Oktodia Mardoko

What is your name and your current occupation?

Oktodia Mardoko, Animation Director and Producer, also like to write story in my head..

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
This world is crazy enough.. I did nothing crazy.. I’m crazy enough 🙂

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I made a concept for McD café building. The building was in the shape of up-side-down french fries box with some fries coming out of the box, and the client like it.  Now I am doing animation series for local TV station. The project involves many creative workers & studios. I’m the producer, a 2nd director and also an office boy 🙂 The story is about kids adventure, that I choose from my friend’s comic.

How did you become interested in animation?
I used to play “Prince of Persia” in DOS computer when I was a kid. Starting  from there, I was curious to make my own game or animation.. So I experimented, from creating moving pictures frame by frame on the corner of pages on my study book,.it was cool enough but that’s not enough for me..so I make an animation in DOS computer, and moving or animated it by pres the cursor right point manually 🙂 and in university I had done many media for visual communication design, start from printing,interactive,video and animation project. And my biggest interest are in animation.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Jakarta, Indonesia. I started in animation business by working in a team doing small animation projects such as for corporate video profile, TVC, corporate products, TV promo and in my free time, I like to make some stopmotion projects with clay or others material that can be used for animation. I think this is my passion and I have to make it happen..and now I’m producing a TV program for kids..

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Doing some meeting, briefing, also directing and production supervising from animation to audio post, and deliver to clients.

What part of your job do you like best? Why?

I like to find solutions to production problems, by exploring many animation techniques. It’s fun…

What part of your job do you like least? Why?
I don’t like to work with tight deadline, its make result doesn’t optimal.

What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Things are complicated already, I try to make them as simple as possible.

What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
I use claymation or others stopmotion technique..I use camera and FCP for editing..

In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Not yet.. I wish 🙂

Describe a tough situation you had in life.
Hmm.. I always want to make entertainment for kids, because they are our responsibility and we have to care for their future.

Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
Claymation, and I’m still exploring the technique more and more.. We can’t  stop learning..

Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
My hobbies are swimming and climbing, also like gardening.. In my free time I  like playing with my kids

Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Just do what you like, dislike, love, and hate.. Collaborate them in your head.. When you finally find something you’re crazy about and you can’t remember to eat, probably you’ve nailed your passion! Good luck in this crazy world..


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