Ron Dawson

No, this is not me. Like father like son.

When I was about 7 or 8 years old, my dad gave me an 8mm film camera. It was the coolest thing. I promptly went out and shot my very first movie. It was a time-traveling crime caper about a thief who used a magic clock to travel through time to steal old and expensive artifacts. My hapless little brother was the star (as if he had a choice) and we filmed “on location” at Disneyland, using the different lands to represent different time periods.

It would be over 16 years later before I pursued filmmaking in earnest. I had a business degree from Cal Berkeley and was working as a real estate appraiser  in 1992. I needed a creative outlet. I was inspired to make a comedy about a funny experience that happened to me while at Berkeley.  So I enrolled into the Film & TV program at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA. I immediately fell in love with all things filmmaking.

Time went on and I continued along a business career working in the software development world: first for Screenplay Systems (creators of Movie Magic software) and then later at Intuit where I worked as a business marketing manager for Quicken. But my love for filmmaking was always there as I made fun and funny short flms on the side.

But then my good friend and fellow filmmaker JD Cochran asked me that fateful question one January evening, 2002.

JD: “So Ron, what do you want to do with your life?”

Me: “I would really like to make a feature film some day.”

JD: “Okay. Cool. Cool. So, uh, how you goin’ to do that at Intuit?”

That was it. The question that changed my life. I knew it was time to take a chance. Five months later I quit my cush, 6-figure salary to pursue my passion.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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See My Work

Visit my company’s portfolio to see a few selected projects.

Little Known Fact

  • I used to dance on a semi-professional Lindy Hop troupe that once performed at Carnation Plaza at Disneyland.
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