2000 to present:

Independent supervisor working freelance for studios and effects facilities.

1983 to 2000

Owner and Effects Supervisor at Available Light Ltd.

Acted as both sub-contractor and primary contractor on feature film and special venue effects projects.

Clients included: Walt Disney Pictures, Lucas Film, Paramount, Sony and Boss Film.


Magi Synthavision. Image Choreographer (fancy term for Designing Animator)
Early digital effects facility that was a premature delivery…


Walt Disney Pictures. Functioned as Senior Effects Animator and Designer for live action feature films.

1979 to 1981

LucasFilm / ILM. Effects animator.


Cal-Arts / Disney Character Animation Program

1973 to 1977

United States Air Force. Illustrator/ Draftsman, created graphics for command level briefings and helped develop AV training for Fighter-Bomber crews. Honorably Discharged as Sergeant (E-4) with Secret security rating.

International travel experience: Czech Republic /Korea / Canada / Bahamas / Tanzania / Rwanda / Kenya / Yucatan / Tahiti

International travel for location work: Czech Republic / Korea / Canada / Bahamas

Valid Passport ready at all times. SCUBA-open water certified.

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