I've always been drawn to stories. Whether it be in fiction, through films, books or television or in real life. Specifically, I'm fascinated with people's stories: how they get to be who they are, what drives them to make their decisions and how they effect the lives of people around them. I made my career decision to be a narrative fiction filmmaker when I was nine years old after seein The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. After feeling a slew of emotions and having been touched emotionally, I thought that if I could make other people feel the way the film had made me feel, I'd be happy for the rest of my life.
Since that time I've made several short films and one documentary feature. I've studied over 500 films in the last 8 years and I've strived to read not only film and industry books, but as many fiction novels as I can. I attended Washingtonville High School where I made the majority of my shorts, writing, directing and acting in all of them. It didn't take long for me to build a reputation amongst my peers and faculty of my filmmaking abilities and it was when I became a Junior that I created our high school's first ever Film Club; where I had the opportunity to screen classic films and teach other students the art of filmmaking.
After being accepted to schools such as Emerson College and Rochester Institute of Technology, I finally decided on Ithaca College to spend these next four years of my life. In three short months I've become proficient with the Bolex camera and Super 16mm film; as well as compositional techniques, lighting strategies and both the Final Cut Pro and the Protools systems.
My long distance career goal is to make the best films that I can while at college and collect them in a portfolio by the time I graduate. Using my portfolio I hope to exhibit my films in festivals and hopefully use the work as a gateway to other jobs, specifically directing. In the meatime I can use my skills as gaffer, grip, assistant director, boom operator, sound mixer and editor to find smaller, more consistent jobs along the way.
In light of my goals and aspirations I realize that the world of entertainment and communications is a competitive and challenging field to enter into and find success in. I've learned to constantly work and, more specifically to my line of work, constantly write and produce films. Experience is invaluable and I'll keep getting better and better. I've also come to realize that the world of communications is an ever changing phenomenon. For example, television is rapidly becoming the more regular medium of entertainment. It wouldn't surprise me or make me unhappy to find myself working in television by the time I leave college. It's also apparant to me how important and expansive social media is becoming. Social networking is up 30% since 2010 and therefore marketing is, in my opinion, more important now than ever. With a huge amount of people relying on mobile phones and the internet for information, it's vital for me to discover a relatively cheap way to market myself and my films.
It is also a fact that women watch more videos via social networks than men. This is especially important to me because of the field I wish to enter. With this in mind, I don't think it would be a bad idea to try and work my writing to appeal more to female audiences. At least I don't think it would be a good idea for me to make films specifically geared towards men. Finally, I've learned that adults who regularly use social networks are 75% more likely to spend money on music. I love music and I listen to it constantly. I've always been a strong advocate of music in films and I even get most of my film ideas based on music tracks. I hope to be able to include the music I want in my films. Not only would it be personally satisfying to me, but based on the above statistic it would also draw a large adult audience and bring web traffic to any online video I may have.