Want to be a Movie Animator?


Dan Scanlon and Scott Clark are the directors behind this year’s biggest animated movie. They’ve overseen production and animation on movies like “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles” and plenty more.

Boys’ Life featured the two animators in the July issue and, as a bonus, the guys offered up some tips on those of you hoping to work in movie animation.

Dan Scanlon’s and Scott Clark’s Tips For Getting into Movie Animation:

  • Just start shooting things; just start filming.
  • Set the bar low at first. It’s OK to use your cell phone video.
  • You can make a five-second film that’s funny or emotional.
  • Just keep making them.
  • Don’t get bogged down with one animation if it’s not working. Move onto the next one.
  • Keep practicing. Listen to stories. Read a lot. Bring in as much information as you can.
  • The most important thing? Make something rather than talking about it.
  • Get an internship. That can lead to being hired.


6 Responses to “Want to be a Movie Animator?”

  1. Jo
    June 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Heak Yea

  2. captain Rex
    June 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Awsome ! i cant wait for the movie !

  3. rexh17
    June 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    it is here now yes now

  4. qwertyuiop
    July 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    the movie was really good

  5. awesomekid64
    July 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    i know right

  6. David M
    July 27, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    This is a really awesome movie with the smartest and wonderful-magical animation. It is very well thought out plot for a prequel. I would love to see a third installment.

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