“I’ve always been captivated by animation, and as a kid I was fascinated by how the characters I loved were created and made to move in film, television and games. Since then I decided that I had to be a part of that process.”
Since graduating, Animation student Erika Wu has been working at Studio Moshi
, the creators of “The Day My Butt Went Psycho” after being recommended by her JMC lecturer Damian Smart. Since then, she’s worked on “The Shopkins Movie: World Vacation” which premiered in cinemas on October 5th, and is currently working on a new kid’s series called “Space Chickens”.
• What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned since working in the industry?
I’ve learnt that sometimes when I’m working on a difficult shot and I get frustrated with it, it’s usually best to move on to a different one or take a break and come back to it later. It’s also better not to overwork a shot, and better to focus on creating strong key poses rather than smooth in-betweens.
• What were your favourite things about JMC?
I found the small class sizes were very helpful for me. It was easier to get help from my lecturers and I got to better know and connect with them and my classmates. I found it useful how we were taught a variety of both 2D and 3D animation techniques including pen and paper, cut-out and stop-motion as skills learnt in one will still be relevant in the others.
• How do you feel your time at JMC prepared you for the industry?
I learned a lot about puppet animation, and how to combine it with hand-drawn stuff to make my work process more efficient and give my projects look higher quality too. I also learned what businesses are looking for in potential recruits; adaptability, quick thinking and willingness to learn is key. You can’t be inflexible and sometimes you have to study new software to keep up with the industry.
• What advice would you give to current students?
To this day, I continue to reference what I learned, so save all your notes from class. Whether you find a job in the industry, or pursue animation as a hobby, those notes will continue to be helpful to you.
You can check out Erikas portfolio here!
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