“What do you want to do when you grow up?”
The age old question I remember pondering since I was just 8 years old.
As a kid, I remember daydreaming about this very question.
My ideal dream was just that – a dream.
It was an impossible dream, how can you “be” someone else?
I mean there’s only ONE Steven Spielberg in the world, right?
To ever land a job like that seemed as unlikely as winning the lottery.
Yep, Spielberg had my dream job.
Because he took the stories and fascinations of his imagination and turned them into a world that people could enter into and experience again and again, no matter who they were – where they were.
The space-time-continuum is no match for Spielberg.
Here’s a biography (from Youtube) that perhaps paints a good picture of Spielberg.
Full of imagination, as I was growing up I would daily transform the drab world of my living room and kitchen into an elaborate racetrack, complete with dirt roads and mountains. I find that same sense of imagination in my life today – seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary things around me.
My whole purpose as a DP and director comes down to this. I want to give people an experience in a new reality so that they can return to their lives with a new perspective.
I want to open viewers’ eyes to see the world how I see it.
To see a new reality within their own.
This shift in perspective happens all around us.
The moment you fell in love.
The moment you learned you lost a loved one.
The moment you found out you were going to be a father/mother.
The moment that child took their first breath, step, or ride away without training wheels.
Whatever those moments are in your life, you remember them.
These moments change who you are and how you view the world from that point on.
My dream is for my work to create one of these moments.
Creating a catalyst, a turning point, a divergence from the road you’re on now to a new one.
My goal is to shift perspective.