Character & Motivation

The personality, backstory, relationships, and motivations (both obvious and hidden) of the individual characters or behind the story itself, and the people, places, events, and ideas that influence their behavior.

Pacing & Structure

The speed and evolution of a sequence, the cuts between scenes, and how their structure shapes the arc of the story—long aerial shots, a choppy chase sequence, a slow conversation, framing the story…

Rhythm & Pattern

Dramatic or environmental rhythms and visual patterns—animated conversation, walking, the speed of lights passing a car, the movement of water, people, lights, time, shadows or architectural details…

Camera & Visuals

Framing, movement, angles, and visual effects. Vignette or keyhole, panning, zooming, slow-mo, juddery, widescreen, animated…

Location & Space

The period and physical setting of a scene or entire film, and the perceived space around it—a Japanese vista, an 18th Century Russian ballroom, a deserted factory floor, a cluttered antique shop, an African safari…

Light & Color

The light and color of a scene, color grading, character, costumes, or the whole film—nighttime, bright fluorescent lighting, ornate period gowns, black and white film, winter…

Symbolism & Meaning

Visual or sound devices, either overt or subtle, used to inform the story and reinforce key narrative elements—dripping water, a church bell, a spoken word, a color, a piece of music, grass…

Dramatic intent

The emotional state of a character, the emotional profile of a scene, and the desired emotional response of the audience—heartbreak, an escalating argument, a hopeful twist…

Musical signature

Investing the film with thematic, instrumentational, and stylistic qualities that are characteristic of my music, and using the strengths of my craft to augment the experience.