Some more on who I am:
It's always odd to write about who I am because I don't know who you are, fellow reader. What I do know is that you're interested enough to read the TL;DR and still want to know more, and I am flattered that you want to listen about my life. So I'll do my best: The name's Federico, but people call me Fred, Red, Rico or even Derf. I've loved traveling the world ever since I was born, because I was born in Miami and not a month past before I was living in Colombia, South America. There, I've learned how tough life can be on underprivileged people, how drug addiction can genuinely destroy a friend's potential, and how violent people are willing to get because of an opinion. But anyway, going way back:
- By 4 I was traveling to Alabama every summer to learn in summer camps.
- By 12 I was passionate about photography and got my first camera. I started learning online and in courses. I also discovered the world of After Effects, which blew my mind away upon the first launch. (I was so overwhelmed by After Effects' interface, I immediately closed it and looked up tutorials, excited to understand it all.) (Back then I also started to learn how to code, which I continue to do as a hobby to bring my side projects to fruition.)
- By 15 I was selected to go to a summer course in USC where I defined my career path and learned from the astounding professors Angelo Pacifici and Jay New. There with the help of Princess Helena Zecevic, I made "DreamLocked," which came in my class' second place of being among the best motion pictures made in the program.
- By 16 I toured Montenegro in hopes of visiting an old USC friend. I used to be a very silent, shy kid (oh how times change.) And if you didn't know, Montenegro is a limitless, beautiful and party-driven country. There, my mind opened to a lifestyle I was not familiar with, and incredible stories were had (I'm sure I'll make them into movies some day.)
- By 17, I was accepted in SCAD and created an independent short film titled "A Tearful Purr" with longtime USC friend Allen Chen. The film has been praised by forums such as Rocket Jump as "a gem." I then traveled to California and got a private tour of Disney Animations and ABC news studios, thanks to a long time friend there, who opened my insights into the pipeline of a colossal animated film, such as Moana. Finally, I am currently doing my best to learn every day (thanks to my current film professor Joshua Morton, and resources ranging from MasterClass and Skillshare to Charisma University) seeking insights into my life, and my surrounding world.