Writer, Music Lover, Problem Solver, I humbly kick @$$.

 

Scroll down to learn the tale of

Two Tonys.

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The Professional me

 Post Production  Education & Training 
 Quality Control  Digital Cinema

 Leadership & Management  Client Relations

 Problem Solving 

I've helped the former head of Mike's Hard Lemonade deliver a feature documentary. I taught filmmaking at the UCLA School of Ethnomusicology. I ran quality control sessions for Deluxe Digital Cinema, where I expanded my skillset to eventually become one of the leading stereo image subtitle operators in the industry. After heading the US team on James Cameron's AVATAR, Deluxe handed me their Quality Control division. I grew the department to be the gold standard of digital cinema.

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The Creative me

Despite seeming like a mild-mannered kid of Colombian descent, born and bred in Los Angeles, I was raised to believe that the world would meet an apocalyptic demise in the year 2000. My family imploded when Y2K sputtered out. After a personal rumspringa that’s still waiting for the statute of limitation to run out, I attended UCLA’s film school. I wrote and directed a short that got me mentored by Wes Craven and that I discussed with Martin Scorsese. But then my mother fell ill and I took a series of jobs to help pay for her medical expenses. Before I knew it, I was a company man that had built the preeminent digital cinema quality control team in the field. 

But a growing, gnawing dissatisfaction with my life returned me to my love of storytelling. When not hunkered down at my desk working on my writing, I continue to take courses via Script Anatomy, On the Page, the Writing Pad, UCLA Extension, and Screen Writing Masterclass. If that weren’t enough, I run multiple writing/reading/goals groups because I’m an introvert that’s also a damn good organizer and an excellent leader. As soon as we get out from under this pandemic, I’m bringing all my board games over to your place. 

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