: Dear Charles, I have a question in regards to working remotely and dealing with loneliness. I am currently working on my drawing skills in the hopes of becoming a 2d animator. I live in a city where the animation culture is absent and I recall that you live in a city that is not a hub for animation either. I was wondering the following: how do you manage to surround yourself with other animators? And how do you find working in 2d animation? Is it your only job? Thank you :)
Hmm, surrounded by animators? That’s kind of a stretch. It’s true though, I don’t live in or near a big city like LA or NYC. For me, it was just natural to connect with other artists online because it was either that or nothing. But I think if you limit yourself to a certain social area you’ll miss out on a lot of good shit. The animation community is smaller than you’d think. Seems like everyone gets to know each other eventually, so long as you’re open to it that is. Independent animation can be a very lonely practice, so i think we’re just naturally drawn to connecting with other people who believe it’s worth it.
Yup, I’m a full time freelancer. There are ups and downs, but over all it’s a positive I think. Although to be completely honest, I can see myself craving stability more in the future and sometimes think about leaving freelance behind for an office job. Or maybe some kind of off the grid wild man that lives in a tree.
Anonymous: Is your last name pronounced "hwet-ner" or "hoot-ner"?
like this “Hut-ner”. the first e is silent. the original german spelling was Hüttner. But umlauts are illegal in the united states so they changed it.
some recent flash doodles
Anonymous: Hi Charles, I absolutely love your work! I'm an animation student myself and I was wondering what software do you use for your vector-looking 2D work. I'm familiar with flash and after effects but your line quality seems like you could have also been using a more advanced software like tvpaint. is that true? or do you just draw frame by frame on photoshop? :P
Is James Cameron’s Avatar a terrible film, or does it have something legit to say about the evolving nature of identity in the internet age?
We also talk a bunch about general indie animation stuff in the second half because we just couldn’t help it.
Movie Buddies - Movie Buddies - Avatar
Here is the first episode of Movie Buddies where Charles and I talk about Avatar for a little bit and then talk about a bunch of other animation things. Charles takes the movie down as racist/sexist while I try to make a case for its attitude about identity and technology (not an endorsement or defense for the more problematic aspects of the movie).
Also small addendum: I talk about Aaron Schartz at one point (the Internet activist who committed suicide in early 2013) and say that the laws that made his offense so major were outdated laws from the 70s. I was referencing this, but realized later that this actually played a bigger role in the prosecution.
our first episode is online, check it out