Manifest Spotlight: Scott Wilson ('15)

Published on Mar 31, 2015
Photo Credit: Emiliy Madigan ('15)Photo Credit: Emiliy Madigan ('15)

Scott Wilson (’15)

Senior Animation student, Scott Wilson (’15), is creating a 2 ½ minute traditionally animated short for his Manifest project. His short, “How 2 Get Big,” is a series of escalated gags about the extreme measures people take in order to ‘get big.’ 

What Is Traditional Animation?

Traditional Animation starts with the story reel, which is timed out storyboards.

Once the timing is nailed, you start rough animation using the poses from your story reel.

Once the animation is done then you have the pleasure of cleaning up each drawing by keeping a consistent line.  Finally you scan the animation into harmony where you paint and render out the full scene. It’s tedious but awesome to watch it transform into your final vision. 

What was your inspiration for your short?

I really get inspired by all traditional animation on TV right now; Bobs burgers, Rick and Morty, Bo Jack horseman and Stephen Universe. When you hear about the backgrounds of these creators and how most of their shows were inspired by student films, it really drives me to make a great student film. 

Are there any other students involved in your project?

Yes, I have a lot of super talented people helping me out: Dominique Price(’15) is doing all the backgrounds. On top of doing all of the layouts and backgrounds for APS, thats a lot of work! Derrick Hopkins(’15) helped me with character models and drew some props for my project. The Sound designer is Dakota Campaign (’15), who is also voicing the trainer character; he's been really easy to work with and dealt with me learning the sound designer to animator relationship. My composer is Jesi Nelson(MFA ’15) who met every deadline and nailed the tones I was going for scene after scene.   


What teachers have helped guide or assist you through your process?

My teachers Jim Rohn, KJ Mathieson and Mike Nichols, who helped a lot in terms of posing. Jim Abrams taught me some cool after effects tricks.    

I think Mike Nicholson's Drawing for Animation 2 class was a big help in developing me as an animator. That class focuses on the acting half of animation, which I think helped me to tell the story I am trying to tell. Also the solo project class I had first semester with KJ Mathieson and Mike Nichols and then second semester I had with Mike and Jim Rohn. I'm really understands the process of film making and he helped me get on track with my film.  

What has been the most difficult part of creating an animated short and managing a creative team?

I think the hardest part of making an animated short is staying on schedule and staying passionate.  The process is so labor intensive that eventually you get sick of your characters and the story, but having a support system has been enormous for keeping me on track!  

One tip that Allen Martsch, a fellow BFA major, has taught me is if your bored with animating, work on clean up, if you bored with clean up, work on backgrounds.  Just finding a way to progress your film without pulling out hairs is essential in making a short.

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