I've been assembling fantastic teams of writers, actors, and crew since 2003 under my Bay Area Pictures banner. Whether corporate videos, documentary projects, narrative films, or commercials / PSAs my passion is to produce compelling stories that make an impact.
I bring the good fortune of having trained as an actor - 30+ theater productions - and I've also traveled to 25 countries. Both experiences influence the film, video, and transmedia projects I direct. As I also occasionally shoot & edit, I direct with the end in mind.
Compelling stories come in all shapes, sizes, and media formats. Some are best told visually, with film. Others are best performed live. Then there are the tales best on the page, in written form. Regardless, I strive to apply core storytelling principles to all my projects.
“If I have an idea that I want carried out and I'm not an expert, I hire the expert. After seeing some of the other projects Ben had done, I wanted a similar testimonial driven campaign. What I got in return was professional and extraordinary, and we ran the commercial during the Tony Awards and Summer Olympics.”
- Ruth Pangilinan, Founding Director, Broadway San Jose