Heather DuValle attended the Arts University Bournemouth in order to study Animation, before moving to Bournemouth to study she attended University of Nevada, Reno where she studied Fine Art. No Added Preservatives was her graduate film and her first time in the director role.
There are countless stories of people and cute animals becoming friends after overcoming their initial disdain for each other. Changing the outcome for this stereotypical plot was my idea of a humorous tale between man and animal. It plays on the audiences expectations, and provides an unexpected turn of events. Making the film in stop motion was an obvious choice, as I wanted the audience to look at an object on screen and know exactly how it felt.