Jeremy Collins…You’re pretty freakin’ rad.

Yesterday my mom told me about a LinkedIn event that was being held at PopArt in SW Portland. Actually RIGHT across the street from my office. The event was Jeremy Collins, a Character Animator who was giving a presentation about his career. Recently working with Walt Disney. So, of course, me, the former Disney employee myself, had to go check this guy out. His portfolio was pretty amazing in my opinion. Now, Im not a animator or anything, but I have probably seen every pop animated film made, especially lately. I love animated films, even modern animation like CGI, not just “children” movies.

PopArt’s meeting area was PACKED, and there were a ton of AI (Portland Art Institute) students just ready to network and soak up every word he had to say. Jeremy, about the same age as me 27-28, has been in the field for 6 years. He started his lil’ presentation with a demo portfolio of the work he’s done. It was what he’d show a potential employer, and it’s basically bits and pieces from the movies he’s done. He’s worked on movies like Barnyard, Beowulf, I Am Legend, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Tangled (Disney’s latest animated movie), and several others. Then he started back at the beginning. His college days. Showed us his thesis called “Flutter” about a boy who fantasizes about butterflies and decides to try to be one, until he finds another lil’ critter to admire.

He was pretty inspiring. Especially as a freelancing artist, who works his butt of to stay hired between gigs. He works hard to get noticed and does pretty amazing work. Makes me want to learn animation! 🙂

Here is a link to his demo real:

Here’s a  pic of me and Jeremy, and a pic of the crowded room!

Animator Jeremy Collins and I after his presentation
Doesn't even begin to show how crowded that lil' room was.

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