Born as Daniel Lee Dickenson, in Stourbridge, England, I’m a 20-year-old student currently studying Animations at the University of Wolverhampton.
During GCSE and A-level, I studied the subjects Performing Arts, Media Studies and Art. My main passion at the time was Performing Arts, but I was reluctant to pursue this as a degree. This was because I realised that my career choices in this industry were very narrow. Although I still had a huge passion for Performance, I had the intention of pursuing this alongside my career. Ultimately, I decided to specialise in a subject that was more technical-based.
From a young age, I’ve had a relatively large passion for Animating and Video Editing, which ultimately became a regular hobby for me.
I began attending after-school animation clubs from the age of 12/13. From this, I took a large interest in the stop-frame aspect.
At 11, I had my first mobile phone, to which I discovered a basic video editing program named ‘Video DJ’. As a regular hobby, I’d film specific events before making the final edit on my phone. By 13, I had my first laptop, and frequently began using the program ‘Windows Movie Maker’ to create videos. It wasn’t until 18, by where my editing skills were raised to a professional standard. By the time I started university, I was editing to a professional standard, using the video editing software, Adobe Premiere Pro.