my years of study and work, my primary goal has been to develop a deep understanding of how to relate imagery to the story being told. This is a lifelong pursuit, and I am constantly learning new ways of approaching storytelling through photography.
In my role as a cinematographer, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to photograph a wide variety of acclaimed and award-winning international feature film projects ranging from the Indian thriller Achchamundu! Achchamundu! to the Maltese drama Simshar and to Uzumasa Limelight, a paean to the fading samurai film genre. In the television realm, I served as one of the Directors of Photography on the popular Hulu series East Los High, which has broken new ground both with its all Latino cast as well as with its educational goals.
I've also had the pleasure of working on Feature and TV projects as 2nd Unit, Tandem Unit, or Additional Photography with some amazing DPs such as Richard Vialet, ASC, Magela Crosignani, Amanda Treyz, Edd Lukas, and Nausheen Dadabhoy.
My short-form work includes music videos in all manner of genres from country (Bonnie Raitt) to hip-hop (Three 6 Mafia, Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony) and commercials for companies such as Krups, Pep Boys, and Nickelodeon. I also have had extensive experience shooting for documentary television for outlets like PBS and popular cable channels.
I am a member of IATSE Local 600 in the designation of Director of Photography.