Suleyman Gurgun
What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is SG. I work in Istanbul as a lead character animator.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Before the animation I used to be a dental technician. But it wasn’t as crazy as animation.


What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The movie “God’s Faithful Servant: Barla” was tiring but really exciting.The other is my current short film in progress.


Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m in Istanbul, Turkiye. Animation was my dream as a kid and Allah accepted my prayers. First I worked on commercials and script writing (2003). Afterwards we, me and my friend, decided to make our own short film. The result I became a character animator.


What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Nice question. Easy and hard to answer. In my company there’s always a lot of work. That’s why I try to accomplish my job in time by planning my day. Besides I check and criticize works of 9 animators. And in the evening I try to make time for my short film.


What part of your job do you like best? Why?
The most enjoying part is to watch our finished job. I really enjoy making personal animation. I like ‘acting’ part very mush. It’s really awesome when you put something from your personality. In general key framing is really enjoying.


What part of your job do you like least? Why?
Editing moves in motion builder 🙂


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?
There are no really changing technologies for animation. I’m fascinated with development in the face capture systems.


What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
I think the hardest thing in the animation is obscurity. You really must know what to do. It’s really hard when the director doesn’t know what he wants.


In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?


Describe a tough situation you had in life.
I didn’t really experienced hard times. But when I was a kid, the loss of my big brother was really hard to me.


Any side projects you’re working on that you’d like to share details of?
Right now I work on short film named BirdBall. The musician Arun Sol from Montreal offered to make music. He makes really fun stuff. Rendering is done by my friend Atilla Kurt, very successful in his job. We’re really a good team, thanx to them. It’s approximately 3 minutes long. I think it’ll be an enjoying short film.


Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
My dream is to make a miniature ship and flying plane. Also I like to draw.


Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
The must protect their enthusiasm. The should follow leading animators. If possible they should take courses and they mustn’t underestimate bouncing balls:)  If they have no such opportunities they can follow the programs as in “I animate” and “Animation Mentor”. I improved myself this way. They should study free tutorials by Geln Keane, Jason Ryan and Keith Lango.

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  1. best inspirational interviews 🙂

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