1. Your life before you became a director
I was born in Burns Lake, British Columbia, Canada in 1989, High school diploma and film school at the Centre for Arts and Technology. When I was young, I wanted to be a pilot and then as I got older I dreamed of traveling and owning a camera so I could make films.
2. When did you decide to become a director and why?
I was a skateboarder kid growing up and making movies of my friends and I skateboarding was when I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker. As I learned more about film, I love the capacity the director had in manifesting a vision on-screen and also realized I wanted to be a part of the entire filmmaking process from cinematography to post-production.
3. What challenges did you face when you were starting out?
As most creative people do, I faced a lot of challenges early on in my career… Being in an isolated place, lots of rejection, and struggling to make ends meet at times. Now I reflect on those challenging times and I’m grateful for them because they allow you to persevere, problem solve and find out what’s really possible.
4. What/Who are some of your major influences?
My work is greatly influenced by nature and the symphony of life around me. As far as people go, Mark Toia has been one of my major influences in directing. His approach is simple yet produces such amazing and inspiring results.
5. What is your greatest achievement to date?
My daughter, Soleil, being born. Watching her grow, experience joy and learn about the world has been my greatest reward.
6. Can you tell us about one of your recent projects – Four leaves?
A recent project I worked on was a documentary and series of brand films for a client called Four Leaves. Alongside the team at LOVE, I worked with Shiran (the founder) and Rueben (the Creative Director) to capture the founder’s touching story and encompass the beauty and luxury of the products showcased in the brand films. We shot over five days with an efficient crew/kit across various iconic locations in the country. I am a director/cinematographer who also edits and grades, it’s extremely rewarding to be a part of the whole process.
7. How did you come up with the idea?
The idea for the brand films came from the strong connection to architecture and nature that Four Leaves was based on. We basically decided to shoot in an isolated Villa, totally surrounded by a natural backdrop and build our scenes like a mini fashion show and move the audience via the camera through each scene. The idea for the doc was to be as fast and organic as possible, keeping it beautiful and on brand (colours/textures) via our locations.
8. How did you find shooting in Sri Lanka?
Shooting in Sri Lanka was incredible. The people, the colours, the nature… it's one of the most friendly and breathtaking places in the world!
9. What other projects do you have in the pipeline?
I've been directing a series of new content in partnership with F1 world Legend Jacques Villeneuve and some Automotive TVC's which I'm really excited to share! Also I just wrapped another project in Sri Lanka with Hello Love which is action packed and so fun! We're aiming to rival a bond trailer ;)
10. What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Fast and the Furious Movies... Cigars…