The key to my style is I started as a classical pianist. As that type of interpretive musician, you're studying some complex pieces. And I think you learn to listen carefully, not just to music, but to the world around you. So I try not to wear headphones. I try to listen to my environment, and I try to pay attention to my thoughts, and hopefully those combine into more inspired thoughts.
This sense of observing and assimilating is how I approach my films. I want to find the music in people's lives. I don't want to just capture lifestyles. I want to transform them into bolder experiences and stories – a “creative vérité” approach. I get real performances from actors – and often non-actors – and I plan shots to give their inner and outer worlds a compelling, playful rhythm and meaning.