The Lone War­rior

Animation Magazine - - Anniversaries -

While most stu­dios aim to build to epic pro­por­tions, some pre­fer to stay nice and cozy to fo­cus on hon­ing skills and de­vel­op­ing cre­ative orig­i­nal prop­er­ties. You can’t get much co­zier than the one-man-band out­fit of Zan­do­ria Stu­dios, a.k.a. CG an­i­ma­tor Wil­liam Sut­ton, who has been de­vel­op­ing his 3D crafts­man­ship as a side­line for 15 years now. A life­long artists, Sut­ton worked his way through tra­di­tional draw­ing, paint­ing, sculp­ture and air­brush illustration be­fore get­ting turned on to the world of com­puter art.

Through all his time in the dig­i­tal world, Sut­ton has used Hash Inc.’s An­i­ma­tion:Mas­ter soft­ware to cre­ate CG char­ac­ters and ef­fects, in­clud­ing for the “Juras­sic Pork” se­quence (and its ter­ri­fy­ingly silly “Swinosaurus”) in Bryan Michael Stoller’s 2004 mash-up spoof flick Miss Cast­away and the Is­land Girls star­ring Eric Roberts. A great ad­mirer of artist Frank Frazetta, Sut­ton says he con­tin­ues to per­fect his toon projects be­cause “I can’t stop be­liev­ing that some­day I can quit my day job.” He is cur­rently hard at work on an orig­i­nal con­cept, TAR of Zan­do­ria, about “a wan­der­ing hip­popota­mus bar­bar­ian seek­ing ad­ven­ture, danc­ing girls and fruit punch,” which he uses to il­lus­trate A:M tu­to­ri­als on his blog. Here’s to Sut­ton and Zan­do­ria for chas­ing the indie an­i­ma­tor dream.

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