Part 3 – Seven Days

IMG_20160428_183157It has been seven days since Sasha was born. She is still alive and breathing, and I count that as a success. Though some challenges are different from what I expected, overall it has actually been easier than I had thought.

As the boxes and boxes of baby stuff continued to overwhelm the limited space in our condo over the past month or so before Sasha was born, it dawned on us that it wasn’t going to just be the two of us plus a tiny little baby. The reality of the situation was that we had a new roommate moving in and we needed to make space for a whole person’s worth of stuff and we were going to have to get rid of and rearrange a bunch of our own stuff to make room for the baby. Cupboards were cleared, books and DVDs given away, and the craps table (around which my friends spent hours throwing dice many years ago) was converted into a crap table (AKA diaper changing station). Continue reading

Part 2 – The First 24

Sasha and Mom

(Posted @ 2:12am) The first 24 hours. As dawn broke over the city, I nearly cried as I realized it was her first sunrise. Sleep deprivation and overwhelming emotions swirl around causing a mad mix of anxiety and elation. Insecurities and instincts, both the previously known and the unknown kick in. I have no idea what I am doing and yet some things just happen so naturally. Continue reading

Part 1 – Riding an empty bus with an empty car seat in my hands

(Posted @ 1:09 am) Sitting on the DASH bus carrying an empty baby car seat is not exactly how I imagined the rush to the hospital to go down. The plan was to wait until contractions were 4 minutes apart before I drove her to the hospital. Enter from the main entrance, or from 6th street through the ER if it was after 6:30pm. Leave the car at the door on the way up to the eighth floor. None of that happened. Continue reading

Stuff I’ve Worked On Update

Ooops… it’s been exactly another year since the last time I’ve done the stuff I’ve worked on update… or posted anything else on this website. I really need to be better about this haha. A lot more stuff has happened in the past year, including… yes… we are expecting out first child very soon!!

Anyway, here’s some stuff I’ve worked on:

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Stuff I’ve worked on update…

Oooops… It’s been almost two years since my last update.

Quite a lot has gone on since then, including getting married! I’ve also expanded a bit into fashion photography, among other things, and I’ve gotten really into running… I’ll be running in the Los Angeles Marathon this coming weekend!

But for now I’ll just update with a “stuff I worked on” update. Here is a selection of things I’ve worked on over the past two years, in roughly reverse chronological order:

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“Innocent Blood” is going to Cannes!

Congrats to the all the cast and crew of Innocent Blood (formerly Innocence Blood) a film I worked on a while back as key grip / dolly grip which is going to Cannes! It’s not an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival but it is screening as part of Le Marché du Film, the festival’s film market.

The film is being represented by Striped Entertainment and it will be screening this Friday at 11:30 AM at Main Building Palais-Stand Lérins S6, so if you happen to be in the neighborhood. Check it out!

Here’s the trailer:

End of an Era (or Adventures in Selling a Car for Scrap)


Loaded With Film School Gear – July 13, 2006

On December 26, 2005 I purchased a 1989 Toyota Corolla DX wagon from my good friend and former San Diego roommate, Cami. I was attending film school at the time and I needed something a little roomier than my Mazda Miata to carry equipment for film school projects. I remember laughing inside a few times thinking about how I was loading $100,000+ worth of equipment into this little old car. It already had well over 200,000 miles on the clock and I honestly only needed and expected it to last me a year or so to get me through film school. In the end it completely surprised me by continuing to run and run and run and I just couldn’t justify getting rid of a perfectly good car. I ended up keeping it for 7 and a half years and in all that time the only time it had ever left me stranded was in 2010 when the original (!!) radiator finally sprang a leak.

That is until the morning of February 22, 2013 when the transmission suddenly failed while I was driving southbound on I-5 just before the Fourth Street exit. The old and faithful Corolla which had lasted me this long with a bare minimum of maintenance had finally had the catastrophic failure that would have me contemplating whether it had truly reached the end of the road.

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Stubborn Love music video rigging

I worked on this music video a couple of months ago and the video just dropped today:

I was the key grip on the second day of the two day shoot for this video. Dwight Stone was the key grip on the first day and I used his rigging gear to do the car rigs for the shots with the camera mounted on the outside of the car looking in:

Stubborn Love Camera Rig


“Desert Road Kill” blowing up on the festival circuit!

Desert Roadkill, a short I shot with Writer/Director Michael Carreño is blowing up on the festival circuit and getting a lot of attention!

So far we’ve gotten into:

Shockfest; Hollywood, CA (Nominated: Best Cinematographer Bryan Hong; Best Short; Shocker Award)
Mile High Horror Film Fest; Denver, CO
New York International Latino Film Festival; NYC
Scarlet Waters Film Festival; Austin, TX (Winner: Best Actor Alejandro Patino; Best Actress Jossara Jinaro)
San Antonio Horrific Film Fest; San Antonio, TX (Nominated: Best Short; Best Actor Alejandro Patino; Best Actress Jossara Jinaro)
Everybody Dies Film Festival; Brea, CA (Winner: Audience Choice Short)
L.A. Reel Film Fest; Los Angeles (Honorable Mention)
Nevermore Film Fest; Durham, NC
Horrible Imaginings Film Festival; San Diego, CA 
Riverside International Film Fest
; Riverside, CA (Honorable Mention)
Desert Rocks Film and Music Event; Victorville, CA
Late Night Horror Film Festival ; Whittier, CA