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Student with Cerebral Palsy Edits Film with Nose and Feet

University of Rhode Island student Andrew Pilkington dreams of being a professional film director. A pretty lofty goal, but he’s getting off to a good start by having already wrapped his first feature-length film (many film students only do shorts while in school). The amazing part? Pilkington has cerebral palsy, which means he cannot fully use his fingers or arms. Instead, he edited his film using his nose and toes (he has a mouse that resembles a video game joystick and he uses his feet to control it).

He uses the same method on his iPhone. “What’s great about this simple technology is that it gives people with disabilities an opportunity to compete in today’s workforce and completely assimilate into today’s society — it really breaks down the wall,” Pilkington told RamCigar.com.

Check out the video below for a brief glimpse into his world:

Also inspiring? He’s written a second feature-length screenplay (again using his nose) and currently acts as the president of his own media company, Ruby Andromedia Productions, that focuses on producing independent films. Wow!

Do stories like this inspire you to follow your own dreams? Sound off in the comments below!

Image: Lauren Trad


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  1. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on March 8, 2013 at 20:54

    Aw! That was so cool!
    It probably won’t happen, but I would love to be an indie film director.

  2. brookiebear1277

    Posted by brookiebear1277 on March 8, 2013 at 17:34

    that’s awesome! 😀

  3. SingingSara6

    Posted by SingingSara6 on March 5, 2013 at 14:59

    This is really inspiring and just goes to show that we can’t let anything stop us from accomplishing our dreams 🙂

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by No Gr8ter Lov3 on March 5, 2013 at 09:50

    Wow… Just wow

  5. Godsgirl2012

    Posted by Godsgirl2012 on March 4, 2013 at 18:57

    ok, ik im gonna get yelled at, but thats fine….. yes, its inspiring that someone in college has already done a feature length film, when in college thats not really what you do…. but, what bugs me, is you getting “inspired” JUST because, he’s in a wheelchair (i dont care what his disability is) and i quote “The amazing part? Pilkington has cerebral palsy” no, its not amazing, its cool, its cool to see how he adapted, but, why is it amazing?! he likes making movies, he found a way to do it, not amazing, just cool, i do that too, i water ski, nothing inspirational, i do what others do, just differently. so, please, dont be inspired by HOW he does it, be inspired by WHAT he’s doing, ie being exceptional at making movies in college, it has nothing to do with his cp, if he didnt have cp, then this article wouldnt be here, even though it should, because, he IS going above and beyond, he would do that if he had cp or not

    • princessladk

      Posted by princessladk on January 5, 2018 at 15:19

      It’s amazing because with his cerebral palsy he is not able to use his hands. Hands are a very important part in film editing but he was able to find away to overcome his obstacle and use his nose and feet instead. I am an artist and I always think about what would happen if I lost the use of my hands. I wouldn’t be able to do the thing I so passionately love. But for example, Joni Eareckson Tada, who got paralyzed from the neck down learned to write and paint with her mouth! I have spend 20 years perfecting the use of my hands to create art, it’s even more amazing that she can use her mouth to make just as beautiful, if not more beautiful works of art. So yes, it’s amazing that Andrew can edit films, but it’s even more amazing because he is able to do so in a more difficult way than the average film maker simply because he doesn’t have the use of his hands.

    • his98child

      Posted by his98child on March 5, 2013 at 11:02

      Hi Godsgirl2012, no, I’m not going to yell at you (: I understand where you’re coming from, but I think the fact that Andrew Pilkington is inspiring is a very true statement. It’s “amazing” simply because he went against all odds, even with a disability, and didn’t let cerebral palsy get in the way of him living a perfectly normal life. When someone shows that kind of courage, faith, and determination, they DO inspire people like us that are humble enough to recognize it. I don’t think the point of the article was to point out that people who don’t have disabilities but are doing mind-blowing things aren’t as important or shouldn’t receive recognition. I just think it’s an inspiring story about a unique person that is reaching his goals without letting something get in his way. Please reconsider what you wrote, but if that’s your opinion, you have every right to think whatever you want. God bless (: <3

    • HurricaneMurphGirl

      Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on March 4, 2013 at 23:31

      I think that the reason these things are ‘inspiring’ is because it shows us that we don’t have to give up. Just because there’s something in our way doesn’t mean we need to let the matter go. If God wants you to do something, don’t let anything stop you. Not the devil, not demons, not disabilities, not other people, NOTHING. These articles are here because they pertain to EVERYONE. I would be less inspired by just some random college guy who directed a film because I can’t relate to that. I’m not into that kind of thing. That article would be great on a website geared toward young people(or really, anyone) who was interested in movies and directing. But not everyone is interested and therefor inspired by that. Everyone can relate to this because EVERYONE has struggles. EVERYONE faces obstacles. It it’s neat and uplifting to know that there are others out there who have conquered maybe even bigger things than we’re dealing with. And if they can, then with God’ help, we can too. I hope this helps.

  6. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on March 4, 2013 at 17:23

    Wow! This is really inspiring cuz I want to be a movie director too! Maybe he and I could work together someday…