Oliver Thompson was born in Detroit in 1981 and started making films on his parents VHS camcorder at age 11. He has been working in film and video production since he was hired at age 16 as a camera operator at a municipal cable station. That soon led to a job at a production company called Kidzvid, producing educational videos. After a brief stint in film school, Oliver left, choosing instead to study his other passion, music. Receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in music composition, he returned to his love of film. He spent the next several years in Detroit working in countless projects in a range of roles such as music videos, educational programming, and short films, for which he has been awarded several times in various film festivals, including first place at the Mitten Movie Project for his music score, and second place for his directing. Thompson relocated to Los Angeles in 2012. Welcome to Happiness is his first feature.