Film School Shorts

Aldo Mora-Blanco was born in East San Jose and graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz, with a B.A. in Film and Digital Media. Shortly after graduation, he moved to New York City to continue his career as a freelance filmmaker. Luckily, Bay Area filmmaking opportunities presented themselves in 2007, which brought him back to the Best Coast. In 2012, he joined the KQED team and has worked with the Bay Area PBS affiliate ever since by managing the online communities for the national student film showcase Film School Shorts and the Bay Area documentary series Truly CA.

He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two cats. He’s also an avid tabletop gamer and would love to play a hand of Dominion with you.

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When Art Imitates Life: Casting Late Spring

When Art Imitates Life: Casting Late Spring

| August 27, 2015

Meet the actors of the acclaimed short film Late Spring.

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Share your Scary Short: Film School Shorts Fright Fest

Share your Scary Short: Film School Shorts Fright Fest

| August 25, 2015

Submit your strangest, scariest and spookiest short films for a special online-only Halloween showcase.

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Moral Dilemmas: ‘Late Spring’ Explores Last Days of Gaddafi’s Libya

Moral Dilemmas: ‘Late Spring’ Explores Last Days of Gaddafi’s Libya

| August 19, 2015

During the Libyan Revolution of 2011, a petty clerk at a police station must choose sides when a tortured prisoner asks him for help.

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How to Make a Film in China: Dive into ‘Above the Sea’

How to Make a Film in China: Dive into ‘Above the Sea’

| August 12, 2015

Watch Above the Sea director Keola Racela talk about making a film in China and more!

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Stop-Motion Mania: Tips for Making Your Own Animation

Stop-Motion Mania: Tips for Making Your Own Animation

| August 7, 2015

Ever wondered what it takes to make a great stop-motion short like Owl and Mouse?

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One Cranky Fowl: Stop-Motion Short ‘Owl and Mouse’

One Cranky Fowl: Stop-Motion Short ‘Owl and Mouse’

| August 5, 2015

In the stop-motion ‘Owl and Mouse,’ a cranky owl has a mouse for dinner…err, over for dinner.

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Building a Fantasy World on a Student Budget: So You’ve Grown Attached

Building a Fantasy World on a Student Budget: So You’ve Grown Attached

| July 31, 2015

Go behind the scenes of So You’ve Grown Attached with filmmaker Kate Tsang.

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Grab A Hanky: 9 Touching Films for Parents Day

Grab A Hanky: 9 Touching Films for Parents Day

| July 24, 2015

Your Facebook post on Dad’s wall may not have made him tear up, but these poignant stories on our playlist are bound to do the trick!

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In the Animated ‘Steadfast Stanley,’ Dogs Make Us Whole

In the Animated ‘Steadfast Stanley,’ Dogs Make Us Whole

| July 24, 2015

Go behind the scenes with animator John Cody Kim, as he discusses the key themes of his corgi/zombie animated film Steadfast Stanley.

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The Imaginary Friend You Always Wanted

The Imaginary Friend You Always Wanted

| July 22, 2015

In the comedy ‘So You’ve Grown Attached,’ an imaginary friend is forced to consider retirement.

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