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If you ask filmmakers what inspired them to pursue their craft, most will spin a tale of childhood visits with the whole family to grand old theaters that have been replaced by the soulless multiplexes of today. They could wax philosophical about the first time they saw classics like Citizen Kane unspool. Well, not me.

Growing up during the direct-to-video boom meant weekly trips with my father to the local Video Village to pick up that latest work from the Orson Welles of low budget horror Mr. Charles Band. Band's production company Full Moon pumped out pulpy tales, often featuring merchandising-friendly killer puppets or toys as the antagonists, at regular intervals. Somewhere around the third movie in their infamous 'Puppet Master' series, I knew that this was what I would be doing someday.
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