Cody Walzel is a storyboard artist and writer for animation. Almost any classic movie screening that plays near him, he's there. He even has an IMDB watchlist of 1,500+ movies that he's gathered from lists, friend recommendations, and mentions from director commentary. At his current movie watching rate, he'll be through his list in a little over 15 years.
We noticed his stunning, whimsical, and eye-catching use of our red envelopes as an artistic canvas, so we reached out to learn more about him!
1. Why do you enjoy having movies delivered?
I became a DVD plan subscriber in January 2014 because I wanted access to all the DVD commentary that I couldn't find online, and that’s probably my favorite thing about the service.
That, and the excitement of a physical DVD. I prefer having movies shipped to my house, but there was something fun about laying a couple choices on the coffee table during the video rental store days.
Every Friday is movie night with my roommates, and having the Netflix DVDs brings back some of that movies-on-the-coffee-table magic.
2. When did you start sketching on the envelopes, and what materials do you usually use?
The first envelope sketch was in January 2017. I wanted to blow off some steam from some of my other art projects, and I’ve come to really enjoy the ritual of getting and sending out DVDs of movies I love.
Watercolor is my go-to Netflix DVD envelope sketch medium, but I’ve done graphite, and ink as well, I may do one with crayons soon.
3. When did you start becoming interested in art, and how did you become a professional?
I drew and doodled as a kid like all little kids, but just never stopped. It became time to figure out how to make a career out of it when I decided to go to art school for college.
4. When you're not beautifying our mailers, what are your favorite artistic mediums?
I work digitally frequently because of speed and convenience. Most of my professional work ends up being drawn straight onto the computer via tablet. For fun, I do a lot of watercolors in my sketchbook.
5. If you were stuck on a desert island with only five movies, which ones would you choose?
Okay, so I don’t necessarily have to choose favorites then, just movies that I find the most re-watchable:
6. What's a movie you rented recently that you would recommend to other people?
This was a little while back now, but A Face in the Crowd has really stayed with me. I’d never heard of it before, it’s old, black-and-white, and would appear a little slow at a glance, but it’s gripping.
Trying out random movies that I don’t often hear talked about has produced some real gems. It’s another thing I love about renting DVDs, there are a lot of old and obscure things available.
7. Your favorite....
Movie: It’s always changing, but the one that I’m stuck on right now is this old Japanese movie called High and Low.
Actor: Jimmy Stewart is in so many of my favorite old movies. He’s so sweet and dignified.
Actress: Katharine Hepburn steals my heart every time. Such charm.
Director: Always changing as well, but I’ve finally started watching Spielberg after years of taking him for granted. His movies are so fun! And he’s hit so so many home runs.
Movie Snack: At home- order a pizza, at a theater- Butterfingers.