Directors to Watch 2008: Andrew Huang

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Andrew Huang found his path in 2006, after the USC Fine Arts grad created the visually arresting short Doll Face. The mixed medium film stars a robot-gone-wild in its pursuit of human beauty ideals and became a Youtube hit by 2007 with 2 million views, earning Huang phone calls from Saatchi & Saatchi and producer/director J.J. Abrams. "They were all saying I should be a director," he says. "I wasn't really planning to show anyone else. It was purely personal." But personal has become professional and Huang eventually signed to both Anonymous (for music videos) and Moo (for animation).

Huang has a flair for combining animation and live action, lending a surreal sensibility to his work, evident in another quirky short, The Gloaming, about a desk jockey who literally gets sucked into his computer, as well as videos for Eric Avery and Mini Pop. Lately, he's been drawn more to straight up live action and created a new web series for online programming channel 60 Frames that premieres this winter. "I don't want to be pigeonholed necessarily as an animation director...but [animation] will always be in there somehow," he says.

Read about Minivegas, another of our 2008 Directors to Watch.

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