MAREE RAILTONANIMATOR (2D BUILDER/RIGGER)
I’m a 2D animator currently specialising in Toon Boom Harmony rigging. After graduating from SAE I did freelance projects and worked at a Brisbane studio on the Shopkins TV series and web series. In 2017 I made my own hour- long 2D animated detective series Swift And Loose which was screened in several international film festivals and went onto win the award for Best Animated Series at NZ Webfest. I moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2018 and landed a job working for Titmouse Animation as a rigger for the upcoming Dreamworks Netflix series Archibald.
What inspired you to enter into the career you’re in?
I’ve wanted to be involved in the animation industry since I was 12. Watching Nicktoons as a kid and behind-the-scenes videos at Klasky-Csupo studios made me realise that animating must be the coolest job in the world: you get to tell your own stories, be an artist, and hold onto your childhood sense of goofiness.
What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?
Having the time and flexible guidance to create the kinds of projects I wanted to make. I found SAE great for creating my own path. I wanted to focus on creating solid 2D animation projects and using the time to improve my Toon Boom Harmony skills, and the tutors at SAE were more than happy to help guide me along that chosen path.
Are you able to shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?
I entered 2 of the short films I made at SAE (from my final project and other assignments throughout the course) in international animation festivals and managed to score a few official selections, which helped boost the credibility of my resume/showreel. The project management courses also have me ideas for how to undergo my web series project Swift And Loose which went on to win a festival award and helped me gain international studio work.
What are your career highlights?
Winning the Best Animated Series trophy at NZ Webfest for my solo-animated series Swift And Loose. Working on a Dreamworks’ Archibald TV show due out on Netflix soon and meeting the show’s creator Tony Hale
What projects are you working on at the moment?
Alongside some freelance projects I’m currently working full time at Titmouse Animation Studios in Vancouver on a Dreamworks TV series called Archibald, due out on Netflix later this year.
What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful in their field?
When you’re approaching new projects think more about what will shape a portfolio that you’re proud of rather than what you think will get you easy marks. I found good marks came naturally from making projects I wanted to see made.