Hello, I'm Thompson Plyler

Full Stack
Web Developer
Based In NYC.

About Me

If you have anything to say or sell in the modern world, you're going to have to find a way to say it or sell it on the internet. I love writing clean code and working as part of a great team, and I bring a wealth of experience and different backgrounds to any project. I've been a United States Marine (oorah!), a stand-up comedian, a strength and conditioning trainer, a dating coach, a photographer, and a VFX artist. My multidisciplinary background means you're not just benefitting from my keen eye for detail or my Spartan work ethic, but from my years of diverse experiences.

Together, we'll take your project to the next level. Because merely having a presence on the internet isn't enough. Every page on every site risks adding more noise that customers and users just ignore. That can either be inspiring or intimidating, and I choose the former. There's nothing more exciting than making a site people WANT to use.

And I LOVE making beautiful things that work even better than you thought they would. Whether you want to cut to the chase with a simple and direct site, or whether you want to release the aesthetic kraken and explore the web as an infinite canvas where anything is possible, my knowledge as an engineer and experience as an artist will guarantee something that suits your needs and your vision.

Work & Education

February 2022 - Present

Flatiron School

Lead Instructor, Enterprise Software Engineering: Amazon Cohort
  • I modified the consumer-facing (i.e. non-enterprise) curriculum to suit Amazon's specific client needs.
  • I prepared lectures with notes, code demonstrations, and examples.
  • I led individualized and small group training sessions.
  • I reviewed student mastery with project assessments and code challenges.
  • Absolutely honored to shepherd so many hungry learners from being non-technical into being capable developers.

November 2018 - Present


Fullstack Developer

Working in front-end and back-end tools, I have worked with clients to provide needs from SEO optimization tools to virtual conferencing sites to help companies communicate during the global pandemic.

May 2008 - Present


VFX Compositor | Video Editor

I have worked as a compositor, editor, and motion graphics artist on shows, commercials, and films such these selections:

  • Love and Hip-Hop (TV) - keying/compositing
  • Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta (TV) - keying/compositing
  • World's Strongest Man (TV) - titles/lower thirds
  • Forbes (web) - hundreds of web news shorts
  • The Reader (feature film) - skin VFX in Autodesk Flame
  • The History of Lying (feature film) - keying/compositing
  • Dreams of John (documentary film) - "deepfake" with DeepFaceLabs
  • Mercedez Benz (commercial) - keying/compositing
  • Subway (commercial) - keying/compositing
  • Cadillac (commercial) - keying/compositing

March 2012 - June 2016


Fitness Trainer

I worked with several hundred clients on fitness goals ranging from improving their jumpshot to losing weight to breaking a 400lb bench press.

During my tenure as a trainer, I was selected as the lead strength and conditioning coach for female FDNY firefighter candidates. Under my programming and supervision, we lifted the number of serving female firefighters in the FDNY from 36 to a then historical high of 48.

June 2006 - September 2012

Stand-up Comedy

New York City

I burned a gajillion calories trying to make it as a stand-up comedian. Given this is a site about how I'm a web developer, you can get a sense of how that went. While my hilarious Netflix special is on indefinite hiatus, I picked up vital public performance skills by performing in front of crowds as large as 500 people, only most of whom were drunk.

September 2005 - September 2015

Love Systems

Dating Coach | Operations Manager

I coached approximately 3000 students (90% male, 10% female) in major cities on four contintents. I developed, taught, and demonstrated techniques to build confidence when meeting new people in unfamiliar environments. I pioneered our company's curricula on strategies for carrying on dating relationships over text, meeting people in daytime environments, and navigating the space between initial courtship to serious relationships. In this position I routinely managed a team of 3-5 fellow instructors.

November 2000 - August 2004

United States Marine Corps

Network Technician

I started on help desk before moving into network operations. From there I was placed into information security, where I oversaw 70,000 network nodes at Marine Forces Atlantic, which included the Middle East during a wartime posture.

  • 2003
    Windows Security Infrastructure/Network Intrusion/Counter Intrusion
    Selected to attend specialized, intensive course on information systems security, network penetration, and defense tactics under sponsorship of Defense Intelligence Agency.
  • 2002
    Marine Corps Tactical Network Security School - USMC Certified Information Assurance Technician
    Only non-NCO/non-officer of twenty Marines selected from the ten top Marine commands world- wide sent for intensive, experimental pilot course on tactical network security. Assisted in course analysis and adaptation for future presentation.
  • 2001
    Marine Corps Computer Science School - USMC certified Small Computer Systems Specialist
    Graduated first in class, resulting in promotion.  

November 2018 - February 2019

Flatiron School

Curriculum included Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, ReactJS, Redux, and a heavy emphasis on using all of them to build MVC apps with CRUD functionality.

September 2004 - May 2008

New York University - Tisch School of the Arts

BFA in Film and TV Production

While at Tisch, I spent countless weekend and many weeknights on student or professional film sets or hunched over a computer chopping up footage. The degree program at Tisch included the following:

  • film history and criticism
  • film/TV direction
  • video editing
  • camera techniques
  • screenplay writing and analysis
  • production budgeting and management.


My passion and goal is to help you make your business stand out.

Front-End Development

  • JavaScript
  • ReactJS
  • Redux
  • Threejs
  • CSS3
  • SCSS
  • Nextjs
  • GSAP
  • jQuery

Back-End Development

  • Ruby
  • Rails
  • SQL - Sqlite, Postgres
  • MongoDB
  • NodeJS
  • Express
  • GraphQL

Game Development

  • Phaser3
  • Unity
  • Unreal Engine

Multimedia Tools

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Red Giant Tools (e.g. Trapcode Particular)
  • Cinema4D
  • BorisFX Mocha
  • Deepfake with DeepFaceLabs

Machine Learning

  • Deepfakes
  • Custom Image/Model Generation with Stable Diffusion

Selected Works

fresh Under One Sky 2021

Virtual Meeting

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I was contracted by Overland Entertainment to make a site for fresh so they could hold their internal meeting uninterrupted by the global pandemic in January 2021.

Every Day Is Game Day

Fitness Logging App


This CRUD app simplifies a very complex workout routine so users can focus on their fitness without needing to navigate complicated tables from the source book.

Pathfinder RPG Crit/Fumble Deck

Tabletop game assistant

(Vanilla JS)

This app replicates the functionality of Paizo's crit/fumble deck, so Pathfinder players can enjoy the mechanics without needing the corresponding decks of cards at the table.

Doge Quest 1989

HTML5 browser game


This is a simple Phaser3 game where you control a shiba inu trying to collect all the bones before the mailman catches you!

League of Legends Champion Mastery Checker

Game assistant


By entering their League of Legends username into this app, users can get a readout of the champions in-game they have the highest mastery with.


Discord Bot


By typing their League of Legends username into Discord, users can use this bot find out how much time they've played in the past week.

Get In Touch


I'm happy to connect, listen and help. Let's work together and build something awesome. Let's turn your idea to an even greater product. Email Me.