1. What are the top 3 movies/plays/shows that have inspired you?
I grew up in a time and place in which most of the movies I had access to were big budget studio films, and it wasn’t until I took a film class during my freshman year of college that I began to get more exposure to independent and art films. Short Cuts, Blue Velvet and Don’t Look Now were three films I saw at that time that really started to change how I looked at movies. I saw there were more ways to tell a story than I’d previously thought.
Yes, I received an MFA in Film and Television Production from USC. I wish I knew what compelled me to write and direct! I feel like, growing up, I just always sort of found myself doing creative projects without really having made a conscious decision to do them. Then, when I was trying to figure out how serious I was about pursuing a creative career and was thinking about applying to film school, I remember talking it over with a friend who basically said “If you don’t go to film school, you probably won’t end up being a director, because it’ll be harder to get the skills. It could happen, it’s just not that likely. But if you go to film school, you MIGHT end up be a director.” And that was a very reasonable assessment of the situation, so I applied.
It’s basically impossible for just one person to put on a show or make a film; these are collaborative forms of art and entertainment and they don’t happen unless people work together. Also, it’s not a reality TV competition, so I’m here to make friends.
4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”
Figurative answer: I am going to try new things, even/especially if they are scary, and I have been working very hard to find out what those things could be.
Literal answer: I am going to a friend’s house to watch a reality TV competition, and I have been to the dentist.