Friday, June 22, 2012

Dream Job



Recently a dream of mine came true.

When I was 10 I saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit in the cinema... five times! To say it had an effect on me is a bit of an understatement. It was at the very moment when Roger walked off the cartoon set and into the real world that I knew what I wanted to spend my life doing; being an animator for feature films.

Since then it has been a long and wonderful journey of working at Disney Consumer Products, running my own animation company developing TV shows for with Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon and then attending the online school, Animation Mentor (which I believe is hands down the best place to learn animation anywhere).

It was at Animation Mentor that I was lucky enough to be taught by some of the greats currently working in feature animation today. Passionate teachers like Sean Sexton at DreamWorks, Victor Navone at Pixar and Drew Adams at DreamWorks who added even more desire fuel to achieve my goals!

More recently a film had the same effect on me that Roger Rabbit had all those years ago, How To Train Your Dragon. When Hiccup rises up into the clouds on the back of Toothless I knew where I had to apply this craft that I had been working so hard to learn, at DreamWorks.

But I never imagined the amazing mentors and friends that I would make at Animation Mentor. These incredible people included Sean Sexton, Drew Adams, David Weatherly, Ron Pucherelli and Simon Otto. It was through their belief and support in me that I was able to get an interview with DreamWorks and I will be forever grateful.

The interview process was intimidating and extremely exciting. It was also very fitting that my first interview was with James Baxter - an animation god who just so happened to work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit!

I leave Australia on July 2nd to move to LA and will start working at a studio that to me is best described in the words from the wonderful movie, Hugo: "If you've ever wondered where your dreams come from when you go to sleep at night, just look around. This is where they are made."

I can't wait to start.

10 comments:

  1. Congratulations Michael! You deserve it a lot, I'm so happy for you!
    God bless you in this new adventure!

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  2. Congrats Michael. I've never met anyone as hard working and as dedicated as you. Have an amazing time over there, you've earned it.

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  3. That's awesome! Congrats Michael and good luck with the new job!

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  4. WOW!!! that's great news Michael!!
    hope to see around at AM... best

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  5. Hey Michael! That's awesome, Congratulations! I wish all the best in this new journey man! Good Luck and have fun!!!

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  6. Sweet! That sounds like a dream job to me aswell. I hope you do well there!

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  7. Congratulations! Your work is a big inspiration of mine!!!

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  8. super congrats to the job well deserved

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  9. You totally deserved it!! Great Job as always, Mike. Onward and upward!

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  10. Holy Crap Michael!!! This is where you have been?!?!?! This is so awesome! I can't believe I didnt know this news.

    I must admit, I have been in another world this year, since I myself had a dream come true and produced a pilot for Cartoon Network...Ive just finished after a year of full time work and living on savings. I wish I could show you it!

    I remember I missed a call from you mid year and I totally forgot to call you back...um, so I guess a meet up, now Im free isnt possible? :D

    email me on adele@adelekthomas.com Id love to hear all about what has been happening. Cant wait to see your name in the film credits, congratulations!

    Hope to hear from you soon Hollywood man!

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