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  • Animation Insiders' Jason Schleifer's Bio Animation Insiders' Jason Schleifer's Bio Jason Schleifer's Bio

    Jason Schleifer is currently head of character animation on Dream- Works Animations' next project, which has yet to be named. Previously, Jason was a supervising animator on DreamWorks Animation's release Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

    Since joining the studio in 2003, Jason has been able to juggle multiple responsibilities while maintaining a consistent quality of work as a character animator. His main duties require him to translate the visions of the director(s), production designer and VFX supervisor into the character's movement and emo- tion within the film. Jason has also been collaborating with the character rigging department to test and provide feedback for new rigs, which can be clearly seen in the hit film Madagascar, its spin-off short...

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  • Animation Insiders' Jason Schleifer's Workflow Secrets Jason Schleifer's Workflow

    I think that in our rush to get things on the screen and see our char- acters coming to life, many animators start posing out the character and working on timing. I find that I have a tendency to do this when I'm feeling pressured to get a shot out the door, or when I am certain I know exactly what I want.

    However, it's incredibly important to ground yourself and get into the head of the character before you start animat- ing. Truth to the character's performance is of utmost importance if we want to sell the character to the audience. If we're not inside our char- acter's head, thinking how they think and reacting the way they would react, the audience won't believe that the character exists....

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