Bio

ME:
I believe in searching for an interesting take on every set-up.  What we do is often a matter of tight schedules, budgets and other insanely unusual and sometimes arbitrary constraints.  Yet, these are the conditions in which we must do our most creative work. I think that being able to consistently deliver engaging imagery under these conditions is what defines the great filmmakers to whom I aspire.   Each scenario has its upside and requires a different creative approach, but once you find that hook to connect to — that theme, idea or message — that’s when the fun happens.

Let’s go have some fun!

-HAL

BIO:

In my younger days, I always had a camera in-hand.  After high school, I went on to play lacrosse for Duke and then attend USC Graduate Film School where I received the highly-prized Robert Zemeckis Mentorship. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to pursue my craft and profession as a filmmaker.   In my career, I’ve shot for major international brands and worked with celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Tiger Woods, Ashton Kutcher, Carol Burnett, Kathy Bates and many more on projects ranging from commercials and TV to auto to earning an Emmy-nom in the first broadband narrative category.

All those years with a camera in-hand paid off when I started my career.  I’ve been lucky enough to earn my living through shooting and filmmaking. In that time, I’ve shot, edited, done VFX and colored some pretty incredible projects. I’ve lit and shot remote (no, seriously remote) 300′ pyramids in the Yucatan, been strapped to a motorcycle sidecars and the hoods of countless ATVs hurtling through back country, shot from helicopters, camera cars and in all kinds of cool places on some amazing projects with talented collaborators.

Got a cool location and project?

Let’s get it done.

CLIENT LIST (Partial):
Live Action: Qualcomm, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Glock, Hershey’s, FX/FXX, WB, Aether Apparel, Degree, Nintendo, EA Sports,
Victory Motorcycles, ESPN, KPMG,
Auto: Chevy, Cadillac, Subaru, Kia, Buick

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS:
Emmy Nominated
Telly Awards: 60+ awards since 2011
Communicator: 20
Golden Moose Award – Outdoor Channel
American Lung Association Volunteer of the Year Award for PSA Campaign I wrote & directed.

FILM FESTIVALS:
Films I’ve shot have appeared in hundreds of festivals and garnered many awards for cinematography, directing and picture.
A few examples are: Austin Film Festival, Taos Talking Pictures, LA Int’l, Palm Springs Int’l, Tahoe Int’l, One Reel, Hypnotic Million Dollar Film Fest, Moab, Ojai, Las Vegas, Denver, Aspen Shorts, and HBO Comedy Arts.

FESTIVAL AWARDS:
Hypnotic Million Dollar Film Fest – Runner Up
Moab – Best Short, Best Cinematography
Houston Worldfest – Best Short
Antelope Valley – Best Cinematography