Mechanically inclined designer and fabricator with a broad knowledge
of methods and materials. Experienced carpenter, welder,
and electrician. Detail-oriented prototyper and foam sculptor. Experienced with molding
and casting of plastics. Experienced set dresser.
Masters Degree, Industrial Design
Scandinavian Furniture Design Study
Urban Design Laboratory Design Study
Nickelodeon - Kids' Choice Awards
Speed Channel - Fine Tuned
MTV - Human Giants
Mattel - Puffy Ami Yumi
Discovery Channel - Monster House
Comedy Central - Chappelle's Show
CBS The Cut
VH-1 - Name That Video
HBO - Bob Costas on the Record
Disney - Kids Channel
Martha Stewart - Living
Michael Moore's - The Awful Truth
The Howard Stern Show
Disneyland Japan Space Mountain
Disneyland Finding Nemo Submarine
Universal Studios - King Kong
The Grove Shopping Center - Winter Wonderland
Los Angeles County Museum of Fine Art - King Tut
Designers & Agents
MTV - Licensing Summit
American Museum of Natural History - The Genomic Revolution
New York Historical Society- Grand Central Station History
theme park ride
theme park ride
theme park ride
Columbia University - Tierno Bokar - Directed by Peter
Second Stage - Danny & the Deep Blue Sea
Laura Pels Theatre - The Foreigner
Regency Theatre - My Hometown
La Mama Theatre - Blind Ness
Roundabout Theatre Company - After The Fall
Driver's license with no points and motorcycle endorsement.
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What's your story? As a teenager, I learned troubleshooting and repair skills
helping my father repair ice machines, walk-in refrigerators, and gas engines.
After high school, I lived and worked at a retreat center
in the Santa Cruz Mountains where I learned new skills such as
concrete form-building, roofing, plumbing, wiring, and how to
operate heavy equipment such as backhoes, crawlers,
tractors, and forklifts. At the San Francisco Art Institute, I
learned carpentry, welding, sculpting, and many other skills.
During art school, I began building props and working on-set for
photoshoots. After I moved to New York City in 1999, I began
working as a carpenter and a welder building sets and props for
countless projects in different scenic shops in Brooklyn. I worked
several seasons in the art department on Michael Moore's TV show,
The Awful Truth, and for the Martha Stewart Living TV show. More recently, I have worked on several
feature films working with the production designers designing and fabricating special props. I now live in Los Angeles.
How can you help us with our project? By fabricating or modifying props and sets on TV commercials,
music videos or film. By fabricating mechanical devices for special effects. I am a creative, hands-on, problem-solving person
with an art background that has a sense of design and mechanics. I am an
experienced carpenter, welder, electrician, sculptor, and mold-maker.
I have also worked on-set as a prop master and set dresser.
Are you an industrial designer? I received a masters degree in industrial design. I tend to use my
prototyping skills and materials knowledge when I work on props and sets.
Do you have a shop? I have a large, well-equipped shop.
Do you have a kit? I have several different kits, a small one with general art department and carpentry gear and a larger kit with all carpentry power tools as well as air, table saw, chop saw, and MIG welder.
Do you have a fax machine, scanner, color laser printer,
DSL and laptop computer with software such as Photoshop,
and Illustrator? Yes.
Do you have rigging skills? I have some rigging skills. I worked on four theatrical installs in New York City. On a few of these shows, we hung large hanging sets and truss systems over the stage. At several theaters, I worked with a motion-control engineer to
install computer-controlled winches under the stage and from the roof. I am an experienced
rock-climber and know about safety protocol, gear, and knots.
Can you load and drive a 26' cube truck? Yes, I have a California Driver's license with no points and a motorcycle
Are you union? No.
It says in your resume that you were featured on an episode of Discovery
Channel's "Monster House" Were you selected to be a builder on this reality
TV show and compete for prizes? Yes.
Did you complete the project in five days before the midnight deadline and win the $7000 worth of tools? Yes.
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Portfolio :: Projects
American Museum of Natural History
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
DNA Spiral: This was part of a larger genomics exhibit at the American Museum
of Natural History in New York City. I was one of the fabricators
on this project.
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards: I fabricated the green slime wall on the stage for the Kids Choice Awards. The wall is made from plywood, a wire frame and coated with foam. The orange Nickelodeon blimp and the sponge wall I carved from foam.
