Neil helped found Wild Lens while working on a Master’s degree in Raptor Biology from Boise State University. Coming from a strictly science and research background, Neil cut his teeth with Wild Lens producing short films about Ptarmigan research in Alaska and bird migration monitoring at the Idaho Bird Observatory. In early 2013 Neil began work on his directorial debut film, Bluebird Man, a half hour film about the role of citizen science in the recovery of the bluebird. Neil completed his MSc in Raptor Biology in the spring of 2013. His earned his BS in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University.