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Hi! I’m Jordan Coles and I am an animation student specialising in character rigging. I have a passion for character art, whether this be Concept or Modelling but I especially enjoy Character Rigging, which allows me to create unique controls to help animators achieve the desired results. I’m fascinated with the whole pipeline, however, and I am always eager to learn new skills. I hope to pursue a career working with character rigs and a great place to start would be as a Junior Rigger.

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GET TO KNOW JORDAN

What makes you unique?

I am always trying to do things differently, tackling problems with an outside the box way of thinking and always looking for new ways to improve my work. I constantly strive to go left when everyone goes right, Often suggesting alternative methods if I believe it will produce a better result. I think this mentality shows in my creative work as well. In all my short films I have directed, I aim to subvert expectations and get a reaction out of my audience. Everything is constantly changing in this industry, the way that something works now might not work tomorrow so it’s always good to have that flexibility in the team.

What three things would you take to a desert island? and why?

I would bring a Laptop, WiFi router and a power generator. This way, I'll be able work on my projects remotely and also have constant communication with the outside world. Utilizing the internet for delivery services for food, water and any items I would need to survive.

What job position would excite you the most to start your career with?

A job that would excite me the most is a career as a Junior Rigging Artist. I have always enjoyed the technical side behind rigging and making characters/props come to life. I feel no rig is the same and each one comes with its own unique challenges. The idea of solving them in a studio environment is thrilling to someone like myself.

Tell us an achievement you're proud of.

My proudest achievement was writing and directing 'Box Bots' with my good friend, Ross Green. It taught me so much about teamwork and self-motivation. The production on 'Box Bots' took 6 months in total, with 3 months of pre-production taking place during the summer, before the module had even started. With all that hard work, to be able to view the final film in its entirety, always makes me smile.

Would you rather be a wizard, Jedi or superhero? and why?

I would be a Jedi and no, not because I’m a die-hard Star Wars fan. Jedi don't fight, they keep the peace. Something I am very conscious about doing in group projects to keep morale up. Much like the Jedi, I never let emotion cloud my judgment, always keeping an open mind in regards to solutions I hadn’t thought of or feedback to improve my work.

Which animated movie inspired you the most to choose this career path?

The Iron Giant broke me as a child. To this day, I can’t watch it unless I put aside a whole afternoon to cry. The message in that film was “You are who you choose to be” and that’s reflected in the Iron giant wanting to be Superman. Animated films influenced a lot of my childhood and growing up I naturally assumed it was too difficult to get into the animation industry. But this changed when it came to picking my university course, I chose to do animation and I never doubted myself because the Iron Giant taught me “You are who you chose to be” and this is what I wanted to do.

What was your crowning moment of your time at Escape?

My crowning moment at Escape Studios was winning my first award for the first short film I directed. It was a surreal feeling and I wasn't just happy for me but for the group who put 110% into the project. It was nice to see their hard work pay off!