Britt Sodersjerna worked in my studio from late May until early July and she was a spectacular intern. I was impressed with her work ethics, focus and intelligence. With little explanation from my part she was able to correctly piece together the puzzle of what I intended to do with animation drawings in After Effects! But despite the reputation of her generation (they are not camera shy, I was told) she wasn't comfortable to give an interview on video. She preferred it in a written form. So, here it is.
What were your tasks during the internship?
For the most part, my job was coloring in Signe's drawings in Photoshop, and compositing them in After Effects. I occasionally had other roles too, including scanning the drawings, working on exposure sheets, and paper maché-ing and painting parts of the sets.
How did you get this internship?
During my spring semester in College, I was applying to just about every animation studio I could find in New York City. I looked through several different job and internship websites, as well as different studios own websites, but Signe was the first to respond to me! And I am so thankful that she did.
What school are you from?
I currently study 2D Animation in the Digital Arts Department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Can you tell us one good thing about this internship?
I think the best thing about this internship is how much I learned. With Signe's guidance, I am significantly more efficient in the programs I thought I had known how to use well. Signe is a wealth of information about animation and the industry as well, and she taught me so much while I worked for her.
And how about one bad thing about this internship?
Frankly, I wouldn't say any part of this internship was 'bad'. Many aspects of the work I did were challenging, but I really enjoy problem solving, especially when problems appear in After Effects. The only thing that wasn't ideal was the lack of air conditioning on the upper 90ºF days!
THANK YOU, Britt!
PS I wanted to explain that not having an air conditioner is a budgetary choice between cooling down 2000 sf space with 14 feet ceilings or making an animated feature film. I feel I don't really have a choice.
We do have 6 fans drying our sweat.