What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Will Kistler and I’m currently a character animator.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
For a while I was a tour guide at Mammoth Cave National Park, where I led tours through the cave. I also did a brief stint as a substitute teacher. Turns out, 9th and 10 graders are not especially keen to learn algebra. After college I spent a year teaching English in Japan. That was a great time, since it let me travel for an extended period. I was doing animation school online at the time, and I hate to admit it, but my studies suffered. When faced with the option of animating all day, or going to check out a temple I might never get to see again, I wasn’t going to NOT go see the temple. I tried to do both, but the animation got ignored a little more than it should have.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My most recently released project was Life of Pi. I was extremely happy with how that came out. We spent a lot of time making sure the tiger moved as realistically as possible, which meant a big part of my day was getting to watch and study videos of tigers. That makes for a pretty great work day. I’ve also gotten to work on the Alvin and the Chipmunk movies. Realistic tigers are great, but there’s a different kind of fun in getting to animate more anthropomorphic animals singing and dancing.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Kentucky originally. My break into animation was being accepted into Continue…