We continue our interviews with the Finalists of Aniboom's Marvel Motion Comic Competition now with Justin Acree, a Brooklyn-based animator with a real passion for animation, Motion Comics, and art in general! His Motion Comic, Nova: All For One,
lit up Marvel's screens with its amazing effects and storytelling! Take a look!
Where are you from and where do you work (city, studio, or home studio)?
I live in Brooklyn, NY, and my studio is in Soho.
When did you first become interested in Motion Comics?
I can’t exactly remember but it was a DVD extra feature of some sort with a motion comic. I won’t say what it was so I don't offend anyone but I thought it was terrible, but thinking it could be soooo much better, the comic itself was great, a classic!
What do you like about Motion Comics?
I like the synergy it's creating right now, it’s a pretty young form of distribution so all of the not knowing the goes along with it is great, the heated debates, love it! I mean look at the forum for this contest there was good deal of argument about what a motion comic is or isn't, too much motion or too little, keeping the integrity of the drawings or not, should the animator have a more pronounced roll? You know, you might look for your favorite comic book artist teamed with your favorite animation director one day, who knows it’s all open.
How did you get started in animation/Motion Comics? Did you have any kind of formal training?
I work in a director collaborative that focuses in animation and I have been doing that since I got out of art school.
What techniques did you like to use in your Motion Comic?
I didn't really care about being disqualified I just wanted to make something I thought was cool so I kind of threw everything I knew how to do at it, 2D/3D/camera mapping, a little this, a little that, whatever worked really.
What works of animation, comics, film, or books inspire you and your work?
I guess I'll do this stream of conscious Darius Khondji, Neal Stephenson, Simon Bizly, 2000 AD, Manchester, blips and bleeps, David Fincher, Jeff Cronenweth, Ridley Scott, anamorphic lenses, etc. etc.
What is your ultimate dream?
Make a feature film.