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Interview with Wasaru / Thomas Fourniret – Animator

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Tell us a little about who you are. Who do you work for? What job do you do?

I’m a french 30 years old boy. I’m currently working for a french animation studio called ankama (www.ankama.com). I worked as assistant animator, animator, and lead animator.

How long have you been working in the animation industry?
I started working in animtion 5 years ago when I came in ankama.
 
Name a few of the projects you’ve worked on in the past.
In Ankama studio, I worked on our main series “WAKFU” and on a new series (yet unreleased) and several other small shorts/video games in our studio. I also worked in my spare time on some personnal projects like animated shorts I directed with 2 friends of mine, called “ice cream road”  (https://vimeo.com/23581962 ) on some music videos ( Le peuple de l’herbe : https://vimeo.com/42830522 , Klakomaniak : https://vimeo.com/21687233 )
 
Do you have any future projects planned? Any independent animation projects? Tell us more.
Now, I’m thinking to leave the animation business and try to work in Live video. I really love music videos and I would like to work in this. Maybe animated, but I would prefer Live now.
 
Do you have any routines for uncorking your creativity?
Not really. It depends on the project I’m working on. Sometimes it’s serious, sometimes it’s crazy. I let go my mind on the project and try to make it well.
 
How do you feel your work has progressed since you started your career?
I assume I progressed a lot, and that is absolutely normal since when I started I didn’t know anything about animation. Spending 8 hours a day on the same routine is a really good school for me. Learning by ourself is definetely something good. I would have loved to learn in an animation school, but I have no regrets.
 

Le Peuple de l’Herbe – Parler le fracas from wasaru on Vimeo.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Ahah, I worked in computer some years, and before as a cashier. That was a very instructive job, I spent all my time looking at the people. I liked it.
 
What motivates you to move into a career in animation? How did you go about pursuing it?

I always wanted to make films but I didn’t think it would be possible. That’s why I learned and worked in computer. But after some years, I told myself “it’s not too late”. But without any fund, it’s very hard to start film making, that’s why animation was a good thing : anybody can make a film alone, juste spending time on drawing. Then I kept on drawing all day long during several years, then I quitted my job and took one year to make my first animated short… (http://www.wasaru.com/animation/babylon/video_trailer.html)

What about those just considering starting in animation? Any educational or career advice, memorable lessons, etc?
My only one advice is : DO IT !  It won’t be easy, it will probably take many years, but anyone can accomplish anything if he really wants to. Just work hard. 
 
Do you ever appear at conferences? What animation events and conferences would you recommend?
I heard Richard williams gives some conferences, that looks interesting. 

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