Good Boy Smokey: The Beginning, Middle and Future
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I have always been a fanatic of stop-motion animation but have only recently had the desire to become a professional animator. My original thoughts were “this doesn’t seem possible” and “how can I get into the animation business?” Although I am still uncertain about the future, I decided to take a leap of faith and dedicate myself to this field one hundred percent. As I was halfway through with animating my film, I put together a rough cut of my work and sent it to the California Institute of the Arts as well as the Pratt Institute for an MFA. As soon as this film is finished, I will submit it to short film festivals around the country, and if I am not accepted to graduate programs this year, I will readily apply next time with a completed short film under my belt. My idol is renowned animator, Tim Burton, who says, “Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?” With this in mind, I am working hard to make a name for myself and share my ideas with the animation industry. Good Boy Smokey is not just a graduation requirement; it is what I do for enjoyment. I take pride in knowing that I am capable of completing a film of my own while working as chief animator, director, writer, art director, cinematographer and sound mixer.