Mo-Graph Mentor

{Student Interview} Ian Shea


1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello! My name is Ian Shea. I’m an aspiring Motion Designer and currently working as a Front-end developer in the Pacific Northwest. I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Graphic Communication and a minor in Electronic Media and Film. My journey started in high school where I began with a technical program in graphic design. After an internship as an interactive designer and a foray into video production working on the high school news show. I knew my professional life was going to be dedicated to one of those two things. When I started at EWU I wanted to get into motion graphics but, unfortunately, we didn’t have a program. So I dedicated myself to graphic design while minoring in film production. Coming out of university I worked as a production artist for a time and got the chance to work with some large international brands like Disney and Marvel. The interactive world wasn’t done with me and I joined a digital shop as an interactive designer/developer. Here I was able to begin doing some motion graphics work but my skills in development led me deeper into the world of web development. So, I’ve been a Front-end developer for the past 8 years and fortunate enough to work with some great clients and brands while always dabbling and playing with motion graphics.

2) How did you find out about MoGraph Mentor and what made you interested in joining the program?

I’m lucky enough to have worked with some awesome people in the creative industry and know from first-hand experience how valuable working with a mentor can be. So late one night while I was delving deep into the internet – I stumbled across Seth Eckert’s portfolio of work on Vimeo and noticed that he’d liked one of these “MoGraph Mentor” videos. The word mentor instantly jumped out at me. From there I spent a bit of time exploring the site, watching all the videos, reading all the copy and watching all the videos again. So… maybe more than “a bit” of time. I started following people on twitter and Vimeo, doing a bit more research and I went back to the site and re-read it again and then watched tons of videos from all the mentors. I decided to take the chance on it as it seemed like a direct connection to incredibly passionate and talented people in the industry.

3) What do you like best about MoGraph Mentor? Anything that can be improved?

Getting to interact and talk to these folks who are just as, if not, more passionate about the Motion Graphics industry and craft is amazing and awe-inspiring. It’s so cool seeing what everyone is coming up with in class for assignments, the directions they take projects and hearing the feedback they give you on your own work. Seeing how talented everyone is and continues to be is so inspiring. And that’s just my fellow students! Being able to reach out to mentors to ask questions or bounce ideas off of them and have them be so invested in you really gives you a sense that yes, you can do these crazy things you’re thinking up and be successful at this.

4) Do you feel like you have grown as a motion designer since joining the program?

Absolutely. I feel like with every passing week in class I have more and more confidence in my abilities as a designer and animator.

5) Do you have any advice for future students?

You definitely get in what you put out. Make sure you’re willing to dedicate some time to improving your skills and abilities. The program is not about tutorials or magic plugins or mysterious checkboxes that instantly make awesome things. It’s work, it’s a lot of hard work that becomes incredibly rewarding as you see yourself grow. MoGraph Mentor teaches you how to think like a motion graphics designer and how to push yourself to keep doing things you didn’t think you could do.

6) Any last comments about the program?
I’m truly honored and proud to be a part of it and can’t wait to see where it goes!


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