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how i fell in love...



...with telling stories through film.

Why not novels? Games? Poems? Plays? (Songwriting is the closest thing I get to poetry.)

Well, it kinda started with plays, to tell you the truth.

I was around six, and playing the part of cranberry sauce sounded rather tempting at the time. The best part was that it felt like it really came from within, since instead of being assigned to the saucy role through school or some other external means, I had stumbled upon a weathered old illustrated book of plays while I was visiting my aunt and uncle in New Jersey. The library I found the book in had it for sale in their sale section (man do I love those!), and this is probably my favorite library in the whole wide world. I will have to go back sometime. It's as much of the real deal as libraries get, with that whole super historic, gothic, echoey vibe and everything.

Anyway, I convinced my girly friend to join me in acting out these silly plays, and the idea of such a planned-out, collaborative, and creative process of story-telling stuck with me ever since. So much better than playing "kitchen"!

But, I was, in most cases, devastatingly soft-spoken growing up, so I left the performance opportunities to the other more boistrous children, aside from small roles in "The Gingerbread Man" and "A Wrinkle in Time" in elementary school.

In middle school is when it occurred to me that there is more to collaborative story-telling than just acting. The internet was upon us in all its glory and I put it to good use through learning about filmmaking online. So many different jobs in making just one film? Incredulous!

Writing suited me well at the time. Having always wanted supernatural powers (dang you, Phoebe, Piper and Prue), I would indulge myself with a few corresponding made-up tales. I moved on to a couple adaptations of my favorite books along the way (which are still my faves to this day). I almost actually made a sorta-film after pestering my 8th grade friends long enough. Maybe if the editing...

Anyway, after a long hiatus, I've been back at writing, knowing a couple more things or ten than I did back then about screenplay format and structure, and taking an interest in other aspects of filmmaking as well. My first completed project, will be a short, due to show itself sometime in 2012 Ex-pelled, is now complete and soon to be out on YouTube, accompanied by a trailer and blooper reel.

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