Teodor Ajduk

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Teodor Ajduk, animator

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Animation is crazy enough. Nothing can be compared with her.

How did you become interested in animation?
Naturally, Disney, Don Bluth,  Looney tunes,Tom and Jerry, Tex Avery and  Zlatko Grgic are guilty for my interest in animation…who else?

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business? 

I am born in small city Novi Sad in Yugoslavia.Today,  that city is part of Serbia.  Were an awful time in my country 93′- ’94. Looking for job, I appeared in the former post production house in Belgrade.They asked me if I know 2D animation.I said: YES! and I got first project, second, third … In that period Nebojsa Rogic /he realy dont like exposing, he was mentioned only at cartoon brew .com, helped me with his mentoring.

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Wake up, introduce with obligations, do them .

What part of your job do you like best? Why?
I worked mainly on short projects, with a small crew, on tv commercials or openings for various tv shows, covered a wide part of the obligations – each part is interesting…until the deadline comes.  but, I like most 2D straight-ahead animation.
What part of your job do you like least? Why?
Most of all:  conversations with customers and clients.I’m too grumpy.  In my place purchasers and their agencies are in connection with local tycoons or fraudsters. Its hard to be nice to them.  …and I hate  ‘tweenings’ in 2D animations
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
Pen, digital and analog
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Stay in business.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
No.  My friends are my greatness, Darko Tomicic from Zagreb, helped me a lot just when it was difficult for me Nebojsa Rogic I have already mentioned Zoran Janjetov, comic artist /he cooperates for a long time with Mr. Jodorowsky/,he and his family are my dear friends. Perica Cirovic was a long-time collaborator. His job was conversations with customers and clients because i hate that part of business. Petar Meseldzija, painter and illustrator was my neighbor until he went to the Netherlands.  I got a few nice words from Michael Sporn, Will Fin and Oscar Martin on the blog, That mean a lot for me.

Describe a tough situation you had in life.
I live in a very troubled place.  We had a war,state regulation changed from socialism to capitalism, economy is not working, political problems, again economy is not working, again political problems, again economy is not working, again political problems, ….and it all reflects on the life and work and cause many different tough situations.

Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
Many of them are initiated. Nothing is complete because of curent obligations .

Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
Cooking real food:  goulash, stew, cabbage rolls, various moussaka …

Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?  First,not to sorry that they are not from Cal Arts.or not in a big project.  I had only ‘Animation’ by Preston Blair and ‘School of cartoon’/free translation/ book by Borivoj Dovnikovic/. I did not have even peg bar./I later stole one but, I did not have perforated paper. still keep him as a trophy / Second, to try to be more closely to audience with animation and production design.  Disinterest of the public are surely death for every media



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