Animation

Scholarship Entrant: Christian from Anaheim, California
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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Ever since I was a kid, films have had the ability to transport me to different situations and worlds I would’ve never imagined. I’d be flying with Peter Pan in Neverland, next I would be escaping a T-Rex attack on Isla Nublar, and in a second I’d be right back at home. Movies have played a giant role in my life. They offer me the chance to escape the world I live in. I would not have to worry about everyday chores and the stress that comes along with reality. They would let me forget about all of that and take me to a place in my head that I didn’t even know existed. As a child I wanted to be the next great director, where I would take hundreds of pictures as if it was a video and would shoot homemade films with my neighbors. I would always get them to act, and I would behind the camera, figuring out what shot we should use, how they should act, coming up with the stories. Back then, all of my stories consisted of monsters, zombie attacks, or ghosts. I have no idea why, but I was really into horror films. As I got older the stories got more intricate, and becoming dramas or comedies. Then, I started taking an interest in drawing and sketching little things here and there, so then I decided maybe I should draw more. I would draw in-between classes and honestly, sometimes during class when the lecture was slow and my imagination seemed to take ahold of me and I would just draw to my hearts content. I started playing around with programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, and picked up at a fast pace.
My goal as an animator is to be a storyboard artist/ director. I want to be able to tell stories through just a couple of frames. I want to make children smile, I want to give others the memories that I had growing up. I want to teach kids life lessons, weirdly bright characters messing around. I want to make the world a better place with cartoons. I’ve always adored animated films, and was fascinated on how everything was made. When I was a kid, I started drawing cartoon characters I would watch on TV and I’d, according to my mom, “waste” reels of paper trying to make them move.

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