I grew up in a small town in Northern California called Occidental, surrounded by majestic Redwood trees, vast farmland, and a mighty ocean. Alfred Hitchcock’s film: The Birds, was filmed in front of the Catholic church I attended with my family years later. As an only child, I often looked to my parents and grandparents (who lived next door) for guidance and entertainment. They shared their passion for books and films, allowing my imagination and interest in storytelling to develop. I started writing books before I could write, drawing pictures and asking my Mother to write down the words for me. After watching Star Wars, I became fascinated with filmmaking. From age 15 to 25, I wrote, directed, and edited 10 short films and 3 feature films. I majored in Asian Languages & Cultures and became certified to teach English at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

Traveling and working in China, Japan, and South Korea particularly inspired me. From 2011 to 2014, I worked in Vancouver and Seoul, South Korea to produce 17 videos for the Korean design company: rabito Co. Ltd.

In 2015, I graduated from Lost Boys School of Visual Effects with a diploma in Advanced Compositing. Upon completion of a practicum at Hydraulx at the end of my studies, I was one of the first Compositors hired by Vitality Visual Effects. I wrote multiple sections for the company’s staff handbook explaining how to use the variety of in-house software.

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After 2 years of working as a Compositor at Vitality, I returned to education in February 2017. I had the pleasure of teaching 10 classes of Compositors, working as a Compositing Instructor at Lost Boys School of Visual Effects for 4 and a half years.

In June 2021, I self-published my first children’s picture book: Sleepy Baby Samurai and the Magic Painting, after 7 months of collaborative work with one of my favourite illustrators: Duha Lee.

One month later, I returned to the VFX industry as a Compositor. After working for Crafty Apes and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), I joined ReDefine/DNEG as a VFX Trainer in April 2022. After working on multiple episodes of 4 streaming shows and 2 years of work as a studio trainer, I found a new opportunity.

In April 2024, I joined Alpha Chromatica, an online VFX school, as a Co-founder and Lead Compositing Instructor. This allowed me to work again with my mentor, colleague, and friend: Ganz Ramalingam. He also happens to be an incredible artist and an extraordinary teacher. Working together with a small dedicated team, we have big plans to grow this company and make a positive impact on the global entertainment and education industries.

It has been a fantastic journey so far and I’m deeply thankful for the people who have mentored and supported me along the way.

I live in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, with my wife, two sons, and a Yorkshire Terrier.

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