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I am a budding Producer on the animation course who would like to begin my career as a Production Assistant. During my time on the group projects, I have learnt my favourite part of the process is helping others to foster the creative process and getting to oversee from concept to creation. For these reasons (as well as my love for organisation!), I found myself gravitating towards the production roles and tasks. I wish to develop my skills further and find exciting opportunities to be a part of.

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GET TO KNOW NICKOEL

Describe yourself in 5 words.

Optimistic, Methodical, Forward-thinker, Proactive, Organised.

If you were an animal, which one would you be? and why?

I would be a bee. Firstly, the fact that they are round and fuzzy with little wings is an adorable combination. But they also have an incredible sense of community to work together in creating honey and play a bigger role in the global ecosystem than they realise.

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

I would like to start as a Production Assistant so I can learn more about production roles and experience working in a commercial environment. It would be the ideal entry level position to set me on the career path of becoming a Producer for animation.

Describe a challenge that you had to overcome in your group projects.

On one project with tight timeframes, I struggled with handling stress while directing others as a Producer. The way I learnt to ‘overcome’ it was by planning ahead where possible. Avoiding work building up towards the end; whilst also not beginning with a big surge which quickly leads to burnout.

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

Wizard. From these options, I feel like a wizard has the most range and possibilities because it’s about learning spells. It’s not just about one inherent power per se, it’s about working at your craft to develop your power.

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

"Hotel Transylvania". I watched it at a key point in my life where I was starting to plan my future. The reason this film stood out to me was because of the original and varied character designs as well as the cartoony style of animation. I remember I would pause at random times just to study how extreme some of the ‘hidden’ in-between poses were. It was because of this that I thought about how unlimited animation was as a storytelling medium and knew I had to find a way to be a part of that.

What was your crowning moment of your time at Escape?

It had to be the beginning of my final project, ‘Malloe’. I had decided to rework an idea I had originally pitched in my 2nd year, without thinking it would really be chosen. But as we were doing our initial votes, it ended up having the most interest. And all the reasons it wasn’t picked the previous time, were the reasons people wanted to work on it; it had potential for original character design, interesting environment concepts, and a fun story. Seeing something I had only imagined being put into production and being brought to life by all the artists around me, was a really self-affirming moment.