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Posted by Peter Keahey at 4:13PM
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Blog posting written by Peter Keahey, Film, Photography and Visual Arts, '12, FLEFF Intern, Yellow Springs, Ohio

I live in Yellow Springs Ohio, about nine hours away from Ithaca. My academic focus is on Animation. 

Although the Roy H. Park School does not have a major specifically for animation, I use every opportunity I can to learn new animation tools and collaborate on other projects. I have worked on thesis films, and learned a variety of animation tools including Maya, Flash, Photoshop, Frame Thief and Dragon. When I don’t have opportunities to animate, I storyboard other projects in order to continue practicing my sequential art. I also do personal comic books as an extra activity.

I joined FLEFF for the networking opportunity and for the experience of working in a festival environment. I participated in FLEFF before as a spectator. This year, I wanted to have a behind the scenes position and have an active role in the film festival. Many individuals have had their films picked up and or have found positions at film festivals,  so knowing how to maneuver and operate inside one can be an employment advantage. Being involved in FLEFF also affords you the opportunity to connect and meet with cutting edge filmmakers, who might help you learn how to get your foot in the door.

FLEFF is important because it exposes society to films that everyday people may not have sought out or even heard of on their own. FLEFF doesn’t screen the average summer popcorn movie. It presents audiences with films that are very unique and highly creative. These films have solid foundations, deep thought, and  complex structure, delivering very polished and professional pieces of work. FLEFF helps to keep film culture alive and well in the face of sequels and reboots--and that’s also why I wanted to be involved.

So, what's your favorite film genre or animated film?



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