Did your wife ever get frustrated with you during the filming process?
Oh absolutely! While in Hawaii we had a pretty good argument one night actually. I hadn’t done a good enough job communicating with her at that point that the trip was simultaneously a birthday surprise, as well as a filmmaking trip. After sitting down and hashing it out we ended up having one of the best nights of the trip eating ramen and watching Netflix in our crumby hotel room.
Documenting special is definitely important to you (and is it to us!), how do you know when to turn the camera off?
Thats a great question! It isn’t always easy, but most of it comes down to having a an idea of what “the story” is going to be ahead of time, so that I know what shots I need to tell that story. Once I have those shots I don’t need to keep filming everything that happens.
What non-film medium most influences your work and why?
Two clear things have influenced my filmmaking more than any other film mediums. Skateboarding and music. Skateboarding taught me the values of falling down and getting back up again, and about being in competition with myself, constantly trying to improve my own skills, not in competition with my peers, but with my previous self. Music taught me how to feel art. It taught how to build tension and bring resolution, how to go big or how to be minimal, and how to tell stories using sound, rather than just visuals.
What went wrong during the shoot? Any unexpected changes or curveballs?
Well there was ONE big curveball! Originally, I wanted to surprise my wife with a skydiving trip, however in the weeks leading up to the trip we found out that she was pregnant, and as it turns out, you can’t skydive when you are pregnant.
We’re dying to know… what’s your favorite movie? Why?
Thats a great question! It would be hard to pin it down exactly, but Hot Fuzz would easily sit in my top three. Edgar Wright’s direction is so on point, every character adds to the story, and every line has me in stitches and wanting to quote it in everyday conversation. Now I just want to go watch Hot Fuzz again :)