I think it was written in the cards early on: My mom went to see a screening of "E.T." when I was still in her womb. But it took me nine years to realize that I was supposed to tell stories on the big screen.
My dad showed me movies I was too young to watch. At 8 I saw The Big Blue, Amadeus, Terminator 2, among the classics of Indiana Jones and Star Wars. The movie that finally did it was "Jurassic Park" and after realising there was something called “a director” behind all these movies I loved, everything else was second priority."
Being so young, I never felt a movie was speaking down to me. Instead they intrigued me, excited me and made me wanting to learn more.
I decided to learn everything there was to learn about filmmaking by just making them. And by doing so, creating my own film school.
And in finding my own approach to the camera, actors, script and editing-style, I gained confidence as a writer/director.
People like Paul Thomas Anderson (my Elvis), Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and recently Jeff Nichols has helped me define and encourage the playground I want to work in, where the director has a clear vision and where everything has an emotional core to it.