For each day in the month of February, the Committee will be highlighting African-American members, both past and present, and their accomplishments. We look forward to showing the contributions and influences African-Americans have had on the industry.
List the credits you’re most proud of. I’m proud of them all because of what I’ve learned on each job. Most recently, I was very proud of the work we did on “Between The World and Me. It was such a great team to be a part of.
What’s a little known fact about you? What are your hidden (or not so hidden) talents? I double majored in Film and Art History so I know a bunch of random facts about art and architecture. I can draw and paint pretty well and I used to want to be an architect. And I spent a lot of time building computers as a pre-teen. Just because I was curious about how they worked.
What’s your favorite (Black) television/movie moment? Whew so many! Three come to mind: 1. The premiere of “Living Single.” I sat so close to the TV (and got yelled at about it) and was laughing so hard. I was so excited to see 4 Black women on the screen laughing and joking with each other. I thought about it the whole next day. 2. Every bit of Oprah Winfrey in “The Color Purple.” 3. Angela Bassett burning that car full of her ex-husband’s clothes in “Waiting to Exhale.” There was such build-up to it with her on a rampage inside the house and then when we get to this moment, it’s silent. Just the sound of the fire. I thought it was wonderfully structured and powerful.
Was there a television show/movie that inspired you to pursue your career? Robert Zemeckis movies got me interested in the technical/VFX side of filmmaking. He was always pushing boundaries and I wondered what editors did to accommodate for that. The opening sequences of “The Hours” for how beautifully cut they were. It was like a symphony and so much was being said without words. And “City of God” blew me away in undergrad when a professor played a gun battle scene simultaneously with a screen recording of the Protools session.
What’s your personal/professional mantra? Just try. If you fail, get the hell up and try again. The only way to not reach your destination is to stop traveling.
I’d love to work on a fantasy or sci-fi film. I love that type of escapism. Something with a bad-ass woman lead.