We chat with Ana Brooke, head of animation for the TV pilot
How did you first get into animation?
I got into animation in college – I didn’t really have much chance to do anything different in school but I took an art foundation course in college which was about doing whatever you wanted! I didn’t really have the equipment at hand but that just made me want to try it WITH the right equipment!
Who or what are your influences?
I’d say my influences change quite regulary depending on what I’m doing! There are so many talented people out there who have skills in different areas! I’d say my influence right now is Don Bluth as he has a massive skill in animation but instead of sticking to just happy tales, his cartoons have a dark side to them which drag you in and give a little more depth to his stories.
What is your favourite animation?
Aww my favourite animation is a bit of a guilty pleasure – I love How To Train Your Dragon by dreamworks! It doesn’t do anything too risky but it’s a solid story with amazing animation, loveable characters and great story (ironically nothing like the book it was based on which is also amazing by the way!) I find myself watching it again and again!
When were you first introduced to Reynard City?
I was introduced to RC by my sister and got told Rob needed an animator to turn the comic into an animation! It seemed the sort of story I love so I decided to give it a go!
Who is your fave character?
Oh my favourite character has to be AK Girl – She’s over the top but has her serious side as well!
What advice would you have for people wanting to get into animation?
Well for people wanting to get into animation I’d have to say right now 3D is more popular than 2D – but if you can get hold of the programs try to have knowledge in 3D, 2D and flash and if possible try stop motion as well – that way you’re far more flexible!
There are independant jobs to be found online which are great to build a portfolio though be aware you may have to work for free in order to get that experience up – that is what employers look for more than anything (but then again which employers AREN’T?)
Finally who would play you in the film of your life?
I’m pretty sure i’d have to play myself in a film of my life! I’m not sure anyone could physically talk at the speed I do!