Asked by Anonymous
This answer must be divided into two parts; a serious note and a reality note.
Serious Note: I think the hardest thing so far has been adjusting to the work flow of an animated movie. I’ve been studying live action and animation is very different. I mean the movie is edited before anything is even animated (sounds simple enough-but this blew my mind). Also animation goes through so many steps. From what I’ve seen it starts with just blocking of the characters, and then a bit of movement, then the mouth moves, then the layout is finalized, then the surfacing goes in and then the lighting- and I’m not even sure if I put those all in the right order (it is only day 4 of my internship. :D). Its just a beautiful beast!
Reality note: The hardest thing to deal with is the thumb-tacks. We use these really small thumbtacks that look like sewing pins- but are less than an inch long. After pinning an 8 x 5ft board on all edges, your thumbs start to beg for mercy. Yeeeeeee- First World Problems.
“I wish critics and animation fans would quite comparing all animation (especially Dreamworks) unfavorably to Disney and Pixar. As much as I love those studios, other companies like Dreamworks, Laika, and Sony also make wonderful films, with completely different art, animation, and storytelling styles. I know many of these critics grew up when Disney was the only animation studio, and they’re basing their opinions on their love and familiarity of Disney, but there are so many more studios now. “