A few of my most recent projects- some unfinished.
FILM - NARRATIVE EXPERIMENTAL
A project I directed, shot on Super16 by my close friend Morgana McKenzie (DP). Both of our first times shooting on film outside of a classroom environment. It was scary.
FILM - DOCUMENTARY
Eastern Kentucky, “coal county” is not all that it seems- the people who live there are painfully aware of their situation and fall across all points on the political spectrum.
About three years ago I visited McRoberts, KY. I was on a service trip to the area comprised of folks from my hometown in New Jersey who had been going down for a few days each year to work on construction projects and offload an 18-wheeler full of food and toiletries and other things the people might need. I was taken by the bleak situation— widespread poverty, lack of healthcare— but fell in love with the friendly, inviting, honest, and talkative people and vowed to come back to introduce the rest of the world to this small town few had ever heard of.
After a few very long and lonely drives down there and back, I raised the initial funding to travel with some friends to interview the town and spent a lot of time with a group of teenagers there who I grew fascinated with. Their stories is far from over and this project is still very much in development, so please get in touch if you’d like to learn more. Feel free to check out the trailer.
FILM - SHORT COMEDY
An awkward student tries not to embarrass herself again in front of the coolest guy in school.
My junior year thesis and one of the most fun projects I’ve ever made, THE LOOK is a short comedy set in a high school hallway and the inside of a brain. I was feeling anxious all the time and wanted to find a way to express my anxiety in a way people could relate to- so I came up with the idea of an awkward situation playing out from the inside of the character’s head.
This film was a lot of firsts for me- it was the first film I got the chance to direct at USC, the first film I made with live musicians doing the score, the first film where I was the Director, Cinematographer, VFX Artist, and Production Designer all at the same time. It was the first time I screened a film I was truly proud of.
Of course it’s messy and imperfect; The whole thing came together in just a few weeks. I built the Star Trek bridge inspired head interior in the front yard of my house. I pulled many all-nighters finishing the VFX. I made many close friends in the process. And I really love this one.
WINNER - BEST EDITING - Hollywood South Film Festival - 2018
NOMINATED - BEST LEAD ACTRESS - Hollywood South Film Festival - 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION - National Film Festival For Talented Youth (NFFTY) - 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Miami Independent Film Festival - 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION - 41st Annual Mill Valley Film Festival - 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION - SHORT to the Point International Awards - September 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Portland Comedy Film Festival - 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION - North Hollywood Cinefest - 2019
FILM - COMMERCIAL
RAINBOW SANDALS - FOR THE LONG RIDE
A commercial I produced for Rainbow Sandals with some friends from USC. We developed the treatment for a project called “Perfect Day” and it evolved into this. A beautiful, happy, and fun spot dedicated to showing off the town of San Clemente, CA - where the Rainbows factory and headquarters are based.
VFX & MOTION GRAPHICS
VFX & MOTION GRAPHICS REEL
Some of my VFX and Motion Graphics work, both commercial and personal.
ANIMATION & MOTION GRAPHICS - COMMERCIAL
THE GOOD PEOPLE FUND - ANNUAL REPORT 2017
A short animation commissioned by The Good People Fund, a Jewish charity organization for their end-of-year report meeting. For the project I worked with them to determine the animation style, directed the voiceover artist and created the score.
FILM - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
PIGGY BANK PROPOSITION
A film I shot this semester (Spring 2019) for the thesis class at USC. Working closely with director Michael Lappen I created a melodramatic blockbuster-esque visual style to fit the story. I practiced using camera to reveal information through movement and lighting to create tone in the various settings.
Shot on a Sony F5 with Atlas Anamorphic lenses. Still in post production.
FILM - ONE TAKE
I wanted to make a film in one take because I was getting bored of editing- there, I said it. I thought it could be nice to practice my writing and directing, and to finish a project with just a video file straight out of the camera. Of course it didn’t work out that way, I ended up doing a lot of finishing work on this one, but the fun of planning a one take in my tiny one-bedroom apartment was fun and rewarding. We blocked and shot the film in a day- I operated the camera as well as directed. We hid the sound mixer in a corner of the room I made sure not to film (although he does get caught briefly at one point ;)).