How did you get into production?
I was very fortunate that from an early age, I knew that I wanted to be a filmmaker, and that passion has only grown. When I was ten, my parents rented a VHS shoulder-mounted camcorder from Sears on a lark, and a lightbulb went off above my head and just grew brighter every day. I wouldn’t stop playing with it until they bought me my own. I only had VHS and Beta machines to edit with, but I used what I had with glee.
I did everything I could try, from being a cameraman at Access Cable at the age of 13, to later taking courses at AFCOOP and Screen Arts, to moving across the country working as an editor and getting film grants to direct films.
You could say that I didn’t choose filmmaking, but that it chose me.
What would you be doing if you didn’t work in production?
Something where I get to create. Write novels perhaps. Or be on the radio or a podcast (which I’m also doing currently). Wait, what am I saying? I’d be a tornado chaser. Seriously.
What is your greatest achievement?
My short film, ‘Like Father’. It’s my baby. It’s traveled the world in Film Festivals and has wracked up seven top awards, including two for best cinematography. The team we had on that film was so full of life and ideas. The film couldn’t have been what it is without them.
Why do you love editing?
It’s sheer creation in minutes. Seconds, sometimes. When I have the right music and the right footage, an idea will start to form in my mind and I will work with horse-blinds on, completely ensconced in this world of invention.
It all depends on whether it inspires and challenges me, and if who I’m working with understands the language of symphonic filmmaking. Because that’s what great filmmaking is, really. It’s a symphony, and every piece has to be meticulously integrated with every other piece in order to craft emotion out of nothing. If something is out of place by even a little bit, just like in a symphony, you’ll feel it.
“How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?” -Woody Allen
Title: Editing Guru Master
Years in the business: 14. 21 if you count my days at Access Cable.
Current work challenge: Editing with Final Cut Pro X without throwing my computer through a window.
How would you describe yourself? Energetic, fun, and full of ideas.
How would others describe you? Loud.
Personal Mantra: You have to pick your battles, or your battles will pick you.
Languages: English, and enough French to be able to say where my desk is.