In grade six, classmate and friend Doug Weaver and I shot a LEGO-mation on 16mm film. We built the set from cardboard, LEGO lunar baseplates and a backlit starfield made from stretched, black plastic bags punched full of holes. Set to the music of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” the film opened with a shuttle craft flying in from the upper-right corner of the screen, rotating to face the camera, and then settin down lightly on the landing pad. We used fishing line to puppeteer the shuttle and move LEGO buggies in real-time, frame-by-frame for the stop-action alien invasion. It was by no means an award winning production, nor worthy of acclaim beyond the classroom, but it set in motion a passion for telling story on film.
Since that first effort many years ago, I have dabbled in claymation, short film, documentary format, and have worked frequently with my brother Jae, an award winning videographer and founder of the Almost Famous Film Festival, the nation’s largest, contiguous 48 Hour Film Challenge.
However, as one who has moved through life with passion for so many projects across a wide spectrum, I recognize my opportunity to be a great film maker is likely lost to distraction. As such, it is my intent to advance my art, to gain experience such that I am better able to capture and present what stories unfold for my camera.