Q&A with Tyler
We found Tyler in our own backyard fresh from graduating Portland State University with a degree in Film Production. He knows his way around a camera and is developing a sharp eye for engaging imagery.
What inspires you?
What inspires me to work right now is just the knowledge that I won't ever be this young again. I won't ever be this healthy again. I want to work as hard as I can and create the best things that I can.
Why did you pick a career in animation?
Stop motion was a natural step in my progression from still photography to video. When I was in middle school, I wanted to make films using digital cameras because I could edit them on a computer, as opposed to editing in camera. My dad had a small digital camera that I used. It only took still images, so I worked with what I had.
I love oranges. I lived right next to an orange orchard for 10 years. Every time I have an orange it reminds me of when I was young, riding my bike with my friends through the orchard.
What is your most prized possession?
My most prized possession would probably be my car. I have a 1998 Ford Explorer. I love it because it gets me out to amazing locations in Oregon and to all of my different jobs.
When will you know that you're successful?
When I can retire, that's when I know I was successful in my working career.
When you were 6, what did you think you’d would be when you grew up?
Gosh, when I was 6? I probably thought I'd be a NASCAR driver or something. I was, and still am, obsessed with cars and racing. Jeff Gordon was my hero.
How do you spend your free time?
When I have free time I am usually spending it with my girlfriend. If she is busy, then I probably will be with my family or playing video games with my friends.