At 5 years old, my father handed me a camcorder and told me Steven Spielberg started making films at my age. I immediately took this as a challenge. From that point on I never stopped obsessing over film, starting by making shorts involving family birthday parties and miniature toys. While attending middle school and high school in Chappaqua, New York (a suburb of New York City) my friends and I advanced to making goofy Youtube videos inspired by the Lonely Island and I started writing scripts more seriously. By high school's end I had written 2 feature films and my short film "Playgrounds" won the nearby and esteemed Jacob Burns Film Center's 24 hour film challenge. 
Through pursuing a film B.F.A. degree at Syracuse University, I've written and directed over a dozen short films in the narrative, experimental, documentary, promotional and music video genres. Throughout this time, I have improved greatly on my technical skills and have adopted Syracuse's mentality of being a "total filmmaker". I have also worked as a Producer, Cinematographer, Assistant Director and other various roles on more student films. Additionally, I've interned in production offices in Los Angeles and New York where I garnered knowledge on how a production office is run. I recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with my B.F.A. degree and have career goals of writing and directing feature films with an absurdist, dark comedy tone. Most of all, I'd like to continue making films with the friends and colleagues I've created relationships with, and continue to grow new ones along the way. Making films is only as fun as the people you do it with and I'd like to work hard with the people that make this career so enjoyable. 
I hope you enjoy viewing my site and the work I've been so lucky to be involved in. 
Sincerely,
Joseph Blank 
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