Continuing the series of interviews with artists from South African now pursuing careers overseas, we go to New Zealand and meet Sean Gush who is at Oktobor Animation in Auckland. This Emmy Award-winning studio currently has 130 staff.
5 MINUTES WITH … Sean Gush
My Name is Sean Gush, I started my career in CG animation in 2001 studying at City Varsity where I did a Multimedia course. I finished this and moved to Universal Computer Arts Academy (The Animation School) in 2003 where I focused on CG animation and graduated there in 2004.
1. Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do?
My First Job was at Ministry of Illusion in Johannesburg with a small group of young artists lead by a great artist Martin Heigan. I worked there for + – 3 years on film and Advertising.
In 2008 I moved to New Zealand where I was working for a small studio Huhus Animation, this is were my carrier started in specialization where I focused on Lighting and Compositing. I worked on many DVD and Television releases such as Veggie Tales, Turbo Dogs and Angel Wars.
In 2010 I got an opportunity to move on even further when I was hired as the Post Production Supervisor at Oktobor Animation in Auckland at a newly-started studio focusing on Television shows for Nickelodeon that are now seen in over 400 million households.
2. What are you currently up to? Are there any exciting projects ongoing?
I have been working there since and working on shows such as Madagascar Penguins and Kung Fu Panda looking after teams of up to 25 Lighters Effects and composting artists.
3. What’s your best project/work to date?
My favorite project I worked on was Veggie Tales, the freedom the client gave us and the level at which we took the show was incredible,( Specifically the episode – Pistachio)
4. Who or what inspires you?
The people that inspire me are all the young talents that come into the studio, that have all the drive and talent in the world and all they want is to make great-looking shows.The more enthusiastic people in this industry there are the more we drive forward and make kick-butt work!
5. When you’re not working, what do you like to do?
Oooo when I’m not working I’m spending as much time as possible with my wife, and friends. I cannot lie, but gaming is a big part of that too. I’m also a huge photography geek and love to doodle with Time lapse photography.
6. Finally, what tips or advice could you give to other creatives, just starting out or to the more experienced creatives needing a bit of encouragement?
Keep practicing and let the art drive the learning process, this will always lead you into the asking the questions on how to achieve what the greatest artists have achieved.
This interview was originally posted on AnimationSA.org