A 2008 Coronado High School graduate has film festivals lining up to show his nine-minute film.
Ryan Walton, 23, co-wrote and co-directed “Light Me Up” as his senior thesis in digital arts at Chapman University. He graduated with dual bachelor of fine arts degrees in film production and digital arts in 2012. His parents still live in the Springs.
His film will be screened this weekend at the Breckenridge Festival of Film, which kicked off Thursday.
The animated film tells the story of a family of lightbulbs named The Wattsons. In the film, which uses some 3-D animation with live-action elements, a young male lightbulb dreams of stardom on stage, but his parents have other hopes for him.
“I had a fascination with lightbulbs,” Walton said. “My parents tell me a story that when I was 2 or 3, they would have to hold me up to all the light switches in every house we went to, so I could turn them on and off and figure out which switch went with each light.”
The animated short film has had a run of success, Walton said, and been accepted into about 45 festivals.
“It’s pretty exhilarating,” Walton said. “We’ve seen it so many times now, the jokes aren’t funny anymore, so it’s nice to go into a theater and see people reacting to it.”
After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and is completing an internship, part of which involves creating animated sequences based on film storyboards. His work helps actors visualize an upcoming scene. He’s worked on several films slated for release next year, such as “Edge of Tomorrow” with Tom Cruise, and a remake of “Poltergeist.” He also works freelance on music videos and film shorts.
“My dad’s a software engineer, and my parents always wanted me to go into some engineering field,” Walton said. “I decided pretty early on that I wanted to do film. They were supportive, but they probably just would have preferred a more stable profession, like engineering. I’m sure part of the story comes from personal experience.”
— Contact Jennifer Mulson at 636-0270.
BRECKENRIDGE FESTIVAL OF FILM
What: A festival featuring more than 50 films
When: Ryan Walton’s film, “Light Me Up,” will be screened at 5 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. The festival runs through Sunday
Where: Multiple venues, Breckenridge
Tickets: $20-$199; breckfilmfest.com
Something else: To view a clip of “Light Me Up,” go to: lightmeupfilm.com