Sid, received his early training in film production as an award winning student at Concordia University, in Montreal, Canada. He later wrote, directed and edited a made-for-television film for First Choice Pay TV in Canada entitled: The Capture of Karna Small (1987) that explored the world of child care professionals working with troubled youth and their families. Through his production company, Mimosa Film & Video, 1988 – 1991, he produced a variety of commercial and industrial videos.
In 1991, Sid accepted the position of Executive Producer and General Manager of Arcca Animation, an award winning digital effects company in Toronto, Canada. While at Arcca, he was responsible for producing a wide range of computer animation projects that included on-air broadcast design for national networks: CBC, CTV, and numerous commercial accounts such as Miller Beer, Levis, The Royal Bank of Canada, Coca Cola, Ford, General Motors and Zellers. He also produced 3D computer animation for the television series The Red Green Show and Groundling Marsh, as well as feature film special effects for Canadian Bacon and The Haunting.
Sid moved to California in 1994 to become the Producer at Santa Barbara Studios, where he produced the special effects and computer animation for numerous Star Trek Voyage television episodes for Paramount Pictures, including the EMMY Award nominated title sequence for the new series. Sid also produced the computer animation for the Warner Bros. ambitious 5/70 - 3D Stereoscopic film entitled: Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension as wells as the computer animation and special effects sequences for the 1996 Academy Award nominated IMAX® Film Cosmic Voyage, that included such phenomenon as: The formation of the solar system; a supernova; a red giant star being swallowed by a black hole; and a dramatic re-construction of a comet impacting primordial earth and more…Before leaving Santa Barbara Studios he was instrumental in producing a complex 3D digital effects and compositing sequence for the feature film, An American Werewolf in Paris and supervising the start up of the new 2D compositing department.
In 1997, Sid co-founded In dimension Three (id3) a computer animation company in Santa Barbara and produced a number of animation projects, including a computer animated music video for the rock group Bad Religion and Sony Music Corporation featuring fully modeled 3D characters. A year later, Sid accepted a position as Executive Producer and General Manager of Artis, Inc., a full service television studio in Buellton, CA, where he supervised all aspects of production on a daily television show called, Creative Living, broadcast daily on TNN as well as the 1998 TNN, Magic of Christmas special.
In 1999, Sid left Artis to pursue a dream of producing a children’s animated television series entitled, Firehouse Tales. Funds were raised privately and Firehouse Productions, LLC, was started with the objective of developing and producing a new children’s entertainment program. The result was the completion of the pilot show in November 2000.
In May, 2001, Sid, through his company S.J.Bailey & Assoc., was contracted by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to produce an animated film entitled: Priscilla the Proton, for their new Explore the Universe Gallery, which opened to the public in Sept. 2002. Upon completion of Priscilla, Sid went to work as a Media Consultant to Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and the development firm Trizec Hahn. In the case of ADM, Sid was responsible for the selection of a new national advertising agency and planning the global branding initiative. For Trizec Hahn, Sid was responsible for researching, planning and budgeting the proposed destination film on the history of Hollywood for the new Kodak Theater (re-named the Dolby Theater), and the home of the Academy Awards.
In January, 2003, Firehouse Productions, LLC, signed an option agreement with Warner Bros. On June, 2003, Warner Bros. exercised its option and bought the rights to Firehouse Tales with the intention of creating a new children’s entrainment franchise. In August 2005, Firehouse Tales premiered on Cartoon Network’s new pre-school block Tickle U. Sid is credited as Executive Producer and Creator of the show.
Presently, Sid works as a Producer for Mixt Media, a full service production studio in Santa Barbara, specializing in film & television production, motion graphics, computer animation and website production and design. He also continues to write new screenplays.
Two of his screenplays have been recognized by International Screenplay competitions:
1) Babycakes – The Nicholl Fellowship Awards – Semifinalist - 2001
2) Blue Moon / Blue Dream – American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest - Quarter-Finalist - 2011
Scriptapalooza – Quarter-Finalist – 2012
In addition, he has recently published on-line – Babycakes – The novel - On Kindle.