I grew up in a large family in southern Arizona, which was the perfect situation for a budding filmmaker.
The weather was friendly and my siblings helped out as cast and crew. Extended family gatherings were especially exciting: while our aunts, uncles, and grandparents sat around drinking wine and talking, all the cousins went out into the desert with bottles of ketchup to make slasher films. In secondary school, my passion for films only grew, culminating in a time-traveling kung-fu epic and a film noir set in Hell.
I went to college at Harvard, where I majored in the history and literature of the Americas, having decided to defer my film ambitions for four years. But it proved impossible to stay away. I took a class on stop-motion animation as an elective, and I was hooked. By my third year, I was spending more time in the animation studio than I was in the library.
I made four animated shorts at Harvard, the most recent of which, Token Hunchback , has screened at more than 25 festivals and won several awards. Emboldened by an internship at Aardman Animations, I decided to plunge into professional animation, and that has brought me to the NFTS.
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