Mudge ’97 made his first movie at age 12. Wielding
a camera with a separate VCR strapped around his neck,
he filmed a neighbor’s little brother playing
“Terminator,” wreaking havoc around their
Fast forward to 2003, and both Mudge and the Terminator
have found success in broader arenas. The Terminator
is now governing California, and Mudge is making his
first full-length feature film after winning a Chrysler
contest for aspiring directors. The award provides
$1 million for Mudge’s next project as well
as a production deal and a mentor at Universal Studios.
Mudge says he didn’t think of movies as a serious
art form until he got to CC and met film professor
Tom Sanny, who lent his expertise and equipment to
several short film projects. “Tom and I got
along great. Without him, I don’t know what
I would have done,” says Mudge.
While at CC, and after Mudge’s graduation as
an anthropology major, the two worked on shorts including
the oddly hilarious “Chicken Pox Pal,”
which was picked up by the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
Mudge will start filming his screenplay “The
P.T. Johansen Field Guide to North American Monsters”
next summer at Universal. The comedic plot centers
around a dejected Bigfoot hunter and his hoaxer son.
Add a skeptical 10-year-old Cub Scout to the mix,
and audiences should have a tough time not laughing.
Mudge is hoping for national release — and hopefully
the Bulletin will let you know when and where it opens.
– Peter Rice ’05
Margaret Fuller Simpson
Carl Kielcheski MA '67
Ricki Spector Booker '90
Joe '81 and Edith Lowe Auner
Andrew Mudge '97
Miguel Romero '00
All-CC Grad Band National