How did you get inspired to become a filmmaker?
Ever since I was young I have loved film. As a family we would gather weekly to have a movie night, and that garnered my attention to the art. I’ve always pictured sequences in my head, but until recently I haven’t had a good camera to produce those sequences to. My fiancée, who is already a gifted photographer, gave me a camera to work with.
What is your favorite part about the short film form?
The ability to tell a story in a short film doesn’t give much time to theatrics, but it does give you the opportunity to show a more raw emotion. It is an opportunity to capture a story in a sort of pure sense, not beguiled in subplots or other distractions.
Who were the people that supported the making of this film?
My fiancée, Katie and all of our family.
What resources do you use as a filmmaker? Music, locations, props, editing, crew, etc.
For the films that I make, the backdrop is often the natural landscape, and that molds the mood and story I want to unfold. Music is so often the inducing factor for the emotional reaction in the story. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II and make my edits in Adobe Premier Pro.
What is your next project?
My next project is to show the progression of a man who is deeply depressed and how throughout the day it changes with the light of the outdoors.
The independent film business is a difficult one. What keeps you motivated? Where do you see the industry going in the future?
I don’t do this for the money, rather it is just to show one story at a time. To bring to life a moment and a story. Technology can often shape this industry with different fads (Ex. Use of drones). but as long as these advances keep storytelling alive, then it will continue to be rich and more accessible to more people.
Which filmmakers, artists or individuals have most influenced your work?
Jimmy Chin is a fantastic filmmaker and photographer when it comes to outdoor work. Also the works of Iñárritu and Scorsese have had significant impacts on me.
What advice would you give new filmmakers?
Stay true to your story.
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