The student handbook for the ETC students who entered into the program in August 2020.
Todd's passion lies in combining film and other visual storytelling techniques. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but lived there only briefly as his family moved to many locations (Oklahoma, The Netherlands, Singapore, Thailand, and Kansas, to name a few). Todd spent over ten years of his first twenty years living outside of the United States. The cultural and ethnic diversity he took part in has opened his eyes to a myriad of different viewpoints and cultures.
At film school in Brigham Young University his focus was writing and directing. While attending school, he wrote, produced and directed a short film. This experience allowed him to direct a crew of over twenty students together to realize a unified vision. In the course of his class work, he focused an independent study on cinematic techniques as it relates to video game theory. At Carnegie Mellon, Todd found his place within the group of graduate students all exploring ideals and concepts at the Entertainment Technology Center. While there, he implemented a project with a fellow student to more closely examine the emerging medium of small-screen media such as video iPods, Sony PSPs and cell phones. He worked with ETC Media Services to help further hone the image of the ETC and its focus on creating high quality internal productions. During his final year, he worked with CERT, also located at Carnegie Mellon University, to develop a training simulation prototype to teach supervisors and managers how to detect and mitigate insider computer sabotage.