How did you get your start in the animation industry?
I stumbled my way into Capilano University for the 3D program right after high school graduation. It took me a year to get my first industry job at my current company, Rainmaker Entertainment. I started out as a modeler and texture artist.
Over the years I have worked my way around different departments including modeling, surfacing, design, mattes, and motions graphics. I have recently settled in design. I have worked at Bron, Atomic, Cinesite and am also a part of Spectacle Five Films which was created during the Five and Focus program that WIA put on last year.
What influenced you to become an artist?
I had a love of art from a very young age. I knew I wanted to be connected to the animation industry in some way, for my career, by high school. But it was not until I was in Capilano University that the path of design and modeling were fully illuminated for me.
What projects have you worked on? and what was the most memorable?
I have run the gamut over the last 12 years, from features to commercials, DVD specials, Netflix shows, TV and shorts. I recently rolled off the Addam’s Family feature. On Addam’s I was able to fully dive into detailed orthographic breakdowns for modeling and surfacing, which I love with a strange passion.
How has the industry changed since you started?
Specialization has become more prevalent and blanketed the industry. I find younger artist are not being as flexible with their talents nor willing to traverse multiple departs on a show nor even asset types. Its a bit of a shame as you can learn so much and expand your artistic horizons if you do take the leap and try new challenges out. Knowing what your neighboring department needs from experience can really change how you work.
Anything else you’d like to mention that I didn’t ask?
Push your art into the realms of positive representation where ever possible. No matter who you are, your background, ethnicity, orientation or where you are from. If you see an opportunity to create positive representation take it! Also stay positive and don’t let silly client or show runner notes get under your skin.