2016 ASPCA Calendar Videos

Posted on December 15, 2015 · Posted in production log

NEW YORK CITY — I just finished another successful year producing the ASPCA calendar videos. This year I added a short branded animation to the beginning all of the videos. To do this I used Pond5’s Custom 3D Calendar Animation template and customized it to fit the ASPCA Branding. You can see the results below.

I produced, filmed and edited this series for the ASPCA.

Moly & Minx (March)

ASPCA 2016 Calendar Highlight: Molly & Minx from ASPCA on Vimeo.


Joey & Mervin (October)

ASPCA 2016 Calendar Highlight: Joey and Mervin from ASPCA on Vimeo.


Jill & Hannah (February)

ASPCA 2016 Calendar Highlight: Jill and Hannah from ASPCA on Vimeo.


Matt & Dharma (Featured)

ASPCA 2016 Calendar Highlight: Dharma and Matt from ASPCA on Vimeo.



Every 60 Seconds

Posted on October 30, 2015 · Posted in production log

NEW YORK, NY – I filmed and edited this short fundraising video for the APSCA.

Seth Gitner’s Multimedia Storytelling Book

Posted on August 2, 2015 · Posted in production log

I’m in a book! Seth Gitner, Associate Journalism and Multimedia Professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, interviewed me about my video storytelling work for the ASPCA. The interview can be found in his textbook Multimedia Storytelling for Digital Communicators in a Multiplatform World. You can purchase a copy here.

A Weekend of New Beginnings

Posted on July 29, 2015 · Posted in production log

MOULTON, AL – On June 30, acting at the request of local law enforcement, the ASPCA assisted in the rescue and removal of 300 dogs and cats from a neglectful animal shelter in Moulton, Alabama. Now, nearly one month later, we are thrilled to announce that the majority of the rescued animals are happily in forever homes. Some were reunited with loving families in the weeks following the raid, while approximately 250 others were placed up for adoption at an ASPCA adoption event in Hillsboro, Alabama, on July 25 and 26.

At the event, more than 900 people from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and the surrounding areas came to show their support—and 202 dogs and cats were adopted!

*I produced, filmed, wrote, and edited this video for the ASPCA.

Coconut’s Story is Made Into a TV Commerical!

Posted on June 1, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

NEW YORK CITY — Coconut’s story, which I produced, directed, and edited for the ASPCA, was recently adapted into a nationally broadcast television commercial starring Deborah Norville of Inside Edition. You can see the TV spot below!


2015 ASPCA Calendar Videos

Posted on November 29, 2014 · Posted in production log

NEW YORK CITY — After a successful test-run in 2014, the ASPCA re-assigned me the task of producing a behind-the-scenes video series about the making of their 2015 calendar. The calendar is a yearly gift to qualifying ASPCA donors and features the stories of the organizations employees and their adopted pets. The videos supplement the calendar’s online presences, which includes additional photos and stories. They are also used to market the calendar, for fundraising, and to spread the message about animal adoption.

I produced the series as a one-man-band (producer, shooter, editor). I operated the camera, recorded the audio, conducted the interviews, and edited for all of these productions.

The gear I used included: Canon XF-305 camera, Sennheiser shotgun and lavaliere microphones, and the videos were edited in Adobe Premiere CS6.

All of the videos that I produced for the 2015 calendar are embedded below. I hope you enjoy them!

Mahi and Amber (June)


Jami and Ozzie (December)


Alyssa and Portabella (September)


Jocelyn and Felly (January)

Life on a Chain

Posted on April 8, 2014 · Posted in production log

NEW YORK CITY — Dog fighting is one of the gravest and most violent forms of animal cruelty imaginable. It is for this reason that dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states.

This video gives an in-depth look at the issue of dog fighting in America, the impact it has on the innocent lives of the dogs and the efforts of the ASPCA to combat dog fighting and rescue the dogs trapped in this vicious blood spot.

