A little about me...
I think I am the oldest person in the studio, my name is Butch Arrington (if you didn't know already) and I'm 32. (ouccchhhh, that hurts to even think it.) I've been a sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast for as long as I can remember and probably my first exposure was through comic books. My father was a pretty avid amateur photographer and that also influenced me a great deal when I was a kid. Probably the most influential thing that has happened to me, in life, is an epiphany that I had while in high school...I won't go into the specifics, but I came out of the other end of it absolutely certain that I was supposed to move forward on the path of becoming a filmmaker/visual communicator and communicate some unknown to me, but important things. I never looked back and quite a few things that I never expected to happen did happen. I started college at a small school in Western Pa. that had no film program, but I was promised that a theater/communications double major could compensate...that didn't work out. I came back home, to Philly, and visited a couple of University's, including NYU which I couldn't realistically pull my stuff together to apply to without missing a semester or two. By coincidence Temple University, which was familiar to me and relatively close, had a strong radio and journalism program, but that semester created a Film Major program. I jumped on it and the program developed into a strong documentary/grass roots film program. While the focus wasn't wasn't sci-fi it gave me a lot in terms of an understanding of how to make films and my time spent there also allowed many things to develop in me that I didn't really think I would. I developed a deep interest in using film to tell people's stories which is sorely lacking in many sci-fi/fantasy stories, in my opinion, so for me it turned out to be a great balance.
A year after that and toiling in local independent film production I got the urge to re-acquaint myself with sci-fi/fantasy. I went to NYU for grad school for 3D Animation and Visual F/X and it was a truly amazing experience, from constantly having regular access to people that worked directly in the industry I'd grown to admire to just being in New York and the entropy of that experience. It was extremely grueling for me, because I had to commute from Philadelphia daily (the only way I could afford to go), but I'm grateful for the experience it really taught me about persistence and resilience in the face of extreme adversity so I wouldn't have changed anything.
I have my own personal project, Nommo (nommothemovie.blogspot.com) [don't forget to click on a few of the Google ads to help me out ;P] Nommo is important to me, but my hope for the Allusionists Studio is to eventually become a major recognized publishing entity for telling visual stories about anthro characters. Yeah, I know those are big shoes to fill, but I think if we take it slowly and go one step at a time , with the talent and passion we have in this group, if we stick together, we can accomplish quite bit.