GROWTH

An exploration of the universality of growing up through the eyes of those who have experienced it first hand. Captured entirely from above and featuring over 75 unique individuals, this short meditative documentary explores the complexity, subtlety, and beauty of growing up.

 

In 2014, I was commissioned by television brand VIZIO to create a film that could showcase the visual storytelling possibilities of 4K. What began as a “branded content” opportunity quickly blossomed into one of the most artistically and personally fulfilling projects I’ve ever been a part of.

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NEKKO

Nekko is a short fantasy film, which takes place in the rural countryside of feudal Japan. Left alone on her farm, 12-year-old Kae meets a magical origami hummingbird and descends into a strange subterranean world. The title of the film, “根っこ”, pronounced “nekko”, is a Japanese translation of the English word “roots” that captures the important role that both physical and familial roots play in the film.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to put this project on my website for a few reasons. One, Nekko was was my university thesis; it’s a student film and it plays like one.  Second, it was a group project in which other filmmakers brought me on to direct the film after the story’s initial conception. Third, and most importantly, it’s not overwhelmingly the type of film I see myself making in the future. So why put it up? Nekko was an immense undertaking, and one which I’m proud of. We raised over $14,000 on Kickstarter, created a 3D pre-visualization of over 80% of the film, painstakingly crafted over 150 photorealistic visual effects shots, wrote, translated, workshopped, and shot a film in a language that none of the key crew understood, captured over 90% of the film inside of a soundstage, assembled a team of over 60 filmmakers, and all to tell an earnest and heartfelt story about family. 

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