Originally from North Carolina, I have been living in the Atlanta area for the past five years. I came here by way of Savannah, GA, where I earned my MFA in Sound Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Before that, I had attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Though my BFA from UNC is in photography, it was there that I first began working with sound and approached it from a fine arts perspective. Thus, my background is originally in installations and experimental sound and video work.
As a long-time film lover, as my work progressed, I gravitated toward film sound. I found a very natural connection between the fine art projects I was doing and how sound could be manipulated within a narrative context. Thus, I strive to bring a creative and innovative outlook to every story that I help tell.
I am also active in academics. From 2008 until 2012 I taught Sound Design at the Art Institute of Atlanta. My MFA thesis analyzed trends in Sound Design in American horror films, and sound and genre studies remain a focus of my research. I have two chapters at press at the moment for two anthologies due out in 2013: one is an analysis of sound design in the Saw film franchise and the other examines trends regarding representation of mental illness in horror and other genre films.
I welcome comments relating to practical and technical aspects of sound design as well as those that are conceptual and theoretical.