Friday, June 22, 2012

Dream Job

Recently a dream of mine came true.

When I was 10 I saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit in the cinema... five times! To say it had an effect on me is a bit of an understatement. It was at the very moment when Roger walked off the cartoon set and into the real world that I knew what I wanted to spend my life doing; being an animator for feature films.

Since then it has been a long and wonderful journey of working at Disney Consumer Products, running my own animation company developing TV shows for with Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon and then attending the online school, Animation Mentor (which I believe is hands down the best place to learn animation anywhere).

It was at Animation Mentor that I was lucky enough to be taught by some of the greats currently working in feature animation today. Passionate teachers like Sean Sexton at DreamWorks, Victor Navone at Pixar and Drew Adams at DreamWorks who added even more desire fuel to achieve my goals!

More recently a film had the same effect on me that Roger Rabbit had all those years ago, How To Train Your Dragon. When Hiccup rises up into the clouds on the back of Toothless I knew where I had to apply this craft that I had been working so hard to learn, at DreamWorks.

But I never imagined the amazing mentors and friends that I would make at Animation Mentor. These incredible people included Sean Sexton, Drew Adams, David Weatherly, Ron Pucherelli and Simon Otto. It was through their belief and support in me that I was able to get an interview with DreamWorks and I will be forever grateful.

The interview process was intimidating and extremely exciting. It was also very fitting that my first interview was with James Baxter - an animation god who just so happened to work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit!

I leave Australia on July 2nd to move to LA and will start working at a studio that to me is best described in the words from the wonderful movie, Hugo: "If you've ever wondered where your dreams come from when you go to sleep at night, just look around. This is where they are made."

I can't wait to start.


  1. Congrats again Mike, you did a great job and deserve it. All the best for the move to the states and the start at DreamWorks.
    take care and hopefully see you soon :)

  2. I'm so excited for you Mike. Indisputably, you deserve it!

  3. I love reading this kind of news again and again!! Once again huge congrats Mike!!

  4. Congrats, again, Mike! Enjoy the spanish villas :)

  5. Well played mike! Congrats buddy!

  6. Awesome news Mike! Inspiring stuff :)

  7. Congrats Michael! Does this mean you won't be having any more alumni tutoring over at AM? Can't blame you if your too busy. Your work has always been an inspiration.

  8. All of that hard work has led you to this place... where the REAL hard work begins! No pressure. Enjoy the ride out there Mike! Thanks for everything man.

  9. Mike, you're a rockstar!!! Congrats, man! I hope you're having a blast already! Well deserved!!