People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. Steve Jobs – Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference, 1997At night the body of clouds advancing higher up the sky smothers the whole quiet gulf below with an impenetrable darkness, in which the sound of the falling showers can be heard beginning and ceasing abruptly—now here, now there. Indeed, these cloudy nights are proverbial with the seamen along the whole west coast of a great continent.
New York native Ron Elliot emerged from the streets of Brooklyn in the early 1990's, a product of West Indian and Southern roots. Although, as a young man, his focus was to become an engineer, Ron soon found that his true passions would lead him to the creative world of writing and filmmaking. As a multi-talented writer, director, cinematographer, and editor, he looks to change all forms of the storytelling process via digital platforms.
Ron's authentic perspective of conveying life through entertainment began in the late 90's, when he landed a job in the promotions department at Def Jam Records. A few years after, he ventured into filmmaking, working for music video director Hype Williams and has been immersed in that industry ever since. He went on to be a part of the team that won the 2000 Gordon E. Sawyer Academy for Technical Advancement in film, awarded to Irwin Young, Proprietor of the DuArt Film & Video Company. He later became Supervising Producer at Tempo Network (a subsidiary of MTV at the time), where he produced many live concert programs, as well as some of the network's other TV shows. Ron has also worked with Russell Simmons (Hip-Hop Summit), and Spike Lee, doing commercials for television. In addition, he spent many years as an editor for various television networks, including A&E, NBC, NYCTV, BET, and VH1.
Within recent years, some of his projects have earned recognition at major film festivals within the United States and abroad, including the Newark Festival, for Best Feature Film, and the Cannes Film Festival for Best Short Film. His ability to integrate entertainment and education has set his writing apart by permitting him to infuse core values of the human experience. This, in turn, allows his work to be something that is both universal and impactful, by crossing and meshing cultural barriers. Encompassing true real-life experiences within his work is an innate skill, ubiquitous throughout his artistry.
Ron, at times, uses his US Air Force Gulf War Veteran experience as both a lens and catalyst for storytelling.