What is your favorite type of character to animate, and why? Do you have a favorite type of scene to animate?
I can't say I have any one particular favorite character. My interests seem to change from film to film. Today, my favorite characters to animate are humans. I've worked on a lot of animal shows and its interesting to try something new. I'm enjoying searching for natural gestures and emotive body language and expressions.
My favorite scene to animate is emotional acting shots. The more I can feel and relate to the scene, the more I enjoy it.
On Rio you were the lead on Marcel. What were some of your thoughts when coming up with appealing poses for the villain?
City of God' and the ruthless gangster boss Mané played by Seu Jorge. Mané was a huge inspiration for Marcel. The way he carried himself, where his center of gravity was, how he held his head high so he could look down at others always with a relaxed but "tough guy" stance. Mané was a dark character with one of those unpredictable dangerous smiles. Great stuff!
What was the most challenging character you've animated? What made this character so challenging?
There are many steps in animating, from planning/video reference to splining, what is your favorite step when doing a shot? Why? Do you have a least favorite?
My favorite step when working on a shot is the polish at the end. At this point, the idea is approved, the execution is there, now it's just hunting for cool details to add to and plus the shot. My least favorite step of a shot is the first day or two of splining. Those couple days where I'm cleaning curves, poses and timing.
Out of all the films you've been a part of, what film have you had the most fun working on, and why?
I had a great time on our most recent film 'Ice Age - Continental Drift'. I was the Lead on Shira, Diego's rival and love interest. Jennifer Lopez did a great job on the read, and Shira's sassy and strong personality was a lot of fun to animate.
Lastly, Do you have any advice for student animators?
We'd like to thank Jackie for taking the time to interview with AnimSchool. Check out her reel on Vimeo: