Pixar animator is living her dream
PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 March 2016
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An animator from Cheddar is enjoying her dream job working as an animator at Pixar, the film studio behind hits like Toy Story and Inside Out.
Jude Brownbill has been working with the company in California since 2010, although she still visits Cheddar two or three times a year.
She worked on the studio’s most recent release, The Good Dinosaur, which is out on DVD on Monday.
It asks the question of what would happen if the dinosaurs had not gone extinct and instead lived alongside humans, telling the story of Arlo, a young dinosaur who makes friends with a human child.
Jude said: “All through school I enjoyed art and design and creating things like logos and packaging.
“My teachers at the Kings Of Wessex Academy pushed me and inspired me to do graphic design.
“That was where I thought my career was going, but I really wanted to make things move and that led me in the direction of animation.”
Jude first worked on Cars 2, moving on to Brave and Monsters University before The Good Dinosaur, where her work includes a charming scene in which Arlo encounters fireflies with his father.
Jude said: “Our job is to take the director’s idea for the scene, and decide how they are going to execute that. There is a constant conversation between him and us.
“My favourite scenes to work on are those which make people laugh or something really emotional that moves me.”
Jude’s advice for anyone considering a career in animation is to watch a lot of films.
She said: “If you can draw, then keep a journal. Take acting classes – sometimes I go in the acting room to act out a scene in front of a video camera.
“I make lots of choices for the characters I might not have thought of.”
Jude says she still misses living in England, although she sees her family in Cheddar a few times a year.
But she said: “This is my dream job, and I am really happy I was lucky enough to get it.”
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