What is your name and your current occupation? Nick Fredin. Currently working as an animator at Weta Digital.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? The craziest jobs I had were actually in between animation jobs when I was just trying to get my foot in the door in the animation industry. I worked for a movie theatre cleaning up popcorn kids puke, but mainly I switched off my radio so no one could find me and watched the films that I would one day help make. I fully recommend to newbies to get a job related to your craft whether it’s working at a video rental store or an art gallery. I would also suggest learning to cook or make coffees. Once you’ve broken into the industry you’ll have a full wealth of movie knowledge, know how to feed yourself and stay caffeinated.
What are some of your favourite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? Rango won the Oscar for best animated feature this year so I’d have to say I’m most proud of that project. Not only was it amazing to work on but the team was incredible as well. It was also amazing to be a part of The Adventures of Tin Tin under the direction of Steven Spielberg. I felt like a little kid when I was a part of my first telephone conference with Steven Spielberg. Any time he approved a shot it was spine tingling. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was pretty special too although I didn’t get to work on it nearly as much as many others. 2010-2011 was a pretty great year for me in terms of working on some great projects.
How did you become interested in animation? Jurassic Park! After seeing that film I needed to somehow be involved in the movie making process. I wasn’t sure exactly how though. After a suspicious Continue…
What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Daniel Zettl and I’m currently senior animator at Weta Digital What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
To financially support my animation internship after high school, I worked in the halls of the biggest german provider for postal services and was sorting letters and packages every night for a couple hours. Met some pretty quirky people there 😉 What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a partof?
Very proud to have been a part of James Cameron’s Avatar and currently of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. How did you become interested in animation?
I started out with drawing a lot, doing design jobs and lots of graffiti. At some point the still image, or the single drawing wasnʼt enough anymore and I was searching for something that could unlock whatʼs hidden in me. It had to get it out and on that search I
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http://vimeo.com/20518291 What is your name and your current occupation?
Hi,I am Harinarayan Rajeev and i am currently working as a 3d animator in Dreamworks Animation Dedicated Unit,India(DDU).
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Honestly, the only job i had ever done in my life is that of an animator.I got my first job in the industry right after finishing my 2d/3d animation training , when i was 18.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of ?
Well,I am super excited about the Dreamworks Animation projects i am working on right now and going to work for at DDU,India which I consider are amazing oppurtunites that as an animator I could ever have. I also had a great time working on my third animated feature film “Dorothy of OZ” [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0884726/] while i was working in Prana animation studios.
How did you become interested in animation?
I used to draw and watch a looot of cartoons as a kid,infact i remember running like a deer after school so that i could reach home on time and watch my favourite cartoon shows,Swatkats,Dexter’s Laboratory,Johny Bravo,Popeye,Samurai Jack , He-Man,the list goes on.. I used to watch them as if they were real and living . My intense love for Continue…
Here’s an interesting take on why movies don’t do as well as they did in the 90’s. I’m not entirely sure I agree with this statement but I like the theory. Personally I LIKE new films and the way they make you believe there really is a 20 foot green man or a giant dragon. No I’ve never seen one so I can’t compare it to my real life experiences but do I need to?
What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Igor Stefanovic, I am Character Technical Director / Rigger at DreamWorks Animation. My job is to build internal skeletons, animation controls, face expressions and body deformations for digital characters. I create something like a digital marionette, which animators move around in shots. It is a job that is both artistic and technical. I have a good understanding of anatomy so I make sure that face and skin of character look good in every pose, just like real actor. I also work on hair and cloth, which are more on the technical side. Animators then take my work and breathe life into it. You could say, if animation department is the heart of animation process, then rigging is its brain.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? Well I grew up in Belgrade, in Serbia. I started drawing very young. So in my teen years I started doing some simple marketing designs. First it was business cards, then larger prints and billboards, and finally I started doing tv commercials. One freelance job always led to another, so I ended up working every summer break during high school. Those were fun days, I got in contact with various people and learned a lot about life. So most of the stuff about computer graphics I learned on the go, through work. This continued through my college years, and finally I decided to make my own animated short. I wanted to have very good characters, so I ended up making detailed face and body setups for two characters, an old fisherman and a raccoon. By that point I realized I could make demo reel just out of these setups, so I postponed my short for some better days, put together demo reel, and applied for rigging position in several companies. I was lucky to get a job at Framestore in London. First really big company, working on Hollywood projects. I stayed there for two years, then got a job at DreamWorks Animation in Los Angeles. I am here for three years now. I have worked on four animated movies for them so far, including Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss In Boots. But still those early beginnings are great memories. Those were days when future seemed distant and anything seemed possible.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
There are two types of projects that can make someone in this business proud. There are big projects with famous names, that everybody has seen in cinemas or on tv. I guess for me, those are Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss In Boots. And there are those, which don’t necessarily have to be famous, but where I had greater responsibility and got more personally invested. In London I was working for over a year on Universal Studios animation The Tale Of Despereaux. It was smaller team than on DreamWorks productions, plus my first Hollywood movie so I put a lot of effort in it. In the end it was ok movie, it did so so in the cinemas, but for me it opened doors to other things. How did you become interested in animation?
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On Sunday April 12… International Rescue are back! The major new children’s series – a co-production between ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in association with the world-famous Weta Workshop (The Hobbit) – sees brothers Scott, Virgil, John, Gordon and Alan Tracy return to pull off amazing feats of heroism. When duty calls, Thunderbirds are GO on GO! TV.