Portfolio tips from Jim Zubkavich – Parts 1 & 2

In this 5 part interview, Animation Portfolio Workshop director Gerard Sternik speaks with Jim Zubkavich (Program Coordinator at Seneca's Animation Arts Centre at York University in Toronto).  They cover topics such as: how to get into animation school, what specific drawing skills your animation portfolio should show, what background and training you need in order to be considered by a top animation school, the role of software in training, the future of the gaming industry and a bunch of other animation related things.  Jim was kind enough to record a substantial, wide-ranging 5 part interview covering topics of interest to all prospective animation students. Part 1 covers Jim's student experience, his background and training as an artist and animator -  and how Jim ended up teaching in and eventually coordinating the animation program at Seneca's Animation Arts Centre in Toronto. Enjoy. Please feel free to post your comments and/or questions, too. Part 2 covers the number of students who apply to the animation program at Seneca each year and why some succeed and others fail; portfolio requirements (what specific kinds of drawings are needed in a successful animation portfolio?); and the relationship between computer experience and drawing (will knowledge of software applications help someone get into animation school?)   Jim also talks about what Seneca covers in its animation program. Click here for parts 3 and 4.