Much of what I do on a daily basis is produce videos for businesses. In 1998, I started a video production company in the Dallas and Fort Worth area called Top Pup Media. I started with simple trade show animations in the late 90’s, and quickly grew into a full-service video production business.
Having worked in corporate America for 16 years in product marketing, I learned how big corporations operate. That experience has proven to be very helpful in landing some nice clients like AT&T, Nokia, Chase, NAPA Auto, Mattress Firm, BP and many others. I also produce videos for small start ups as well.
My day-to-day productions are typically marketing, business and promotional videos for clients. Most of what I produce now is for use online, like websites and YouTube. Here’s our corporate demo reel for Top Pup Media:
Every couple of years, I get an itch to make a film. In 2003, I started making short films to learn how to produce narrative stories. But, after making a silly, short film with my son called Growing Up and then winning the Audience Choice Award at film festival, I decided it was time to make my first feature film.
In 2007, I produced my first feature film, Fissure. It was truly a wonderful experience. The produce ran smoothly, even for a first-time, feature filmmaker. The crew was great, and that experience will be forever etched in my heart as a great experience.
The film made it into a few film festivals, including AFI Dallas in 2008.
Detective Paul Grunning is trying to piece together his fractured life. When a routine disturbance at the Ulster House turns into an unexplainable death, all he has worked for will be tested. Ultimately, Grunning must navigate a fractured reality and his own insecurities to find what’s real.
Long Journey Home
In 2009, I decided to make a short film based on a modern-day telling of the Prodigal Son story. Long Journey Home was a heart project. The story had been rattling around in my head for years, and had to get out. So, I pulled together a small crew, set aside 5 days and created this short film.
Disillusioned with the family business, a young man is seduced by life’s pleasures only to find the costs far greater than he realized. Long Journey Home is a story about a father’s unconditional love for his son and a son’s quest for forgiveness.
In 2012, a friend contacted me about having access to a hundred-year-old building in downtown Dallas that was being imploded, and owner asked if we wanted to make a movie around it. Thinking long and hard for 2.7 seconds, I said yes. We put together a script in 2 weeks, pull together a great crew and shot the film in the summer of 2012. Originally, the film was entitled Infiltrators, but has recently been changed for our domestic distribution to 9th Floor: Quest for the Ancient Relic. The movie is being released in the summer of 2014 domestically.
An ‘urban explorer’ is blackmailed into infiltrating a derelict building on the eve of its demolition in the hope he can recover a forgotten treasure.
Sunny in the Dark
In the spring of 2014, I was part of a small, production team on a new film called Sunny in the Dark. This quirky dramedy first caught my attention when I read Mike Maden’s script about 5 years earlier. It was funny and a bit creep. It’s about a slightly OCD therapist who doesn’t realize that a young, homeless women is living in the crawl space above his loft.
We hope to release the film in early 2015.
A reclusive family therapist craving the solitude of an exclusive downtown loft doesn’t realize that he’s not the only person living in the same space.