At the age of five I saw Superman fly for the first time. A short time later I watched Marty McFly travel back in time in a Delorean. These two experiences ignited my fascination with and passion for the movies. After spending my childhood running around in a red cape and trying to convince my parents to buy a Delorean, I began to write about the movies. By fourteen I was writing film reviews for my high school paper and by thirty I managed to turn the obsession with contemporary Hollywood into a career path by earning a Ph.D. in cinema and cultural studies from the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
I am now the Provost Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. I’m currently at work on a book about labor, technology, and aesthetic style in post-production sound, tentatively titled “Hearing Hollywood.” My work has been published in Screen, Music, Sound and the Moving Image, The Journal of Popular Culture, Spectator, Offscreen, and other journals and book collections I’m sure you’ve never heard of.
Wright on Film has been my home away from academic writing since 2007. It began as a respite from my graduate studies, and, in many cases, provided the springboard for many ideas that found their way into my dissertation. The site continues to feature my thoughts on different aspects of film culture, style, and technology. It has also provided me an opportunity to connect with other like-minded (and not-so-like minded) cinephiles, tech geeks, and movie junkies across the inter webs.
When I’m not working I can usually be found wandering around studio back lots looking for new stories to tell.