Think “inside the box” first, Thomasian animator tells aspiring artists

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Animator Armand Serrano, a UST alumnus, delivers a lecture for aspiring artists. He talked about job opportunities in the creative entertainment industry. (Photo by Maria Charisse Ann G. Refuerzo)

MASTERING the basics of story-telling is important to succeed in animation, a Thomasian animator stressed in a forum last Sept. 20.

“Think inside the box first before going outside [because] you have to know the rules before you play them,” civil engineering alumnus Armand Serrano said in a lecture at the Beato Angelico Audio-Visual Room.

“In animation, it is important that you have a compelling story, appealing characters and a believable world.”

Serrano lamented the lack of Filipino animators in the industry.

“What I want to see in the future is more Filipinos, more of your generation, working for the big studios in the industry—not only at Disney [and] Blue Sky, but even in games or films, generally in the creative industry and entertainment,” Serrano said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

Serrano has worked for renowned animated feature film studios such as Walt Disney and Sony Pictures Animation. A layout artist, his illustrations have appeared in films like “Mulan” (1998), “Tarzan” (1999) and “Lilo & Stitch” (2002).

Serrano will release a book, titled “Vignettes,” featuring his artworks in January 2017.

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