We’ve love you to meet Maxine Gando, another one of our very talented animators for Psych2Go. Maxine started her journey with us around March 2018, while currently attending the Design in Animation at the University of Technology Sydney. With the flexible work schedule that Psych2Go offered, Maxine wanted to have a taste in the animation industry while being a full time student. With a strong determination and passion for creativity, Maxine aims to inspire her through her work! Hope you enjoy this interview and learn a thing or two!
1.Tell us a bit about yourself. Your upbringing and education.
Hi, My name is Maxine Gando, but I like to go by Maxine Danielle and I’m currently in my second year of my Bachelor of Design in Animation at the University of Technology Sydney. Art has always been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. During my final year of highschool, I took art as an elective and ultimately got my artworks got nominated for Art Express,(this art exhibition showcasing the best Year 12 artworks in NSW) which I’m pretty proud of. But I only really delved into animation after school and decided to study it in university. I’m still unsure about what I want to do in the future, but I’m just going to work hard and try my best now in the present.
2. How did you first get involved with Psych2Go?
I’ve actually been following Psych2go on Tumblr and Youtube for the past 2 years or so, casual fan, and I would always see when they were looking for new animators. I was always tempted to apply and only decided to take a chance and try it out this year, and look where I am now!
3. What drew you to Psych2Go?
I’ve just always found it to be so relatable and just really informative. I find everyone has their own personal problems or difficulties, and I feel Psych2go offers a good basis for those of us that want to better ourselves, or better understand what we are dealing with. I can speak from personal experience that their videos help people to take better care for themselves and encourage them to seek help.
4. What motivates you as an animator?
I just love drawing and creating, the fact that I can recreate life on a screen excites me so much! There usually isn’t a dull moment when it comes to animating, and it’s just a great outlet to be creative and unique for me. Sure, there times I might get frustrated because something isn’t working out right, but I guess that’s just part of the learning process and only pushes me to improve.
5.What advice do you have for other animators who wish to have a head start in their career?
Honestly just have fun with what you’re doing, and try and find your own style and way of doing things, don’t compare yourselves to others. Set yourselves your own mini projects that way you can develop your own style and still get experience, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes! Everything is just a matter of practice and self-determination.
6. How would you describe your animation process? What tools and software do you use?
I usually start with planning out what I want to do with some storyboards, and from there I usually animate either on Toon Boom or Photoshop. When it comes to editing, I like to use Final Cut Pro. When I sit down to work, I usually get bored of music real quick so I love listening to some horror podcasts, or rewatching tv shows in the background. I just can’t sit in silence for some reason.
7. What is your favourite part of animation?
Probably when all the hard work is put together into the final product. Because so often you see your work develop piece by piece and you forget to step back from it, but when it all comes together you see it in full effect and it’s just so satisfying and I usually feel really proud of what I’ve done.
8. What is a quote you stand by?
My major inspiration is Tim Burton, I love everything he does including this quote,
“Everything has beauty but not everyone see it” from Edward Scissorhands. Tim burton has been my number one inspiration since I was like 4!
9. What are your 3 favorite works you did with Psych2Go or yourself?
The first ever Psych2go video I did, ‘24 signs someone likes you more than a friend’ has a special place in my heart. I liked the animations I did in ‘Coping with PTSD’ as well , and I learnt a lot while doing that video too. Earlier this year I did some stop motion with a couple friends for class and I’m just super proud of what we managed to create, you can check out a small snippet here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjTz6VPD1di/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet .
Well, that wraps our interview with Maxine Gando. Hope you find this inspiring and continue to support the work she do on Psych2Go 🙂