Although it was my second gig as an assistant director, it was the first time I would truly experience what it was like to be a full director. My job as an AD encompassed so many aspects of animation production – from design to storyboard, leica reels, colour rushes and a bit of post production. We had a small crew; so our workload was tripled at the best of times. Until one is able to touch on and handle these different areas, it is truly difficult to fully understand the director’s role. Nowadays, I carry over everything I learned from that production.
One of the highlights of my time on Eckhart was the chance to do a host of design and development art. Even between seasons I was kept on to help out with development on many other projects for the now defunct Phoenix Animation Studios and Catalyst Entertainment.
The greatest part of all, were the people I got to work with. We became a family at that studio – and eventually moved on to start another chapter in life.
It was probably one of those few experiences I can honestly say, helped to shape me into who I am as an artist today. Good or bad, shouldn’t all experiences shape us in some way?