Emilie Goulet

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Emilie Goulet, Animator at Reel Fx.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 

Working in a cheese store. It’s not that crazy, but it’s probably the job that is the most different from animation. And yet, I worked with some people that were so passionate about cheese that it rub on me.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 

Without a doubt, my favorite project is the one I am working on now: Free Birds. Not just because the animation is wonderful and hilarious, but the people that I met on this project made me want to push myself like I never did before. The motivation and support not only came from my leads and director, but from my peers which is incredibly  precious and gratifying.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I am from Montreal, Canada and started as a clean-up artist for traditional animation in television  at Ciné Groupe around 2000. I was incredibly excited to the point that Continue…

Nicolas Lozac’h

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Nicolas Lozac’h, freelance animator

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Sports/fitness equipment & clothing vendor

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Blood Bowl, the video game : I’ve always been a fan of Warhammer 40K and GamesWorkshop in general, so working on one of their games for a first professional experience is something I won’t forget. Brand New Old school : a personal project I did to prove wrong the director of the 3D major at my school who said I wouldn’t be capable to do a 3D breakdancing animation. It isn’t the b est worked I’ve done, but it was the first project I did to improve my animation skills.

How did you become interested in animation?
I’ve been playing video games since the age of 3, so working in the video game/animation industry has always something I wanted to do.  

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from France but lived 5 years in Canada until the age of 12. My friends say I’m more North American than French.
I first got into the animation business by drawing attention on my animation skills through a personal project and then Continue…

Tony Merrithew


What is your name and your current occupation?
Tony Merrithew, animator, sculptor, visual development artist.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I delivered liquid oxygen to people with breathing problems. I drove a tractor on a tree farm.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I worked as an animator on the first California raisins commercials as well as the Noid.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
From Portland oregon. Got a job by walking into Continue…

Frank Abney

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Frank Abney, Animator at Crystal Dynamics.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I actually haven’t had any crazy jobs before Animation, lol. I worked at a few retail places, but nothing out of the ordinary.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My favorite projects so far has been a tv show pilot I worked on called “Miles Across the Sea” at Lightstream Animation Studios, and “Tomb Raider”, at Crystal Dynamics which I just finished work on. “Miles” really stands out to me because we were a small intimate team that felt like a creative family all driving towards the same goal. It was a lot of fun!

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born in Alameda, Ca and grew up mainly in a city called Suisun City. I got into the animation business shortly after Continue…

Syed Waqar Alam

What is your name and your current occupation?

My name is Syed Waqar Alam. I’m doing the best job in the world, Animation!

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?

None. My first job is animation.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?

I’ve worked on the upcoming hollywood movie “Mega Spider”, It was so much fun to animate 8 legged, freakishly big spider. Recently, I’m working on an Abu Dhabi cartoon TV series “The Adventures of Mansour”.

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

I’m from Pakistan. My childhood is full of Chuck Jones cartoons and Disney movies. I’m a big fan of Pixar movies! Once, I saw the making of Aladdin, Glen Keane flipping his Continue…

Tim Birks

What is your name and your current occupation?
Tim Birks, I’ve recently finished working on Wizart Animation’s Snow Queen animated feature due for theatrical release on 31st December 2012.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was lucky enough to get my first animation gig whilst still in my 3rd year of university, however whilst studying at college and university I like to consider my dues to have been paid by stacking shelves at 5am and grafting throughout the summer breaks at various colleges, jobs included cutting down trees with a blunt saw and sweeping gutters!
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I was proud to have been a part of production on the CG animated TV series, Jellikins (or Jellabies as it was renamed for American TV), not only was this my first animation gig in the late 90’s but it was also the first CG animated TV series to be produced in the UK, seems like such a long time ago now!  More recently I’m proud to have been apart of animation production on ‘The Snow Queen’ feature, the Russian CG industry is still developing and they have overcome so many obstacles to get this film made on such a limited budget, the finished product is outstanding and I’m glad I was given the opportunity to help out.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Birmingham, UK.  I’ve always worked in the West Midlands, UK throughout my entire career so far, apart for a brief stint in London. The industry is very Continue…