Any filmmaker worth their salt will tell you the same thing: we're storytellers. Since I was little, I was the kid at family dinners who would stand up and recreate the different scenes from my favorite movies. I loved being the one who recounted the varied adventures of childhood to anyone who would listen. The reality is that we are all storytellers. We all tell ourselves our own story everyday, and throughout an average day we hear the stories that other people are telling themselves.
When have I made that connection?
It's when you get that tingle that starts at your neck, and permeates the body...
...that moment when it hits you.
You have a revelation, or you empathize with a new perspective.
That there's a moment of clarity when you think, "maybe the world isn't as simple as I once thought it was?" Or, "what would I do if that was me?"
We all want to tell our stories, and sometimes we need help. It can be difficult to distance ourselves enough to take an objective look at the pieces of the story that could be important. But that's what a good storyteller is all about: its finding ways to bring the audience in and connect with the story that's being told. It's an invitation into a deeper, more intimate understanding of the world and the billions of perspectives that inhabit it.
I just happen to do that through a combination of light, composition, music, story, and character.