Mo-Graph Mentor

{Student Interview} Austin Saylor


1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. (location, occupation, interests, etc.)

I live in Boone, NC and work at a software company in town doing graphic design, video production and motion design. I’ve been skateboarding since I was in high school. Every time I step on my board, I am happy. I love hanging out with my wife and our French Bulldog. The perfect night is going out for sushi and a movie. Animated movies are the best… except Jurassic Park.. that’s the best, best.

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

Someone ReTweeted MoGraph Mentor’s tweet that said there were 4 days left to apply, so I looked into it. At the time I was about to purchase tickets to After Effects World in Seattle, but 12 weeks of MoGraph Mentor was cheaper than airplane tickets and entrance fee to After Effects world and sounded like it would be many times more valuable. So to me, it was a no brainer giving MoGraph Mentor a shot.

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

The best part about MoGraph Mentor is having 24+ hours of face time with your mentor, a working professional, who wants to see you succeed. You’ve got someone who you look up to rooting for you and pushing you to be the best you can be. That sounds like an Army commercial, but it’s true.

If anything could be improved, I would say the platform for the online meeting. We had problems with Fuze almost every class. Colin was good about working his way around it, but it was a frustration.

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

I have absolutely grown as a motion designer because of this program. Growth happens when you apply yourself over time. MoGraph Mentor has given me a safe place to experiment with new styles and get great and honest feedback from my mentor and class mates. Michael Jones has said multiple times that you get out what you put in. This program isn’t a magic bullet, but it is exactly what I needed.

5) Do you have any advice for future students?

a) Take full advantage of the time you have with your mentor. Come with specific questions about their motion pieces.

b) Schedule times to work on your projects. A lot of time. The more you put in to your work, the more meaningful the feedback will be.

c) Write about the projects. What were your expectations, hurdles, and breakthroughs? I am currently writing about my three projects, and I wish I started while I was working on them. Taking the time to do this will solidify the things you are learning. It just adds value to the whole experience.

6) Any last comments about the program?

I would highly recommend MoGraph Mentor to anyone new to the motion design world or who just wants to get way better at their craft. I have made connections with some fantastic and driven folks with whom I will be keeping touch.

Thank you guys for putting together and running such a fantastic program!


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