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Jason Zada always wanted to be a filmmaker. Growing up in Southern California and Hawaii, Zada started making films when he was 8 years old, using his allowance to buy film for his parents’ Super 8 camera to make, for example, a Kiss video with his friends using tennis rackets for guitars. But when it came time for college, he turned down scholarships to film school. “I wasn’t a big fan of organized school,” he says.