Can you tell us about balancing a business that does weddings and commercial/editorial films?
I believe this is something I am still trying to figure out myself as you wrestle with that desire for cool passion projects and earning enough money to survive. I think the most important thing is to never rush the season you’re in, because if you’re to frantic you might miss the wonder of what’s going on around you – so I guess I’ll balance myself by taking guilt-free breaks to remind myself what’s truely important.
You’ve done a lot of travel work, can you share more about the creative process behind travel work that is purely personal?
Travelling is pure excitement when you get to experience life outside of your hometown! So I’ll always try to utilise and direct that energy into the creative process, which in return seems to maximise results.
What do you look for when you’re color grading a film?
When I was really young starting out, colour-grading used to be all about these unusually dramatic, unnatural, vivid colours but as you train and develop your eye you realise that less is more in a sense as you try to keep the image naturally rich with those balanced skin tones, lush greens and calm blues. It’s an art I am always learning and to be honest, @gamut.io has been a massive game-changer in that realm. A piece of advice for the next gen film-makers is to focus on bettering your colour-grading instead of which gear you should buy next!
What’s on the radar for you over the next year?
Well, fortunately enough I actually won a film grant for one of my new short-film scripts – so that’s exciting! I look forward to hopefully bringing that vision to life over the coming year.
Any solid music or movie, podcast, book recommendations?
I like to read a lot, so if there’s one vital book I think everyone should try to read in this tech heavy generation it’s ’12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You’ by Tony Reinke – a practical game-changer.