Filmmaking & Writing
USC / Universal Studios Motion Picture Producing & Directing - Summer 2018
This summer, I continued to refine my voice and storytelling skills as a director, while also beginning to explore the role of producer. I studied at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and I also produced and directed several short films on the Universal Studios backlot. Check back in the fall to view the finished films!
Northwestern University: Cherubs, Film & Video Division, National High School Institute - Summer 2016
Within the Cherubs Video program, I focused primarily on screenwriting. Over the course of five weeks, I wrote six short films, and directed two others. I gained a new appreciation for the script as the foundation for powerful cinema. I also experimented a great deal with long-takes, ultimately producing and directing a film composed of one uncut 12-minute shot.
Scout Film Festival – Instagram Takeover, Invited Filmmaker - February 2018
Following the screening of my film Tracks at their previous year's festival, I was selected to be a visiting social media manager for the Scout Film Festival Instagram page. As a "Featured Filmmaker", I gained experience in presenting myself to a broader audience, while holding the responsibility of positively representing a broader entity.
Skills USA Digital Filmmaking competition - 2015 & 2016
Gold medals, 2 consecutive years. A state-wide 24 hour film competition. I wrote, shot, directed, and edited a film over the course of one day with a partner, followed by a pitch of the finished product to a panel of judges. Watch one of the winning films here!
Idyllwild Arts Foundation: “Directing for the Camera” - Summer 2014
My first experience directing a short film, acting for the camera, and working on a soundstage. I immediately fell in love.
Leland Quarterly Magazine: Short Fiction (“Parroted”), December, 2018
Stanford Daily Magazine: Two Poems, May edition, 2018 (read here)
Iowa Young Writers’ Studio: The University of Iowa - Summer 2016
Focus on fiction. Creative writing intensive consisting of extensive peer input and review, round-table editing, and seminars with guest authors. Taught in a similar fashion to the Graduate Program.
“Imaginative Realms” Short Fiction Workshop, Stanford University
Focus on world-building and writing short fiction inspired by Magical Realism.
Brown University: “Writing Speculative Fiction” & “Psychology and the Media”- Summer 2015
Courses in magical realist short storytelling, and exploring the portrayal of mental illness in contemporary media. Several of the stories I wrote while studying at Brown became the basis for future short films.