Gene Massey began his film career as a television commercial Director/Cameraman, specializing in dialogue and celebrity-spokesperson spots. His most recent work includes numerous short films and documentaries and he has filmed extensively in rural villages in India (current ten-year Visa). Since July of 2003, Gene has filmed in 25 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and South America where he filmed volunteers in medical camps, informal settlements, hospitals, schools, and AIDS orphanages. His most recent work is a 51-minute documentary on the life of motorcycle stuntman Doug Domokos, known worldwide as “The Wheelie King,” and a 10-minute documentary on the Circle K/Gene Woods NASCAR Race Team. In addition to his experience as a Director and Cameraman, Gene has extensive experience as an editor, having worked as an assistant to legendary feature film editor Jack Horger, and he now edits his own work in Final Cut Pro. He is also very skilled in ProCoder2.0 and Cleaner 6 for encoding and uploading films for the Internet.
Gene is also a screenwriter and is
best known for his screenplay for the family feature film “Fungi - A
Comedy about Pollution.” This
screenplay has now won four awards: the Award of Excellence from the
Film Advisory Board, Best Comedy Screenplay from both the Houston Film
Festival and the Charleston Film Festival, and Best
Screenplay Finalist from the Arizona Film Society.
As a commercial Director/Cameraman,
from 1990 to 1997 Gene worked with Ely Callaway, producing and directing over four
hundred television commercials for Callaway Golf, introducing and selling
the "Big Bertha" line of golf clubs. He often wrote or co-wrote many
of these commercials, and during the period of time Gene directed Callaway's
commercials, their total sales increased from $21 million in 1990 to $843
million in 1997. Gene's commercials for Callaway were produced at an average cost
of less than $15,000 each, while the industry average cost for a national spot
made during that period was over $200,000.
Gene has directed and photographed such celebrities as Jane Krakowski, Jean Stapleton, Smokey Robinson, Alice Cooper, Tommy Smothers, Kenny G, Jane Wyatt, Jimmy Walker, Arthur Hill, Eva Marie Saint, Vincent Price, and Henry Mancini. He has also directed such well-known sports personalities as Johnny Miller, Sugar Ray Leonard, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Annika Sorenstam, Colin Montgomerie, Greg Louganis, Paul Azinger, Patty Sheehan, and Kenny Roberts.
In addition to the Callaway Golf
commercials, he has directed short films and commercials for clients such as
Goodyear, Gucci, Chrysler, Pizza Hut, Toyota, Burger King, Epson Computers,
Gallo, Polaroid, RCA, Case Tractors, the American Cancer Society, and the U.S.
Army. His film and television work has received recognition from the Clio
Awards, the Telly Awards, the New York Festival, the Houston
Film Festival, the Art Director's Club of Los Angeles, and the Homburg
Prior to his work as a director,
Gene was an actor, appearing in a number of network television shows and
feature films, and most notably working with Steven Spielberg on Close
Encounters of the Third Kind. He studied film acting for nine
years with Charles Conrad, and his background in film editing includes a job as
an assistant to legendary film editor, Jack Horger.
Gene’s is active in community
service and presently teaches a “Life Skills” class at Camp Kilpatrick, a Los
Angeles County Youth Correctional Facility.
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