The animation industry: through the eyes of a junior animator
photo credit: Любомир Ванев
photo credit: Любомир Ванев (flickr)

No doubt, growth is associated with technology, enough reasons countries are improving upon as well as seeking new technological advancement. Noteworthy is the fact that the unprecedented advancement of technology can be found not just in sectors like the automobile et al, but also in the animation industry as well.

However, it will not be out of place to say technology itself has helped in making computer animation readily available to consumers, potential consumers, in no small way define, and help shape the way people interact with others and the world in general.

Hitherto, the animation industry had as its market target and audience children between the age range of eleven years downwards, but recently there seems to be a drastic change in the target audience as it now encompasses teenagers and adults respectively thereby recording a wider sphere of audience in the  United States, Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Britain etc

During the course of the week, the circular spoke to a junior animator by name ‘Leo Bank Effi Hischer’, who is currently a student and studying animation at Pulse College, Dublin Ireland. Responding to questions from the circular, the young animator had these to say:

Leo Bank Effi Hischer
Leo Bank Effi Hischer
What compelled you into studying animation as a discipline?

Animation has been a passion since growing up as a child. I grew up watching batman (the animated series), avatar, samurai jack and the likes. Growing up as a teenager in Nigeria, I did not expect to pursue animation as a career. The opportunity presented itself to chase my dreams and I am currently trying to make a career out of it.

What animator(s) stand out as a role model to you and why?

I admire Michael Dante DiMartino , Bryan Konietzko and Hayao Miyazaki for different reasons. For Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (The Avatar creators) is as a result of their artistic details on characters, the world and lore that they create around them. Then for Hayao Miyazaki, I love all his movies.

What I have come to appreciate about his movies are the way his characters move and interacts with the environment. The amount of details in his work are amazing and lastly Bruce Timm because of batman.

What does it take to build an animation character?

From my little experience, building an animation character is a long and slow process, which requires a lot patience on the animator’s part.

What do you think are some of the challenges faced as a junior animator?

Well, I think some of those challenges faced by younger developers like me is that often times it possess a problem getting a job initially considering that we don’t have as much experience in the work field as a young animator which is understandable, but I believe more can be done by creating  room for young animators to prove themselves.

Do you have an animation character to your name?

Well, I am currently working on a character called ‘Gangsta Squirrel’ 

Gangsta Squirrel by Leo Bank Effi Hischer
Gangsta Squirrel by Leo Bank Effi Hischer
What are your career goals and prospects?

The end goal is to setup an animation studio in my country. The reason for this is that I feel in Nigeria and Africa in general, animation is an untapped field and there is so much to give that the world is not yet aware of. I know this will pose a challenge considering what it takes to set up an animation studio. Life is all about challenges and I am ready to tackle this head-on.


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