How long have you been making films? What originally inspired you to get into the industry?
My story is similar to many in the business who discovered filmmaking at a young age. I’ve been making films since I was in 5th grade. It was a hobby that I shared with a few friends at the time. I used my dad’s home-video camera, a Canon mini-dv camcorder. I used to try to find any excuse to turn school projects and essays into video projects because I enjoyed them so much more and realized it was really easy to impress my teachers. They all thought I was going above and beyond when it was actually very easy for me. I started taking it more seriously in high school with short films and that was when I realized I wanted to turn it into a career.
What do you love about filmmaking and being a DP?
I love the process of making something that didn’t exist before. Creating something from nothing is such a magical experience. Whether it’s painting, poetry, woodworking, or shooting movies, if I wasn’t making things I think I’d go crazy. I think I was drawn to filmmaking the most from all the impressions movies had on me when I was a kid. From Star Wars to Indiana Jones, the world building and storytelling of films like those made my imagination run wild and I love how wholesome that is. I always wanted to be a part of that process. Lucas and Spielberg were my biggest inspirations.