Tom began his career on the production side of the film and television business. He’s been fortunate to have worked on award-winning projects as a producer, director, cameraman, and editor. He has produced projects ranging from television commercials to documentaries to dramatic films in over 30 countries.
Since 1998 Tom has served as a missionary video producer, beginning at Caleb Project, a ministry dedicated to seeing Christians mobilized for the completion of world evangelization. In 2005, he co-founded 10X Productions to create a feature-length motion picture, “The Enemy God.” In 2012, 10X Productions, now a ministry of Pioneers, formed a strategic partnership with International Media Ministries based in Spain.
In his ministry life, Tom works collaboratively with filmmakers in other countries to produce visual stories and to empower emerging filmmakers in other cultures with the goal to make the knowledge of Jesus Christ and his kingdom known in places that are yet unreached. This work takes the form of film training workshops, partnership in producing films, and individual mentoring.
Tom has been teaching online film and screenwriting classes and in-person workshops and seminars since 2010.
Just so you know, Tom understands what being in school is like; in 2015 he finished graduate school with an MFA in Professional Screenwriting.
Tom and his wife, Cara have been homeschooling since their son was in second grade (he graduated from college in 2013.) Their oldest daughter is in nursing school. Their youngest daughter is in 9th grade. He also enjoys music (guitar and hand drums) and telemark skiing. He lives in the Denver, Colorado area.
Filmmaking with a Global Vision In the middle of the spring semester, usually in April, I teach my filmmaking classes from somewhere outside of the U.S. Last spring it was from Thailand. This year Holland. I've taught my online classes from Turkey, Spain, Finland, and...
A famous film director once said that “...70% of a film is sound.” I don’t know that we can put a number on it, but one of the most important lessons beginning filmmakers can learn is the importance of high quality and creative sound in their films. Instructors of...
Camera Envy (or Intimidation) in Young Filmmakers I've met and taught hundreds of young filmmakers over my career who get caught in the same trap. If you're a parent of a passionate young filmmaker, you'll know the tendency for them to obsess over their camera and...
...WHY DOES SCREENWRITING HAVE TO BE ONLY A HALF YEAR WHILE [Science] IS A WHOLE YEAR - NOT FAIR…
Thanks so much for all of your notes and the live classes. I loved it so much! You're such an engaging teacher with actual experience in the field you're teaching, which is something homeschooled kids don't get very often 😉
...of the five classes my daughter is taking this fall, you have by far challenged her the most. She appreciates your thoughtful comments on her work and has been motivated to take her creative writing skills to a new level.
Before I took these classes, I didn’t know for sure if filmmaking was something I wanted to do or if it was God’s will for me. But now, I know without a doubt that I am passionate about filmmaking and that it truly is God’s will for me to serve Him and make a difference in the world through visual media. Thank you so very much for helping me to discover my life purpose.
I'm a novelist as well, and you've really broadened my whole story-making landscape (and I've been writing stories since I could put pen to paper) in the past semester and I'm really glad to have taken this class.