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Check Out Ben Davis’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ben Davis.

Hi Ben, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My parents always told me that if I had a passion for something, I’ve had a passion for animation in all of its forms as long as I can remember. Growing up in LA, I learned that a career in the entertainment arts is not only possible but is an incredible career path. I started creating short films on my own time in high school, and since then I’ve been hooked! Whether it’s traditional hand-drawn animation, CG, or stop-motion, I love building character-driven stories from the ground up. After winning awards for my college films, I took an internship at Seth Green’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (the creators of Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken”). Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to animate on projects for Sony, Hulu, Marvel, Disney, Fox, and other streaming services. My passion for animation continues to grow as I walk this incredible career path of animation. So if you have a passion for something, pursue it.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road to working in animation can be challenging, as most professionals will tell you. I applied to over 100 artistic jobs before landing one. However, in my experience there is no obstacle in pursuing a career in animation that is more challenging than actually creating quality animation itself. It takes hard work to draw a character over and over again or to articulate stop-motion puppets so that they move the way you want them to. But that’s the encouraging part. If you do have a passion for animation and you can create living performances through a character’s movements, all obstacles you face on the road to working in animation will be less challenging in comparison.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I work specifically in stop-motion animation on shows and commercials. Stop-motion is the process of taking photos of an object, and in-between each frame, moving the object so that when you play the frames altogether, it looks as though the object moved on its own. One of the films I’m most proud of, and that help me land my internship, I shot entirely in the photo app of my iPhone (having never tried stop-motion before). For me, having zero clues about what challenges I may face going into a project is the best way for me to jump in with both feet. And so far, that has paid off.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is to keep on creating for yourself. I think a lot of artists fill their portfolios with projects they think studios want to see. Making projects that I just have a passion for has not only helped me be more creative but has helped me more than anything else to advance my career.

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