Christof's Open Road
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All of us say we want to do something fulfilling…for me, it was, 'get me as far away from where I am right now.
- Says he always "thought in pictures."
- Got permission to write his college thesis as a documentary rather than a paper.
- Granted $3,000 to go to Africa and shoot this thesis; wanted to get as far away from his comfort zone as possible.
- Filmed stories of AIDS orphans, knew that what he was capturing was going to move people; came home with tons of footage.
- Says he'd figured out that was what he wanted to do, but he still had no idea how to edit, how to make his footage into a film.
- Since he was so passionate and deliberate about it, ended up having to stay at school for a few extra semesters to finish his work.
- Eventually finished the film; won the Student Emmy, was entered into 60 film festivals.
- Realized that he was good enough that he could actually make a living off of this passion.