What drew you to filmmaking?
I've always been fascinated by stories that evoke intense emotion, often emotions you've never even felt before. I want to be able to tell my stories in that way and I think film is the medium that best suits me to do so.
Why did you choose to study Animation and Digital Arts at Florida State University?
I chose to study Animation because not only do I love to tell stories onscreen, but I also enjoy drawing. I felt that this program really integrated all of my passions into one.
How is the Animation and Digital Arts program preparing you for the filmmaking industry?
This program throws you right into the action from the very beginning. It says, "Hey! You're a filmmaker now! Let's start acting like one!" We've already made four short films and a stop motion animation, plus we've gotten to work as production assistants and extras on upperclassmen's sets. I often I forget I'm at school; it feels more like a job! (But in a good way).
What is your favorite part of the program?
I like the weekend projects. We are assigned a prompt in the middle of the week, we get a few days to storyboard, then we meet with our group and each person gets to film their movie. Then the next class we edit and screen the following day. Then we do it all over again!
What advice do you have for prospective students who are thinking about applying?
Be prepared to do lots of personal discovery. Even in your application, don't be afraid to really dig deep. You'll be surprised how much it will help unleash your creativity.
What has been the biggest surprise while studying Animation and Digital Arts at FSU?
The biggest surprise was how much trust we get from the faculty. The facility is open 24 hours, and we can come and go as needed. Because the program is so tight knit, we get benefits that other colleges with larger class sizes don't offer.