Letters like this keep me going!

As you all know we are actively looking for lighters and last night I got this email from Dane Travelstead.
I asked Dane if I could post it and he kindly agreed. Dane is now joining us as a lighter. Happy to have you Dane!

Hello Cinzia Angelini, someone I know emailed me and told me that you were looking for lighting artists for your upcoming short film. I took a look at the purpose behind your film, and began to feel very passionately about it. It breaks my heart to see atrocities like this happen all over the world day by day. I never experienced the effects war has on people directly, but I have through my family. My father served in Vietnam as helicopter pilot, and told me horrifying stories of the war. Some people believe soldiers are just simply doing their job, but its hard for some of them to convince them self of that when they have to fight so hard against them selves to watch jungles and cities burn, and men, women, animals, and children die without purpose at their hands. My great aunt was directly effected by a war as a civilian during World War II. She was a German girl who, her and her family unfortunately were stuck in Berlin at the time of the Russian siege Berlin. Her home was destroyed, and her, and her family her brutalized by the invading Russians. She was later rescued by great uncle, who was a US soldier at the time. I think she has forgiven those soldiers for what they did. I think she realized that everyone ends up a casualty of war, even those who appear to be on the outside, unharmed.

I’m applying to fill the role of a lighter for you, but if I can help in those project in any way at all, please let me know. I would be more than happy to help. I’ve attached my resume for you to review, and here is my website with my portfoliowww.3dwizard.org. I’m a recent college graduate, so I can’t lie and tell you that I am as experienced as veteran artist like your self, but I can tell you that I would put all my heart into this project, for you, and the people who will be moved by this film. Thank you for taking your time to read this.


Dane Travelstead