Occupation: Between assignments
Favourite Filmmaker: Terry Gilliam
Your Filmmaker trick of the trade: Wacom Tablet and a copy of Flash.
How did you first get into filmmaking?
I was taking visual arts and drama at high school, and just to be different and difficult I started making films for my assignments and came to the conclusion that it could work as a career too. That and it's a lot of fun.
Have you had any professional training?
Yes and no, I took a Bachelor of Electronic arts in the hope that it would teach me film practices. In the end I learnt a lot of really useful things but not what I was hoping for. Most of my practical skills I've learnt either on my own or on various jobs in the industry.
When did you first start attending Kino? How did you hear about it?
I started attending exactly one year ago. I had heard the name being passed around by my fiance and a few friends but it wasn't until I saw a couple of films up at Jurassic Lounge that I saw how much fun it looked.
What do you particular like about making animations?
I like its possibilities. With film there are a few restrictions with what you can make your actors/subject matter do or be about. But with animation, its universal laws are governed only by the limitations of your imagination.
Another reason I like animation is that when I was growing up in the 90s and 2000s, there was this surge of creator driven work. I saw things like Liquid Television and South Park when I was 9 and 12 respectively. And then came the flash animations of the 2000s. Suddenly animation could be made by anyone and any story could be told. It just felt really exciting.
Do you ever make non-animated films?
I haven't yet. I'd quite like to work on some live action-comedy shorts and have a go at comedy performance. I admire performers like John Cleese, Graeme Garden and Ryan Stiles who are able to use their bodies and voices to great comic effect. And I think having a go at performing would help strengthen my understanding of performance which will enable me to apply that to my films.
If you had a choice of collaborating on a project or working on it alone, what would you choose and why?
While I've done a majority of my projects on my own, I'd prefer to work in a group. I get lonely, and I really like working with others and just having a great time making something. I can also get very unsure about my own ideas. After staring at them for so long I ask myself 'is this funny? Does this work?' That's when it's useful to have someone that can look at it and laugh their ass off. That's a nice reassuring feeling.
Anything in the pipeline at the moment?
I've got a few ideas bubbling away at the moment. I'm planning a stop motion piece, animating Lego. Another is a live action piece with some CG elements that I wanted to practice on. Should be fun........oh yeah and a wedding!
Advice for budding animators?
Start early! And don't be afraid to play and show your results. Talk to people whose work you like. Just get out there and do it. Oh, and sitting down and looking at a few tutorials wouldn't hurt either.
Have all your films been fueled by at least one redbull?
Unfortunately yes. It's a terrible habit. But that's largely due to my terrible time management skills that I start a project quite late and just guzzle that stuff down to feel pumped. Like I said, for the love of god start early.
THE CAR SKETCH
Made for Kino #46 (in 2 days fueled on redbull)