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.
My Thoughts on Success
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.
In the Media
I’ve had the honor to write for and/or appear on a number of industry magazines, blogs and podcasts. Here are a few:
Guest spot on the Zacuto video podcast series, FilmFellas. Watch here.
Contributor to PPA Magazine:
Multiple Guest Spots on The DV Show:
- Click here to find all my appearances
- Should You Rent Or Own? (5/16/10)
- Talking about our book “ReFocus” (1/31/10)
- Talking about social media (3/16/09)
Guest blog post on Peachpit.com about Documentary filmmaking. Click here.
Guest on “Digital Convergence” podcast on 16×9 Cinema.
4-part guest post on Scott Bourne’s PhotoFocus blog. “Primer for Still to Video Shooters.” Part 4 (from here are links to parts 1-3 also).
Guest on This Week in Photography. Listen to interview.