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As an aspiring Character Animator, I have always loved watching cartoons such as ‘Eddsworld’ on the internet since I was a child. Throughout my time at Escape Studios, I have directed a short film called ‘Sweet Heart’ and learned how much I love telling stories and how effective animation as a medium can be for that. While I still have a lot to learn, I hope to get a job as a Junior Animator and hopefully help create works that inspire people like when I was a child.
GET TO KNOW LIAM
Describe yourself in 5 words.
Pragmatic, cautious, imaginative, friendly and cooperative.
What hobbies do you have?
I have multiple hobbies but among my favourite are playing video games and reading books. The first because it is a great way to test your skills, meet new people and bond. The second because I love immersing myself in a fictional world, learning about new people or cultures and engaging with interesting ideas.
What job position would excite you the most to start your career with?
The most exciting job for me would be a Junior Character Animator position. This is because I would love to have a career in character animation (as I have always loved how the way a character moves can tell you a lot about them and their story). Not only that, but the idea of getting advice from more experienced Animators would be a very valuable experience.
Describe a challenge that you had to overcome in your group projects.
Throughout my various group projects at Escape Studios, I often volunteered for a wide variety of roles for different projects that I had little prior experience in - such as editing, sound design, producing, directing, and managing the Unreal Engine scenes - and was therefore challenged with needing to learn how to effectively carry out these roles in a short amount of time. By looking up tutorials online and getting help from others at Escape Studios when necessary, I was able to overcome this challenge.
Would you rather be a wizard, jedi or superhero and why?
This is a tough question but I think that I would choose to be a Wizard. While being a Jedi or Superhero would be fun, Wizards have unlimited potential for magic and can achieve whatever they set their minds to like as long as they put their minds to it while Jedi and Superheroes have a very limited scope of what they can do.
Which animated movie inspired you the most to choose this career path and why?
I was inspired to become an Animator by 'The Adventures of Tintin' - I had never seen an animated movie that had looked so realistic before so it had always stood out to me. I'll forever be disappointed that they never ended up making that sequel (hopefully someone gets around to it one day).
What was your crowning moment of your time at Escape?
My crowning moment at Escape Studios was when I got to direct my own short film called "Sweet Heart" - it was a collaboration between the VFX and animation course students about two groom wedding cake toppers falling in love and their attempts to get together. It was very satisfying to see how my initial idea progressed from a small storyboards to a fully-rendered short film, and made me more excited to enter the industry to further turn ideas into films.
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