When I “borrowed” my father's camera at the age of ten and shot my first film, 'Attack of the Killer Grapefruit', I knew there was no going back. I learned then how to shoot for a low budget film and how to work with what you've got; while having a lot of fun with the process! For that film, I took a grapefruit from the kitchen, and used it to smash by little brother's toy cars... in the name of art (was my excuse to my parents)!
While I have been so fortunate to have a life that revolves around video and editing, I have had few opportunities to be as creative as I'd like. When I perused my Master's degree at George Mason University, I knew I had a wonderful chance to bring one of my short film ideas to life.
I wrote a script in 2012 entitled “The Great White Whale” in one of my classes. After submitting it to to a couple of script writing competitions and getting positive feedback, I decided I would attempt to make that my final thesis for the completion of my degree.
While enrolled in a fiction film class, I wrote and directed my very first film that had a real actor, and real crew people who knew what they were doing. However as a first time director... I didn't fully know what I was doing. I learned that my years of videography experience did not transfer 100% over to directing. With only one day to shoot the project, and days to edit to make the deadline for the project, I found myself having to adapt and cut parts of the story to get everything done in time. This changed the “feeling” of the film from being a comedy, to more like a psychological thriller. It also was an incredible learning experience, that helped me better prepare for my next film.
After working and adapting the script for 'The Great White Whale', scouting locations, story boarding, budgeting and being weeks away from starting production, it was brought to my attention that another film, with a very similar concept, had just been released two months prior. After watching the other film, I could't believe the parallels, and felt that I had no reason to make another version of what I thought once was an original idea.
I scrapped the entire project, searched my journal for other ideas, and landed on what was going to become ‘PreFlexia'. Years ago I had pitched a premise to Bart Johnson, the Director of Photography, about a character