RISE OF THE FILMMAKER
It all started in 1977 when my father took me to see the original STAR WARS on opening night. Little did I know at the time, this film would change my life forever! I can still remember walking out of that theatre asking my dad, "How did they do that?" I knew from that day forward that I wanted to tell great stories through filmmaking.
Not long after my dad took me to see the film, he drove me to the nearest Toys R Us to buy me my first STAR WARS action figure. I’m not sure he knew what he was getting himself into. All I knew is that I was hooked, and George Lucas would smile all the way to the bank as my collection grew and grew.
In 1980, "The Empire Strikes Back" was released. It was the sequel I had been waiting for forever! By now I was swimming in Star Wars toys and was even more inspired to make my first movie. As a budding filmmaker, I faced a few challenges... I knew nothing about how to make a movie and didn’t even know how to operate a camera. I didn’t even own a camera! That's where my aunt Linda comes into the story. She owned a Super 8 film camera that she let me borrow and taught me all about stop motion animation. The rest, as they say, is history!