How did you get into cinematography as a career?
I initially started in graphic design then moved to video editing until I realized I much preferred being behind and around a camera instead. From there, I went to Sheridan College (near Toronto) for film school and specialized in cinematography. Since film school, I have been fortunate enough to work on anything from narratives, documentaries, music videos, and commercials!
What was your favorite television show when you were growing up?
Growing up I was a huge The Office fan, and I still am today.
What are the steps that go into making an episode of a television show?
They say it takes a village to make a television show, and it couldn't be more true. Certainly there are the straightforward workflow steps like pre-production, production, and post-production but there are hundreds of people involved at every step, which makes for a lot of different interpretations of a story. All these interpretations make the magic of a television show. As a cinematographer on Season 3 of Odd Squad, I'm often reading three scripts on a weekend, location scouting on the Monday, and then shooting the rest of the week. I've always been a fan of the process over the product, and every block presents its own exciting challenges that I love tackling with my team.
What's your favorite episode of Odd Squad?
I can't reveal too much about Odd Squad or the Mobile Unit just yet, but I will say the energy of the characters is absolutely infectious, and the villains are some of the oddest / most awesome villains ever.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
When I'm on the show, I can get in the habit of thinking about thousand things at once, so when I'm not on set, I make sure to do things that allow me to be present and focused, such as cooking, biking, and swimming.
Watch Odd Squad weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
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