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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Normalizing Diversity on the Silver Screen: Zachary Kerschberg’s Crises Trilogy

Normalizing Diversity on the Silver Screen: Zachary Kerschberg’s Crises Trilogy

| November 21, 2016

Zachary Kerschberg’s in-progress trio of films will blend multiple genres and filmmaking styles as it follows a diverse group of characters living in the German city.

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Celebrate National Fast Food Day with ‘Foodfellas’

Celebrate National Fast Food Day with ‘Foodfellas’

| November 16, 2016

Set in the fast-paced fast food industry, ‘Foodfellas’ is a spoof of Martin Scorsese’s classic mob flick ‘Goodfellas’.

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Inside the Mind of 20-Year-Old Filmmaker Luke Jaden

Inside the Mind of 20-Year-Old Filmmaker Luke Jaden

| October 31, 2016

Luke Jaden, producer/director of ‘King Ripple’ (Season 4), shares what it’s like being a full-time student also working full-time in the film industry.

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Storyboarding Luke Jaden’s Horror Film ‘King Ripple’

Storyboarding Luke Jaden’s Horror Film ‘King Ripple’

| October 28, 2016

King Ripple is as visually stunning as it is terrifying, and Jaden gave us a behind-the-scenes look into the process of putting together his horror short.

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“Do Your Homework” and Other Filmmaking Tips from Thoranna Sigurdardottir

“Do Your Homework” and Other Filmmaking Tips from Thoranna Sigurdardottir

| October 25, 2016

Zelos director Thoranna Sigurdardottir shares why she went to film school, the importance of preparation, and the technical challenges of making a movie about cloning.

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In Zelos, Purchasing a Clone is Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be

In Zelos, Purchasing a Clone is Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be

| October 24, 2016

If you’re a fan of shows like Black Mirror and Westworld, we’re pretty sure you’re going to love Zelos, the sci-fi short film by director Thoranna Sigurdardottir.

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‘I Feel Stupid’ Director Milena Pastreich Talks About Her New Documentary ‘Pigeon Kings’

‘I Feel Stupid’ Director Milena Pastreich Talks About Her New Documentary ‘Pigeon Kings’

| September 19, 2016

‘I Feel Stupid’ director Milena Pastreich took some time to tell us a little bit more about her experience working on the film, how UCLA trained her to wear a lot of hats, and the best way to capture moving birds on film.

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It’s Like a Film Festival — But With Better Seats!

It’s Like a Film Festival — But With Better Seats!

| September 9, 2016

Film School Shorts Season 4 offers something for every kind of film fan.

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Stop-Motion Short ‘Expiration Date’ is a lot like ‘Sausage Party’ (Without the Dirty Jokes)

Stop-Motion Short ‘Expiration Date’ is a lot like ‘Sausage Party’ (Without the Dirty Jokes)

| August 30, 2016

In the stop-motion short Expiration Date, a group of fridge foods fight to survive as a toxic mold takes over.

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Jurassic Park Meets Blue Valentine in ‘The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger’

Jurassic Park Meets Blue Valentine in ‘The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger’

| August 24, 2016

The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger is a visually spectacular 10-minute adventure directed by Michael Lukk Litwak.

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