The Grove Shopping Center
Theme Park Sets
Gingerbread House: This project was called Winter Wonderland and was built
for The Grove Shopping Center in Los Angeles. I was responsible
for engineering the weatherproof animatronic characters. The teddy bears wave their hands, the cherry on the ice cream
cone spins around and the snowman turns his head back and forth.
I also fabricated the Santa Claus clock and carved many different
details on the house out of foam.   Bear Video
King Kong: The first three pictures show a large castle wall for the King Kong theme park ride at Universal Studios. A few other sculptors and myself carved this wall out of urethane foam.
Disneyland: For the Submarine Voyage at Disneyland, we worked from small models and carved large pieces of foam. Pictures four and five show the model and the completed 12' piece of sculpted foam. Picture six shows one of many sculpted sections sculpted to resemble coral. The last two pictures show a spacecraft for Space Mountain at Disneyland Japan.
Props and Sets
Viking Boat: I built this 20' Viking boat for a digital feature still in production.   Boat Video
Prop Fridge: This was a prop for MTV's TV show Human Giant. In the show, an actor picks up the refrigerator and lifts it over her head. To make it light enough to do this, I made it out of styrene foam and painted it to look real.
Plywood Stack on Car: I built this fake plywood stack and mounted it to a car for a comedy video that I shot.
Pool: I built this 20'x30' pool for a Jamie Pineda music video. With three inches of water it had a great effect when the performers danced around in it.
Radio Station: Picture 5 is from a 1954 radio station set that I built for a feature film.
Motel Set: Motel night desk at a cheap motel.
Prop Clock: The last two pictures are from the film Keane, I fabricated several prop clocks.
We were shooting in the New York City Port Authority bus terminal and their clocks could
not be changed. Time was central to the plot of this film and any prop clocks that we used needed to
be self-powered, so I designed and built several prop clocks and put battery-powered
lights inside. Steven Soderbergh produced this film.
Curvy Table: The table is made from laminated plywood.
Red Leather Chair: The body of this chair I bent
and TIG welded from raw steel tubing that I later polished to
a mirror finish. The seat and back are made from 1/8" red leather
that I stitched over the body.
Red Conversation Chair: I designed
and built this bent plywood chair for two people to sit and
talk. It is made out of vacuum-pressed
plywood. The six legs are made from bent
stainless steel rod.
Curvy Chair: I built this oversized chair for a photoshoot.
Blue Chair: I designed and built this lounge chair. It is made out of vacuum-pressed plywood.
Helmet Dog House: The oversized motocross helmet I fabricated
for the Discovery Channel program Monster House. Motocross
was the theme of this episode. The first two images are of a motorcycle
helmet that I sculpted out of a solid block of polystyrene bead foam.
The visor was made from flexible plywood. The completed helmet
was four feet high.
Video Game Entertainment Center: In the third and forth pictures, I carved a road with
hills under a mountain. The top half of the mountain I shaped
from wire mesh, which I topped with plaster fabric. The surface
of the carved foam was designed to appear like a motorcycle
trail. The mountain hills and road were later painted and decorated
with miniature trees and rocks. This X-box game station
has four LCD monitors that I disassembled and modified to secure inside
the mountain. Under the acrylic and glass table were sliding drawers that
held the X-box video games and their controllers.
Motorcycle Goggles: In the last two pictures, I sculpted four foot wide
motorcycle goggles. Hidden behind the wall, I installed actuators on both sides which mechanically move the goggles
down several feet by flipping a switch to reveal a flat screen TV.
Custom Intercom: A client of mine liked the functionality of their intercom but wanted a more contemporary look. For intercoms which use the homeowner's landline phone, there are few style choices as few companies manufacture them. My solution was to remove the electronics from the existing intercom and mount them in a new bronze housing that I designed and fabricated.
Faucet and Scooter: Prototypes made from wood.
Donkey: The donkey I carved from blue foam as a reference model
Cast parts: As a test, I copied a Hello Kitty doll and cast it with three different resins
Prototypes: I cast these two key prototypes for my thesis. Imbedded inside the cast pieces are computer chips.
Portfolio :: Art
These are sand sculptures that I made at local beaches. The sculptures are made with sand and water.   Sand Video
I painted these oil paintings from 1995 to 1999.
The first seven shirts are designs I adapted from fruit and vegetable labels. The other seven shirts are drawings.
I silkscreened these shirts with water-based inks.