Mo-Graph Mentor

{Student Interview} Ya-Shen

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a Bay-Area based video editor who started in doc films and is currently working on in-house tv commercials. I’m more an editor now, though I’ve created some textural videos and ‘experimental’ things in the past, especially with dancers.

2) How did you find out about MoGraph Mentor and what made you interested in joining the program?
A animator friend has been following Michael and Co.’s work for a while, and saw that he was starting this program. He urged me to attend.

3) What do you like best about MoGraph Mentor? Anything that can be improved?
I really appreciate the thoughtful responses that Michael has to everyone’s work. ┬áHe is very insightful and also takes time to engage with each student. His comments are always considered and careful, and show his depth of experience with motion graphics work. I think his suggestions are pretty much always on-point. The one thing I think could be helpful with class would be to have a time limit on each person’s critique/feedback period. It became a little disproportional when one person can take up a lot of class time — I’d rather have time at the end of class for demos in After Effects or Photoshop.

4) Do you feel like you have grown as a motion designer since joining the program?
Yes – but I did underestimate the amount of time and creative energy that I would have to have to really get more out of the program.

5) Do you have any advice for future students?
This is a really great course – you’ll be inspired by your teachers and your classmates. I’ve been impressed by the work that our class has produced, and how people can push and help each other grow. Everyone in class is very generous about their comments and work, and also tries to share their resources as well. Even if I wasn’t able to spend as much time animating as I wanted, I got so much out of links and suggestions that everyone shared with me.

6) Any last comments about the program?
I didn’t think that the online seminars would work as well as they did. There were some glitches, but it was pretty neat to be ‘in’ class and see everyone. There was definitely a feeling of intimacy that I wasn’t expecting. Michael does really well with making everyone feel at home in the online classroom.


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