Samuel Bates is from Cincinnati, Ohio. Art has always been a part of his life, as his parents are professional musicians in both the Cincinnati Symphony, and the Dayton Philharmonic- but it wasn’t until middle school where Sam discovered his passion. He began to write and direct comedic sketches at his school, which later transformed into videos he made in his own time. As he moved into highschool, he became involved in his school's student news, and eventually wrote and directed several short films. Sam continues his work as a film major at Ohio University, and plans on concentrating in either cinematography or directing.