Today we speak to the hilarious Yotam Perel
, a talented and witty Israeli animator with as much a love of Flash animation as comedy, and whose blending of the two has made him one of FOX's Finalists.
Check out The Dangers of Halloween
, and then our awesome interview!
Where are you from and where do you work (city, studio, or home studio)?
I'm from Tel Aviv, Israel, and I work from the studio I call my room in my parents house. A true success story.
When did you first become interested in animation?
I always loved animations and classic Disney movies but I got interested in Flash animation at the age of about 8-9, when they started popping up on the internet.
What do you like about animation?
The fact that it gives me some sort of release for my imagination and humor, fleshing out my ideas, having people enjoy them. And of course occasionally getting paid for them, that's also lovely.
How did you get started in animation? Did you have any kind of formal training?
No formal training whatsoever, I just started messing around with Flash when I was about 9. My brother who writes with me taught me the basics. I'm much better then him now and more successful as a human being.
What works of animation, comics, film, or books inspire you and your work?
When I was young I was inspired by stick-fight animations... those where sticks fight. Now I'm inspired by Tim Frommeyer's AKA Sqeezy's and Ed Atlin's work. And just overall funny stuff, if it's movies books or animations.
What attracted you to the FOX competition?
To be honest, I didn't think much of it. I realized I had a Halloween animation that I already made so I figured why not. (Sorry for the guy who got 6th place. Oh, and because FOX has fantastic programming and managers.
What’s your favorite holiday?
ACTUALLY, being from Israel we don't celebrate Halloween, but coincidentally my favorite Jewish holiday is basically our version of Halloween. It's called Purim and we dress up in costumes and get candy, only we don't beg and plea for it.
What is your ultimate dream?
My own successful show, and enough money.