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WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

I’m Tess, an unabashed geek, but not your average geek. I used to skateboard, and I love punk music. I’d say I’m a punk geek. A sardonic punk geek. My dream has always been to tell the stories and make the animated tv shows that are in my imagination. Stories about characters I never saw on tv or in movies. Irreverent stories about an skinny iconoclastic lesbian from Ohio who finds herself in the craziest situations imaginable. Or stories about a group of misfit debaters in high school just trying to figure out how to win an argument without killing each other.

Therefore, I’m applying for the HBO Max X WarnerMedia Access Animated Shorts Program. I love animation. I recently directed, developed and executive produced an independently funded adult humor animated pilot called Klutz Muttz. I’ve been a comic book collector almost my whole life, grew up going to comic cons and watching Looney Tunes, Invader Zim and Animaniacs endlessly. I want to create my own animated shows that some other misfit, sarcastic, punk LGBTQIA+ kid will watch and identify with, while also laughing their ass off.

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CREATIVE FOCUS

I recently directed, developed and executive produced a 24-minute independent animation pilot called Klutz Muttz. I have written 2 pilots, Please, Kill Me and Debatably, that would make brilliant animated shows. After a decade of working in social media and television productions, I am finally focusing on my original passion, animation.

Please, Kill Me

3 best friends, 1 stalker. They could be the greatest punk band ever if they could only make bail.

Debatably

A spoiled princess from Ohio is forced to move to small town Texas and enroll in a debate class. The outcasts in the class are just trying to figure out how to survive high school and win an argument without killing each other.

Klutz Muttz

Humiliated by his status as an Internet sensation, an adorable Pomeranian turns to crime to rebuild his reputation in the canine world.

VIDEOS

Klutz Muttz

I directed, developed and executive produced this 24-minute animated pilot starring Olivia Olson, Richard Horovitz and Jim Cummings.

3D Bounty Hunter

This is my YouTube channel exclusively featuring content of 3D printed, obscure Star Wars items, along with related trivia. It is created, written, produced by, and starring myself.

H@ck 7h3 P1@n37

One of my favorite film genres is classic black and white silent era comedies. For one of my short films, I decided to recreate this style using an Arriflex 16mm camera. Angry Dave and Stoic Eric are two of the main characters in my pilot, Please, Kill Me. Written, produced and directed by myself.

The Good, The Bad, and the....

A black and white western style short film of mine, with a twist. Shot on an Arriflex 16mm camera. Written, produced, and directed by myself.

Technical Problems

What do you do when the first ever live video chat, that you set up, malfunctions on air during a live taping of The Ellen Show? You crawl behind some chairs and try to discretely fix it of course.

exiled

What’s in the barrel? Whatever it is, t’s probably not the smartest way to get rid of evidence. Written, produced, and directed by myself.

CONTACT TESS

Still want to know more about me? Have any burning questions that just have to be answered right now? Send me a message, I love talking about myself.

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