I'm an animation nerd! The vastly different ways things can move is what I love to study, especially animal locomotion. Applying it to invent ways fantastical creatures can move and behave, how cool is that. In turn, the infinite ways stories and character can be portrayed is incredibly alluring, and watching theatre, TV and gaming is a great joy. I found animating is the perfect marriage of my interests, where I can explore everything with anything. I aim to explore its various forms to test myself, learn from talented artists, and hopefully one day create something meaningful. (and cool) :)
GET TO KNOW MARIA
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB TO START YOUR CAREER WITH?
An ideal job would to be able to animate and be part of the creative process, and learn from those experienced. My goal is to mainly animate, but I enjoy other aspects of the process too, such as storyboarding or layout, as it is all in service to communicate well.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN FIVE WORDS OR LESS.
resourceful passionate ambitious persevering open.
WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE?
I’m a bit of a hoarder, in that I like to archive things I find potentially useful, be it a funny cat video or old forum posts for troubleshooting bugs. I’ve found over time this has helped immensely with problem-solving, and allows me to share solutions much more effectively.
WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?
One strength is my persistence when problem-solving. I like the satisfaction of fixing problems and, if unable to by myself, I enjoy hunting for research. A weakness of mine was being ashamed asking for help but I’ve grown more accustomed to querying colleagues and reaching out online directly for advice.
TELL US AN ACHIEVEMENT YOU'RE PROUD OF.
I recently obtained a scholarship from the Animation Diversity Foundation, which provided an opportunity to attend GDC in San Francisco, get connected with professional animators worldwide, and obtain a mentor to review work periodically and push my skill level!
WHICH MOVIE/GAME INSPIRED YOU THE MOST TO CHOOSE THIS CAREER PATH?
Dreamwork's first How To Train Your Dragon movie made a big impact on me. Particularly the sequences with no dialogue, just pure music, and how invested you became as a viewer. I hadn’t come across something that captivated me like that before.
DESCRIBE YOUR FAVORITE VFX/ANIMATED SEQUENCE.
Too many to name - One that always stuck with me is the Baboon Chase in Disney's Tarzan (1999). The pace, action, comedy and music all make for an incredible sequence. Wish I could have seen it in the cinema.
WHY DO YOU DESERVE A GREATER SHARE OF SPACE IN
THE YEAR BOOK?
I'm not sure what this means? ^^' I'm fine either way, as long as it doesn't say Maria Robinson, Mariah Robotson, etc :)