Huntington University alum Brett Swanson credits her strong academic foundation as being what set her ahead in the animation and film industry.
“HU prepared me for these jobs by giving me a sold base in all areas of animation,” she said. “We learn the entire process from storyboarding through composing, having this foundation is incredibly valuable.”
She described all her favorite things about the animation department, from the amazing professors who have an invested interest in the success of their students to the different animation techniques so that students really understand what is out in the world.
Coming to Huntington, Swanson had the desire to study in a strong animation program in a Christian atmosphere. She found both in HU and more.
“Besides the (digital media arts
) department, I have met so many amazing people here and will surely have some lifelong friendships,” she said.
She took a chance and applied online for a job posting for a production assistant at Rainmaker. While in this position she was responsible for helping with daily activities of the studio. This included anything from setting up computers, keeping track of inventory and delivering mail.
After a month of being an assistant, she knew there was something more she wanted to be doing so she applied for an open compositor position.
“A compositor is the artist who is responsible for integrating all the layers from animation to lighting, environment and effects in order to create the final shot,” she said.
The compositor is the very last person to touch each shot before it is finished.
“The best thing about my job is I get to be creative every day. I feel like I’m still in school, but getting paid to learn,” she said.