Growing up in Boston, Massachusetts, I'd tell everyone that I wanted to go to MIT and be a scientist. Mom said I was going to be a photographer. I was into physics, thought optics was pretty cool, (predictable in hindsight) and even knew my way around the MIT campus from summer camp; then Mom gave me her Minolta X700... Dammit, Mom.
I slipped through Chapman University at an apex of the changing world of cinematography; I got the chance to expose literally miles upon miles of 16mm & 35mm emulsion while keeping up with cutting edge workflows. I completed my first DI in 2009 when the DGA funded an anamorphic laser print from my colored DPX sequence on "La Nina del Desierto".
My goal as a cinematographer is to help define the emotion of a scene and the story behind a character's eyes. Light and camera movement are a language which every audience member has come to understand through a lifetime of experiencing film; with every project I look to find a dialect with the vocabulary we'll need to speak directly to that audience.