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Hello!  I'm Bill.. and welcome to my website!  It's been a while since I've created a new one so I hope you like what we've done with the place.

A little about me, shall we?  I'm 32 years young and a professional Storyboard Artist with training in classical and 3D animation.  I'm also an aspiring Director!  I feel Directing is a natural progression  from Storyboarding, so with a little luck I hope to find some more Directing gigs wherever they may be.

So... how'd I get to where I am now?  Well, for starters I was born and raised in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island.  From an early age I had a knack for drawing and was often pointed out as a talented artist from friends, teachers and the odd stranger.  Proof of this was back in 1987; I drew a Woolly Mammoth that was one of 100 drawings chosen to be featured on the Royal British Columbia Museum's 100 year anniversary poster.  Awards and accolades at such a young age, I knew I was destined for an adventure!

After graduation from High School, I left Comox to attend film training at the Victoria Motion Picture School.  It was here while learning about movies, (and sketching out my first Storyboards) one of my instructors saw me doodling and urged me to look into animation schools.  It was then that I found out about Capilano College's acclaimed Commercial Animation Program.  I put together a portfolio and after a few attempts, (Hey, it was super competitive) I was accepted!

I graduated from Capilano in 2001 and began Storyboarding on the independent feature film, “Little Brother of War”.  Soon after I knocked on a few doors and started getting gigs drawing Storyboards for TV Commercials.   No small feat to get in there but somehow I persevered!  Just before the Storyboard luck, I started my production Company, Mirrorball Productions with Director/Photographer, Martin Prihoda (www.martinprihoda.com). We started Producing commercials, short films, and music videos.  My greatest successes came in 2006/2007 when I Produced Nickelback's, “If Everyone Cared Video” as well as the Canadian portion of their video , “Rockstar”.  Sometimes it's nice to be in the right place at the right time!

Around 2008, the business in Vancouver was seeing a bit of a decline due to the economy and the the high Canadian dollar so I decided it was time to challenge my skills in different ways.  I directed my first live action short film, “The Sandwich” and enrolled in Capilano University's 3D animation program.  It was there that I created my first 3D animated short film, “Monday Is My Favorite Time Of Year”, and outside of class, I directed my second live action short film, “Snip”. 

And that brings us to the present.  After some deliberation, (and the closing of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games) I decided it was time to move back to where it all began, the still very beautiful Comox Valley and draw Storyboards remotely.  So far so good!  The work continues to flow in and I get to live in the prettiest place in the world! 

My future plans are to continue in the Entertainment field Storyboarding and Directing for TV, Film and Video Games.  In my spare time I'm challenging myself in a completely different way by earning my Red Seal in Carpentry!  How's that for a change of pace?  I'm also learning to play drums at the same time.  Let's hear if for diversity!

Well, I hope this biography has been enjoyable to read, if not enlightening!  I look forward to working with you on your projects.  Enjoy your time here!