Did you think, while growing up, that animation would be the way you made your money and that living in London we'd be so spoilt by the amount of good people who come into our lives on a daily basis? Just thinking about Sunday and Tuesday and the multitude of good friends we have just in those instances alone, and feeling fortunate.
I genuinely thought I’d end up as some kind of feral dog-man or a ‘Blowbo’ (I’ll let you figure out that second one).
Hey, big fan of your work! Are you self taught in animation or did you take any courses? (apologies if this question is asked a lot).
Mostly self taught. Read books, draw all the time, get into what makes sometging move. I did a course at University but it was mostly business oriented and dropped out before completing it. It wasn’t f’me.
You were tweeting about TripTank a while ago when it first aired (Tiny Hippo was my favorite). You mentioned that you animated a short with Dean's voice in it. Was there a second airing? Is there a place I can view your short? Will you work with Comedy Central again in the future?
I’m not sure about viewing, Hell I haven’t even seen the episode ha ha, but I would love to work with Comedy Central on more things.
If you ever got commissioned to do an animation you felt was above you current level or skill would you accept the commission or turn it down?
I recently made a music video for a client and I have NO SKILL WHATSOEVER in making music videos BUT I took the jo because I needed the money. I know that sounds bad but it was a valuable learning experience. I was paid, yes, but I got to learn how to pace and map out music videos. It won’t be the safe for everyone, but for me that was a good learning tool. I can honestly say go for it, if you let down the client then that’s okay, you just need to practice more and work more. That’s all :)
Are there any certain animators or artists that you get inspiration from? Or even music?
The animators at Titmouse, the’yre absolutely fantastic. The art of Stephen Silver and subsequently Mike Krahulik and, as of recent, the outstanding folks at Starburns Industries thanks to an incredibly well made series of Rick and Morty.
Actually in relation to that anon's question, what if somebody asked you to make something because they didn't have the talent or equipment to?
I won’t bullshit you, if they had a good idea and the means to pursue that idea then I would absolutely work for them. I have worked for people who have ideas on how they want something to come to fruition but lack the Technical skill tO Make it happen by themSelves. there’s no shame in wanting something to take life but lacKing the skills yourself to mAke it happen but it is, in the very dirty truth, an industry so if you want something made… then, as much as i hate to say it…. you have to pay.
How much do you charge when hired to do animations for people?
My rates are on a per minute of animation to be completed so it’s generally £350 per minute of completed animation :) Though that’s what I’ve worked off on a very fair rate from my boss but I know that the industry fluctuates and I’m sure how to accomodate for that, sorry :)
Since you're answering a ton of questions suddenly, I had to think of one. Would you ever consider making an animation based off of an idea a fan gives to you to use?
No, Because I can’t offer them any remuneration for their unique idea. I don’t like the idea of stealing ideas from fans. Inspiration to make something is fine but not their idea. If I ever made enoug money off of what I do to pay someone for an idea then maybe, but who knows when that’ll happen?
Will you be at the Lincoln Gathering? If so, good because I want to talk about Attack On Titan.
Yes. I will be there, but why wait until then? Attack on Titan is brilliant, if a little boring when it comes to the crappy ‘believe in yourself please come to realise your full potential’ rubbish that so many animes have managed to skillfully avoid like Fulle Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood but when that shifts off it’s ruddy brilliant. The animation and action is utterly fantastic and I admire a story that, frankly, FUCKS the entire audience. In terms of feelings of course. “YOU LIKE THIS CHARACTER? FUCK YOU. YOU LIKE RESOLUTION? DEATH. YOU LIKE A GOOD ARC? WELL I MEAN OKAY THERE’S A DEFINI- OH NO A GIANT MONSTER ATE THEM FUCK YOU.”
Attack on Titan is, for western audiences, a blend of The Walking Dead and Neon Genesis Evangelion. A blend that has, noticeably, not gone…well… Un-noticed.
Hey. Kinda scared to ask this on personal, and I'd prefer it if you didn't publish it (but like, you can if you want to.) I'm struggling with depression, and I feel like you're a real inspiration to me, mainly in the way that you keep going when life starts sucking. Sorry if this is weird.
You needn’t struggle, and I’m sorry for publishing this (even though I realised your trepidation) but, of course, you are never alone :) You’re amongst countless friends. Life is a ballache, as you well know, but god damn if you can’t tame it and treat it like a companion much like a beloved family dog. I have suffered many ordeals. Some I wouldn’t have survived, quite literally, without friends but I’ve always persevered and if I can do it then I am damn sure you can as well, because I already know you’re better person than me. You may call that a symptom of my depression but it isn’t, it’s a truth because you came to someone, ANYONE, about the fact that you don’t feel the same way as everyone else and that is a colossal step and that’s more than I’ve ever done.
You’re a good person. You’re a strong person. You’re a wise person. You’re gonna do awesome stuff, even though I KNOW you don’t think that and I have NO right to.
I hope my niagra-ish spewings helped. Later gator :)
With all the bullshit youtube relationships and the horror stories going around at the moment, I'm really liking your relationship between you and Ragenineteen because it makes me so hopeful that love between a youtuber and a fan is possible! <3 =]
Okay well first of all - um thanks I guess you intend this to be a compliment but i have a few TINY issues with the way you phrased this. Please don’t think I am being unkind if you think what I say is harsh.
So let’s go - I really wouldn’t call several proven allocations of sexual assault “bullshit youtube relationships”, I think I understand what you mean and you kind of prove that by calling them horror stories, but please don’t diminish the seriousness of the crimes (yes, i fucking said it, it’s a fucking crime.) by phrasing it as “Youtube Bullshit”.
Second, mine and jamies relationship is awesome; mainly because yes, I know about youtube, yes he is a creator for thing for youtube but neither of us consider youtube as the way we met or as part of our identity. I’m not a fan, he is not a youtuber. He is himself, and I am me - and our relationship is built up on love, mutual respect, consent, time, effort, understanding, compromise, support for each other and a lot of jokes.
Love between anyone is possible, but I didn’t go to a youtube gathering with the hope that ragenineteen would fall in love with me (Sidenote: I was hoping it would be Jon “the D” barker” (sexy beast)) , Jamie and I met through friends, a way many relationships start.
But I’m glad our relationship gives you hope for love :3 it makes me feel fuzzy, and don’t let the other stories make you doubt the existence of love - make it an empowerment, make it be a warning that it shouldn’t happen, and make it a helping hand to come forward with stuff that happens to you to make sure whatever doucheweasel does it, gets just what he deserves.