When I was nine years old I created my first film, a stop-motion animated short about three worms that join a band and play at a music festival named Wormstock. This film was immediately taped over with an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show after a VCR time settings accident.
I went on to make Scene But Not Heard in 1993, a series of shorts in which the Wormstock worms make a guest appearance. One episode featured the characters entering virtual reality and destroying the Golden Gate Bridge, which was quite prescient given my future career as a VR software developer in San Francisco!
A few years later my wonderful 6th grade teacher allowed me to create a stop-motion animated film instead of writing a report on greek mythology. Mythalodeon was born!