Jamie Floodgate

How did studying at Escape Studios help you into the world of Animation?

Escape Studios gave me the tools, and the environment that I needed to learn a new skill. I could then take those tools and push on, knowing that I was always going to start from a solid foundation. The tutors are very knowledgeable and are always willing to help, even now that I’ve finished my course.

What have you been up to since you left Escape Studios?

After my course, I spent 5 months working full-time on my showreel to get it ready for job applications. Once I got it right, I applied for a lot of jobs! I’ve been working for Blue Zoo for 3 months since July 2019.

Where do you currently work and what are you working on at the moment?

I was lucky enough to land my first animation job at Blue Zoo, working on the latest Paddington Bear TV show for Nickelodeon.

What is it like to work as a Junior Animator at Blue-Zoo Animation Studio?

Blue Zoo is a fantastic company to work for. Even as a Junior, I’ve been given the responsibility and autonomy to animate my own shots. It’s extremely busy and I have never animated so much in such a short time - you have to be quick! There are always lots of reviews of the animator’s work and consequently good opportunities to learn from the directors and from other animators. Free breakfast is always a bonus(!) and they really ensure that they take care of you in all aspects.

What work are you most proud of working on and what is your most notable achievement?

I’m extremely proud of being able to work on a household name such as Paddington Bear for a wonderful company, Blue Zoo. Before I started the course, I had never animated anything, so picking up a brand new skill in my 30’s and managing to break into the industry is probably my most notable achievement.

If you had to sum up your time at Escape Studios in one word what would it be and why?

Motivating. From the very start, I found the course really challenged me, but was incredibly fun at the same time.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

Never be afraid to jump into the deep end. Always show your work to others and get as much feedback as you can. Be critical of your own work and learn as much as you can. Be prepared to work hard, make sure your showreel is original and shows who you really are!

What’s your favourite animation and why?

It probably has to be The Genie from Aladdin (not the Will Smith version!). They somehow managed to capture Robin Williams’ perfect vocal performance to create some real magic with the animation.

What course did you study?

Advanced Animation (18 weeks) - October 2018 until February 2019

Escape Studios gave me the tools, and the environment that I needed to learn a new skill. I could then take those tools and push on, knowing that I was always going to start from a solid foundation.

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