Since Ty was very young he had two passions: Aircraft and media...
From sitting in a room plastered with posters of military aircraft to making home movies with his Super 8 film camera; Ty has always dreamed of combining his two loves. Ty enlisted in the Navy in 1991, serving in a helicopter squadron aboard the USS Independence in Yokosuka Japan. There, he also fell in love with animation.
After majoring in visual effects in college, Ty got involved in the dot-com boom in the early 2000s. His innate knowledge of programming and computer technology took hold, and Ty envisioned a media world converging on the internet with amazing computer graphics supporting free-floating robotic aerial cameras. Ty began crafting radio-controlled helicopters with cameras mounted on them.
Ty continued his media career, and has managed to fuse his love for all media and aircraft into many successful ventures. Ty currently writes books on his many areas of expertise and acts as a consultant to others venturing into the media and drone worlds. He also still performs shoots with drones, provides post-production services, and educates others.
Ty is an industry-recognized professional aerial cinematographer and drone pilot. He has spoken at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Interdrone, Drone World Expo and AMA Expo on the subject. He's also shot for Discovery Networks, Sci, History, and for Feature and Industrial Films. Ty is also on the advisory board for the Society of Aerial Cinematography.
Consulting and Studio Design
Ty has been programming for over 30 years. While other children were raking leaves for cash, Ty was developing games for neighborhood kids, and networking them all together. His first job out of college was with frog design as a web developer. He's programmed interactive museum exhibits for California Academy of Sciences. Ty has also developed several mobile games and has a book published on the subject.
Lightning Fast Animation in Element 3D
A guide to learning the plugin for Adobe After Effects "Element 3D" (by Video Copilot).
BUILDING MULTICOPTER VIDEO DRONES
Guidance on how to build a multicopter drone for aerial cinematography
LEARNING BUILDBOX 2 GAME DEVELOPMENT
A how-to book that walks the reader through the process of building mobile games using the Buildbox development platform. From designing the game, to graphics, to audio, to distribution channels.
Some of the various articles Ty has written for Videomaker over the years
DESIGNING PURPOSE-BUILT DRONES FOR ARDUPILOT PIXHAWK 2.1
Teaches the principals of design, fabrication, and testing of drones using the Pixhawk 2.1 stack to control drones on land, sea, and air.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW
AN AMAZON COMPANY
Reviews and articles about drones for the digital photography community.