Interview Questions (8 common interview questions)
- Tell me a bit about yourself. Take control of this question and say what you want. Don’t go off topic.
- Why should you get this job.
- What are your salary expectations?
Marion Strunck studied at the Animation School in Denmark for Three years. One of which she spent learning 2D animation and then two focusing on 3D.
She got her foot in the door by attending a festival and getting feedback on her showreel from a FrameStore stand and later got an interview for an internship!
Marion was kind enough to give us a run through of a typical day in ILM studios. You start work from 9 and end at 6. You would get a brief from the lead supervisor as soon as you got in and would be given the scene you are working on. You look at a lot of pre-vis to try and match it and make it better. Then you have meetings everyday to get feedback. Sometimes you do different versions of the same shot. You can also transfer to other studios.
For your showreel, focus on the stuff you want to do and what you enjoy most! For animation, demonstrate that you understand spacing, timing etc. You can specialise.
RESEARCH your studios and know what you like (FrameStore). ILM also have 3D generalists.
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- Do you think having experience in 2D animation is necessary to becoming a successful 3D animator? As I would love to become an animator but I have no experience with 2D. A lot of people will tell you that you need to study the traditional 2D but if it’s not what you want to do (if you are more interested in the movement) then you can completely get away without doing it.
- How does working collaboratively with other animators work? Do you get a scene or action each, or do a couple of you work on the same part or how does that work? You rarely get to work THAT collaboratively with other animators as there would be too many problems to fix.
Download animal videos and draw over it to understand the movements – good learning technique.