ffrick asked: Hi Alex! I came across your work recently and love it! I'm an animator from Chile and been recently thinking in making the move to London but not sure my work would be at that level yet, is there any advice you could give me? I don't know much about the industry there so anything could help
Hiya Fernanda! Thanks for getting touch :)
Your work is really great. I totally think that you would be able to find gigs around london.
My biggest piece of advice- before you come, do at least one project that you feel really strongly about. Make it short and lovely and pour yourself into it. Make it the sort of project you’d like to get paid for when you get here. Your dream job. Don’t make it and epic 3 minute film. 10-15 seconds would do fine. Just something with enough substance to make it memorable. If you’re not happy with your first attempt, try again!
While you’re doing that reach out to people who are here and whose work you like. Make genuine connections. Be part of the community. Contribute. Discuss. Absorb. Having a foot in the door will give you big leg up.
I dont have a great scope on the industry here. I’ve only been here for about a year. There is loads of work but its competitive. High end 3d VFX, 3D/2D commercial work are all staples but there are a lot more opportunities for entrepreneurial animation work than anywhere else I’ve been- Working direct with clients and creatives to make things.
Also, I managed to save some money before I moved here too which was important. London is massively expensive so having a cushion will save you a huge headache.
Hope that helps.
This is a little thing I made with Greg Petch at Mighty Nice a year or two ago. Some animated trickery involving 2d animation resculpted frame by frame in Zbrush.
An animation doodle. Listening to this pretty rough Zebra Katz song and sketching.
Was toying with the idea of doing a 1 hour entry for loopdeloop but bailed.
phantomlobster asked: Hey Alex, I'm a senior at Massart currently studying animation. I was just wondering what software you created that most recent gif of the burning car in? Is it TV Paint or Flash?
Hiya, I create most of my 2D work through photoshop. It sounds crazy but its actually quite fun. I created a tutorial to help people get started- http://alexgrigg.com/Photoshop-Animation-Techniques