S.F. State student uses laughs to make films

The San Francisco State student’s film “A cartoon about death” is in the final rounds of the National College Funny Film Competition. Narrowed down from every college in the country, there are eight contestants left.

What inspired you to enter the National College Funny Film Competition? I entered an animation into the NCFF last year because a friend said it might have a good shot of winning. It ended up taking second, which is still pretty cool. The people running the contest flew me out to the Aspen Comedy Festival. It was an amazing experience and a great opportunity.

How long did it take you to make the film? It took me probably about 100 hours to make the cartoon about death, including writing, drawing, editing and making music with my friend DJ Real.

Does San Francisco inspire your work at all? The comedy scene in San Francisco has some really amazing talent. I have to work exhaustingly hard to produce things that are at least as funny as what these people are capable of.

You do a monthly comedy show. How does that influence you? I do a monthly comedy show in the Mission district, where I get to show, test out and edit all these cool things I made — anything I want, as long as it’s funny. The show is appropriately called “Things We Made,” and the Web site is appropriately called www.thingswemade.com. I can’t imagine most other towns or cities being able to support a grassroots comedy show.

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