Steve Sagovac

What is your name and your current occupation? 

Steve Sagovac. Director at Daydreemin and also Development at Sodacode.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was involved in creating the Biggest Cocktail drink for a shopping centre launch, with choreographed bar staff to do all the mixing.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I think my first character I started to develop called Leeroy. It was because of him I got to spend some time at Disney Australia, and start working with my eventual Partner when we started Mad Cow Pictures.

 How did you become interested in animation?
I think it was Comic Books first, and then a natural progression to cartoons. I used to buy every “The making of” book I could get my hands on.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 

Sydney Australia. I got into the business through Flash Animation, then short sting at Disney Australia in the Digital Dept’. Then started my own animation company “Mad Cow Pictures” with Steve Trenbirth, a Director from Disney.

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job? 
At the moment most of my time is taken up with development on iPad technology. Then any spare time is taken up with writing.
What part of your job do you like best? Why? 
The best part is always working with talented artists and developers. Working with a bunch of talented people is always very motivating. And also writing. Once you eventually get yourself started, the story can sometimes start writing itself. They can be the best days of all.
What part of your job do you like least? Why? 

Starting to write. Procrastination always kicks in, and you can waste way too much time justifying your procrastination with research, Google, Twitter etc. The day just disappears and nothing gets done. Also, chasing development funding.

What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Getting projects funded.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis? 
I have a 27″ iMac, and use Xcode for Ipad Development. Also a fair bit of Photoshop.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness? 

Sadly…. no.

Describe a tough situation you had in life. 

This question has been forwarded to my therapist.

Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?

Working on an iPad Interactive Book called “Carnival of Chaos”. This one has been put on hold as the artist, Deane Taylor is pretty busy at the moment an a fantastic Australian series “Figaro Pho”. Also writing a short animated film called “Bat-bot Boy”. About a kid who loses his arms in an accident, ends up with Metal Wings in their place and struggles with what to do next in life.

Its all in rhyme, which is making it a little bit harder to get right.

Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business? 
Don’t do it for the money. If you don’t like being part of this industry, there are easier ways to make a dollar.
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