Cory, thanks for having us, we are digging your set up her in Torrance. Tell everyone a little about yourself, you're a man of many talents.
Howdy, well thank you. I’d say “hobbies” is more fitting. I’m a 28-year-old director of photography, filmmaker and photographer. I live here with my girlfriend and son Willie Blue (yeah he’s a dog), where I have an editing studio in the garage, and a garden in the yard. I spend most of my off days around those two spaces. Outside of my career, I enjoy playing music, tending to the garden, surfing, basketball, fishing (not catching), and trying to not burn food in my wood-fire oven. For the past 10 years, I’ve moved once a year until now, so it’s been quite nice staying put.
Film is a hard world to break into, it’s impressive how much you’ve already accomplished. What projects are most rewarding to you today?
Projects that I can really use the story of the piece to motivate the cinematography. Whether it be a film, music video or commercial, using the story to make decisions on how to bring the project to life really inspires me. My end goal is to be working on feature films. Years ago, I laughed at the thought of working in Hollywood - but once I started getting involved in projects with actors performing, everything changed. There’s something unique about being a DP on a narrative film - you are the first person to experience that scene playing out in front of you. There are times when the entire crew is tucked away in the back of the set, and it’s just you, the actor and the camera. The thought that one day that same process of filmmaking could lead me to capture a scene that the world will experience months later really excites me.