How to Get into Great College Animation Programs - Interview with Mike L. Murphy of Successful Animator
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Karen Kesteloot September 26, 2013
How to Get into Great College Animation Programs – Interview
with Mike L. Murphy of Successful Animator
Have you f ound yourself marveling at the amazing visuals during the Quidditch match in Harry Potter
and the Philosopher’s Stone?
If your answer to all is a resounding “YES,” then you’ll have Mike L. Murphy to thank.
Mike L. Murphy of SuccessfulAnimator.com
Prof essionally starting out in 2004, Mr. Murphy has established himself as one of the best animation directors
and animators in Hollywood. Aside f rom his involvement in the af orementioned f ilms, he directed the animated
sequences in 2010′s Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Outside his works in f ilm and television, Mr. Murphy also owns Successful Animator, a website where he
of f ers people animation courses. The task of training animators who will carve out a career just as he did f alls
in the hands of Mr. Murphy as he teaches aspiring animators the f iner points of creating artworks and designs
that push the boundaries of what a computer can do.
In a duet with PortPrep’s head portf olio coach, Karen Kesteloot, the two education leaders explore his
knowledge of animation both f rom the f ilm making industry and higher education points of view.
Karen interviewed Mr. Murphy to f ind out the truth of what is needed to get accepted into the most competitive
area in art education today and how to succeed af ter graduation. Here’s what they talked about:
How Mr. Murphy started out as an animator student
What inspired him to pursue 3-D animation as a career
How f orming f riendships in the f ilm industry has led to many job of f ers f rom producers
What high school students must do to get into the best college animation programs
What attitudes and strategies ensure success as an animator
Job salaries and specializations within the wide umbrella of animation.
(SA FS) PortPrep Interview – Full Edit f rom 308 Publishing INC on Vimeo.
You can also watch the interview by part on Youtube. Here is the f irst part, which talks about Mike’s
introduction to the study of animation.
You can view the other parts by clicking on the link below:
Part 2 – How to specialize and market yourself
Part 3 – What to put in your art portf olio and maintain your determination
Part 4 – Why drawing well is so important
Part 5 – Advice on career paths f or animators
Go to http://bit.ly/mikelmurphyinterview for the complete article!