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The Will To Fly


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Director, Cinematographer
Leo Baker
Leo Baker is a writer and director of films and ideas. His most recent project is The Will To Fly -Australia’s first theatrically released sport documentary- about the life and tumultuous sport career of Olympic champion aerial skier Lydia Lassila.

Leo’s other works include animating the film ‘The Lost Thing’ which won the 2011 Academy Award™ for Best Animated Short Film, the 2010 Annecy Crystal, music videos and two short films ‘Off Course’ and ‘Love Notes’, both which received accolades on the film festival circuit. 

Leo began his career as a freelance camera assistant and film loader. At 23, he transitioned into modern visual effects, specialising in animation working on major Hollywood titles including Harry Potter, Where The Wild Things Are, Charlotte’s Web and Superman Returns.

In 2011 Leo was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to research sustainable animation industries around the world, with the intent to reinvigorate the Australian animation industry. 

Leo is based in Melbourne, Australia and is developing some new longer form projects in a variety of mediums. 

Producer, Director
Katie Bender
Before working in film, Katie represented Australia in both gymnastics and aerial skiing. Due to injury, Katie retired from sport and decided to move to Los Angeles where she studied film and digital media and then worked for the world's leading motion picture marketing firm Trailer Park Inc. Katie eventually worked on numerous award winning motion picture movie trailer campaigns for Sony, Warner Brothers, Paramount and Walt Disney to name a few. The conception of The Will To Fly began in 2012 when she realised she wanted to bring sport and film together.