What is your name and your current occupation?
I am Jubey Jose Working as an animator in Canada .
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I have done all sorts of job to get my daily bread. It starts from cleaning, catering, mentoring, printing, graphic designing and it is a long list. Fortunately I did not do those jobs for a long time. I got the job as an animator right after I completed my graduation.
What are some of your favourite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Blue sky’s Ice age: The Great Egg-Scapade. It was great learning curve. I had chance to animate those iconic characters, I never thought I could even touch . And I love most of the projects I worked on. Every projects in some way taught me something new.
How did you become interested in animation?
As a kid, I used to draw and paint. And my parents really appreciated my work and supported me. And I felt that I am really enjoying the world of colours, light, shadows… And it was that time movies like Jurassic park, Lion king got released. And those movies had a huge influence on me. And gradually I decided to pursue a career which I really enjoy. So I started to learn 2d animation and eventually 3d animation. And I really owe my family for supporting me.
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
I spend first a half an hour to watch my work from earlier day. And I will take some notes which will help to take my shots into another level. And next thing I watch works from my colleagues and try to get more inspiration from them. Rest of my day depends on the types of projects I am working on. I might need to attend meetings with different people and get feed back from them on my works. But most of the day I spent animating the characters.
What part of your job does you like best? Why?
It is nothing but getting into the characters’ head and taking them to our heart animating from there. And you become a creator by the end of the day. And those animation will be there forever. And it is watched by millions of people around the world. And I found it’s great feeling when you travel to a different continent and you see DVD is of your work in stores or when you visit your friends’ houses, all of sudden you see the kids might be huge fan of a show that you worked on and they become your huge fan of you. It’s all great feeling.
What part of your job does you like least? Why?
When I don’t have challenges and there is no chance to improve in my art, then I am worried.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
We use Autodesk Maya and most of the studios have their own proprietary tools integrated into Maya.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Even though animation principles are same, animation as medium is developing day by day. None of the projects are worked in same technology or used same style of animation unless you are working for a same employer or same kind of projects. And quality of animation is also getting higher. So Animator needs to be really constant learner and flexible. Animating in CG feature, VFX, Gaming, TV series and Commercials are all different and to be employed all time, I need to work hard and polish my skills on every day basis.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
This is a small industry. So you might see many great people around you especially if you are a person who travel around the world. The common thing I found with this great people, they are all so humble and confident. They never afraid of trying something new. And they support and inspire people around them.
Describe a tough situation you had in life?
I started my animation career in India and we did not had a proper animation school as we have in North America. So earlier part of my career I was a self taught animator. So I struggled a lot. But I was lucky to do my graduation studies in Sheridan and work with some great animators. And they helped me to grow as a better animator.
Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
I am just enjoying my career as an animator. So I spent more time on analyzing movies or studying stuff related to film making. Besides that I try to spent most of my time with my family and friends.
Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
I enjoy opening machines and going through the parts and rebuilding it. Just to know how it works.
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
I would like to say that no one is born to be an animator. If you check the history of great animators, you will see the troubles they faced during their career. And their passion and dedication helped them to achieve what they achieved. So if you wanted to be an animator, work hard, stay focused and motivated. And I think perseverance is the key.