Joe was born a Navy brat in the mid 70s on the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. His love for film and animation came from his late grandfather who started teaching him how to draw Disney characters as a child. His first experience with a computer was on the old TRS-80 (better known as the TRASH-80). He knew that computers were going to be a permanent fixture in his future but didn’t realize how until the movie TRON hit the theaters in 1982.
He was captivated by it and the amazing CGI work for the time, but it wasn’t until years later that he realized how ground breaking TRON really was in incorporating computer-generated imagery, thus ushering in a new era with computer animation. In his middle teens he tried getting his hands on any CG program he could, such as Bryce 3D, Poser, Lightwave, 3D Studio Max (now Autodesk owned), and MAYA. Since those early days and the seed that had been planted in his head by pure chance, he has completed college with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Language, specializing in Animation, from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is a firm believer that if you don’t love your job, then you‘re not loving life. He loves what he is doing and can’t wait to get on to the next project.