John Kenn Mortensen

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What is your name and your current occupation?
John Kenn Mortensen,artist,writer,director.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked in a boat repair-shop when I was 14.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
not to sound like a dick, but my own projects has been the most interesting projects and the ones im most proud of
How did you become interested in animation?
from being a kid… I just didnt grow out of it.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Denmark. I went to the animation workshop in Viborg and thats where I got in to the business.

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
I split my day up in two: after I leave the kids in daycare I start writting, then I pick them up from daycare, hang out with them feed them and all that and after they are put to bed I start drawing.

What part of your job do you like best? Why?
drawing! thats where I can do 100% what I want and what I feel like without any rules.

What part of your job do you like least? Why?
writing! it is so easy to get the idea, but when you start writing it down you start to see what works and what doesnt and then you write and rewrite and rewrite and rewrite and so one…

What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
pen and paper. it always works! ALWAYS!

What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
the business part! founding projects .

In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Kaj Pindal. he is great and is kind and warm, a wonderful storyteller!

Describe a tough situation you had in life.
getting founding.
Any side projects you’re working on that you’d like to share details of?
I am writing a live-action horror movie… and trying to get founding.

Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
no… I dont have time for that .

Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
work hard and BE NICE. when you are finally in the business, then have kids. it will make you focused and disciplined.

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  1. Hi!
    Laura, thanks for your interesting interview with John. Can you answer my question? Please, tell me, how you got in touch with Mr. Mortensen?

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