William Swenson


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For my seventh birthday, my dad gave me an 8mm (Regular, not Super-8) movie camera, splicer, and projector. A few years later, I saw "2001: A Space Odyssey" in its initial 70mm Cinerama run. I was eleven and didn't understand the experience, but I knew it had affected me deeply. About a year later, I came across Jerome Agee's unique book, "The Making of Kubrick's 2001," and the pieces began falling together. I had to make films. And so I have, including a four-year stint in Hollywood feature film editing. I later shifted my career to science and then to writing. Still, from time to time, I return to my first love--filmmaking.