What projects are you currently working on?
I just finished a post on a mini-doc series I produced, directed and shot. In pre-production for a short film shooting next month and have two documentaries on the books, one as the main DP and the other as a second shooter.
What traits do you feel are necessary to be successful as a cinematographer?
Understanding your tools is very important but often we get caught up in the technical too much and forget to focus on the craft. Cinematography is moving imagery after all. As much as an artist is aware of what type of brush, canvas and paints are being used, the technique, intention, and visual aesthetic are what makes it art. It should all have meaning. There’s also an emotional connectivity in creating. Your perspective is always there in some way, within framing choices or through the mood of the light.
We should also always be evolving, taking risks. Studying others work in film and other mediums. Be critical of your work to push yourself further but still be confident in your abilities. As a head of a department, you have to be a solution, not a problem. Shoots rarely go off as planned, being adaptable and thinking on your feet are the only ways to survive.