I can’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t doing something with a camera in my hand. Or a time where I wasn't trying to figure out video editing while using an old MacBook. I started when I was about 12 years old, and never in a million years did I think I would be where I am today. My love for filmmaking started off small, and now has grown into my passion. I remember coming up with these sketches that I would then post online. (Sorry, 99% of those projects will never see the light of day again)
The thing that I love most about film is that we have the ability to capture pure emotion through the camera, and then share that emotion with our audiences. I’m heavily influenced by a wide variety of artists, cinematographers, musicians, and so on. All of these mediums create such a wonderful harmony in filmmaking.
My creative drive is heavily powered by listening to music, from classical, jazz, rock to R&B and hip hop. The way a song flows lyrically and instrumentally floods my head with ideas. It allows me to create color schemes, storylines and so much more with anything that I do. The music world is one of the most wonderful places to draw influence from, and I appreciate everyone who makes music or wants to make music.
When it comes to my contemporary cinematography influences there are two people that immediately come to mind. Bill Pope, and Roger Deakins (congrats on finally winning your Oscar Roger!).
I thank Bill Pope (and Edgar Wright) for truly making me want to get into filmmaking because of one film in particular.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
I know that this isn’t many people's idea of the film to get you into filmmaking, but I still remember the very first time that I saw it in theaters. From the opening sequence and the rest of the film I remember myself saying “That’s so cool!” Throughout the entire film. I can go on and on about this film.
I am eternally grateful to be in this field, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. The fact that we are able to have so many opportunities to explore the world and film around the world is a wonder to me. If you were to tell me 5 years ago that we would be going to Uganda to film a documentary on education, I would have said you are crazy.
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