Prasan­sook “Fawn” Veera­sun­thorn

Animation Magazine - - RIS­ING STARS -

Head of Story, Raya and the Last Dragon, Dis­ney Never un­der­es­ti­mate the pow­er­ful im­pact a high school visit from an an­i­ma­tor can have. Just ask Prasan­sook “Fawn” Veera­sun­thorn, the head of story on Dis­ney’s win­ter 2020 fea­ture release Raya and the Last Dragon. “I didn’t even think a ca­reer in an­i­ma­tion was pos­si­ble, un­til a Thai ef­fects an­i­ma­tor who was work­ing at Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion came to give a talk at my high school in Bangkok. His ca­reer and story in­spired me to ap­ply to art col­lege.”

Veera­sun­thorn, who has pre­vi­ously worked as a story artist on Dis­ney’s Ralph

Breaks the In­ter­net, Zootopia, Moana and

Frozen, stud­ied at Colum­bus Col­lege of

Art & De­sign. “Al­though I knew next to nothing about base­ball or foot­ball, I got my first job as an an­i­ma­tor at a score­board an­i­ma­tion com­pany in Ohio called

Jam­i­na­tion!” she says.

She names a wide va­ri­ety of an­i­mated movies and TV shows that have in­spired her through the years, and they in­clude Dumbo, I Lost My Body, De­tec­tive Co­nan, Sailor Moon and Crayon Shin-chan.

“I love the chal­lenge of start­ing from a blank page and hav­ing to come up with some­thing in­ter­est­ing to en­gage the au­di­ence,” she adds. Of course, she’s most ex­cited to re­flect the rich col­ors and vi­su­als of her own cul­ture to Dis­ney’s Raya and the Last Dragon. “I’m su­per ex­cited to bring the beau­ti­ful South­east Asian cul­tures to the big screen. I’m es­pe­cially ex­cited to be draw­ing a fe­male teenage war­rior be­ing un­apolo­get­i­cally ath­letic and awe­some. I can’t wait for the world to see what we’ve been up to.”

The 37-year-old Thai­land na­tive says she would love to di­rect her own project one day and leaves us with this help­ful ad­vice: “The best ca­reer ad­vice I got was to ap­ply for a job you want, even if you might not feel ready,” she shares. “And the worst ad­vice was to set­tle for a com­fort­able job in­stead of the one that chal­lenges you!”

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