Drawing inspiration from a variety of filmmakers ranging from Paul Thomas Anderson to French auteur, Céline Sciamma, Dorsey infuses what she calls “natural formalism” into every project, whether it be for spots or larger narrative pieces. “I love movement and hand-held camerawork, natural light, but without falling into documentary form,” she explains. “I do love to really compose shots and I think a lot about cuts, moving from one image to the next, whether it be through movement of the camera or the subject. It’s all very structured.”
Dorsey, whose love for the lens traces back to her early days cutting 16-millimeter film by hand, has kept busy for the better part of a decade, bringing her unique vision to not just commercials but festival films such as Dennis, short-form efforts like Star Princess and Ivadelle, as well as her recent feature-length screenplay with Vancouver workshop, Women in the Director’s Chair. Adding to her prolific reputation, writer/director Dorsey has also co-created a half-hour series that’s currently in development called Fraternal Love, which is being produced by JASH, the comedy network run by entertainment industry notables including Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera and Reggie Watts.