FOX Holiday Animation Challenge Finalists Sean Worsham
is in the hot seat today, creator of the hilarious and brutal Scare-Horn and Belle Jingles.
Where are you from and where do you work (city, studio, or home studio)?
My current residence is San Jose, CA and I work at Namco Networks as a Game Designer, doing 2D animation, concept art and 3D modeling.
When did you first become interested in animation?
I have always loved animation since I was a child. What really pushed me into becoming an animator professionally was when I first saw "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" All of a sudden it was cool to be into cartoons and in effect I wanted to be a part of it. It stuck with me ever since.
What do you like about animation?
I like the fact that you can tell stories and do things with it that you can't do in live action. You can make the absurd possible and enjoyable amongst all. I also love to draw and it's cool to see drawings come to life on screen.
How did you get started in animation? Did you have any kind of formal training?
While I was in high school, I started by submitting "comic try out pages" to Marvel Comics albeit unsuccessfully. The editor at the time slammed my work and so I decided to take his advice and take life-drawing classes. I then took them at a local community college (Diablo Valley College) and got straight A's in all of the art classes I took there. Eventually I decided to take it to the next level and applied to all the big time animation colleges and universities. I decided to take classes at the Academy of Art College (now called University) since it was close to home and took every drawing, internships and animation courses I could get my hands on until graduation. I then answered an ad for a game artist at a local start-up game studio for a freelance gig. The lead art director Maurice Molyneaux was so impressed with my work there, that he got me a job here at Namco Networks when he got a job as an art director there. I've been there ever since and enjoy it immensely.
What techniques did you like to use in your animation?
I like to use old traditional techniques learned from Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair, whether it's using "posing," "acting," "squash and stretch," "arcs" and "follow-throughs." I try to apply them as much as possible even in the cheapest productions as it will always bring more life to your work. The programs I like to use is Flash for the animation, Photoshop for the backgrounds and After Effects and Premiere for the final editing and sound implementation.
What works of animation, comics, film, or books inspire you and your work?
Animation wise my favorite artists are Borge Ring, Richard Williams, Nick Parks, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Hayao Miyazaki, John Kricfalusi, Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, Jackson Public, Doc Hammer, and game artist and designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
For comics it was Brett Blevins, Robert Crumb, Katie Rice/Luke Cormican, Ricky Garduno, Rumiko Takahashi, Jack Kirby, Keiron Dwyer, John Heebink, Albert Uderzo, Bruce Timm, and many more.
Films that inspire me the most are American Splendor, Crumb, Orgazmo (for its offbeat humor), A Clockwork Orange, The original Star Wars trilogy, Amelie, all the films by Hayao Miyazaki, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and many more. Those are primarily the films I can think of at the top of my head right now as I really love film and go to theaters and purchase Blu-rays and DVD's constantly more so than any medium.
What attracted you to the FOX competition?
A friend of mine, Leo Serfer, advertised the competition on her Facebook page and coincidentally I had a holiday animation. So I decided to polish it up and have a coworker of mine Phil FosterIII create a new soundtrack for it. I then submitted it to Aniboom. I never even exptected it to make it as a finalist. It took me by surprise when I saw the results on the Aniboom site. I am honored as I loved the Simpsons on FOX I also love to draw and watched a lot of programming when FOX had their FOX Kid's Club in the early 90's.
What’s your favorite holiday?
That's a toughie. I love Halloween because I love watching all the cosplayers play out their fantasies and the prospect of free candy. I also love Christmas because it gives me the chance to spend time with my family. I guess I love birthdays the most since it gives me an excuse to draw my friends when their birthdays come up.
What is your ultimate dream?
To create a successful animated TV special, an animated TV series, and eventually direct a successful animated feature and be remembered fondly for it.