What course did you study ?
Motion Graphics Short Course back in late 2015 / early 2016
What are you working on at the moment ?
Yes, I’m working on quite a few commercial jobs at the moment – a TV advert that’s being broadcast on Boxing Day and a couple of website/ explainer videos for tech companies. I always try and have some sort of personal project on the go as well to keep developing my skills and to tailor my portfolio for the kind of jobs I want to be working on too.
What was it like working as a lead in Motion Graphics?
It was great, my role meant that I was able to be apart of the whole creative process; right from pitching the idea to the client through to developing the designs and visuals and right through to final delivery. I learnt a lot about the whole creative process as well as leading a team of designers and animators on multiple projects at a time.
What does your day to day work life consist of?
It really altered from day to day depending on the projects we had on at any given time, but in general most mornings were spent in meetings about the current jobs we had on, conference calls with the clients and finding resources for when we needed some overflow help. Then in the afternoon, that’s when I was able to be heads down animating and designing on the projects, as well as working with the other animators and designers on the job.
What work are you most proud of working on and what is your most notable achievement?
I’m not sure if I have one single project I’m most proud of, for commercial work it’s always great when you are able to really achieve the clients goals and for them to get a lot of use and return on investment from the work that you’ve done – it’s so much about clearly and effictively telling the clients story. I’m really proud of the personal projects I’ve worked on, mainly because with each one I try and push myself and really aim for something that takes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to learn something new. It’s great to look back and see how much you can learn on each given project and see your development and progress from start to finish. My most notable achievement is probably for the Ford Go Detroit piece I did, wewon a few awards for that one so that was really nice to get the recognition for that piece.
What is it like to work as a Freelancer in Motion graphics?
I love it! I’m able to have a lot more control over the projects I take on and I find it really rewarding. I feel a lot more involved in the projects I work on and feel like I’m able to get to know the clients needs a bit better too. It also allows me to be more flexible with my time. I’m able to take the afternoon off and spend it with my wife if I want, obviously I have to meet deadlines but I’m not tied into a set 9-6 office hours.