DENVER – It’s not often that a recent college graduate serves as a co-producer, videographer, and assistant editor on an Academy Award winning film, which makes Aaron Kopp’s story so intriguing.
Soon after graduating from CU Denver in 2009 with a major in Theatre, Film, and Television, Kopp was hard at work on “Saving Face”, a documentary about acid attacks on women in Pakistan and the London-based plastic surgeon who returns to his homeland determined to restore their disfigured faces.
The documentary portion of the film was shot at his parents self-sustainable orphan care program in Swaziland, a country in southern Africa where Kopp grew up. The animation portion of the film is the fictional adventure story the orphans create after being introduced to a traditional South African storyteller who encourages the children’s creative process. Kopp describes the result as “a documentary portrait woven together with a hero’s journey in a hopeful story of triumph.”
By combining the two diverse storytelling styles, Kopp says he is trying to blur some lines in filmmaking and push the envelope. Kopp started to conceptualize the project while he was still a student at CU Denver. He is currently raising funds for the animation portion of his film.