What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Alan Lau. I am co-owner of Ghostbot Inc., an animation studio based in the San Francisco area.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Ha! There is a little “crazy” in all the jobs I’ve done. I was a “moon cake” packer for a day. Yes I understand that sounds like a weird euphemism.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m very proud of my work on: Esurance: I did direction, design and animation on a series of animated commercials for Esurance. It was great to be ground zero at such a successful campaign and I had such great fun telling these exciting little stories in the span of a 30 second commercial. Buddhist Monkey: I always enjoy working with Mondomedia. One of my very best friends is Kenn Navarro: co-creator of Happy Tree Friends. When we got the chance to do an “action” version of Happy Tree Friends we couldn’t say no! I directed and boarded 3 episodes of the show. Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time: I directed the cutscenes and 2D animation for Sly Cooper : Thieves In Time. It was fantastic to work with the amazing game developer Sanzaru games and fine folks at Sony. They really trusted us to bring ideas to the table and left us to be creative and do our thing. That is the type of dream collaboration that you really have to enjoy when it comes along. Anniversary: This was a real special project as I feel like this is the direction my company Ghostbot wants to go into. We want to create our own films and own stories so this feels in someways the beginning of that journey.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. My parents were immigrants from Hong Kong so I think I inherited their crazy Continue…