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Filmmaker and conlanger
I’ve been aware of the existence of languages like Esperanto, and of course, Klingon since the mid-1980s. But in 2010 I became especially interested in the intersection of constructed languages and film when I managed to gain proficiency in Na’vi, which was created by Paul R. Frommer for the 2009 film, Avatar. That led in turn to my discovering an utterly vibrant community of people creating their own languages all over the world.
The history of the phenomenon and depth and breadth of conlanging in the 21st Century continue to amaze me as much as any other artistic human pursuit. Several people have already expertly tackled this subject matter in book format, but I wanted you to be able to spend 90 or so audio-visual minutes diving headlong into this fascinating and surprising world, hence we’re making a feature film about it.