Writes stuff and directs some of that stuff. Likes long walks on the beach and Netflix.
Q & A
If the world you created in your film became a reality, is that a world you would want to live in? Is there a Sci-Fi world you’d buy a one-way ticket to?
I like to write realistic sci-fi worlds. Usually things that could possibly take place in the world we currently live in, so no I absolutely don’t want to live in that world. Send me to any Class-M planet. I’ll be good there.
Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?
Friend or Foe: humanoid robots with advanced artificial intelligence? What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films? Will you support them in their endeavors?
I’d have to say friend, if when that happens, we get universal basic income. Foe if we have to fend for ourselves :/
In 1996, Bugs Bunny recruited Michael Jordan and Bill Murray to form the greatest basketball squad of all-time, the Tune Squad; you’re Bugs, who’s on your Sci-Fi Tune Squad?
Spock, Spock, Spock and Spock. Can’t stop a whole team of Vulcan neck pinchers.
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
In my opinion, there aren’t any truly bad ideas. I think even in the worst ideas you can find something good. I wrote GAMMA 20 times in 20 completely different ways and all of those were pretty bad, but eventually it became something I’m proud of.
Do you consider yourself part of a sci-fi community? Or when your brain is in the future and your body’s in the present, is that isolating?
I wouldn’t really put myself into any specific sci-fi camp. I’ve always loved the genre as a whole. Literally anything that says sci-fi I have to watch it. Or That’s the opposite of isolating. It’s freeing.
Do you consider yourself more of an analog or digital person? What kind of balance do strike between the two? Is there a disconnect between the technology you make films about and the technology that you make films with?
In my position on a film set, I work with both. I definitely see the benefits each provide, but from a Producer’s cost/benefit perspective, I gotta go with digital.
When you’re creating the props and sets that make a new world, where do you look for inspiration? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I’m by no means a Production Designer or Art person, but I had a lot of fun building the ship for Gamma. We built the whole thing from scratch from random parts we found in Home Depot, and we also had to build it on a budget of less than $200, so time and lack of money were ultimately what inspired us lol.
Lightning round: Star Wars or Star Trek? Philip K. Dick or William S. Burroughs? Practical or CGI? Dystopia or Utopia? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Both (But really Star Trek). Phillip K. Dick is my dude. Practical, duh? Dystopian all day. Definitely Post Apocalypse Zombie World. I’d be an amazing zombie.