I initially went to Kenyon College to become an author.
Kenyon has one of the finest writing programs in the country,
and I was convinced I could become the next Fitzgerald if
I just did my homework. By the time I graduated in 2000,
I had indeed earned my English major with the concentration
in Creative Writing, but I may be the only Kenyon alum in
history to have animated the opening credits to his senior
Small States is a magical realist love story
that centers around a young couple falling in love over
Edward Hopper paintings. The piece here borrows a collection
of those paintings and sets them to a haunting tune by Bela
Fleck. The result is a sort of bittersweet visual poem to
love and everyday life, an experiment in mood that worked
The paintings and music were, of course, not mine. All
I can take credit for here is the concept, direction and
assembly, which was done using Photoshop and Premiere.