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Two Minutes With” is Weber Shandwick Seattle’s employee spotlight series that provides professional and personal insight into our rock star team. Enjoy!

Tell us a little bit about your role in the office.

I like to think of myself as a salaried 8 year old who is playing around with clay and his parents’ old VHS camera, witnessing the miracle of animation and filmmaking on a daily basis. I make videos, most of which contain animation and enjoy the early creative stages very much.

What sparked your interest in video/photography? Is it something that you have always wanted to pursue?

Skateboarding.

Actually, I would say it was a mix of the above mentioned 8 year old animation experimentation and a later skateboarding lifestyle. In order to become “sponsored,” a skater was required to purchase a “fisheye” lens and small entry level camcorder to laboriously film every single bleeding attempt to jump down a set of stairs or land on a handrail. While your wounds were healing, you would edit it all together, synch it with a catchy song and submit it to local skate shops in the hopes that they would add you to their “team,” which meant nothing more than receiving  a 50 percent discount on enormous pillowy skate-shoes that would need to be replaced each month.

Who do you most admire in the film/photography industry? Why?

Further along the skateboarding trajectory I began to notice that my favorite  skate videos were the ones with short films in between all the musically montaged skating. Spike Jonze, the director who recently did “Where the Wild Things Are,” started his career innovating skateboarding videos to include these lovable extra scenes. It is because of his career path from skate to music video to feature film that I look to him as an influential figure. Also he just makes really interesting stuff while still making skate videos today.

When you aren’t creating amazing videos for our clients, how do you enjoy spending your time?

I once thought about creating a gift wrap and greeting card blog…

I write and play music. I attempt to find time to make more films. And yes, when the holidays come around I spend way too much time cleverly wrapping things. I would say I just like to make stuff in general. Again, 8 years old with the rubber cement and lefty scissors.

As others may have noticed by your photo in the Halloween blog post, your costume this year was pretty amazing. How did you come up with the idea?

I had watched District 9 a few months before. Then in October I began wondering how I might embarrass myself by removing some facial hair and it all just sort of came together. As for the alien hand and the vest of filmmakers gaff tape, it’s again quite obvious that I don’t mind wasting hours making stuff.

Collin Monda is a video & animation specialist for Seattle Studio at Weber Shandwick Seattle.

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