Fichado!: Jason Martinsen - English Version

Animator on Ice Age, lead animator on Horton, mentor on "Animation Mentor" and also he dedicates his time to travel arround the world looking for new experiences. In one of those trips he has landed in Madrid animating aliens of Planet 51 at "Ilion Animation Studios". We have interviewed him before he decides to embark on a new journey.

Name: Jason Martinsen

Age: 29

Profession: Animator

Artistic training: Four years at Sheridan College in Ontario studying art fundamentals and classical animation.

Work done you're most proud of: "Jak III" for SCEA character animation and work on Vlad in Fox's "Horton Hears a Who".

Work done you're least proud of:
Many cinematic cut scenes in video games.

The project you are currently working on and the next one, if any: Planet 51 at Illion animation studios in Madrid. Next up, I don't know yet!

You are inspired by: My fellow animators, great films, getting away from work and traveling to appreciate life and anything by Brad Bird.

avourite artist: Frank Miller, Sergio Pablos, Glen Keane, Marc Davis, Milt Kahl.

Pencil & paper, or mouse: Pencil & Paper! But unfortunately, I am forced to use a mouse...

Music you listen to while working: Instrumental work. Lyrics distract me.

Curious habits while working: Sitting on an exercise ball, using a sideways mouse.

Crazy stuff on your desktop: My sideways mouse.

To work, night or day? Day.

Three movies to spend a Sunday relaxed at home:
The Matrix, Army of Darkness, The Dark Knight.

Classic animation favorite: Emperors New Groove

Ancient Art or Modern: Ancient

Comedy or Drama:

The toughest moment of your professional career: Getting my first job, and making the transition from video games to feature film, knowing I'm just a junior animator doing background stuff.

And the sweetest moment: Getting complements for some of my best work on Horton Hears a Who. That got cut from the final film of course...but is on the dvd! Ha ha...

What you see yourself doing in 20 years? Traveling the world and animating! Hey...thats what I'm doing now....great! :)

Finally... tell us which has been the best advice you've been given both professional and personal:
Professional, always ask for advice and get as much feedback as possible. Personal, be healthy and have a positive outlook on life, no matter how bad things get, look at the bright sides...

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Thanks Jason for your participation in our blog!


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