The first movie I became obsessive about was Jurassis Park. To me it had everything. It was frightening and funny and a thriller and a romance and all this stuff. And it had dinosaurs in it, too. I guess that would have come out here in late 1993. There are only two theatre experiences that I can recall every moment of, the second of which is Moulin Rouge. I remember when I jumped and when I laughed and what it was like when I left, and where I sat, and the line to get in, I can remember everything about the time I saw Jurassic Park. I can give you a running commentary. That I read both the novel based on the film and the novel upon which the novel was based, purchased the Jurassic Park companion, bought the toys, started a club which dedicated free time at school to drawing pictures, and made up a song about the raptors in the kitchen...all that goes without saying.
I still wanted to be an actor until I was in grade seven, but it was Jurassic Park, way back in grade two, that got me hooked on movies. The thing that got me hooked to filmmaking wasn't so much a movie, but an experience. Myself and five friends won a trip to Paris to take part in the International Children's Summit at Disneyland, and a director/producer from the Disney Channel followed us around and made a doco about it. And he would give us the camera and tell us to go off and shoot a whole heap of stuff. And shoot stuff we did. And I've been hooked on the feeling ever since.