On August 6, 2009 at Southbank Institute of Technology, film maker and award winning animator Steve Baker was a guest speaker. Steve gave an excellent 2 hour interactive lecture and Q&A.
Part of the presentation reminded me of a comment made by feature film animator and director Kyle Balda in a recent masterclass about acting and animators. Kyle understands the common idea that animators are another form of actor. Or, as Ed Hooks may have said in his "Acting for Animators" masterclass, "Animators are frustrated actors". Kyle rekindled that idea by describing animators, not as actors, but as film directors. And yesterday Steve spoke from a similar point of view.
Neither point is mutually exclusive and looking around class at first year and second year animators I see actors, film makers, people asleep, directors and, hopefully, eventually, animators.
I had a short and very interesting chat about these ideas with Jane Harty (Head of the Animation Course at SBIT), and Jane's concept of what an 'animator' is, is a vast vision that could fill a wall of the Louvre compared to the postage stamp concept that I emerged with when I graduated. Just as it takes many masterpieces to fill le Louvre, it takes many different types of people to populate all the niches on Planet Animation.
Anyhow, all that being said, and meaningfully pondered, I found a clip on the Mayerson on Animation blog that gives another point of view.