Last Updated on Thursday, 02 August 2012 10:37 Posted by Clash Saturday, 25 August 2012 01:19
Job-title: Creative Director
Web/blog site URL: www.taylormation.co.uk
Give us your job description in 25 words or less: To create, plan and produce Bible based children's animation and puppetry.
Describe a typical workday. I always spend the first hour of my day sending and replying to emails. I then focus on creating my productions. This can involve writing scripts, animating, recording voice overs etc. I also have a lot of meetings, physical and on Skype. It's always a fun and varied day.
What led you to realize that you wanted to do this type of work? I have always wanted to be an animator. I can remember drawing Disney characters at about age 5 knowing that I wanted to make cartoons when I grew up.
Did you have any heroes or mentors in your industry that you admired? There have been so many talented people that have inspired me. Phil Vischer and Nick Park are the two that really stand out.
What type of education or training was required to land your job? I have a degree in animation. I would say that talent is more important than qualifications. A great showreel stands out more than letters on a page but doing a degree gives you the opportunity to work with others, hone your skills and offers you vital experience before looking for work.
What do you love most about your job? There are two things. 1. Hearing that children enjoy watching and interacting with my productions and that they are having a positive and edifying impact. 2. Seeing an idea I've had for years brought to life. The production process takes a long time and can be very difficult but its a wonderful feeling when it is all finished.
What one part of your job do you wish you could hire someone else to do? At the moment the Administration. I spend a lot of time emailing, writing, paying bills etc.. which cuts into my animation time.
What advice would you give to teenagers wanting to get into your field of work? If you want to work in film and animation then practice, practice lots. Only through making films can you learn the process and what works best. Also collaborate with others, team up with like minded friends. Ideas become much stronger when you work with others.
How does your job allow you to use your God-given gifts? In some ways my job is my God-given gift. Reaching people with God's word through film is what I know I'm called to do.
Do you have any hobbies or off-hours pursuits that teenagers would find of interest? I love sport, football (soccer) in particular. I also enjoy seeing as many films as I can. I'm a fan of computer games, mainly on the XBOX 360. I'm also a bit of a geek when it comes to Apple computers and gadgets and happily spend to many hours looking on the app store.