Film Courage: Currently, you are an author, screenwriter, story artist and director…which came first?
Adam Skelter: I would say writer and a painter. Or a writer and an artist. I was one of those kids that was constantly drawing. My parents would bring home giant reams of computer paper. They started out buying sketch pads and things like that for me and I would fill up a sketch pad in just a couple days. So my dad would bring these…you know in the old days they would have these reams of paper with perforated edges. So he would just bring that home and I would be drawing everything in sight.
I’d draw flowers, faces, my hands, anything that was in front of me (kind of obsessively in a way) and at the same time I was drawing.
They always say that whatever art or skill you’re passionate about, it’s like you’re married to. And in that sense, I’ve always been a little bit of a polygamist because I love drawing as much as I love writing. But both of them kind of inform the same thing, which is visual storytelling and so visual storytelling has been central to it.
I had this one filmstrip that I made when I was a kid and literally it was just probably 16 frames and I could draw directly on the the filmstrip and it was called Drinky and Blinky.
I grew up learning to speak in New York and I had this really bad accent (a bit of a speech impediment) so I…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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