What is your name and your current occupation?
Hi! My name is Andrea Cammarata and i am a freelance illustrator.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Basically i have worked in my family’s restaurant before getting started with my actually occupation, nothing special.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The Davincibles was certanly the greteast project where i’ve been take a part like character designer, it was cool to know some very skilled professionals guys!
How did you become interested in animation?
Eating coockies and watching television!
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Milan in Italy and the opportunity to take a part on this cool business was come in a lazy aftermoon by a called from the person in charge of the production of the cartoon.After years and years of desperate search…
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Get up, take a cup of espresso and work hard till the aftermoon.Then i run to the pub!
What part of your job do you like best? Why?
The initials phases are the most interesting and exciting parts of my job, beacuse to create new worlds, new stories and characters i can explain myself and my vision of the project.
What part of your job do you like least? Why?
The production, but is indispensable!
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
A power book and a wacom Cintiq, my new best friend, and some adobe softwares.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Seeking new opportunities out of my country, maybe in the USA, for now i have not found anything.
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Unfortunately no! Or better, I have saw some important animators in the various festivals like Annecy in France or Cartoons on the bay in Italy. Names like Don Bluth and Matt Groening.But never met personally.
Describe a tough situation you had in life.
Here in Italy is hard to enter in the circuit of the professionals and i have spend maybe 4 or 5 years for get the label of “Professional”
Any side projects you’re working on that you’d like to share details of?
I’ve created a presentation book for an animated series called “Fang You!” an horror comedy awarded on Cartoons on the Bay Pitch Me contest in the 2012.I hope to see it on a screen sooner or later…
Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
I play guitar, cook pasta, but yes, the metallurgy is the best!
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Work hard every day on your desk! And think about this: Hitler wanted to do the painter, Berlusconi wanted to be a singer, i think the world hope you become an animator!