University of California - Santa Barbara
Seeing the World Through a Lens
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My interest in film began with my first movie—or my first love: Monsters Inc. Engrossed in the magic of animated movies, I became an elementary school animation aficionado. As I was immersed in Disney 24/7, in films that taught me that stories are not just for kids, but for people of all ages, and that there are no limits to what stories you can tell. Naturally, I became obsessed with creating my own.
I spent my days crafting my stories by drawing scenes: my life, cartoons, fictional universes, and everyday people. Soon after, I upgraded from pastels and paper to a camera. I fell in love with capturing my world. Everywhere I went, my Hello Kitty camera was there too, experiencing life along with me—and me always pressing record. My pictures have told daring tales of my childhood adventures and travels, and watched me grow up through the years. Even at home, I'd photograph anything and everything and declare, "Let's make a story out of what we have here." Inspired by my love for animated movies, I began experimenting in stop motion, and after time, I had animated Polly Pockets having a teenage crisis, my bed turning itself upside-down, my food coming to life, a birthday card putting itself together, Hello Kitty action figures...
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