It’s All About The Work
Welcome. The purpose of this online portfolio is to foreground my online activities that support my professional life: teaching, filmmaking, storytelling, service, and interests. I am Assistant Professor of Cinematic Arts at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) where I teach courses including Advanced Time Based/Collaborative Projects, Visual Narrative and Storyboarding, Video Production, Design for Media, Digital Cinema and Media Arts Portfolio. I also mentor MFA candidates pursuing research and creative activities related to the moving image.
In addition to teaching, I am also a producer, writer, director, filmmaker, and video artist. My professional interests include cinema and moving image art, documentary, science fiction, speculative fiction, technoculture, new media, as well as intermedial, experimental, and devised theatre. Get in touch through the contact page, direct email or Twitter. (More information below the fold.)
The following video The Astronomer is one of my latest short films making the rounds. It has been submitted to festivals, has screened at the Columbus Moving Image Art Review, and was recently included in the Saturday Shorts program on the website Ain’t It Cool.
In 2012, I left the Ohio State University where I taught as a full-time lecturer in the Department of Theatre for four years. While at OSU, I taught 25 sections of screenwriting and co-taught 12 sections of television production. I was also an adjunct at The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at Ohio State for seven years. There I taught seven sections of Concept Development for Sequential Imaging, a course focused on conceptual, visual and story development as well as storyboarding
I have been working professionally in the film/video/moving image field for the past 14 years. My production experience includes live action and animation, studio and independent motion pictures, documentary, visual effects, and commercials and includes projects at DreamWorks SKG and Disney. Arbor Avenue Films is a production company I founded with John Whitney to make films focused on well-produced, creative storytelling. As co-writer and producer, our films have played festivals internationally, garnered awards, and received commercial distribution.
Master of Fine Arts Degree
On August 12th of 2012, I graduated with an M.F.A. in theatre. My work and research in focused on intermediality, directing, playwriting/new works, and performance. At OSU, I directed the Tennessee Williams play Talk To Me Like The Rain…And Let Me Listen in the Roy Bowen Theatre and worked on a number of OSU productions. Outside of OSU, I have worked in a variety of roles on productions including the world premieres of HOUSE/DIVIDED by the New York-based performance and media company, The Builders Association.
Theatre: Creative/Research/Practicum – Portfolio of my creative work, practicum experience and research in theatre on a variety of theatre projects.
All Things Shining – An ongoing project, this experimental, intermedial, dramatic play/live cinema experience, written and directed by Phil Garrett. The first iteration of the project was created in partial fulfillment of the requirements for an MFA degree in Theatre from The Ohio State University Department of Theatre.
The Kobresia Films – An overview of a project comprised of a series of experimental works, drawing on a number of media and disciplines including live performance, film, and performance technologies.
The Other Men In Black – An overview of a project I produced, directed and edited for The Melton Center for Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University. This is a unique multi-layered educational film that utilizes various styles, including narrative, documentary, and 3D and 2D animation. The film stars acclaimed theatre, film, and television actor Fyvush Finkel.
Production Documentation – Samples of my work in production documentation in the form of a series of short promotional videos for theatre productions.
Vita – My professional CV and statement of teaching philosophy.
Sample Syllabi – Sample syllabi for courses I’ve taught.
Research Blog: Intermediality/Interactivity – The blog is a place for me to document my research and to discuss observations in my areas of interests.
CAMO Blog – This archived blog is included as an example of a past project blog. It was used to track my research on The Camouflage Project, a theatre project from The Ohio State University Department of Theatre. The Camouflage Project was conceived by Professors Lesley Ferris and Mary Tarantino, directed by Ferris and Prof. Jeanine Thompson, and devised by graduate students including the 2009-2012 MFA acting class.