Student Snapshot – Katie Limentato

Katie Limentato
BFA Class of 2024

Introduce yourself briefly and tell me a little bit about your background. Are you an MFA or BFA?
My name is Katie Limentato and I am a BFA student from Illinois studying Animation.

Who is your favorite Filmmaker and What is your favorite movie?
My favorite filmmaker is Hayao Miyazaki and my favorite film is Princess Mononoke which is not only one of the best-animated movies ever made but one of the best fantasy films!

What are you currently working on?
As a BFA2 I am currently working on thesis support for the upperclassmen and on continuing classes in motion and sculpting.

What does your typical day look like?
Most days, I arrive at the film school at 8:45 am and either have classes or work on thesis support from 9 am – 6 pm. From 1 pm – 2 pm I usually walk to have lunch on campus with other film students. After 6 pm I will sometimes help Production students with their projects or I will go home and unwind by making dinner and playing a video game/ watching a show before bed. Often on days that we don’t have full 9-6s  I will usually be found at the FSU student circus where I work as the Assistant Costumer

What has been the best part of film school so far?
The best part of film school has been the community of creative and kind people I’ve met here as well as the opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with professors which have allowed me to progress enormously in every aspect of animation.

Which faculty member has made the greatest impression on you and how?
Both Ken Robkin and Jason Mauer have made an enormous impact on me. Ken has taught me to never expect less than great in anything I do and that anything can be achieved through persistence and dedicated, hard work and Jason has taught me that every aspect of film matters and that nothing is accidental. Their instruction has shown me that a filmmaker is someone who gives purpose to every aspect of their art and that balance between your life as a person and as an animator is essential.

What do you think someone applying to the program should know about the FSU Film School?
Film school is hard. It requires a full commitment, but that doesn’t mean that your life is over. You will always have time for the things you prioritize and you should always prioritize a balance between normal life and film life.

Favorite Film School Moment?
Our F1 screening where our entire class, animators and production kids, got to make our first films in film school and share it with everyone else in the campus theater. That, and the subsequent wrap party, felt like such a unifying moment for our class.

It’s late, you’re at the Film School working on something you need to finish before tomorrow: where are you and who are you with?
I’m probably with all the other animation kids who have slowly trickled into the computer lab as it gets later and later. We are all gradually losing our minds.