I am a pure film geek.
I started making movies at a very young age. Most of them were funny rip-offs of Movies or TV Shows to entertain my mother on Mother’s Day.
I was lucky enough to go to New Canaan High School in Connecticut where I was first taught professional filmmaking/storytelling under Peter Kingsbury. My first short film “Rockstars” won a National Gold Award from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. I have to find a way to throw it up here one of these days. Good for a laugh! Soon I was at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, making a bunch of 16mm shorts. A great learning experience. For a short time I was also enrolled in The Lee Strasburg Institute to study acting. But I am a terrible actor. Just awful. Ha. I also had a stint as a Development Assistant under producer Jonathon Komack Martin at Ryan Reynold’s production company: Dark Trick Films. Good times.
Eventually I joined the best at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts where, under the guidance of Elizabeth Allen, David Maquiling, Kenny Hall, Michael Peyser, and Bob Jones, I was able to write and direct many shorts, ads, and music videos. Fight on. One of my shorts, 00:05’01, was selected for fourteen film festivals worldwide.
Now I have this super fun production company, WinterGass, with my partners: Kyle Gass of Tenacious D and father Bruce. We make anything and everything that is awesome. We created the world’s first online variety show about guitars: “Guitarings”. Gave it to Fret12.com to produce further. It now has over 3 million views. I also did a few Pixar-style animations for AdKeeper.com, a ridiculous music video for CNN, and a viral Hockey video for Coca-Cola’s new energy drink: Burn. Pretty exciting.
I just finished up a short film called “Simply Jazz” in the vein of Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz”. It documents one special night in which Tenacious D performed a JAZZ Show. Yup. Jazz.