Shangri-La: A Short Film Noir

Got the amazing opportunity to be apart of a short film that was written, directed, & produced by the inspiring duo - Kimberly & Wendy Willming of Duplicity Studios. Could not be grateful enough to the wonderful Willming sisters for bringing me on board and to the crew for being so welcoming. Thank you for giving me the creative freedom to play around and capture stills for this special production. As my first film set experience, it was very surreal being surrounded by producers, directors, talent, and crew who have worked on shows/films that I admire and am a huge fan of.

I have been working creatively in the music space for quite some time now, and in no way am I done with it as I still have not made a dent to where I want to be, but I’ve been so obsessed with filmmaking and cinema lately and am so thankful to have been on this production and learn from incredible women. What is great about working in the creative field, is that you never have to limit yourself creatively to only one type of genre or industry. It was really interesting to see all the creative & technical decisions that go into turning a written script into a visual story. Narrative work is something I have always been curious and passionate about, and I hope to explore more within the storytelling genre.

// stills from Shangri-La:

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2018

art — through words, music, photos, videos, designs...
it helps us to see a world outside of ourselves.
i used to question all the time if what i was doing was meaningful at all, if it had purpose.  
and i really do think it’s important for us creators to never stop creating, to never stop giving our contributions to the world.
we make the world a little less harsh. 

2018 reassured me that being a visionary, a creator is what i want to pursue, what i want to continue chasing. so here is to more creating in 2019....to making 2019 a movie 🎞📽

Music: Mischa - Book Chillak ft. Esthero - Ready or Not

2017

Grateful for all the highs and all the lows that came with 2017. Grateful for the opportunities, all the bonds I have formed with some of the best people, the artists I have been able to work with, the projects I’ve been blessed to be part of, the people who never stopped believing in me, the painful all nighters that created magic, the doubt and frustration that turned into courage and motivation, and to the times where I wanted to give up but proved myself wrong. Thank you to those who have been supporting me along the way. 2017 was one hell of a challenging year, but I won’t forget the good times ✌🏼#heresto2018 

THE SCREENING: A Visual Overdose

A little over a year ago I made my first ever video, The Screening, which made me fall in love with the art of creating, producing, and directing. About 13 months ago, I decided to experiment and chase after what people are too afraid to even consider. That is, my passion. Giving myself a chance was the best decision I could have ever made. I allowed my creativity to take full control and I decided to trust it. At that time I knew little to nothing about producing or creating something, but I do know that I had fun. I had the greatest time with my friends messing around with a camera, visuals, music, and editing. It was an experience I could never forget. As "silly" as the video may be, that video allowed me to explore with my mind creatively and gave me the confidence I lacked before. 

Since releasing the Screening I have learned so much more about the fundamentals of a production, which is why I thought I would re-create the video a year later. The original Screening and this new one (The Screening: A Visual Overdose), is a very big deal to me because I never imagined myself having the courage to make something and share it - even though this video is pretty simple. This isn’t some big budget production, just a home-made project that I wanted to have fun with. As a creative, I find that it will always be challenging to satisfy myself with anything that I make, but I have learned that progress is all that matters. Never stop trying and never stop creating. 

Original inspo from Claudia Sulewski.

Watch here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-rON-Rcbdg

 

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