Thierry Dezarmenien

 

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Thierry Dezarmenien and I am currently a freelance character animator.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Nothing crazy really, I was a graphic designer.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The project I am working on right now, it is a short film and I am super happy and proud to be part of this team.

 

How did you become interested in animation?
I don’t even remember, it’s seems I was always interested in it. But Something sure is Continue…

Virgil Mihailescu

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Hi everybody, my name is Virgil Mihailescu and I’m currently a character animator at The Creative Assembly, working on Rome 2 – Total War.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I had to buss tables and wait for dishes at the dish machine with my international student schoolmates (the only ones left around during the long boring summer in Bowling Green Ohio..). I then worked in catering when I was living in Chicago and had to serve the Romanian president (I’m Romanian btw) at some weird official breakfast meeting.. probably my life’s most epic achievement? :} And I worked one day in flooring but did the easier parts of this job, which is probably one of the most awful jobs invented by humans. And then I worked for a month remodeling an apartment, well.. just destroying it in fact… which included breaking a cast iron tub with a sledgehammer, which I found extremely satisfying and fun.. and a completely awful experience at the same time, if you can imagine that!

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The current one, Rome 2.. because working on the Total War series is a privilege, I think. And then I got to animate more animals than I ever animated before, and it’s such a cool project to be working on. And Tintin, which was for me my first project at Ubisoft and the first game I ever worked on, and, surprise of surprises, only 2 months into the project I was chosen team lead, or animation coordinator.. as it was officially called. Which, as you can imagine, came as an adrenaline shot and it also turned into one of the most challenging but also very exciting experiences.

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born in Brasov, Romania, I started writing ‘novels’ and drawing ‘comic books’ when I was about 7 or 8 years old.. To better understand this.. you have to imagine that, in fact, my first novel had about 30 pages and probably half of them were drawings… and my characters were mostly traveling, eating, and sleeping (when they were not dealing with savage Indian tribes in the jungles of.. India). As a visual artist I’m Continue…

Brian Hartley

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What is your name and your current occupation? 
My name is Brian Hartley and at the moment I’m a Senior Games Artist for Fish in a Bottle, a creative agency based in Leamington Spa. My job covers a wide range of areas from UI design through to character animation.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
I’ve been lucky enough to have been involved in games development since leaving college, so there’s not really anything crazy to report.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
I really enjoyed working on the point and click adventure we designed at Fish in a Bottle to support the recent Channel 4 animated series, The Full English. It was the first Flash project I’d work on, so there was a pretty steep learning curve, but I think everyone involved was happy with how it turned out. Other than that, I still have a soft spot for MicroMachines on the Sega MegaDrive. Even thought it’s 20 years since the game came out, I still get people telling me how much they loved it.

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

I’m from Stratford-on-Avon in Warwickshire, and my first job in games development was for Codemasters. I’d never really used a computer for anything creative, but Continue…

Benjamin Norcross

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Benjamin Norcross, Character Animator for games.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Ski bum/lift operator, Medic/Corpsman in the U.S. Military, Veterinarian Assistant

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Free Realms: for the kid demographic but the characters were fun and I was never told to tone it down a bit.  I could literally do what ever came to mind and for animation, nothing is better than having total creative freedom.  I made a duck-billed dinosaur do yoga!

How did you become interested in animation?
I love art and I was very seriously considering graphic design for marketing and I found a school that looked good.  When I got out of the Military the school had been bought out by the Art Institute.  Not only did they

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Chris Mayne

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Chris Mayne and I work from home as a freelance character animator.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I can’t say that what I did before animation has really been all the exciting, although some of the people I’ve worked with…well, that’s another story. I’ve worked a variety of jobs though from making pizzas to selling jewelry to going door to door selling coupon books.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The work that I’ve done on commercials for Lucky Charms and Trix Yogurt comes to mind first. I have to admit I geeked out big time. Animating an iconic character like Lucky the Leprechaun is just amazing and getting to have the kids in the Trix Yogurt spots deliver the line “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!” is pure joy.

 

How did you become interested in animation?
Animation has always been a part of my life, whether it be watching cartoons on Saturday morning or drawing little stick-figure doodles during class. And of course I can’t forget Continue…

David M. Breaux Jr.

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What is your name and your current occupation?
David M. Breaux Jr. Character / Creature Animator

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
First job was in a framing shop….boring more than crazy… but I did do two summers working as a sculptor one summer was making Mardi Gras floats… the other summer was making huge Mardi Gras themed sculptures for Casinos: Harrah’s, Luxor, and MGM Grand.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Garfield….yes Garfield, it was my first film…I worked on the postvis then was hired by Rhythm & Hues as an animator for the film. It was the most character work I had ever done at that point. Till the sequal. Tron Legacy..dream come true though I wished I had been on the show longer and had more shots. Real Steel was quite fun, I learned a lot about dealing with mocap at an entirely different level on that show.

How did you become interested in animation?
I had always liked cartoon growing up, and was always watching monster movies, Godzilla, King Kong, any Ray Harryhausen films, really anything that was Continue…