Today we would like to welcome Aju Mohan. First of all, congratulations on your September win for the 11 Second Club. Well done! Can you tell us a little about yourself and your animation background?
Thanks a lot for having me here. I'm basically a Mechanical Engineer. By the last semester of my degree, I got introduced to a guy who was working as an animator. I got to see some of his work and it blew me away!!
From that instance onwards, I knew that I wanted to be an animator. After finishing my degree course, I went straight to an Animation academy and enrolled myself.
When all my engineering friends were getting jobs and earning tons of money, I was drawing and animating my heart out. But I have to say, It was the best decision of my life!
11 second club entry, audition!! :) from ajumohan on Vimeo.
Out of all the rigs out there, tell us why you chose AnimSchool's modified Malcolm female rig for your animation, "Audition"?
It had been a while since I've animated anything at home, due to tight production schedule, so I wanted to try something out. I was hearing a lot about the Malcolm Rig from my colleagues and friends, and I thought I'd give it a try. I was blown away by its flexibility, and I knew instantly, that Malcolm was the one for my shot!
Were there any challenges or difficulties you faced when using the rig, and if so, how did you overcome them?
Absolutely none. I used the Malcolm Rig before too (for my August entry). My only regret is I have not utilized its potential fully cause of lack of time!
You had many dramatic expression changes in your animation. Did the rig meet your expectations to push those expressions and get what you were looking for?
Yes, the Malcolm rig is fantastic for facial expressions, actually now when I look at my shot again, I think I could have pushed the expressions a bit more. But no worries.
In Part 2 of Aju's interview, he discusses his planning process and how he created the unique look.