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How to Get into Great College Animation Programs - Interview with Mike L. Murphy of Successful Animator


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PortPrep interviews Mike L. Murphy of to share his insightful yet simple tips on how to get into good college animation programs.

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How to Get into Great College Animation Programs - Interview with Mike L. Murphy of Successful Animator

  1. 1. port Image created using Quozio. 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? How about the epic spectacle in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers? If you’re not into f antasy, then maybe you have seen the stylish and seamless CG that matches Tony Stark‘s ingenuity in Iron Man? If your answer to all is a resounding “YES,” then you’ll have Mike L. Murphy to thank.
  2. 2. Mike L. Murphy of 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.
  3. 3. 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 for the complete article!