*I directed, produced, filmed, and edited this video for the ASPCA.

Springtime Surfing in the Northeast

Posted on May 13, 2012 · Posted in surfing

NEW YORK, NY – Spring is here, which means the neoprene hood is off. Booties, gloves, and another millimeter of neoprene are next.

Producing and Teaching for One LENS

Posted on April 30, 2012 · Posted in production log

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – In 2011, the NGOs Global Nomads Group (GNG) and American Field Service developed an exchange program between students from Southeast Asia and the United States. The goal of the project was to develop cross-cultural literacy through participatory filmmaking. As an employee of GNG, I participated in this project as a curriculum consultant, teaching artist, and as one of the producers for the program’s video One LENS: Cultivating Cross-cultural Literacy through Film and Digital Stories. The video followed one of the three pairs of schools that participated in the program–students from the Malaysia Federation for the Deaf and the Indiana School for the Deaf. The video, Deaf People Can Do Anything Except Hear, is a product of one of the workshops that I directed with that same group of students.

One LENS: Cultivating Cross-cultural Literacy through Film and Digital Stories

One LENS: Deaf People Can Do Anything, Except Hear

Behind the Scenes: Market Life in Haiti

Posted on March 23, 2011 · Posted in production log

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Blog Published March 23, 2011 on

During pre-production for this winter’s Haiti trip, I jokingly prodded Grace by asking her “wouldn’t it be great if we made a video about the ‘carrying stuff on you heard phenomenon’ we see in Haiti all the time?” Hence, the idea behind the video was born.

In Haiti, things don’t always go according to plan. The day we were scheduled to visit Port-au-Prince’s downtown markets to film for the video, just so happened to be a day where political tension filled the air.  The people were awaiting the final results of the two presidential candidates (which didn’t go over too well last time). We decided against placing ourselves in danger and instead opted to film at a Haitian market in the neighborhood of Pétionville, a safer neighborhood near where we were staying. With a little bit of research and some help from AFH design fellow, Schendy Kernizan, we found the perfect market to produce our piece.

The Route Frére market is a small yet lively market in the heart of Pétionville. Here, you can find many of the same products that we find in our local supermarkets (like fruits, veggies, and meats), in addition to other goods unique to Haitian culture. Our small crew of five: Brandon (videographer), Grace (talent), Baselais (translator), Marseille (driver), and myself (video producer); decided it would be of best practice to introduce ourselves to the vendors at the market prior to busting out our arsenal of cameras and microphones (in general, when you are taking pictures or videos, it is appropriate to ask people if you can take their photo prior to pointing a camera at them. This is especially important in foreign countries). For the most part, most of the people we approached agreed to be a part of our video.

Once we began filming, all things went smoothly. So-much-so, that by lunch time we almost had all the material necessary for an edit (this was almost unheard of!), yet one sequence still eluded us – we wanted to film Grace attempting to carry a basket full chickens on her head (to her dismay). After lunch we re-grouped and returned to the market to capture our final scene. It was a bit odd interrupting market vendors and asking them if we could take their place for a few minutes (understandably so). We were turned down a couple of times, so to break the ice, I put my camera down and asked a young man if I could try carrying his merchandise on my head. He allowed me to do so and once I placed that basket on my head the market exploded with laughter. (Making a fool of myself always seems to be the perfect ice-breaker in tense situations). Soon thereafter we met a woman selling large wooden spoons from a large basket on her head. We decided to purchase a spoon and capture it on film.  We moved on to another section of the market and met a young man named Jamie whose job was to transport coconuts for market vendors. He allowed Grace to carry his basket for him and again, as the locals watched her struggle the basket on top of her head, laughter ensued throughout the market.

At the Rout Frére market, we didn’t score any of the two-tiered chicken head-baskets we were hoping to capture, but we did create a fun little educational video to give the world a small perspective into life in Haiti. More importantly, I got to take home one cool and oversized wooden spoon!
Below is the video. Enjoy!