I don’t love film. I love the moment when I’m able to connect with that something inside. When for maybe just a second I’m able to feel a little bit more of that light, and I remember who I am and how much more there are to things.
When they work, films give me that moment. And that’s why I want to make them.
And I love working with enthusiastic people:
Filmmaking is problem solving and it's because of the creative solutions to those problems that films can become something special. A producer who can see problems as process, who can stay level-headed, kind, and positive is currency to me like nothing else.
Working with a cinematographer who understands the language of imagery, loves it, and who's excited to try new things is a true filmmaking. Cinematography is an art, and films mature when the relationship between the director and a cinematographer is collaborative. The more my vision is affected by other voices and ideas, the better the film will be.
At the end of the day, no matter how great everything else looks and sounds, it's the acting that tells the story. The films I love allow me to connect to something real, and that connection is made possible through actors who care about the authenticity of character and who aren't afraid to plunge the depths of themselves. I will always do my best to support actors in any way necessary to help them get to that place inside themselves.
Nothing inspires me to write and create more than music. It's the channel through which my ideas come and the pulse that translates those ideas into something an audience can experience. Composers perpetually suffer the misfortunes of a job that begins late in the process and thus work against tight deadlines, stressed collaborators, and voices from all directions telling them to copy rather than create. The sooner in the process the composer is involved, the better the score, the better the film. I believe that ideally the score and script would be written hand in hand, while the score would continue to evolve through production and post.
Editors deal with the infinite. I think a good editor has the ability to see a film not for what it is but for what it can be. Working with an editor with the drive to look through the script to feel something deeper in the story, beyond just a sequence of shots, and to find it and let it out, is the most exciting part of the process for me. It’s magic.