During one sweltering summer in elementary school, I called up a few friends to shoot a movie from a story I scrawled on a sheet of paper with a colored pencil. I borrowed my family's Hi-8 video camera and captured my vision, which, unfortunately, left a lot to the imagination. Yardsticks were used in place of swords, and a pair of twin beds served as stand-ins for skyscraper rooftops. The resulting video, which was edited with our old tape-chewing VCR, wasn't exactly festival material, but it was my first introduction to the boundless art of filmmaking.
My friends and family were surprised that this enthusiasm for art never factored into my college applications. I enrolled in undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech majoring in industrial engineering, which I believed was a safe path to success. Shortly after I began attending Virginia Tech, I was already siphoning the majority of my free time into making videos for the Association of Movie Productions - Virginia Tech's film production organization. My definition of success was slowly morphing from the accumulation of wealth to finding a career I enjoyed. I realized that my passion lied in making films.
I have spent the past few years shooting and editing various short films and videos. I have also started to develop my photography through a 365 Day Project (one photo ever day for a year). It is my personal belief that photography and filmmaking are not two separate disciplines. I believe that integrating an understanding of composition and lighting in my films can help inform my storytelling.
I currently live in the Los Angeles area, and I’m available for both photography and videography. If you are interested in either of these services, please send me a message through the ‘Contact’ section of this website.
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