For as long as I can remember, my life has always revolved around listening to and telling stories. As a child, I moved with some constancy from city to city across Southeast and East Asia before finally settling down on the Big Island of Hawaii. Each new place pulled me into the narratives that eventually came to thread together the fabric of my world view.
Upon moving to the continental United States to attend university, I became passionate about using narratives to explore and understand the world we live in together and build shared experiences. Over the years, this passion for using narratives as a vehicle for connecting dissimilar experiences has lead me to a career in documentary film and video production.
Authenticity: I strive above all else to tell authentic stories. To do this requires building an environment of trust, empathy and listening. Whether I work on client projects or on a character-driven documentary, finding the story that rings true to both the subjects and viewer is my driving focus.
Simplicity: When you follow a challenge back far enough, the root tends to be quite simple. As a focus, simplicity is about finding what is essential to the story and leaving the rest. Distilling the elements into pieces that only add value create powerful narratives that allow audiences to feel and connect without confusion or clutter.
Dedication: Film and video don’t get produced on a whim. They require planning, patience, follow through – even grit. Exceptional storytelling requires you to step outside of your comfort zone constantly. To be able to do that day in a day out, one needs more than just passion alone. Dedication means waking each morning and reaffirming the relentless pursuit of mastery in my craft.
Timbuktu, Cameraperson, From This Day Forward
Meridian Hill Pictures, Stone Soup Films, CreativeMornings, Armbrust & Co.