The stories we tell shape our world and define our times. Whether it's a tale of adventure across the sands of the Arabian desert, an investigative reporter piece from Capitol Hill or a goodnight story to our children, a well-told story is indelible and timeless. Writing, producing and composing: three fields with much in common; namely, the story. I've been involved in various aspects of all three. I love the discipline and precision of the written word, the broad scope of film and the emotional, ethereal quality of the musical form. Below are just some of the credits of my career. They represent work of which I'm extremely proud. But for me, it's just a beginning.
IMAX Film Systems, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I’ve recorded audio in the studio and the field for dozens of large-screen format IMAX films. Locations range from the mountains of China and the jungles of South America, to the Ginza District in Tokyo, to the deck of the Titanic on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. IMAX films include “Blue Planet,” “The Dream is Alive,” “Titanica," “Grand Canyon”, “Michael Jordan to the Max” and “Mission to Mir.”
Since 1991, I've been training NASA's astronaut crews in the use of IMAX recording equipment for use on board the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. In the Spring of 1998, I designed an audio recording system for the I.S.S., which is now on board the orbiting space station.
Lucasfilm, Ltd., Marin County, California
Staff sound mixer, Second Unit Producer, location and sound effects recordist.
In my five years at Lucasfilm I was on the production staff for dozens of feature, documentary and animated productions. These include a number of Hollywood’s most successful films, including “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Jurassic Park,” “Glory,” and the “Star Wars” series. I was also the Second Unit Producer for the ABC-TV/Lucasfilm series “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”.
National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.
I was the location sound recordist for two Geographic films which aired on NBC and PBS: “Secrets of the Wild Pandas,” and “Inside the White House”.
National Public Radio, Washington, D.C.
Senior Editor and Producer. While on full-time staff, my responsibilities included creating story ideas and editing copy on deadline, producing pieces for the programs and acting as line producer for NPR's nationally broadcast news programs. During my tenure, I edited or produced all of the network’s major news programs, including “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation." In addition to my news duties, I also was the producer of two promotional videos for the network, “NPR: A Year in Review”. In the field of music, I was the composer and performer of theme and program music for various NPR shows, including “Talk of the Nation”, “Day to Day”, “The Motley Fool Radio Program” and Weekend Edition Sunday's "Voices in the News" theme. I continue to consult for NPR’s news and programming divisions.
At NPR, I was a staff recipient for two of journalism's highest awards, three different times: the duPont Columbia Award twice; and the George Foster Peabody Award.
CBS News, Washington, D.C. (Television)
Staff producer for the daily CBS news broadcasts “Nightwatch” and “America Tonight”.
As a segment producer for Leslie Stahl and Charles Kuralt (“America Tonight”) and Charlie Rose (“Nightwatch”) I generated story ideas and developed them into pieces for the programs. I was also on-call producer for the “CBS Evening News” and “CBS Morning News” programs and produced numerous pieces for those broadcasts.
National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.
Senior Editor and correspondent for “Oceans of Life”, an hour-long radio documentary co-produced by National Geographic and National Public Radio. “Oceans” explores the vibrant yet fragile environment which covers over 70 per cent of our planet. I was responsible for all copy editing and developed story ideas for the program. In addition, as one of the program’s correspondents, I reported from the underwater oceanographic habitat “Aquarius” (which lies on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean) and went diving in research submarine to a depth of 1000 feet.
As a composer, performer and producer, I'm proficient on a number of instruments. I've written for, produced and played on numerous jazz, rock and classical albums. In addition, I’ve composed and released six solo albums, including “Make Your Point”, “Training the Beagle” and “Next Time Around” I’ve also contributed several original songs to charity Christmas albums, including "You Don't Know What I Want" for the "Santa Cause" collection to benefit Children's Hospital.
I've written music for and produced over a dozen books-on-tape for various publishers, such as Simon and Schuster, Houghton Mifflin, Penguin Books and Random House. The authors I've worked with include Bailey White, Andrei Codrescu and Jeanne Dixon.
In addition, as an independent music producer and composer, I've written theme and piece music for numerous television and radio projects. Clients include National Public Radio, CBS Television, IMAX, The National Park Service and Lucasfilm, Ltd.
I also composed the soundtracks for several films, including ""Stryker's America", “On the Edge of Land and Sea”, and incidental music for "Marshall, Texas".
I’m currently working on a seventh solo album, tentatively titled “So It Was”.
*Adjunct Professor for the American University Film School, School of Communication
*American University, Master of Fine Arts degree (Dec. 2010)
*American University, Master of Arts degree (May 2010)
* University of Maryland, Bachelor of Arts degree.
References on request.