Creator Spotlight: 5 Questions with Animal Logic’s Kim Taylor

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If you are a fan of the LEGO Movies you probably already have heard of Animal Logic.

This awesome Sydney based Studio have worked on visual effects of movies like the Matrix, Marvel movies including Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Age of Ultron and Civil War, and of course The LEGO Movie, LEGO Batman Movie and now the latest LEGO Ninjago Movie! (And that isnt event the full list!)

So this week why not take 5 with one of the awesome creative minds at Animal Logic, Kim Taylor!

What are you playing/reading/watching right now? I am playing Transistor by Supergiant Games (I should say playing it again because once wasn’t enough. I’m just waiting in hope for Pyre on iOS), I’m watching Castlevania on Netflix because I loved the games ages ago and I’m listening to Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky on Audible. I love how it lets me see our world from a very different perspective.

Who or what is The LEGO Ninjago Movie? Why is it important? The LEGO Ninjago Movie is a story about Lloyd Garmadon and his fellow ninjas protecting the world of Ninjago. We really strived to create an entertaining world that was unique, creative and left of centre.

A natural world of the imagination where jungles are made entirely out of plants you could find in your house and creativity wins over regular building guidelines. We worked hard to create something new and unique, but grounded in elements of the familiar and I think that is the lifeblood of popular culture. That and cats – Ninjago’s ‘Meowthra’ could well become a contender for top internet monster kitty!

Apart from the LEGO Ninjago Movie what should everyone be looking out for in local Australian Pop Culture? I am really enjoying the comic work of Mark Sexton who was on the Ninjago art team three years ago – he designed several shark army guys including the Octopus helmet guy.

His Mad Max comic series is epic! Further from home, I really like what’s happening with all the Netflix originals shows that are really opening interesting territory, especially series like The Expanse and Iron Fist.

In terms of gaming, I would recommend people play ‘Pyre’, as Supergiant Games’ last two titles, Bastion and Transistor have been two of the best, most beautiful games I have ever played. I am hoping they bring it to the IPad someday, as that is my sole gaming platform these days.

I really love how mobile gaming has fostered a space for really creative games aside from the big budget AAA title. With major game engines now being so accessible to indie developers, small companies are able to focus on creating experiences that are unique and memorable.

Major prediction for Pop Culture 12 months from now? I think from an entertainment content point of view, Netflix is going to go from strength to strength. All the confirmed second and third seasons of the various popular Marvel series, combined with interesting new shows like Castlevania, The Expanse or The Glitch put Netflix ahead in terms of serving us our dose of popular culture entertainment.

Another very exciting set of technologies that I think will start to become more mainstream are AR and VR. Virtual Reality is a fascinating way to visualise ideas as well as present content. I designed a few environment concepts in Tiltbrush and was able to ‘shoot’ potential shots with director Charlie Bean in realtime as we discussed how the environment would facilitate the story.

Augmented reality, especially with the new capabilities in iOS 11 will be fun to watch as I think creative minds will find some very interesting ways to tell stories and make us see the world from some unexpected points of view.

Best last thing you ate? ‘Moon’ – an awesome sushi roll that was out of this world.

And that’s 5! The LEGO Ninjago Movie is already out in Cinemas across Australia but if you want to keep track of all the awesomeness that Animal Logic do you can via their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

Do you wish that you too could one day could work somewhere like Animal Logic? Are you an up and coming digital artist or animator inside of Australia? As part of talking with Animal Logic to bring you this they also let us know about their 2018 Scholarship which they have created in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney.

This fully funded scholarship will allow the recipient to complete the first of it’s kind Master of Animation and Visualisation post graduate degree. 2018 is the second time this scholarship has ever been offered with the 2017 honour going to Alejandro.

If you are an artist, software developer and other technical professional with skills to burn and wanting to develop your creative skills (and interested in full tuition for the full time year long course). Then make sure you head here to show off your skills and apply.

Then one day, you too could have a job as cool as Kim.