Where a degree in Animation can take you


11 Nov 2016

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Where a degree in Animation can take you

11 Nov 2016

Sapphire Sheedy couldn’t wait to jump straight into the industry she’d loved for so long when she graduated from SAE Sydney with a Bachelor in Entertainment Animation. In her first role out she was developing motion graphics and promotional animation for advertising and marketing agencies.

SAE Animation graduate lands a Designer role for top studio

These roles gave Sapphire the on-the-ground experience she needed to land an intern role at one of Australia’s leading multi-award and Emmy Award winning children’s entertainment companies, SLR Productions. SLR Productions specialises in the creative development and production of original content for children’s TV shows, such as I Got a Rocket, The DaVincibles, Gasp! and The Skinner Boys. The Sydney-based animation studio was so impressed by Sapphire’s skills they offered her an ongoing role as Designer.

SAE Institute Animation graduate, Sapphire SheedyLike SLR Productions Sydney on Facebook

Breaking the stigma there’s no jobs in the animation industry, Sapphire’s young career has disproved this theory! Her career highlight was landing that first dream job in an industry she’s so passionate about, and she’s quick to credit SAE’s assistance in helping her create her own footprint in the world of animation.


“Think of getting into the [Animation] industry as a marathon, perseverance will eventually get you to where you want to be. I love being constantly surrounded by creative and talented people at work, it’s such a great feeling!” - Sapphire Sheedy, SAE Animation graduate


An Animation degree at SAE

What inspired you to enter the industry you’re in?
As a kid I would draw a lot and I also watched a lot of cartoons and animated films. Then one day it dawned on me, ‘Hey, maybe I could make these?’

What did you love most about studying at SAE?
SAE helped me realise how many paths there are in the animation industry. Not everyone has to be an animator and work on animated films and television shows, there are many other options such as developing advertisements.  

What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?
The lecturers who always had the patience and experience to help me through my assessments, even if I had lost all my work due to not saving! 

How did studying at SAE lead you to the role you’re in now?
Without studying at SAE I wouldn't know what I was getting myself, and all the various skills that go into animation and design.   

Sapphire's work

What has been your career highlight?
The biggest highlight for me was landing that first job at an animation production company and breaking the stigma that there aren't any jobs in the animation industry. I think myself lucky to be working in an industry I’m so passionate about.  

What projects are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am working on a show called Lexi and Lottie, a cute show about twin detectives, with SLR Productions. I’m always working on the odd personal project as well.  

Lexi & Lottie

What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful in their field?
My advice would be to apply for a lot of jobs and be ready to learn, a lot! Think of getting into the industry as a marathon, perseverance will eventually get you to where you want to be. Also, you can never have too many life drawing classes! 

Who inspires your work? 
My colleagues inspire me the most. They’re all very hard workers and are constantly wanting to be better at their craft, and that rubs off. I also really admire John Kricfalusi’s work, the creator and master of Ren and Stimpy.  

What do you enjoy most about working in your industry?
Watching cartoons on a Saturday morning for 'research'! Being constantly surrounded by creative and talented people is always a great feeling too.  

SAE Institute Animation graduate, Sapphire SheedySAE Institute Animation graduate, Sapphire Sheedy

What projects have you worked on, and which one are you most proud of? 
I’ve worked on everything from passion projects to advertisements and children's television. So far my favourite would have to be children's animation. I love the current project I’m working on at the moment, working as part of the pre-production team on the design of the show.

Who do you follow on social media? 
The people I tend to follow the most are fellow artists and some great comic artists such as Nicola Scott, for her amazing Wonder Woman comic art with DC and Dean Rankine, who does a lot of the Simpson comics, and Sarah's Scribbles. Any comic/animation artists really!

Can you share an artist that inspires you? 

Follow Sapphire

Website: http://www.sapphiresheedy.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sapphiresheedyanimations/
instagram: @sapphiresheedy
LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/sapphire-sheedy-ab6b62aa

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