How did you find out about Anime Studio?
I popped in to my computer store and I saw a copy of Anime Studio Debut, I read the box and was like "I think I'll give this a go." I'd always loved animation and this seemed the perfect piece of kit to try out.
What software did you use before Anime Studio?
I used to be in the games industry and we used 3D Studio Max to animate. I've dabbled in flash but it always ended up scaring me.
What software do you use with Anime Studio? Where does it fit into your workflow?
I use Audacity, which is free software great for editing and recording voices. I also use Magix Movie Edit for editing.
What was your first experience with Anime Studio?
My first experiment was with an animation of my son Joe as a baby. I had him moving about blinking doing a bit of head turning in 2.5 D. (Check me out 2.5 D, I know all the terminology!) I loved working with Anime Studio – it's just so user friendly.
How did your first creations go?
I think they went pretty well, but slow at the start. As you use the software you start to get a lot quicker.
What was your inspiration for Hero Spotting?
I'm a stand-up comedian and I like puns and plays on words. Iron Man can mean two things, but the readers are going to have to check it out. I don't like to give away punch lines. I think the next one will be Irony Man. :)
What work are you most proud of using Anime Studio?
I've been working on a character called "Tony" he's going to be like a gangster (think Sopranos). I've done a walk cycle but I just need to write something funny for him to say. So far I've got this "Hey enough already, stop busting my balls." I think it needs bit more work…
Has your art been featured in other places?
Yes, I'm actually a published artist and I've released limited edition prints. I've also worked on games like Sydney 2000, Lego Racers 2, Drome Racers and also a lot of projects that never saw the light of day.
What is one of your favorite features of Anime Studio?
I think it has to be the bones. They're great and once you get used to them there is so much you can do with them.
If you could change one thing about Anime Studio, what would it be?
I think the selection of points can sometimes be a bit fiddly, especially when you go to click a point, then you click the line and end up selecting the whole object.
Can you give an example of how it made a project go smoothly?
It's a really hard one to pin point a specific example, it just goes well. I think people reading this are just going to have to give it a go and see. There's also loads of Tutorials out there, so do a bit of Tubing and Googling!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would like to clone myself. I have so many ideas and I'd like to work on all of them!