Finding Fulfilment As an Animator

Prior to becoming a lecturer at Raffles, Barry graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animation and worked at Lucasfilm Singapore for six years. Projects he was involved in include: the tv series “Star Wars – Clone Wars”, “Transformers ดูการ์ตูน“, “Rango”, and “Avengers”.

When asked about his opinion regarding where professional animators find fulfillment from, he said: “Sometimes, it’s the projects you want to work with. Like how one of my biggest fulfillments was to work on Avengers, even though I didn’t do a very big part, I still managed to work a little on my dream project. When we reach a certain level, we tend to chase dream projects – stuff we want to work on instead of just anything. “

Barry teaches “Understanding Acting” in his animation class. In his module, students learn the importance of animating a character’s behavior. By understanding acting, an animator will be able to weave convincing stories and allow viewers to relate to 2d or 3d characters.

Yes, of course! It is quite creatively tiring to do it every day. As a student, you’ll never think it’d get tiring because it’s one thing you wanted to do. When i was a student, it didn’t really cross my mind that inspiration would be hard to find. But actually, after working daily, you’ll get creatively drained.

You have to find inspiration somewhere so it is nice to see that inspiration come from work and peers. Sometimes students’ works are not just inspirational, it’s a kick in the behind to remind us that there will always be someone who is better. And that we should be pushing for continual improvement.

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