30 – Learn from reference. Learn from others. Learn from teaching. – Jackie Koehler - Animator


“As artists I don’t think we ever get ‘There’ I think we’re constantly trying to find the next thing and it keeps us moving forward.” — Jackie Koehler

“As artists I don’t think we ever get ‘There’ I think we’re constantly trying to find the next thing and it keeps us moving forward.” — Jackie Koehler

This week’s interview is with Jackie Koehler. Jackie is an animator and she loves what she does. She loves doing it and she loves learning about it. Most recently she just finished as lead animator for the character of La Muerta in film The Book Of Life. While she’s worked on some pretty high profile movies, even being nominated for a very prestigious Annie award as part of the team for The Amazing Spider-Man she doesn’t consider herself having ‘made it’ simply because there is still more to learn and more to do. 

In today’s conversation we talk about when she decided animation was what she wanted to do. We talk a bit about her creative process for animating a shot. We talk about the value of continuing to learn your craft and also how teaching what you know can help solidify your understanding of a skill you may just take for granted.

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Links From This Episode

Jackie Koehler - http://www.jackiekoehler.com

Annie Awards - http://www.annieawards.org
Smurfs - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472181

OZ The Great & Powerful - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1623205

Amazing Spider-Man - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0948470

Free Birds - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1621039

The Book Of Life - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2262227

Reel FX - http://www.reelfx.com

Jimmy Hayward - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Hayward

Jorge Gutierrez - http://www.TheSparkAndTheArt.com/26

QuickDraw Animation Society - http://www.quickdrawanimation.ca

Lion King - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110357/