Aaron was hired by ShadowMachine before graduation, and left for LA soon after. I recently dropped him a line asking how things are going….
Everything is going well. I’ve settled into an apartment down here and am slowly getting used to Los Angeles. I was hired by the company, ShadowMachine, to work as an animator on a new series. I don’t know if I’m allowed to get into specifics yet, but it’s basically a 2D animated sketch comedy. It’s done in Flash primarily, as well as some After-Effects.Most of the shorts are being produced in-house by several animation teams, but some are being done by freelance independent animators. I was lucky enough to be asked to do one of those as well. I was assigned a script and spent 2 months designing, directing and animating it. I even got to direct the voice actors, which was a lot of fun (but intimidating, as there are some pretty big names doing voice work on the series!) The studio gave me freedom to work in whatever style I wanted. I know this was an unusual opportunity, and I’m extremely grateful to them for giving me the chance to put “Director” in my resume!Now that I’ve completed my short, I’m bouncing around to whichever teams need extra help on their shorts. I’ve mostly been animating, but also done some layout and clean-up. All the teams are working in different art styles, so I’m learning a lot and it’s fun to draw differently each week.
The studio has a great work environment. It’s very casual and laid-back, since they want everyone to be comfortable. My co-workers are really friendly, and the work hours have been good so far, basically just the standard 9am-6pm five days a week. Not like some of the horror stories we’ve heard about working overtime every night!Each Friday we get a catered lunch and watch some of the shorts in progress. I’ll let you know more once the studio has started publicizing the show. It should be airing in November, I think.”
Wow! What an amazing experience to have straight out of school. Aaron had done some long distance freelance animation while he was in school, and his passion for animation kept him animating and creating constantly.