Grant Moore is just settling back into his life in Burbank, Calif., when I call him. His 20-minute short film Pickle recently won a bronze medal at the International Student Film and Video Festival in Beijing. Next week, he’ll take his work back here to Fort Worth for the Lone Star Film Festival. The 26-year-old TCU graduate made his first trip to Asia to promote his film, and even though immigration concerns prevented two of his Chinese crewmembers from going with him, he still remembered the trip with exhilaration. “I got to see the Forbidden City and the Great Wall,” he said. “Getting to see short films from all over the world [at the festival] was amazing.”
Moore was born in Kansas City but moved to Dallas at the age of 10 because of his dad’s promotion. He started making films at Highland Park High School with his friends. “We had an English class that allowed us to do our assignments in non-written form, so we persuaded my teacher to let us make a film,” he said. “The other students weren’t happy because we always did well on them.”
Deciding against a career in physics, Moore had to scramble to apply to colleges with film programs, handicapped as he was by the fact that he hadn’t started filmmaking early enough to have a serious portfolio.