My whole life, I was a fan of animation. I think it was ’77 or ’78 and Ralph Bakshi’s version of Lord of the Rings, an animated version, was released onto television. It combined styles of filmmaking together within an animated package that really was at the forefront of animation at the time.
I saw that movie and I wanted to do art and animation. I wanted to put my images up on a projected screen. I knew there was something for me in the movie medium.
This all in turn led me to my first job with 21st Century Fox, working with the animation masters, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. Everything from that point led to the next step in my career.