Miles Stoner, Jad Saxton
Eugene has maintained a passion for filmmaking throughout his life. When he watched a movie as a youth, he guessed how they filmed a shot, and then watched the special features to see if he was correct. After several years of guessing precisely, he decided to try his hand at making a short film. He directed and edited his first short film on VHS in high school. He took a brief break from making shorts to serve four years in the United States Marine Corps, where he learned the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Once he completed his tour of duty, he attended the Art Institute of Dallas to earn his Bachelors in Digital Filmmaking and Video production.
Eugene entered the industry as an assistant camera operator on the ambitious short, “Dispose of Properly” (2013), which won the Dallas 24-Hour Video Race. To keep busy, he performed grip work with a film team out of the University of North Texas. This allowed him the chance to work on two award-winning shorts titled “Three Rounds” (2013) and “Ostinato” (2013). These experiences prepared Eugene for the opportunity to be in the directing chair on the short film, “#Murder” (2014). In 2015, he was the producer on the award-winning short film titled “Totem”. The film won Best Director and nominated for Best Cinematography at a college level film festival. He returned to directing with his next film titled “Two Scoops” (2016) which is currently on the film festival circuit. He is now working on producing his senior thesis film called “Daddy’s Little Girl”.
Many professors have complimented Eugene’s ability to construct an atmosphere, and they have lauded his skill at shot selection to create beautiful imagery that tells a compelling story.