What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Oleg Noskoff, I am an independent animation maker.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I tried many professions. Was a miner, a sailor, car driver, car dealer, tire salesman, a loader, a courier, a graphic designer, videographer and video editor in a small TV studio. But most of my crazy job was taxi driver on the night shift. The irony is that I did not know what I was hired for transportation the prostitutes, then I quit, but had to work out a contract until the end of the month. This was a difficult economic time in the ’90s (when the Soviet Union died), it was hard to find a good job.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
This is my first work “The Falcon and the Duck”. I did alone, all the way from start to finish.
How did you become interested in animation?
I came into the animation industry relatively late after the age of 40 years while dreaming about it since childhood. The circumstances of my life was such that I had to do the job far removed from the animation industry, and has nothing in common with animation. But technological progress has opened the doors for access to make animation using computer. One day I said to myself – now or never! Life passes. If I do not start doing it now, the animation will remain a unrealizable dream for me.
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
My day begins most likely at night than during the day (LOL) Sometimes I have to work 16 hours a day. Apart my own projects, I also have to carry out freelance projects, in order not to die of hunger and survive (LOL)
What part of your job do you like best? Why?
I like to animate my characters, drawing frame by frame. This is a very interesting process to give life to my character and see how it becomes alive.
What part of your job do you like least? Why?
Do not like it when the work takes almost all my spare time. But it is a payment for the dream, right? After all, I chose deliberately.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
I draw frame by frame using a graphics tablet. It really helps to save resources and time, unlike the traditional method of drawing on tracing paper on the light table.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Unfortunately I did not have such a happy occasion.
Describe a tough situation you had in life.
Yes, it was my family problems, divorce with my wife.
Any side projects you’re working on that you’d like to share details of?
Now I’m working on my own new project. This will again be an animated short film satire about policies violate human rights in my country.
Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
I have modest skills of playing the guitar and drums. But this is just my hobby.
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Probably have to be a fan of animation, to overcome all the difficulties associated with this business. Do not give up, even in spite of age. I do not know, maybe I’m wrong, but I’m happy that I made my dream a reality and is now doing a job I love and enjoy it.