I've been writing-producing-directing various media projects for the last 17 years. I started out messing around with stop motion and then computer animation to make my own shorts, was on the air for over 1700 hours working as a DJ at a radio station in high school, went to film school, got my degree in writing, interned on Dawson's Creek, worked in public television, went to grad school for filmmaking, started doing fashion photography to learn about creating very specific images and ended up founding a magazine in the process, and now I'm back to trying to make my own movies.
Directing, mostly experienced with documentaries, but also photo shoots, numerous episodes of a comedy/variety series in college, and an Off Broadway show.
Writing, I have a degree in Creative Writing and I've been editing an unusual little fashion magazine for a couple years now. I'm not an experienced screenwriter in terms of having sold scripts. The longest script I ever had produced was about five pages, it was for a comedy sketch, and we ended up throwing out two pages of dialog to make the joke work better.
My primary guidance in understanding how films work is by being a bit of a John Ford scholar. I got interested in Ford around 1999, after catching Directed by John Ford late one night on AMC (or TCM?). I have seen every Ford picture I could get my hands on since then, have read every book about him, even the out of print works. I strive to create films with a breadth and depth that can still approach his level of methodical simplicity.
I may end up directing or re-writing some other film projects for other people before this one gets made, if that's what it takes. I want to be in production on Passare in 6-18 months though.
My ultimate qualification is being able to lead a creative team, because filmmaking is a collaborative art, and the director's true role is to be a nexus and a lens. I pick strong artists to work with, people I trust and think I can learn from, and I help them get their jobs done together. That's something I'm absolutely qualified to do, it's what I've spent the last 17 years training myself to do. I've wanted to make movies since I was 3 years old, and despite moving around a lot and not spending a lot of time specifically directing narrative projects, it's what I was focused on figuring out how to do the whole time.