Mark Garnes

“If anybody is interested in getting into my field, in particular compositing, my biggest recommendation is that you use the resources that are available online.”

Mark Garnes, compositor

How did you get your start in the animation industry?

Immediately after I graduated from the animation program at Algonquin College I was very fortunate to get picked up immediately by Mercury Filmworks. I was hired on as a compositor because I had a strong technical sense of compositing 2-D and 3-D elements together. I’ve been with them for almost 10 years now and I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to work on a vast number of projects they produce.

What influenced you to become an artist?

I was had no idea that a position like this had existed back in my early teens until I had heard about an animator that had worked on Jurassic Park named Steve spaz Williams. He was a Canadian 3-D special effects artist and with an interview he had given to the Toronto star newspaper years ago, he opened my eyes to the possibility of having a career in that field.

What projects have you worked on? and what was the most memorable?

Too many to list LOL. I’ve worked on the abundance of Disney shows ranging from “Jake in the Neverland Pirates” all the way up to “Tangled”. But I think my most memorable project was working on an animated segment for the television show “Community”. I really love that show, and it’s always fun knowing that I helped contribute to that legacy.

How has the industry changed since you started?

For a Compositor the biggest change will always be technology. The palette of tools given to me are always expanding. It enables us to do so much more but on the flipside the producers will demand much more and add a new level of complexity to a project.

Anything else you’d like to mention that I didn’t ask?

If anybody was interested in getting into my field, in particular compositing, my biggest recommendation is that use the resources that are available online. Don’t be intimidated by any project , there is a means to achieving it, you just have to work hard and smart to do it.

What is one thing you would have wanted to know before you got into the industry?

When I got into the industry it seemed like it was very small niche market, and there was just a finite amount of work available. Before I got into the industry I felt intimidated that this career wouldn’t be sustaining. But now with an ever-growing expansion of online media film and television, I feel more confident with it being a true career.

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