Paul Jesper

What is your name and your current occupation?
Paul Jesper, Animation director

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Pizza Hut at 1am cleaning

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Danger Mouse, The Prince of Egypt, Balto, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
How did you become interested in animation?
Overnight with a book, The Animators Workbook by Tony White

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Plymouth in the UK, got in the business with lots of luck

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
8 hours solid focus… the work and only the work…

What part of your job do you like best? Why?
Breakthrough moments when an idea works

What part of your job do you like least? Why?
I’m fairly content

What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
Photoshop, 3D Studio Max are the main contenders

What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Not difficult if you try and make the right decisions and understand the bigger picture

In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Chuck Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg and many others I find inspiring

Describe a tough situation you had in life.
The same tough situations everyone faces

Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
Writing a book is my main thing at the moment…

Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
I dress well ;O)

Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Don’t take my job, and work and work and focus and focus

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