Later on in life, he was encouraged by his brother to attend a junior college in Idaho (Ricks / BYU-I) which eventually lead him to Art Center College of Design where he studied Illustration (focused on entertainment design) and then later Film Directing. He received both his MFA and BFA from this renowned institution.
While Thayne was working on his MFA he started teaching college, working as a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer, and working on commercials with a LA Photographer / Commercial Director. Soon after, he participated in his first film, “States of Grace.”
He decided with his small family to leave the Los Angeles area and return to Idaho to be closer to family. He bought into a photography studio and became a Photographer and Proprietor for the next few years.
Another film opportunity arose, “Justin Time.” Because of Thayne’s background in photography and film, he assisted in camera work and was the art director.
After the film, Thayne then moved to Utah to take up teaching college again where spent the next six years heading up foundations and teaching a wide array of students drawing, color, digital creative software, concept design, etc.
Once again, he returned to film full time with “Waffle Street, “ “A Christmas Eve Miracle,” “Love Everlasting,” “Love, Kennedy” and a different commercials in between.
Thayne currently teaches film at Broadview Entertainment Arts University (BEAU).