In our 59th podcast we interview animation veteran, Simon Otto. Simon has been working in the industry for over two decades, and the majority of that time at Dreamworks Animation. He joined the studio in 1997 to work on their first animated film, The Prince of Egypt and most recently finished as the Head of Character Animation on the third installment of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. Last month, Simon decided to leave the comforts of Dreamworks Animation to pursue personal goals. It was a real unique opportunity and pleasure to get him in on this interview.
In this episode, we have long time animator Tim Ingersoll. He's been one of feature instructors since we started iAnimate.net and has been in the industry for about 31 years. He's made the transition for 2D to 3D, he started out early on at Walt Disney Animation Studios, as well as at Dreamworks Animation when they first opened their doors. He's worked on such films as The Little Mermaid, Prince of Egypt, How to Train Your Dragon, and Kung Fu Panda 3. Tim also pitched, created, and animated in the short film at DreamWorks, on how DREAMWORKS makes our movies. With Tim's up beat personality and having spent a lot of years in the industry, this made for another fun and informative podcast.
I just started a new job at Blizzard Entertainment, in their cinematics department. It's incredible so far, and I'm always sure to give iAnimate a lot of credit for where I am. I'd be happy to answer your questions.
iA: Did you get your dream job after taking our workshops?
Yes! Two months after completing my final workshop, I was selected for the Pixar summer animation internship, which was my first industry job.