Benjamin Kuchera holds a BFA from the CalArts School of Film & Video. His studies began with a full scholarship to the Minneapolis College of Art in the PSEO program after achieving the highest score possible on the International Baccalaureate Fine Arts scale. While attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kuchera advanced his illustration efforts before realizing the need to attend film school at CalArts.
Being the first student in CalArts history to make a feature film on 16mm Kodak film stock made for a major portfolio piece that later would start advanced studies for two years on a full-ride scholarship in one of the world’s first New Media programs as a Master’s student at the University of Cincinnati School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning.
Working in broadcast television, media management, New Media, script-to-screen and video editorial for 20 years in various business environments, Benjamin advanced his abilities as a copywriter and scriptwriter for a decade. Working with hundreds of clients across numerous agencies and companies, he crafted cinema and video programming as a producer, director, cinematographer, editor, and writer. As a college teacher, he trained hundreds of students in media, graphic design, drawing, media design. Leading special projects, he created the world’s first “Open Age Comic Magazine” with 124 comic illustrators while also running an independent media business.
Kuchera has won numerous awards that resulted in statues that are collecting dust or are doorstops. He has been an Emmy chapter judge, and finished his MFA with a specialization in creative writing, Kuchera is now working on a novel. He is a proud father of 3 (which is now every single ounce of the remaining point after terrible pain).