I have the coolest job in the world, working with technology that supports storytelling. Workflow, communication, processes management are all challenging (and fun) problems of modern film productions.
When I'm not working, I'm in the water, swimming at the local beach or traveling for a good dive.
Introducing Censor Veil
I am extremely proud of the technique I developed to protect witness identities in Welcome to Chechnya, a feature documentary in competition and premiering at the 2020 Sundance Festival.
The challenge of the film was to find a way to protect the identity of the film's subjects so well that their families would not recognize them.
Starting with a machine learning technique called Style Transfer and adding some knowledge of VFX, I ended up with a solution that paints a new face over the subject, completly hiding the original while staying faithful to the emotion of the scene.
What do you do for work?
I am a specialist in the management, operation, and maintenance of complex content production systems. I use technology, often in creative ways, to make production faster, simpler, and more efficient, while appropriately maintaining quality.
I've had the opportunity to build technology and teams for the largest production companies, commercial agencies, and even a start-up. I've worked on summer blockbusters and great indie films, with talented directors and seasoned production staff, and for some of the most recognizable brands in the world.
What do you do for play?
In 1999 I took a PADI course and received my scuba certification. Since that first open water dive in Cozumel, swimming below the surface has been my favorite pasttime.
I was inspired by Silvia Earle's 2009 TED talk and her TED Prize wish to use all means to ignite public support and restore the ocean. To use the means available to me, I've created EpicDive with the idea to document an adventure circumnavigating the globe while scuba diving.