Do you remember being a kid? I do! When I was a kid I was the one drawing all the time. What a cliché, right? (Kids, you'll understand clichés when you get older. Adults, you'll understand clichés when you get older). But my dad worked at a pharmacy and would bring home reams and reams of used report paper that was blank on the back. All the pages were connected and had these little holes that lined the edges of the paper so they'd go through printers. I would tear off new sheets and make drawing after drawing after drawing.
For a while, I wanted to be a cartoonist just like my idol Jim Davis. I loved Garfield. I loved him so much that I started signing my homework Garfield instead of Ben (that was until my teacher ratted me out). When I got into junior high and high school I took every art class that I could. I also woke up to movies as an art form. I was writing more and taking video classes and decided to go to film school to make my mark in motion pictures.
But what about art you say? This writer/illustrator deal you're trying to sell us on; what about that? Well it turns out that all of my movies ended up being about art. It was like I was telling myself "THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO BE!!!!" but I just couldn't listen at the time. So I made it out of college with some movies and a degree in motion pictures to try and get a job in the real world.
and....it was ok. While I worked, I was always huddling at my desk working on side art projects like making my own comic strip. I'd write and draw when the boss look the other way. Eventually, my future became self evident. I had a house full of picture books supplied by my lovely teacher wife, I had started painting and drawing again, and found that my inclination to make films was more about writing and making visual art than it was about being purely a filmmaker. I was back at the beginning again drawing and making stories like a did when I was a kid. So here I am. This is what I do. I hope you enjoy.
Ben J Hutchison