What is your name and your current occupation?Â
Â My name’s Aminder Dhaliwal and I’m a storyboard revisionist at Nickelodeon .
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I wish I could say I did something crazy like ‘My first job was digging graves’ or something, but I’d be lying. I’m lucky enough to have skipped working retail, while everyone around me was working at the mall in highschool I got into painting and designing murals, I’ve never even had the chance to checkout half the murals I designed, I had the chance to hand paint two of my creations. I hope they’re still around 🙂 or at the very least i hope the graffiti over them is funny!
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My first job at Nickelodeon was on Robot and Monster – which was awesome, the crew was amazing and so supportive! Working on Fairly Odd Parents has been surreal, considering I used to watch it back when it first premiered! I’m also really proud to have interned in Beijing as an undergraduate on some commercials for the AniWow festival – that was an amazing experience.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?Â
I was born and raised in England, at 12 years old my family packed up and moved to Canada where I finished highschool and went to Sheridan College. After graduating from Sheridan I was lucky enough to intern at Nickelodeon and I’ve been there ever since 😀
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
A typical day for me involves taking the fabulous storyboards our amazingly good looking storyboard artists draw (totally not sucking up to Mike Milo here…for being a board artist on Fairly Odd Parents…) and implementing the changes the board director and Butch Hartman suggest.
What part of your job do you like best? Why?Â
All the free chocolate…mmm. Also, the oppurtunity to be surrounded by some of the funniest and most talented people I’ve ever met!
What part of your job do yo like least?and why?
Revising Â on a very graphic 2D show involves being Â very clean, I look forward to loosening up my drawings in the future.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis, how has technology changed in the last few years in your field and how has that impacted you in your job?
Â Daily I use Photoshop on a 21inch Cintiq. Overall however Fairly Odd Parents has seen a transition from paper to digital, so a lot of my notes are still on paper and post-its. Considering how tight the Fairly Odd Parents boards are I have to give thanks to being able to undo every line I put down.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business? Â
Â Being on a Work-Permit in the US, I always have to think ahead to future projects I can jump onto in case anything happens to my current job.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Funny enough when I first interned at Nickelodeon Tuck Tucker was first on my list of people to meet and learn from, cut to two years later and he’s my director! There’s been a lot of greats I’ve met since starting to work it’s been amazing and I love meeting new people at Film Festivals and CTN.
Describe a tough situation you had in life.Â
Moving around can be tough, expensive and tiring. And living in a different country from your family can be strange at first, especially when national holidays don’t line up!
Any side projects you’re working on that you’d like to share details of?
I have an idea for a short film I’m hoping to make in my spare time, but its just an idea at the moment!
Any unusual talents or hobbiesÂ likeÂ tying a cherry stem with your tongueÂ orÂ metallurgy?
I can cross one eye while keeping the other one straight! watch out America’s Got Talent, here I come! Â Keep at it and find a great mentor! There are so many amazing artists out there willing to share their knowledge!