In many ways, I’m a terrible writer. Even in writing that sentence I wrestled with including the comma after the first three words. I switch tenses too often and use contractions when it’s inappropriate. I write in sentence fragments and hesitate every time “then” or “than” needs to be written. I can even overuse exclamation points!!!!

But I love telling stories. I think storytelling is as fundamental to being a human as breathing, eating, or sleeping. It is the oldest form of communication and it has been developed in every known society in the history of the world.

So whether I am writing about the art of animation or just the art of getting through life, I will strive to overcome my many writing flaws to tell you the best stories I possibly can.

Lighting for Animation :: The Art of Visual Storytelling

In 2013, Jasmine Katatikarn and I were contacted by the publishing company Taylor & Francis about writing a book on lighting for animated films.

After years of blood, sweat, and tears, Lighting for Animation :: The Visual Art of Storytelling was officially released in the summer of 2016. Writing this book was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. There were countless evenings and weekends lost to research, writing, and image creation, but the outcome was absolutely worth it.

The biggest joy was getting to meet and interview some of my heroes in this industry including Sharon Calahan (Director of Photography on many of my favorite animated movies including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Ratatouille). There were dozens of other artists who contributed interviews and images for the book, most of whom I would not have had the opportunity to speak with otherwise.  I am extremely proud of the work that Jasmine and I put into this book and I am delighted with the results.   For more information, you can check out the website for the book www.lightingforanimation.com. It is also available for purchase on Amazon.com