Meet our new animation tutor, Alex Williams who comes from a rich tradition of 2D animation. With over 20 years of industry experience that includes work as a storyboard artist, character designer and animator on more than 20 feature films for Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Fox, DreamWorks and Sony, his film credits include animated masterpieces such as 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?', 'The Lion King' and 'The Iron Giant'. His most recent work includes animation for the Oscar-winning 'Monster House', as well as 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'.
We thought we'd give you the chance to meet Alex properly, so grabbed him for 10 minutes during his busy day to ask him some burning questions about what it's like being an animator at the top of the tree and as well as Escape Studios new animation tutor.
1. Do you remember the moment you decided you wanted to become an animator?
I grew up with animation and many of my earliest memories are of my father animating scenes from his film in the basement of our house. So it's very much in the blood, and I can't really remember a time when I didn't want to be an animator.
1. What was it that inspired you?
The medium has incredible power and potential, which is finally being realized thanks to the power of digital technology. Films like Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings could not have been made a decade or two ago - the medium is advancing so fast that so many new possibilities are opening up. And, Avatar has taken both the art and the technology another huge step forward.
2. Who is your favourite character of all time and why?
Tricky question - there are so many. But if I must pick a favourite character it has to be Jessica Rabbit, it's between her and Roger. They really did reinvent the animation business.
3. You've been working in the Animation Industry for a long time, what does a typical day entail?
I'm not sure there is a typical day as such, but nowadays we seem to spend a great deal of time on client revisions, tweaking shots and adjusting them to suit the demands of directors and creative executives. CG is so endlessly adjustable compared with the old 2D format that the possibilities are endless - and are endlessly explored.
4. What's the greatest piece of advice you've ever been given?
Probably to have the courage to fail, and to keep trying even when things aren't working out and the result seems hopeless. The best artists are the ones who never give up.
5. Are you excited about being Escape Studios new Animation tutor?
Absolutely thrilled. I can't wait to get started!
If you'd like more information on Alex or our Animation Course, drop us an email.