After four long years of nights buried in a dark room under mountains of excess clay, wire, and sugary candy bar wrappers, I am more than excited to announce I will be attending the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts this fall for Animation and Digital Arts. Ever since the 9th grade I have been dreaming of walking into the school founded by Douglas Fairbanks, but never thought it would actually happen. Just typing these words is surreal.
I would be lying if I said I am going to miss high school, but I am grateful for what it taught me. Without it, I would never have discovered the wonders of filmmaking. One of the most rewarding things about film and animation is that it is an exciting convergence of literature, illustration, photography, set design, costume design, sculpture, painting, music and visual effects. Everything I love to do is all in one place. There are so many areas to explore and research. I hope to one day create films that incorporate both live action as well as claymation and animation, so that I can integrate as many mediums as possible.
Most of my filmmaking and stop-motion skills are self-taught. They are the result result of many hours of experimenting, watching how-to videos, and trial and error. I enjoyed inventing ways to express my ideas, whether it be making a tiny clay fly buzz around my character or the challenge of figuring out the latest upgrade to Dragonframe software, but I still have so many technical questions about the process. At USC, by learning about new technology and working with advanced equipment, I hope I will be able to expand my filmmaking horizon.