Mar­ion Strunck

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Lead An­i­ma­tor Mowgli (Frame­store) When Mar­ion Strunck was a young girl grow­ing up in Hanover, Ger­many, she was fas­ci­nated by the fan­tasy crea­tures in Harry Pot­ter movies and loved the slap­stick hu­mor of Don­ald Duck comics. Years later, af­ter she took a 3D an­i­ma­tion class by Kyle Balda ( Min­ions, De­spi­ca­ble Me 3, The Lo­rax), she be­gan to re­al­ize the pos­si­bil­i­ties of work­ing in an­i­ma­tion. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the An­i­ma­tion Workshop in Den­mark, she be­gan in­tern­ing for Frame­store, work­ing on the first Padding­ton movie. Fol­low­ing the gig, she was hired as a ju­nior an­i­ma­tor. “I have been on sev­eral shows since then, al­though the big­gest part of my ca­reer has been work­ing on this year’s Mowgli movie by Andy Serkis,” says Strunck. “Now I am even lead­ing a team of lovely an­i­ma­tors on this movie!”

Strunck says one of the best parts of her job is work­ing with pas­sion­ate, per­fec­tion­ist artists. “The projects of­ten have in­cred­i­ble sto­ries and char­ac­ters which you can be part of and form and de­velop,” she notes. “My team­mates are from all over the world. That’s why we are a big, fun mix of cre­ative, imag­i­na­tive, cu­ri­ous artists. Plus, I love brain­storm­ing ses­sions at the pub!”

The hard-work­ing 26-year old says she hopes to ad­vance her skills and de­velop more of an over­view of the whole film pipeline in the near fu­ture. “The great thing about an­i­ma­tion is that you can do any­thing imag­in­able, ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble. At some point, I would love to make my own film.”

Strunck, who names Glen Keane, James Bax­ter, An­dreas Deja and Doug Sweet­land as her idols, says it’s im­por­tant to know the ba­sics and keep prac­tic­ing in or­der to suc­ceed in an­i­ma­tion. “You should never give up. Once you know your an­i­ma­tion prin­ci­ples, you can build on those and build a li­brary of move­ments in your head from ref­er­ences that you an­a­lyze,” she says. “I think it is im­por­tant to ex­plore lots of dif­fer­ent styles of an­i­ma­tion and ex­per­i­ment too. Be pa­tient, young Padawan!” in sto­ry­telling. I see my­self as a part of the change in lead­ing this tran­si­tion. I am cer­tain that in 10 years the in­dus­try will look noth­ing like what we know to­day!”

As fi­nal words of ad­vice, Tal says, “Just be who you are and stick to your guts. Work hard, travel, have some life. Go through rough times, it makes good art. And spend less time on In­sta­gram!”

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