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Formerly educated at the American Film Institute and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, Paul’s real education began on sets… hundreds of them.  Coming up the ranks Paul has had the privilege of working along side some of the true legends of the business.


His commercial directorial debut for the American Cancer Society “Odds” was recognized not only by Shoot Magazine’s New Director’s showcase but also by the AICP show, and currently resides in the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  In 2008 it was recognized by NPR to be one of the most effective deterrent ads ever created against smoking. 


In 2013 The Young Turks proclaimed Paul’s work for Durex to “quite possibly be the best condom ad ever created.”


A six time AICP show honoree, Paul’s work has taken him around the globe.   He has collaborated with such brands as Nike, Coors, Budweiser, Samsung, Coca Cola, Bose, Toyota, Chevy, Canada Post, Coors Light, Microsoft, Bosch, Philips, Ford, The Home Depot and Canon to name a few.


In 2018 Paul’s dramatic screenplay “Rebuild” was a finalist in the Los Angeles based WeScreenplay competition.   While his narrative short Oct 23rd, premiered at the Santa Monica International film festival.


A director of photography, photographer, visual effects artist and editor, Paul is as comfortable in the post environment, as he is with his eye on the lens.  


He currently resides in Los Angeles with his lovely Canadian wife and two boys. 

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