I have always loved animation; although, I am not quite sure why.
You know how some people say they can’t get a song out of their head? Or, in my cousin's case, math and SAT prep. I think everyone has something like that. The thing their mind returns to when it is not preoccupied. For me, that thing is animated stories. Whenever I pause, sit on a park bench, or have some time to think, my mind returns to animated videos. It’s not the most practical thing, mind you. Usually, I wish my brain reverted to more useful topics, like logarithms or something. However, movies and cartoons are always what has drawn my interest, whether it be documentary, fiction, stop-motion, digital 3D, Japanese, or American.
I have my favorite studios, Lycra, Ghibli, and Pixar. I have my favorite animators, Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter. I love to learn about the math behind blades of grass and the process of coming up with a story. Below is a list of some of my favorite content that I thought I would share in case you are a nerd like me.
The making of a stop motion animation film.Wallace and Gromit, many people’s first stop motion animation film, Lycra still uses stop motion animation to create their films. You get to see how 3D printing has improved the animation industry and what it looks like to picture out a movie frame by frame.
The creation of Pixar and the reinvigoration of Disney animationThis book talks about more than only the making of a company. It highlights the changes in the animation industry, how 3D animation engines came to be, team dynamics in animation studio, funding deadlines and risk taking. It is one of the most engaging books I have read that centers around the making of a business.
the screenwriter’s bible
The making of one of the most engaging video stories ever put into video gaming.
The woman to solo-direct a major hollywood animated feature
Not exactly the “making of” animation but they are some animated films that not many people know about.
From when I first got into sketching at 14.
From my love of animation, I learned how to tell and draw compelling stories. I like to use my ability to share visual customer journeys with my team. By putting customer paths in a storyline format, I can provide my teammates with a rare chance to directly empathize with our users. By showing a clear link between our work and customer, I can make my coworkers happier and more motivated to help customers by building them new solutions.
I plan to use my storytelling knowledge to build a shared understanding of the customer on my product teams in the future.