I figured maybe I should fill you in on my life besides that little poem I wrote.
I grew up in a creative family with artists, singers, and musicians. I started singing real young and joined my first official choir in the third grade. I found my love in theatre where I studied and performed in it until the end of high school. There was a time where I wanted to go to college for acting but come junior year of high school I realized I loved making the props and set more than the actually acting side of theatre. I started taking art classes then and found my love in that.
I took a college visit to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago summer of 2005. I got to stay in their dorms and go through a nice orientation to understand The School. To check in for the weekend, we needed to go to the 17th floor (the top floor; a quarter of a city block) studio in the dorm located in the heart of downtown Chicago. When I stepped off that elevator and opened the doors, I knew this was where I needed to be.
I got accepted a few months later and I cried.
At S.A.I.C., I started my education with film and video. I realized editing was what I loved mostly about that process. I finally took animation classes come my second year where I studied traditional, stop-motion/puppet, and 3D computer animation. During this, I would take random sculpture classes to give myself a break from the tedious job of animating. I have always loved sculpting and mix-media art so it is understandable why puppet /stop-motion animation became my real passion. There is nothing more fun than making puppets and sets for a stop-motion film.
Sometimes I would even just build tiny sets and never end up animating them. I enjoy it that much. I also found that creating my own Foley sound effects was a joy of mine too. All my films have original sound effects created by mixing and creating Foley.
My last year at The School I finally intertwined my singing with my animations. My senior year B.F.A. thesis animation was an 11-minute stop-motion film with an original song in the credits.
And From the Glass the Flowers Grow
And From the Glass the Flowers Grow (Abridged Music Video)
Copyright Danielle Albert 2012