Film • Los Angeles, CA, USA •
“Everything is going to be ok.”
Unraveled Artist Interview:
Q: What is your design philosophy? If you do not have one, please talk about that instead.
A: Go through the hell that it is to be creative. Take from your experiences. All of them. Especially the worst things that have happened to you. Give what you can, and push it a little further. Listen to yourself, then Listen to others, and then listen to yourself even more, in that order.
Q: How do you understand the interface between sound and visual?
A: It is an immensely powerful tool, a mixture that needs to be just right, and the only way to tell is to feel it.
Q: Briefly explain how you begin your creative process and how you decide when something is done.
A: I am usually doing something else, and then a get a “great idea” and put down whatever dish, power tool or steering wheel to scramble to some place and write it down. I get a very vague idea on paper, and spend a good amount of time pacing back forth thinking of how epically awesome its going to be. I then get distracted by something shiny or a passive aggressive thing someone’s said. So I call a friend to analyze, and they say “it’s not a big deal, what else is going on?” So I explain the idea and get re-excited. So then I actually start fleshing it out, and the idea turns into the worst thing. A first draft. I then turn all mirrors and reflective surfaces around or at least dull them so I don’t have to face my mediocrity. It’s not unusual to get another brilliant idea and I get to rejoice over that for a little bit. When that idea becomes a little more real, I go back to my shitty first draft of an old idea, and after some light dusting realize its not so bad. Then come MANY more drafts, to air out almost all possibilities. I then try to explain the new-fangled hybrid multi-tiered idea to a friend that is astute and kind enough to say “Hey… Didn’t you have a much simpler version of this?” So i look everywhere for it, find it in an old email. Dust it off, change maybe 15%, and realize its done. I hope one day I can go from first draft to 15% change, but… Doesn’t that seem boring?
Q: Do you believe in the process more than result or result more than process? Why?
A: Since I have to choose I would have to say the Process. Process is living, it should be enjoyable, curious, difficult, passionate, experimental and educational. Results should be simple, finish the damn thing you started, you’ll know when its done. But if you work just to achieve some specific result, you’ll almost always be disappointed.
Q: Why do you value being part of an independent artist community?
A: If journalism is a recap on life, Artistic expression is meditation on it. Much more abstract, and much harder to fully understand. It is an important pursuit, but one often seen as superfluous and self-indulgent. It’s draining, and confusing and at times scary. Being able to share stories, give support, receive support or just have a conversation with someone that shares the same gnawing curiosity but in a different way.
Q: What is the range of methods, materials and design styles you are most comfortable working with?
A: I’m a writer, director and editor and at the end of the day, a producer. As a Director/Producer I enjoy and am sympathetic to all departments. Getting a degree in film production at USC you have to learn pretty much every aspect of filmmaking, so when you are in charge of communicating an overall vision you can do it correctly, and also understand that your department heads were hired for a reason so don’t micro-manage. As far as performance goes, I love improv. I love getting to see what an actor or performer can bring to the table. I’m very flexible with my story-telling, if someone has a better idea than me lets try it! As an editor I like pulling a story out of a bunch of random images and I like deconstructing a linear piece into something more abstract. I like to be just right or left of center. I like to think I understand to a degree, perhaps more than most, the synchronicity between music and imagery, but more importantly the pursuit of conveying the most specific of emotions by getting this combination just right. As a writer I am fascinated with the complexities of human communication and our endless misunderstanding of one another. But we continue to try, and that is beautiful. I guess I’m really into hope and sadness.
Q: Please tell us how people who find you through Unraveled can further support you and your work.
A: First check out croissantman.com and dreamgirlthefilm.com. And stay tuned for when I finally get my shit together and get a personal website up. Otherwise Please email me at email@example.com.