When I think about travel and its impact on my career, I think travel taught me how to observe. My parents would take my brother and I to Egypt frequently. I didn’t know what was going on half the time, but I had to pick up things quickly. I became a pretty good observer at 6 or 7 years old. And that’s a lot of what I do in my films. It’s a humbling position to watch and pick up context, especially when you don’t know a language and have to figure things out as you go. I had to focus on other things. I would focus on social cues, body language and gestures. I think that’s what travel did for me. It opened up my understanding of how people communicate. It was the first time I was put in the observer position because I was no longer the center of attention at such a young age. I had to watch other people.
Heidi Saman — Short Journeys
I played games my whole life. But when I sat down and saw the things that were being written about people who play games, they didn’t feel connected to a world outside of that universe. All art forms talk to each other. For instance, if you’re a painter you’re listening to music. If you’re an architect you’re looking at design or watching TV. But for games, I felt like they were an isolated piece in my existence and weren’t connected to the outside world.
Jamin Warren - Short Journeys
Being in New York when the tech-scene emerged was really exciting. It felt like a new creative class was born. Personally, I’ve always been interested in the various creative classes of New York City. For example, I think back to the writers in Paris during the 1920s and how they were all hanging around each other and developing together as a group of highly creative and talented people. They were inspiring and supporting one another. New York felt very similar…
Mari Sheibley — Short Journeys.

A behind the scenes look at our Short Journeys conversation with Jacob Winterstein