When I was nine, I read Edith Hamilton’s book Mythology for a classroom project. Imagining what these mythical stories would look like in real life, I sculpted my own toy monsters from clay, as none of my local toy stores sold Gorgons or Chimeras. But It was Ray Harryhausen’s films that truly inspired my earliest desire to make my own films. At age 11, I got my hands on my aunt’s Bell & Howell super 8mm camera. Self-taught, I quickly began making my own claymation movies with the clay sculptures I made over the years, thus beginning my relationship with both process and cinematography, unbeknownst to me.