Grad film season is upon us yet again. With Calart films popping up on the web and Sheridan Industry day 2016 happening very soon, lets warm up with one from last year, Luggage (2015) by Tracy Harris.
Interview to follow after the video.
Kyu: Hi Tracy, thank you for agreeing to do the interview. Can you tell us bit about yourself?
Tracy Harris: I’m born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and I moved to Southern Ontario when I was accepted into Sheridan College’s Animation program. I’m currently working as a character animator on FANGBONE! at Pipeline Studios. Oddly, this is my second career. I graduated from Grant MacEwan University in 2006 with a diploma in Business Management. I worked with taxes for several years before deciding to do something completely different! Not the background you’d expect from an animator, haha.
K: What was the inspiration behind the story of “Luggage”?
K: “Luggage” has very solid animation and comedic timing. Were you influenced by anything in particular?
K: What was the general process of making the film and what was the most challenging part for you?
TH: I tried to make sure I worked within my own style and kept to programs I was comfortable with, so I could keep my focus on animation. I spent a lot of time at the very start getting my story solid and locked so it wouldn’t be an issue later on. I pestered a number of my teachers in the first few weeks to help me get there and then I never tinkered with it. I used Storyboard Pro for my boards, ToonBoom Harmony for animation, Photoshop for layout, and Sai for BG line and paint.
K: You submitted “Luggage” to couple of festivals. What was that experience like? Have you attended any festival the film was accepted into?
TH: My film’s been shown at the Edmonton International Film Festival, Oakville Festival of Film & Art, and is showing as part of ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth in several cities in the Maritimes this spring. I was able to attend my screening in Oakville, which was exciting. You don’t really know how a new audience is going to react and I’m always so relieved when they laugh! My family attended the screenings in Edmonton. Being from Edmonton it was really special for me to be able to send my film ‘back home’ for everyone to see.
K: You are coming up to a year since your graduation from Sheridan College. How was your experience working in the industry so far?
TH: It’s been a whirlwind! The learning curve(s) you go through in your first year in the industry has no comparison to what was expected in school. It’s much more dynamic and fast paced, especially in the first few months. It’s been a great challenge and has been very rewarding. I also enjoy what I’m animating and that’s a great bonus.
K: Do you have any advice to give to the students graduating soon?
K: Where can people go to see more of your work? (blog/website/portfolio site etc.)
K: Thank you Tracy for answering the questions!