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Andrew MudgeAndrew 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 Boston neighborhood.

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

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