My goal as a cinematographer is to create films that inspire, move, and entertain– films that create positive social change, films that create wonder, films that educate, and films that transport audiences into another world.  Realizing the great power of the visual medium, my goal is to photograph projects that impact society for the better, not the worse.  I will always strive for photographic perfection and photographic expression, in service to the narrative and the audience's experience.

Some of my favorite films in recent history are:

(in no particular order and by no means all inclusive)

The Martian

Spotlight

Bridge of Spies

The Imitation Game

Into the Woods

Concussion

Cinderella

Milk

Super 8

Moneyball

 

Hitch

Selma

The Green Mile

We Are Marshall

Catch Me If You Can

Jurassic Park

The Intern

October Sky

Race

Swing Vote

The Pursuit of Happiness

The Greatest Game Ever Played

Dallas Buyer Club

Charlie St. Cloud

Back to the Future

The Shawshank Redemption

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Water for Elephants

The Theory of Everything

The Jungle Book

Saving Private Ryan

12 Years a Slave

Inside Llewyn Davis

August Rush

Seven pounds

A Beautiful Mind

K-Pax

E.T.

Life of Pi

The Game

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