After completing college and service in the Marine Corps, I moved back to New York and set about learning the business of motion pictures. I left NYU's MFA program to learn filmmaking from the bottom up. I took a series of jobs which taught me the technical skills of filmmaking. I specialized in camerawork and wore many hats to make progress - and money - as a freelancer.
That "education" served me well in the years that followed, as I had learned early why and how a film company does what it does - from the bottom up.
In 1970, I shot a feature documentary on the successful ascent of a mountain peak in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. In 1977, I began a feature film producing career with Rockers, which was screened at Cannes.