HI. I’M TALIA.

I’m a passionate filmmaker and storyteller dedicated to telling stories that are fresh, different, and resonant. I’m all about visual exploration of both our world and others. I’m also an animation professional with a strong background and education in technical skills. I’m a team player who understands that a project entails collaboration and careful orchestration of all its moving parts.

 
Me existing today as an “adult”

Me existing today as an “adult”

Me as a fetus, carrying my book of creatures.

Me as a fetus, carrying my book of creatures.

 

While this saying may be borderline cliche, I've been creating things since I was old enough to hold things I could create stuff with.  I don't really entirely remember what happened; the first thing I remember was wildly attacking sheets of paper with pens and highlighters while my little sister kept handing new sheets my way.  The floor was a mess of printer paper covered in strange squiggles.  I was three or four years old that day, and my eyes were wide open with the joy of creating something, as crude and abstract as it was. 

After that, it wasn't long before I was building an encyclopedia of imaginary creatures of my own creation, writing stories about fantastical journies that left my teachers stunned, and drawing the DVD menus of movies and games that haven't been made, tapping the handwritten "play" button and closing my eyes to let the stories begin in my mind. 

Today, I'm an animation student at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts studying the art of storytelling in all its forms and the process of bringing things that do not exist to life with animation and applying what I learn to innovative and conceptually deep works of art -- Illustrated, animated, coded, written, or otherwise.  I endeavor to create stuff that is eclectic and mischievous, or vivid and whimsical, or maybe existentially strange, and sometimes even a little bit dark.