Growing up in Niagara Falls, NY with my older brothers, I found multiple ways to be creative and to amuse myself and others. I have built a brand as a creator and artist of many different mediums. I own my own company, White Lion Studios, LLC with seven other partners. I am also the CEO, which puts me in charge of a lot of creative business decisions. I have been able to communicate with spirits since childhood and I have studied extensively with monks, shaman, seers, healers and other mystics. I was born with certain spiritual gifts that make me a unique human being and messenger for Spirit. I am a descendant of Sir William Wallace and an initiate of the secret teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism.
I'm a huge geek about a lot of things: Movies, monsters, puppets, robots... the list goes on...I am deeply inspired by Jim Henson, Stan Winston and Walt Disney. I'm also a huge fan of John Carpenter, particularly "The Thing."
My background in special effects makeup shows strongly in my work. I come from the school of filmmakers who have been handling a camera and shooting home movies since childhood (ten years old for me). When I was 15 years old, I began an unofficial apprenticeship with expert robotics technician Fred Calandrelli, who I still partner with from time to time. When I was 18, I received a $500 college scholarship which I used to make my first feature film, "Break The Sky". It played at the Laemmle Theater on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, CA, and the experience changed my life.
I have discussed my work extensively with SyFy Magazine and Scream Magazine, speaking specifically about monster movies known as "creature features" which I happen to fancy. I was also interviewed by GQ Magazine for my work with The Asylum.
In February of 2012, I had a near death experience that put me in the hospital for 9 days. During that time I had no food or water and I suffered immensely (Shamanic Rites). A few months later, I was in the office at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (NACC), where I had a studio at the time. I had filmed the first feature film ever to be produced at the NACC; Crimson: The Motion Picture. On this particular day, while checking my mail, I bumped into Kathie Kudela, the director of the building. She asked me if I'd ever heard of Troma Entertainment and I said "Yes, Toxic Avenger." She hadn't heard of the Toxic Avenger but she showed me an email, sent to her from producer
Justin Martell, requesting use of the NACC as the high school for "Return to Class of Nuke 'Em High". She asked me if I thought it would be a good idea to allow Troma to film there, because she felt that the board of volunteers would be against the idea. As the building's resident "film expert," (or at least that's how she put it), she wanted my opinion. I told her how things could change for the nonprofit if Troma came and used the building as the main character in the film, like the hotel in The Shining. She asked if I would write a letter of recommendation for her to take to the board, and so I did. Soon after I received a phone call from Justin Martell. We met, and as it turned out they were filming right down the hall from my studio. I ended up producing the documentary "Two Girls, One Duck" for Troma.
The cinematographer for Nuke 'Em High was Justin Duval, who recognized my "high aptitude" (his words) and hired me as the Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) on the next movie that came to town right after Troma; The Asylum's "Battledogs", a SyFy Channel feature. While working on Battledogs, I met producer Chris Olen Ray. He hired me to work on another Asylum movie, "Atlantic Rim", in January of 2013. This time as assistant director. It was one of the most difficult experiences of my life and I gained invaluable experience on set.
Since 2012 I have worked as a hired gun for studios from all over. My experience ranges across virtually every department, but my passion is in writing, directing and especially producing feature films. These days I am focused on writing (both screenplays and non-fiction novels), and on producing.
I am very proud to be a Niagarian. My community means everything to me. Niagara water runs through my veins and powers my heart. Recently, Western New York has become a hot spot for visiting productions. Myself along with other local professionals have acted as local liasons for all manners of film and TV and I am happy to be an ambassador for any film production looking to shoot in Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY. I have assisted many productions in my hometown, from Hollywood, NYC and Italian studios to the Travel channel and Discovery channel. I successfully taught film crew training as a part of the Workforce Development Program at Niagara County Community College using a curriculum that I co-created.
In August of 2018, I published my first book, Secret Teachings of the Hidden Masters. The book debuted in Lily Dale, NY; formerly known as the "City of Light," Lily Dale is recognized as the largest community of psychics in the world. My book was the #1 best selling book signing of the season and within one year over 500 copies were sold locally. During this time, I began teaching a workshop on Dream Walking at Dragonfly Studio & Salon.
On a personal level, I am happily married to my wife Elizabeth. She is the most versatile artist I've ever known and we are creative partners as well as twin flames. Our greatest artistic collaboration is our son, Odin; and not enough can be said about our love for him. Our little family is everything to me and all of my striving is done in support of their well-being and happiness.
Although I love to read, I am dyslexic. My learning "disability" has caused an increase in creative awareness, and I see it as more of a gift than a curse.
I am a Buddhist. Specifically, I study the secret teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism, the Diamond method. Buddhism has helped me open my mind and heart to the world. It has been said that only 11% of all Buddhists in the world study Vajrayana, and of that 11% only 3% study the secret teachings. I have been a Buddhist since 2008 when I began studying Zen. In the summer of 2012, I took my bodhisattva vows and was initiated into the secret teachings. I planned on becoming a monk but the Universe had other plans for me and I was scooped up by Hollywood. I have since reconciled my artistic and spiritual callings and merged them into a lifestyle that I call the Wu.
I hope to raise awareness of my city and the independent arts in general. Especially practical effects. I have been forced into activism for many years, and through my efforts many grassroots causes have succeeded. I fight for human rights, environmental rights, animal rights and indigenous rights. In November of 2017 I co-created a charity, the Tuscarora Water Drive, with my Tusky brother Randy Greene; since then we have delivered water on a monthly basis to the Tuscarora Indian Reservation where there has been a water crisis for over 60 years. Follow me as I continue my journey as a professional filmmaker, teacher and mystic.