Recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Disney Concept Art blog! Hope these questions help all the aspiring animators out there! Thanks again for taking the time out of your day to read this!
I found it interesting that you emphasized the importance of live-action film to an animator. What kind of films are you referencing?
In my opinion, live action films are CRITICAL to study if you are an animator. They teach you about pacing, acting, cinematography, and thinking visually. There are lots of great directors you can learn from. Some of my favorites are Kurosawa, Kubrick, Hitchcock, and David Lean to name a few!
What's it like being an animator and animating for Pixar? Oh, and any advice for aspiring animators? :]
Hey Renee! Being an animator at Pixar is a dream come true. If you’d like to become an animator one day, I would say to keep a sketchbook handy and start observing and sketching everything around you. Watch TONS of movies (especially live action), study the masters, and most importantly, work your butt off! Best of luck to you!
Hi Chris! I am an aspiring animator and I was wondering, do you suggest starting at a smaller studio? I only know a few however. Could you name some for me?
Hey! I’d say take whatever you can get and do the best you can at whatever studio you land in. Even if the job isn’t what you want, you’ll slowly be learning and developing a body of work. All the best!
For most of us, especially towards the beginning of our career, our skill set usually looks something like this. You are really good at one or two things, you do an adequate if not stellar job at a bunch of things, and you have a nice little group of skills that you are just plain lacking. The…
I'm terribly worried about being turned down for every job I apply for when I'm older. Terrifies me, actually - makes me think I won't amount to anything. Was it hard to get into the animation business?
A valid concern, but why spend all that energy worrying when you can use it to build up your talent, creativity, and passion?
Just wanted to say: welcome to tumblr! :D I hope you are prepared to be bombarded with questions about working at disney and such from all the followers you will get! Now go follow other amazing art blogs here!!! >:D
Cheers! Thanks and feel free to ask questions any time! I’ll try my best to answer !
Did you do an internship at Pixar before becoming a full-time animator there?
I was turned down, actually! I ended up working at Rough Draft studios (on Futurama) the summer of my sophomore year at CalArts and then learned computer animation at Rhythm & Hues the following summer after that.
The lesson here is, if a door shuts on you, open another and take advantage of it. Build your skills and try that door again in the future!
Hi Chris! Welcome to Tumblr :) I am an aspiring animator doing mostly hand-drawn animation- do you have any good books/tutorials/anything at all that you can recommend? I do have the Animator's Survival Kit but I'm looking for something that's more of a "classical" style, less cartoony. Also I'm putting my animation on my tumblr- please feel free to check it out :) Thanks!
Thanks! “Animator’s Survival Kit” is great for learning some of the more technical parts of animation (walks, runs, etc.) I’m not really sure what you mean by “classical” style but if you want to enrich your knowledge of anatomy and figure drawing, I’d recommend Andrew Loomis’ book, "Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth". It’s readily available on Amazon for a reasonable price.