I am a filmmaker and web designer from Los Angeles, California. I grew up in Massachusetts and moved out here after film school, working as an assistant for a while. But that didn’t last long. The freelance lifestyle fit me much better, so for a few years I worked as a carpenter and handyman most of the time and as videographer and camera operator when I could. All this allowed me continue making short films and writing my screenplays.
I first started getting into web design as a way to maintain my own film site because I needed a place to put all my film work. Over the years, I taught myself what I could and eventually started doing more and more for friends, so I decided web design made for a better day job than anything else I had done. I find that it has a lot of the aspects that I like about working on film projects. It is creative and technical, requires free-form thinking and problem solving skills like logistics and project management. I’m finding lately that I get even more out of web design projects the bigger and more complex they get, when I can approach it as I would directing a film and work with a team of talented, creative people to accomplish a large, complicated project.
Everything I have learned was found in blog posts and forums. I work mostly with open-source projects and software, all of which have huge support systems and rely on the passing on of information. I am more than happy to pass on what I know because the only reason I know it is that someone else was willing to share with me.