Originally, he was studying multimedia design, having swerved away from architecture because of the terrifying commitment to years of study: "I kind of freaked out a little bit about [the idea of] being twenty-five and feeling like I was only starting my life."
The opportunities created by burgeoning technology helped broaden Thomas's skills. His multimedia course was "a combination of graphic design, web design, coding, user experience, user interfaces. It didn't really focus on anything specifically other than giving you a taste of everything. It was actually a really good three years to figure out what I got really excited about. Not so much the medium, but actually what made me tick as a person."
He found out more about what makes him tick thanks to a company in New York that created a piece of work for a band he was excited about. He describes the impact it had on him: "I just got goosebumps, and it was that feeling where you're so overwhelmed and excited, you have to stand up and walk around."
He had found his calling.
Thomas's insatiable appetite for learning continues to this day. His background in motion graphics was a good platform to learn animation but his real love is live action and he's set himself the task of learning more about performance so he can confidently direct actors.
This is what prompts him to talk with such passion about his ambitions for the future and his project exploring what it means to be human: "We shot in 11 countries around the world. People from different backgrounds, different races... It really moved a lot of people... They hunted me j[on] Facebook, and would say, 'you made me want to be a better person today'. I think that's what it's really about."
For more information on Mike Lee Thomas or any of the directors at Pundersons Gardens, contact Kate Elson on 07970 943464 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.