Sleeping, eating, pooping and lots of crying: that’s pretty much what my newborn son does all day. Nonetheless, since his birth a month ago, Simon has definitely changed my perspective on things, especially my career.
Filmmaking is now much more than a personal venture; it is an extension of my fatherhood. Not only must it provide financial support, but more importantly, my choices as a filmmaker directly influence Simon. As a father-filmmaker, I am now modeling a way of living through my work. Do I use my time wisely? Am I respectful toward my collaborators? Am I timid, afraid of risk or bold and daring? Do my films offer a unique point-of-view or simply rehash hackneyed themes and clichés? Do I embrace criticism and failure or accuse others of ignorance? And ultimately, what do my films embody: authenticity, beauty, negativity?
As I continue onward, Simon will be watching not only my films, but the way in which I make them. Though I naively did not anticipate this responsibility, I certainly am happy it now exists. Simon has drastically raised the bar in my life and work, and I thank God for him every day.