Above everything else, I am a professional. I try to always present a positive attitude about hard work, and I know who is paying my check. I approach every decision guided by what is best for the project. I try to privilege the needs of the budget, schedule, content, cast, and craft over my personal ego or creative choices. I take the leadership role of a department head very seriously. It’s my goal to get everyone on set functioning with their best energy towards the common goal of serving the project. I view collaboration as a valuable skill and compromise as a virtue.
I don't believe I’m hired because I am the best technician. There are many people that know the craft of production as well or better than I do. I believe I’m hired because of how I conduct myself and the artistic perspective from which I work. Every creative effort of mine shows beauty where it is often overlooked. This is not to say that I find beauty alongside ugliness like a pretty sunset over a trash heap. Rather, I find beauty within ugliness. Texture and pain can be rewarding especially when connected to an audience. There is an alchemy to making our most painful experiences valuable to someone else when shared in a story like turning lead into gold. Whether it’s an isolated soldier struggling through war or an alienated artist desperately grasping for connection, I will always highlight the beauty of the struggle.
My creative style has become fairly distinct at this point. To feed my artistic goals, I try to foster an empathetic connection between the subject and the audience across all mediums. When I’m shooting, I often frame the subject with barriers in the environment letting the world wrap around the subject. I typically choose a clean handheld style that allows the viewer to feel as though they are in the room with subtle planar camera movement. With my writing, I try to use the very things that make us believe we are terminally unique to be the very points at which we can all relate. Every character is written as an individual rather than archetype to allow room for the idiosyncrasies that we can all understand. My visual art typically portrays the person as a neutral figure interacting with a detailed environment so the viewer can place themselves within the piece. Practical choices of execution are guided by my artistic principles which tend to make my work easily identifiable.