A Day in the Life of an Animator

A day in the life of Andy Bell

Our Three Motion talented bunch are the driving force behind our desire to Create, Engage and Share. This month’s feature focuses on our Senior Animator Andy, as we ask what it’s like working at Three Motion and delve a little deeper into things you may not know about our talented Animator.

1. How did you come to work at Three Motion?

During my second year at Newcastle College, I worked with Three Motion for a work experience module and ended up creating a whole series of short animations. I then worked on a variety of other projects until I officially became part of the team in 2014.

2. Why did you become an Animator?

I turned my focus from fine art to Animation and Illustration, thinking the latter is more marketable skills. Aside from that, Animation is a chance to do what I love on a daily basis, drawing, creating characters and bringing stories to life.

3. What’s the biggest buzz about working in the Creative Sector?

I love keeping up with all of the great work that is coming out the animation industry at the moment, learning how new software and old techniques are being combined to make some really great works and styles. Then being able to bring in that inspiration to the work that I create every day, it really keeps things interesting.

4. What does a typical day look like?

I usually start off with the admin stuff, catch up on emails, chat with clients, check my deadlines and projects, then jump on my to-do list. My usual work involves all stages of the animation process. From the planning, storyboarding and design stages, through photoshop, illustrator and after effects for animation and coming out at editing and final stages…

5. What do you do in your spare time?

I spend a lot of time drawing and animating in my spare time, creating work to post on Instagram and push my Etsy shop where I sell prints and stickers, but drawing for fun always comes first. I occasionally enter animations into competitions such as ‘loopdeloop’, which has allowed me to screen my work around the world.

6. What is your favourite Film/TV Series?

It has to be Game of Thrones but the latest season of Twin Peaks really comes close.

7. What did you want to be when you were little?

Sam Neil in the first Jurassic Park – The dinosaur king

8. Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself?

In 2015 I had an illustration published in a huge art book alongside some of my favourite artists, Pictoplasma – Character Portraits. A strange but really cool fact is that I once had a guy tattoo one of my animation characters on his upper arm which was very surreal.

Stay tuned for next months edition featuring our Head of Post-Production Karis Jones…