My name is Nikki Chapman and I am a 23 year old animator from South Bend, Indiana. My mother is a doctor and my dad is an art teacher and puppeteer, so I grew up in a household where creativity and hard work were encouraged. As a kid I constantly drew comics and passed them around the classroom. Originally, I wanted to be a comic book artist, but when I saw the film ParaNorman in high school, I dedicated my life to animation. I went to Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a year then transferred to Ringling for Computer Animation in 2016.
My philosophy is to create the art I want to see in the world. I described “Melted” as the film I wanted to make since I was a kid. It shows that even an adorable, innocent little girl can have secret anxieties she’s dealing with inside. Growing up, I struggled a lot with anxiety and fear of death. “Melted” helped me confront those difficult feelings. It is a love letter to everything I’m a fan of- horror movies, stop motion, trippy animation, the color pink, ice cream, poetry, and more. I’m interested in combining the things I love to create something new.