My love affair with the moving image started as an actor. At age 15, I was picked from obscurity to play the part of the son of Joshua Shapiro, played by James Woods, in the 1985 film Joshua, Then and Now. Although it was a big start, acting didn’t pan out. I’m actually more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it.
Here I am at age 15 (at right, with hair) acting with James Woods (center) and Gordon Woolvett (left).
In my early 20’s my best friend from university and I were hired to promote the Pioneer LaserDisc system in shopping malls across Canada. We also promoted Panasonic’s shortlived 3DO game system and Nintendo’s PlayStation.
One part road-trip, one part event management, driving a 24ft truck across the US and Canada and exhibiting in different cities was an awesome experience.
In the 90s, I became the Creative Director for Toronto-based Saitech International, designing images for mechanical “Point of Purchase motion signs”. To remember how POP advertising looked before flat-screen TV’s came in and ruined the party, check out the thumbnails to see AnimactionTM signs in motion.
It was fun working on the inside of the brand-making machine for clients like Starbucks, Labatts, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Xbox, Michelin, BF Goodrich, Encore Cruises and Celebrity Cruises.
I’ve always loved photography. I started shooting on 35mm film with a Nikon FE and now shoot on Canon and Panasonic cameras.
Canada’s Wonderland, Toronto / Canon 550D
World Trade Center, NYC / Nikon FE
Palais de Congres, Montreal / Canon 550D
Northern Flicker Woodpecker, Toronto / GH5
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto / Panasonic GH5
Porsche 911 Restoration / Light Painting with Canon 550D
Laser Sail, North Bay, ON / Google Pixel
I’ve also dabbled in making corporate marketing videos and short-form documentary film. I’ve created work for clients that include Cinchy, Hailo, Living Libations and Saitech.
Photo Credit: Sigi Bloomberg
In the early 2000s I bought a Sony DV Handycam.
My first video camera - the venerable Sony DCR-TRV33E
After shooting some home movies for friends I discovered a market for stock footage. My first sale was of ‘casino lights’ from a trip to Reno, Nevada. You can see it right here.
After that first sale i was hooked. I’ve since gone on to sell over 20,000 stock footage clips, some of which have made their way into indie films, tv shows and even an ad for a polish disco. Disappontingly one of my clips was stolen by Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign team in the lead-up to his election in Brazil in 2018.
I’ve really enjoyed my stock footage adventures and capturing the beauty of the world. Some favourite shoot locations have included: hiking in the Pyrenees, driving across Canada and filming in the Basque region of Spain. Check out my work here and contact me here.