Film | Design | Photography
Growing up I had a passion for animation, art, & action sports. In high school I served as the lead advocate to get a skatepark built in my home town of Trinidad, Colorado. It was during the experience of designing/ getting the park built that I realized that I could potentially combine a few of my passions and make a career doing something I loved.
After high school, I obtained associate degrees in engineering technology, art, and applied science from Trinidad State Junior College and earned my bachelor degree in Environmental Design [Architecture] at the University of Colorado at Boulder
In 2008 I began working as a skate park designer in San Diego, CA. Starting out as a draftsman and moving up to a designer and project manager. I was able to gain my LEED AP certification and work on the design of over 70 skateparks both nationally and internationally, including Northern Europe’s largest concrete skate park located in Denmark; Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory; and the Etnies Skate Park in Lake Forest, California which is designed to be the world’s first carbon neutral skate park.
A few years later, while working towards a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Colorado at Denver, I decided to pursue my dream of working in animation. In the following years, I interned at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA and LaikaHouse [House Special] in Portland, OR. I also pursued graduate studies at the Ohio State University for digital animation.
In the spring of 2013, I began working at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, CA. I have been fortunate enough to work on the Academy Award winning films Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Moana, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, and Wreck It Ralph 2.
Most recently I directed Disney Animation's first VR short film "Cycles" which will make it's premiere in August 2018.