What is your name and your current occupation?
I am Jubey Jose Working as an animator in Toronto.
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 long list. But my ultimate aim while doing them was to land my dream job as an animator
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The first one is Tinker Bell. The reason for that, this is the first CG animated high quality project came out of Asia and its done fully in Mumbai based animation studio. And the second one is Bollywood live action movie Aladdin. This is because, this is the first Indian live action movie in which character animation is involved. It has a sequence in which all the characters are digitally animated. And these two Projects are milestone in the animation history of India. Another project is Matt hatter chronicles which we done in Arc Production Toronto. The weekly quota of this project was 45 second per week. And we have completed this 26-episode project with in short span of time. I will count it as one of my favorite on the basis of given time and quality.
How did you become interested in animation?
I will not say, I wanted to be an animator from my first birthday. As I am from a remote village of India, we did not have television in my child hood. But I was ardent fan of Giant Robert TV series, which was broadcasted on Saturdays. That time I was studying grade2. And I liked comic books and its characters. So definitely I wanted to be part of them. Other thing is, my village is beautiful with lot of visual elements. And it is known as a great shooting location for films. So while living there my mind was stored with lot of visuals. Gradually I started paint and after all opted for career in art. And every time I get some money, I invest for further study in animation. Still I need to travel a lot.
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
I will get up at 4.30 AM. And I will check mails, go through various newspapers and will spend some time for Prayer. And I will leave to office at 7. It will take almost one hour in subway to get there. The first half an hour in the office I used to spend time to watch works from earlier days. Some time this will give lot of inspiration and may help me to get into the mood so easily. Then I will start work. When you work on TV series, you do not have luxury of time. Each minute is going to count. So I will be fully involved in the work. You need to do at least 10 to 15 seconds of animation per day and it will be more than one shot. So lot thinking processes and technical issues. And we do not have time to revisit the shots. So by evening you will be dried up. And when I get into home, I might not spend time for serious stuffs. It is the time for relaxation. Meanwhile when you working on film or high quality stuff, it is totally different. You have the time to plan the scene and will have dailies. You might be doing 5 or 6 second per week. And it is totally different day from other. It is also demanding. But you will get more time on a single scene and will be able to feel with the character.
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 scenes will be immortal. And it stays there forever, even if we die.
What part of your job does you like least? Why?
When you do not have challenges and there is no chance to improve in you art, then I will be worried.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
We use Autodesk Maya for animation.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
There are many areas I need to be careful of at the same time with same importance. If I am not good at any one of this, it is going to hit me later; first one is my own craft. Being an animator, I need to know variety of animations with perfection. And other things are: network, knowledge about the industry, clean reputation, innovative and adventurous mind. Besides all of this I need to balance my personal, family and professional life. They are all different. So it is not easy.
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. I used to follow them. And I have even paid them to know more. And if I started to say name of them, it is a large number.
Describe a tough situation you had in life?
I had gone through many tough situations from my birth. One of them is the day, when I felt I am orphan in this world. I cannot describe the feeling of departure of your dear ones. Suddenly one day you lose your father and grandfather, and you do not have any one to share your feeling. It affected me my career and life.
Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?
I am working on my second short film, which I will be directing. There are many people involved on this project. It is meant for international audience. I cannot share more here. But you will see it soon.
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?
No advice. But I would like to say that no one is born to be an animator. If you check the history of great animator, you will see the troubles they faced during their career. So if you wanted to be an animator, work hard, stay motivated. NEVER GIVE UP!