Q&A with Trevor

As our CG Animation Intern, Trevor is the artist who gives digital objects movement. He’s from Hillsborough, New Jersey (not to be confused with Hillsboro, Oregon) and has a BFA in Film & Animation from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). 

What inspires you?
Inspiration can be from anywhere, honestly. A movie or short film, music, character designs, people watching, animal videos, etc. For example, my brother sent me a funny video of my dog reacting to a clumped rug, and I thought how fun it would be to animate that.

Why did you pick a career in animation?
I started making animated short films back in high school because I could create them by myself. It turns out that animation is extremely collaborative. I love how it's an ongoing process to become a good animator.

Thoughts about Portland?
Bike-friendly, great local food, fresh coffee, cold beer, Volkswagen buses, friendly people, tall trees, snow-topped mountains, hiking and a basketball team?

What is the future of animation?
I hope animation continues to spread into new genres in film and television.


Favorite treat?
Stewart’s Root Beer

When will you know that you’re successful?
I think it would be a huge accomplishment if future generations still watch and enjoy the films or shows I worked on.
When you were 6, what did you think you’d be when you grew up?
I clearly remember wanting to be a construction worker.
What’s your biggest failure so far?
Not hitting save in Maya enough.
What is your most prized possession?
My dog, Lucy. I adopted her about 2 years ago. Right now she’s staying with my parents while I’m in Portland, so I miss her a lot.

Why did you apply for the HouseSpecial internship?
I saw it as an opportunity to learn how a studio juggles many different projects from different clients and consistently turns out high-quality work.