Creative Catch-Up: Introducing Jeric

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At Jumbla our creatives are our driving force – it’s what enables Jumbla to deliver clients the best possible content. This week, we’re catching up with the very talented Jeric. Not only did he collect Jumbla’s coveted “Most Shout Outs” award at the end of last year (which came with a bonus iPad) – he also has heart strings of steel because he (allegedly) doesn’t cry during Disney movies.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?

Eating, drawing, partying, juggling, hiking, playing tennis.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW OF ALL TIME AND WHY?

Game of Thrones and The Wire – no explanation needed.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME?

The Lion King. I loved the story and the music.

ISN’T THAT A BIT LOW BROW COMPARED TO YOUR TASTE IN TV SHOWS?

Well, the Lion King was based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, I believe.

DID YOU CRY?

No I didn’t.

BUT WHAT ABOUT WHEN MUFASA DIES?

I still didn’t cry.

THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE. WHAT’S THE LAST FILM YOU SAW?

Independence Day 2, unfortunately.

WHAT POP CULTURE HAS INSPIRED YOU?

It’s a bit of a cliche but Disney movies have always inspired me to draw and get into animation. People often tell me I’ve got a bit of a Disney style

DO YOU KNOW THE LYRICS TO “LET IT GO”?

Yes – does anyone not? I admit, I do like the song, but it got a bit overplayed.

TOUGHER QUESTIONS NOW: HOW DID YOU END UP WORKING AT JUMBLA?

I studied digital media at uni, which covers a broad range of topics including web design and graphic design. I found myself most “drawn”, excuse the pun, towards animation – so I focused mainly on exploring and advancing my animation skills throughout my third year.

Once I finished at the end of 2014, I got an internship at one studio, followed by an internship at Jumbla. That was around March 2015. Within a few weeks of that I was fortunate to have been hired as a full-time creative!

HOW DID YOU PROVE YOUR SKILLS DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP?

I just finished making my assets for a passion project I was assisting with, and the creative director came around and asked whether they could give me a test. They said, “We’d like to see how much you can get animated in one day, to industry quality.”

I animated a few sequences and was really nervous, but at the end of the day I showed my mentor and the creative director what I’d completed, and they told me I was hired as a junior creative!

WHAT WOULD SAY IS YOUR KEY STRENGTH?

I’m primarily an illustrator, so I guess that’s my strong point. But one of the things I love about Jumbla is that we’re encouraged to have a very broad skills set. At another studio I might just be deployed on illustrating and nothing else, but here I’ve been encouraged to also expand my skills in animation, motion graphics and even 3D modelling.

YOU STOLE MY NEXT QUESTION. WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE ABOUT JUMBLA?

I love the working environment, the people and the way this studio is constantly teaching us more. It just doesn’t feel like going to work – it feels like hanging with your mates, working on cool things and improving the skills you’re passionate about.

A LITTLE BIRDIE TELLS US YOU’RE NOW TRAINING TWO INTERNS OF YOUR OWN. HOW DOES THAT FEEL?

Honestly, it feels pretty insane, especially since I was an intern just over a year ago. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to be a mentor. When I pass on advice, I sometimes realise how much I’ve come to learn in such a short time and how much that’s boosted the quality of my work.

WHAT MEMORABLE JOBS HAVE YOU WORKED ON?

It’s tough to say – there have been so many great projects I never thought I’d get to work on. Perhaps the ones that stand out more are the video game cinematic sequences. It’s nice to work on projects for clients that want something big and bold, knowing this work will be seen all over the world.

I also loved working on the TV commercials for Scottish Water. That involved quite meticulous frame-by-frame animation, but the result was something very unique in its look. It’s so incredible to think that our work on this will get played on television all the way across the world in Scotland.

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO FUTURE ANIMATORS OF THE WORLD?

Push towards your dream and work hard – ignore those who try to tell you that you won’t find a job in this industry. Also, ask a lot of questions – don’t pretend to get it, if you don’t understand something. I’m a big question asker, if I want to learn something I’ll always try to find out – because in this industry there’s always more to learn!

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