“Film is huge for a city. It brings jobs for our industry, more business for local establishments…. just look at what it has done in recent years for Atlanta and the surrounding area.”
A LITTLE ABOUT YOU AND THE CRAFT:
Filmmaking Specialty: I have covered it all. (A lot of cinematography recently, getting back into directing, and editing.) With the work today you have to be nimble and able to work in a crew or take it from start to finish alone.
# Years Experience: 11 professionally
A little about your journey as a filmmaker: I started making films very young. Running through skits with a VHS recorder and my older sister. In high school I started taking classes on film and production winning a few state awards in Georgia. I went to college at Mississippi State University and worked as a production assistant all through college. I also worked freelance in school doing whatever I could get-running cables and production assistant for ESPN or making little videos for area clients. After college I joined a small production house in Mississippi called Broadcast Media Group and grew to the roll of Creative Director. We did commercial work, outdoor television, and documentaries. I moved to Charlotte at the beginning of 2014 and began working for Wray Ward. My first experience in the agency world, but it has been an adventure shooting across the country from NYC to Coronado, CA and everywhere in-between.
Equipment You Use on Typical Project: On a typical project I usually shoot with a C100 and a DSLR as a second camera. I prefer using natural light so using minimal kit lights when it is just me. For the bigger jobs I find it best to hire for lighting. It is so important to get right! Sennheiser is my go to for audio. Editing on Creative Cloud.
Majority of Recent Projects: commercial/web series
YOUR TRACK RECORD:
Largest Project: Director of Photography on two national TV spots
Notable Projects: I was the coordinating producer on two outdoor television shows, DP on commercials for VELUX and Britax
Festival Screenings/Awards: I directed the Magnolia Film Festival in 2013, which was such an amazing experience. I have won several Telly’s and Addy’s over the years.
FILMS HAVE MADE PEOPLE LARGER THAN LIFE… YOUR THOUGHTS?
Your favorite famous person and why their influence improves our world: Emma Watson has been making some great waves with Gender equality, which is a huge issue (especially in the film industry) and I really respect her efforts.
Your least favorite famous person and aspects of their life which you hope never influence others: The Kardashians
JUST FOR FUN
The next exciting thing. I am stepping back into directing so I am excited to revisit that.
The importance of story. Story is everything. Story is how I feel we make sense of the human experience. So with video, I feel like if you can tell a story that moves someone, or connects with them, than it was successful. You can have the latest gear, epic shots, killer lights…but if you can’t tell a good story – none of that mattered. No one will connect.
NOT TO GET POLITICAL BUT…
Thoughts on how film benefits a city? Film is huge for a city. It brings jobs for our industry, more business for local establishments…. just look at what it has done in recent years for Atlanta and the surrounding area.