Why I Love Film

“Making movies is a way of understanding myself and the world.” -Ang Lee

In eighth grade I took a screenwriting class and was utterly captivated. I love to look at the world through different shots and angles, analyze the lighting effects of a room, walk through life with my eyes acting as cameras of their own, drinking in my surroundings as if I really were recording the moment with something other than my hippocampus.

Since then, I’ve worked with several screenwriters to learn the trade, and have created some of my own work. Acting for the camera gives such a unique, personal twist to the acting experience I had previously, as there is a delicate balance to portraying emotion without overplaying the role, and you can be submerged in the actual setting of the story. Directing is almost better, because you can see the story coming to life before your eyes, under your careful hands. You can kindle the fire within your actors, letting them bring themselves into the role but guiding them just enough to create a brilliant patchwork of film. To me, the entire process is utterly magical.

My films are now geared toward showing the stories of others, educating others on mental health struggles, and promoting equality for the LGBTQ+ community, women, different races, and different religions.