Wanna know what it’s like working on a rad flick like Wreck-It Ralph? We snagged a look at a day in the life of supervising animator, Zach Parrish!
9:05 AM: “I open the shot that I’m working on for the day. I worked on King Candy a lot. He’s the king of Sugar Rush and like the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. He’s very goofy and bubbly. I’ll figure out what he’s thinking and doing in the scene and then get to work.”
11:00 AM: “We have a meeting called the ‘dailies’ every day. This is where the animators show the movie’s director the shots we’re working on. The ‘dailies’ are held in a big room with a huge screen, so we can see the animation in close detail.”
12:00 PM: “Lunchtime is always fun here, especially within our department. We always have a very big table at the cafeteria.”
2:00 PM: “During the afternoon, the animation supervisor and supervising animators have informal meetings with the animators. We look at our animations on a big TV screen and bounce around ideas to see if we can improve them.”
3:30 PM: “The cereal bar is a kitchen area at Disney that’s always open. There are seven or eight different kinds of cereal, as well as oatmeal and hot chocolate. We’re all big fans of the cereal bar here!”
4:00 PM: “If I’m lucky, there might be a voice recording session. I was able to observe Alan Tudyk (who voices King Candy) and John C. Reilly (who voices Ralph) record together, which was great.”
6:00 PM: “We do a lot of research at Disney. For Wreck-It Ralph, we had arcade games available to play. There’s also a video reference room. To research King Candy, I would watch the tea party scene from Alice in Wonderland or check out Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee because they’re great references for a lot of the Sugar Rush characters.”
8:00 PM: “My working day can finish anywhere from 6-8pm, but I do the same thing at the end of every day: I save my work. If I’ve got one tip to working in animation, it’s save and save often!”
Check out Zach’s work in Wreck-It Ralph, out on DVD and Blu-Ray now! Make sure you grab MANIA #150 for more Wreck-It Ralph awesomeness!