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From the heart to the camera

I shoot from the heart, literally.

Though we see with our eyes, we experience through our heart. Heart level is slightly below the character’s eye line. Seeing from here pulls the viewer in at the vital cavity – breath and heart. Vulnerability lives here.

When you are able to expose the unspoken emotions of a scene, you invite the viewer to feel just like the character in that moment. That’s why I believe in doing more than just shaping a film’s aesthetic – I believe in interpreting storylines into emotional scripts & creating my cinematography from the emotional script. My cinematography translates emotions into an external, visual space.

I am drawn to stories that uncover the intricacies and brittleness of human existence. If you believe in your story and are willing to take that risk, come take it with me, and if we, like our characters, trip along the way on this journey, we will trip and rise together.

There’s more to Cinematography than dollies & lenses. It’s getting everybody together and inspiring them to create art while capturing moments that resonate with people’s reality.

Multi Camera for performance and edit

Multi-camera shooting allows the actors to be spontaneous on set and give you the means to shoot the live back and forth between them. It also gives the actors the space and flexibility to flow through their emotions seamlessly, while giving a DOP the ability to switch between perspectives.

Unlocking emotions

As a cinematographer, I feel that we need to understand the emotional arc of a scene and establish a visual language for it. Once we have that set and in place, we will automatically hold the camera in the right spot. Before shooting a scene I make sure i understand the emotional journey of each character in the scene; taking this piece of information, i apply the visual language and structure the scene.

Car Work - Road Movies

Car work is another visual space in which the viewer can experience the character in 3D. I believe that the camera angles and natural light also play an important role in this process as it helps you define the vibe of the scene. Moreover, it is to understand how you want the viewer to experience the scene. Every angle plays a crucial role in deciding where our viewer will be in the scene.

Actor's DP

The actor, the camera and the light are critically linked. You put these three forces in a designed set or in a designed space and a vortex of emotions can explode. When I say that I'm an actor's DP, I am holding space for performance. All decisions come from the emotional script of the scene which is breathed into existence by the actor which I receive, hold and expose to the audience.

MILESTONES

A timeline of everything that happened

  1. June 21, 1998

    "Borrowed" my dad's Canon AE-1 Program 35mm film camera.

    My dad was concerned that I was wasting a lot of film, after rolls of my sports photogtaphy came out blurry or unerexposed. However, my mother supported the lost frames by ensuring us that it is a learning process and indeed it was.

  2. June 21, 2001

    Elected President of my High School Band

    Band Geek for life - Who else was a band geek in high school? : Lil Wayne, steven spielberg, halle berry, tina fey, kesha.

  3. June 21, 2005

    Graduated college in a town that prints its own money

    The idea of living my life my way was inspired from this unique town that created its own currency that operated parallel to the nation's currency. This was a way for them to sustain the local economy and culture. This encouraged me to find ‘my way’ amidst the ‘mass produced way’.

  4. July 7, 2006

    Worked as a film negative assembler

    Assembled edit for the shows - 'Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill. Holding the shots in my hands, cutting frames and joint rolls. I completed the whole process by hand.

  5. October 15, 2008

    BET spotlight winner – Spent

    Spent won the BET spotlight.

  6. January 23, 2010

    Traveled to over 30 countries with Band Without Borders.

    Travelled to countries across the globe with an all male rock band. I shared stories and created memories in this journey.

  7. June 15, 2015

    SXSW (Official Selection) LOEV

    LOEV became the official selection for the SXSW film festival that celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera.

  8. December 15, 2015

    Frameline IFF (Audience winner) – LOEV

    Frameline's mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. LOEV, a story about a weekend trip between friends that made them question what love is and what it means to them; won the audience award.

  9. February 15, 2019

    Emmy winner – The inspectors S3

    The show endeavors to educate young people about making good choices and the importance of communicating with parents and includes a positive message about living with a disability.

  10. December 15, 2019

    Emmy nomination – Insecure (CAMERA OPERATOR)

    Best friends Issa and Molly belong to the same social background and face similar experiences bagged them an emmy nomination. They always strive to find solutions to their problems by facing them together.

  11. December 15, 2020

    Emmy nomination – The inspectors S4

    Set in Washington, D.C., "The Inspectors" is inspired by real cases handled by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Season 4 of the show was nominated for Emmy in the year 2020.

CAST CAPTURED
CREW

The crew behind the scenes

Randy Johnson
Owner, Elite Camera Support
Jenny Denton
Key Grip
Joe Lomba
Owner, Alternative Rentals
Dan Sasaki
VP of Optical Engineering | Panavision
Bianca Halpern
Owner, BeCine Camera Rentals
Juan Pablo Chaves (JP)
1st AC
Ramy Romany
Director
Michelle Pereli
Director
Kate Moss
1st AC
Ben Baggett
Gaffer
Sherri Kauk

I shape storylines and translate emotions from an actor’s internal place into and external, visual space. I am instinctively drawn to stories that uncover the intricacies and brittleness of human existence. If you believe in your story and are willing to take that risk, come take it with me.

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