Bond over your work

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - In-Ah Roedi Ger -

says she loves an­i­mat­ing with sand and paints, and is a big fan of ab­stracts. Th­ese not only give free rein to her imag­i­na­tion away from com­mis­sions, they pro­vide a wel­come break from her day job. “I think the most im­por­tant thing I’ve learned over the years is to have a healthy de­tach­ment from your job,” she says. “Be pas­sion­ate and in­vested, try to make it as good as you can, but don’t take notes per­son­ally and just get on with it.

“On the other hand, it’s hard to find the time for your own work when you’re work­ing on a film project – es­pe­cially to­wards the last few months where it’s be­come some­what the norm to work in­tense over­time, some­times 12-14 hour days or longer, no week­ends. It can be so drain­ing that all you re­ally want to do at the end of the day is have a very, very large glass of wine.”

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With that in mind – and with her baby hav­ing now ar­rived – In-Ah has made the de­ci­sion to leave film pro­duc­tion for the time be­ing. “My plans are – af­ter re­gain­ing sleep and half a brain – to con­tinue teach­ing,” she says, which is some­thing she’s al­ways tried to do when time al­lows. “I have cour­ses lined up lo­cally [Van­cou­ver, where she now lives] and in Europe, and hope to con­tinue do­ing my classes and seminars over the next years.

“I don’t think we want to up­root our lit­tle fam­ily ev­ery cou­ple of years, just be­cause the pool of jobs has dried up again,” she adds of the in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive and hec­tic an­i­ma­tion busi­ness. “Maybe things will change, but un­til then I’m happy to teach and work re­motely while be­ing an ac­tive part in my child’s devel­op­ment.”

Maybe now she’ll also have time to work on more of her own per­sonal il­lus­tra­tions? An­i­ma­tion’s loss is our gain.

The most im­por­tant thing I’ve learned is: have a healthy de­tach­ment from your job

Au­gust 2015

One of In-Ah’s ear­lier jobs, also com­pleted at Frame­store in Lon­don: Spike Jonze’s adap­ta­tion of Where The Wilds Things Are.

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