I have been interested in filmmaking since the mid 1990's. Working closely with my best friend, Jesse Jackson, we began doing crude animations and short films using a Fisher Price PXL-2000. We both took videography at the local community college long before the department existed in its current form. Video editing was VHS deck-to-deck loaded onto a metal cart with wheels. There were no "bays" or anything digital whatsoever. Around this same time, we began working at the Telluride Film Festival, in part to raise money to finance further film making. We were paid $1.25 an hour and given $12 in food stamps daily. From my experiences at the Telluride Film Festival since 1996 to the present, I have learned:
1. Nobody is getting paid enough to have a bad time.