His interest in mathematics only rivaled by that of filmmaking, Sean Hood first made a name for himself by combining both subjects for the award-winning short The Shy and the Naked in 1998. From his early days as a set dresser to writing such genre features as Halloween: Resurrection and Cube 2: Hypercube, Hood gained valuable experience in nearly aspect of filmmaking before making his feature directorial bow with the thriller The Watcher. A native of Milwaukee, he majored in both mathematics and studio art at Brown University, though it was his daily cartoon strip in the Boston Daily Herald that won over his fellow students. Hood later moved to Los Angeles, where he began his film career as a set dresser on such efforts as the cult TV series Twin Peaks. As the '90s progressed, he also did behind-the-scenes work on such features as Father of the Bride (1991), True Lies (1994), and Pleasantville (1998). The same year Pleasantville was released, Hood won a 12,000-dollar grant from the Sloan Foundation for his short film The Shy and the Naked, which explored the underlying creative similarities between mathematics and art. Hood also worked with the Filmmaker's Alliance, later graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema and Television, and wrote screenplays for The Darklings (1999) and Halloween: Resurrection (2002). In 2002, he penned scripts for Cube 2: Hypercube (2002) before stepping back behind the camera for both The Watcher (2004) and The Dorm (2005).