Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 19, have lived in Blaenavon all my life and am currently in my second year at Swansea University, studying German. I work on supply in the local libraries, and I enjoy drawing, reading, travelling, and Japanese animation (anime). I've no idea what to do after university, so for now I'm just looking forward to my year abroad in Germany, which starts in October.
What's your story about?
My cat, Tiger, who I had for Christmas when I was nine, and died in 2002. At the time I had him I wanted the other kitten, because she was prettier, but my younger sister had her instead because she was less aggressive. It turned out that my cat had a better, more fun personality than the pretty one (Tabby), and he was well loved by everyone who met him. Tabby's still around, and still just a pretty face - I'm glad I ended up with the intelligent cat!
Why did you choose to tell this particular story?
Lots of people tell stories about friends and relatives who were important in their lives, and anybody who owns pets knows that they influence our lives in a much more subtle way than people, and we usually only notice how much our lives are shaped around them after they die. So it seemed appropriate for me to pay tribute to a pet who never let anyone ignore him, cost my parents hundred of pounds in vet's bills, and preferred to hunt broccoli instead of birds.
What did you find most rewarding about the workshop?
I loved the editing process itself, but it was the atmosphere in the workshop which made making the film worthwhile to me. Making the film at the end was only a small part of the whole experience, one I thoroughly enjoyed.