I’m a 29-year-old aspiring filmmaker, aspiring photographer, dancer, musician, and artist living in Chicago. I don’t even pretend to know what I’m doing.
They say that everyone has to start somewhere. Since I’m just starting, this website also serves as a chronicle of my journey. I’ve always loved finding out as much as I can about the filmmaking process because it seemed so fascinating to me, yet so foreign and something I could never do because of all the barriers to entry. My first experience in stitching movies together was when I made “skate videos” with my friends. I taught myself how to edit movies just because I enjoyed taking something I taped and cutting it together into a sort of “highlights reel”. That’s when I started to slowly see the magic of movie making and that, at least on a small scale, it really was attainable. This progressed for several years but I was never serious about it because I thought it all looked very amateurish. And it did. Then something changed.
A close friend of mine approached me in 2011 and said that he was hired by a band flying in from Puerto Rico to video tape their performance. He said he had 2 DSLR cameras and that I just needed to help him film their arrival and performance. I just recently found out that DSLR cameras took video, but didn’t know their full potential. I love trying new things so I told him that I knew how to edit as well and that I’d be happy to help him cut the movie up for him. I started searching around online of DSLR videos just to get an idea of the footage and that’s when I realized that seriously making beautiful videos was actually attainable to people outside of Hollywood. I realized that I didn’t need to have a million dollar studio behind me to create beautiful images on video. Fast forward 2 months and we decided to team up and create our own small film company. Fast forward another few months and I purchased my own 7D. This basically brings me to where we are now.
I’m not sure whether I’ll become the next David Fincher, but until I stop making movies, I’m taking this as far as I can.