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Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat
Author and animation historian Ross Anderson was there promoting his recently-published book - Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat - The Story Behind the Making of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? which aims to be the definitive story of the making of the film.
To get a feel for the book, and to see what the content is like, Ross has put together a website full of stories about the making of the film.
Some of my favourite posts include this one about the ACME warehouse, filmed in a bus shelter a short walk from my own house in London.
My job on Who Framed Roger Rabbit was my first job in the industry. It was 1987, and I was 20 years old. I was at university at the time and I started out on the film working for free over my Easter holidays, what would now be called an unpaid internship. I began work as an "in-betweener", the trainee artist who did the "in-betweens"; the drawings that the animator didn't have the time or inclination to do. After a while they started to pay me, and later I became a full-time assistant animator. By the time the project was over I had been assigned some animation of my own, mostly on crowd shots.
Two summers later, in 1989, I got to work on RollerCoaster Rabbit, a short film made at the Disney Studio in Florida, under the careful guidance of director Rob Minkoff. You can see a couple of shots below.
Breaking into the animation industry
Despite all the changes in our industry in the last 30 years, some things remain the same: it is still the case that, as a junior artist, your best chance of landing that elusive first job is to find a big production that is crewing up and needs a lot of artists. To read more about getting hired in into the animation industry - read this blog post.
You can buy Ross's book in hardback or paperback at amazon.co.uk.
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