Fear and Flow
My early explorations in film were colored by a small, sallow chorus of critics in my head: you don’t know what you’re doing, you don’t know the rules, you’re a neophyte.
It’s true that with each shoot I sensed how little I yet understood about this highly technical medium. But this fact remains: I learn by doing...and by sharing. Happily, there is a part of filmmaking that seems to flow toward me: editing.
Editing film feels a lot like my native process of choreography; choosing the flow of information within a temporal journey, finding the right balance between visual and aural modes, activating my instincts in rhythm, contrast, texture, composition. For this resemblance, I love it.
On the other hand, editing is a very different creative experience than my life with dancers. Once I have the footage I enter a kind of cocoon, working quietly in a dark room with only one other person. I feel calm and open; anything might happen.