Fo­cused on fine artistry

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

BRAND­ING her­self first as a prob­lem- solver and a per­sis­tent fighter se­cond, at a young age of 24, An­drea Goh Siau Wei from Kuala Lumpur seems to have sorted out her ca­reer path­way with op­por­tu­ni­ties and suc­cess in hand.

Goh has been a grad­u­ate of Diploma in Dig­i­tal An­i­ma­tion from The One Academy since 2013.

Two years later, she was con­ferred the Malaysia Top 10 Out­stand­ing Cre­ative Youth Award, which iden­ti­fies and ac­knowl­edges in­di­vid­u­als who have at­tained re­mark­able progress and achieve­ments in the cre­ative fields, by Malaysian Deputy Education Min­is­ter of Education Datuk Ka­malanathan.

Goh’s men­tor, who de­scribed her as an “im­mensely tal­ented can­di­date with strong skill sets and knowl­edge”, nom­i­nated her for the award.

Her abil­i­ties were ev­i­dent when her ap­pli­ca­tion to Pixar An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios head­quar­ters was ac­cepted where she took on the role of a tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor.

At Pixar, she was a se­lect few who re­ceived in­ten­sive train­ing and worked on dif­fer­ent aspects of the pipe­line.

It was then and there Goh found her­self im­mers­ing in and spe­cial­is­ing in rig­ging – es­sen­tially a process of as­sign­ing dig­i­tal skele­tons to char­ac­ters in a 3D an­i­ma­tion, al­low­ing an­i­ma­tors to bend an­i­mated char­ac­ters into a de­sired pose.

She also ven­tured into cam­era and stag­ing dur­ing her stay at Pixar.

Through the op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented, cou­pled with her men­tors’ guid­ance and a com­pet­i­tive yet learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that is con­ducive, Goh be­lieves that a de­signer/ artist must be adapt­able to dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions and re­main flex­i­ble.

A trip to her per­sonal site will re­veal some of her no­table projects for Pixar and Li­lyPad game where she was in­volved as a rig­ger.

Goh is flu­ent in tech lan­guages ( Python, JavaScript and such) and many cut­ting- edge soft­ware ( Presto, Maya, Hou­dini and such). She also took up dig­i­tal paint­ing/ con­cept art and pho­tog­ra­phy, which she proudly dis­plays on her ded­i­cated web­site.

“It is im­por­tant to be the mas­ter of one, and at the same time the Jack of all trades. It’s not easy, but if there is a will, there is al­ways a way,” she said.

The train­ing pro­vided at the gi­ant cor­po­ra­tion will be use­ful when the work­load gets heavy. She also ad­vised as­pir­ing artists to pay at­ten­tion to ev­ery sub­ject in class de­spite think­ing they are of no use in the fu­ture.

“I have never thought I needed math in cre­at­ing film un­til I got into script­ing and VFX,” she said.

As an ex­tremely hard worker, Goh takes ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, re­mind­ing her­self of the hard­ship her fam­ily has gone through, and also her un­re­lent­ing de­sire to do what she loves the most.

She dreams of di­rect­ing her own short film one day. There­fore, she is con­stantly hon­ing her skills by work­ing on per­sonal short film projects of her own.

Goh cred­ited The One Academy in shap­ing her to be an ac­com­plished artist, es­pe­cially the draw­ing, de­sign and film classes that gave her an artis­tic eye, the im­por­tance of col­lab­o­ra­tion and also team man­age­ment.

“I would not have got­ten to where I am now with­out th­ese classes,” she said.

Do you have the same am­bi­tions as Goh? Then, don’t wait and get the ball rolling. Cour­ses are open for reg­is­tra­tion for April in­take.

The One Academy of­fers Dig­i­tal An­i­ma­tion with Game De­vel­op­ment, In­te­rior Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign, Ad­ver­tis­ing and Graphic De­sign, Film Vis­ual Ef­fects, Mul­ti­me­dia De­sign with Dig­i­tal Me­dia and In­ter­ac­tive De­sign, Il­lus­tra­tion, Movie and Game Art, ESMOD Fash­ion De­sign and Pat­tern Mak­ing and Fine Arts.

For de­tails on The One Academy, visit www. toa. edu. my or call 03- 5637 5510 or e- mail en­quiry@ toa. edu. my.

An­drea Goh siau Wei en­joys pho­tog­ra­phy as a hobby and side pro­ject.

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