Ted specifications

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 @ 3.7 GHz
8GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800
Gigabyte GA-X38-DS4 (BIOS F4F)
4x Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB, two in RAID 0 and two in RAID 1
XFX ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
Asus Xonar DX
LG HD-DVD/Blu-ray Combo Drive
LiteOn DVD-ROM Drive
Dell 27" 2709WFP
LG 24" L246WP-BN
Bose Companion II Speakers
Antec P182 Enclosure
Antec EarthWatts 650W PSU

Film influences

David Cronenberg (Videodrome)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Kairo, Cure)
Takashi Shimizu (Ju-on, Marebito)
Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo)


Dustin A. Sklavos
About Me

I'm a 27-year-old graduate from the University of California, San Diego, with my bachelor of arts in Visual Arts (Media), emphasis in Film, now residing in the bay area and pushing things forward with my production company (http://www.skeleton-crew.net). In the meantime, I'm working as a freelance writer seeking more permanent employment to pay the bills.

I've been fortunate as I've grown up to develop two distinct but useful skillsets. Since I was four years old, I've been incredibly interested in computers, and this interest developed into a hobby, which in turn developed into some oddjobs, which in turn eventually developed into a burgeoning career writing about technology. In the meantime I've also been very creative, writing fan fiction when I was seven for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Eventually I learned how to code computer games in BASIC. The writing and visual skills improved over time and eventually met when I discovered an intense interest in horror films at sixteen after graduating high school.

I began my education at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, in 2002, where I got my first video camera, a JVC that shot on S-VHS. Shortly thereafter I picked up a second camera, a Sony that shot on Digital-8, as a gift from a friend and my father. Most of my early work was shot on this camera until I transferred to UCSD, when I purchased the Sony HDR-FX1 I continue to use and employed during my tenure as the Station Manager of an on-campus student-run television station, Thurgood Marshall Television.

In the meantime, starting in 2005 I began writing for Notebook Review (http://www.notebookreview.com) under the username "Pulp." At the time, the site accepted user submissions for reviews of laptops, and after submitting a review for my new laptop (at the time a Gateway 7510GX) I asked if I could produce more material for them. Fast-forward to 2009, and I've written hardware reviews and blogs for no less than five different technology sites while maintaining my own burgeoning movie review site (http://www.thesleepless.net/review/index.html).

As far as the gear I use and the software I'm experienced with, again I use the Sony HDR-FX1, but I'm "that guy" as one of my editors referred to me. I have experience using and have taught Final Cut Pro on the Mac, but I do my own shooting and editing on the PC using Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and Adobe After Effects CS4. I've been a PC enthusiast as long as I can remember, and have been able to perfectly tailor a machine I've nicknamed "Ted" for multimedia tasks (specs in the left-hand column).

I continue to live in the bay area with my cat, Zoe, and my leopard gecko, Geico, and plan to stay here and grow my production company and breadth of work unless circumstances force otherwise. California's been my home all my life, out of both choice and necessity, and I intend to remain here if not living single, at least living medium.

-- Dustin A. Sklavos, 10/19/2007