Artist – Kathy Macdonald


I grew up in Toronto Ontario and always loved animation and
drawing.  I actually chose my high school (Northern) because
of its wide ranging art programs and classes.  I was
exceptionally lucky as they also had life drawing classes
from grade 10 onwards.  This was a huge asset when it
came to applying to Sheridan College.
 Unlike, I think, a lot of high school students I had a
pretty strong grasp of the basics of drawing and was able to
skip the fundamental year.  After I graduated, I started
working as a Stop motion Animator on shows like Jojo’s Circus
(Disney) and Rick and Steve (Logo) at Cuppa Coffee Animation.
 I really fell in love with Stop motion and worked in it
for the following six or so years.  I’ve also worked in
Flash, Toon Boom and Maya.

What part of Canada are you from Kathy?

I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario

What inspired you to create animation?

I was always a huge fan of Disney Movies and it was a pretty
natural progression from there.

How would you describe your artistic style?

I guess my style, when it comes to drawing anyway, is pretty
cartoon-y.  I was always a huge fan of those early
Batman cartoons.  They were grittier than most shots but
still with simple stylistic lines. With animation I’ve always
loved the snappier, zippy stuff.

What role do you play in the creation of animation?

I’ve mainly worked as a Animator, but I’ve also been an
Animation Director.

Still frame from the climax of “Stuck”

Still From “Stuck”

What is one project that you are proud to have been
involved in?

I have to say the best project I worked on in terms of
experience was on a feature film by Henry Selick,
out in San Francisco.  It was one of the greatest
learning experiences of my career and I met and worked with
some many incredibly talented people.  It was also
probably one of the most bitter sweet experiences of my
career as well, Disney canceled and closed the studio in
2012.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m not currently working on any projects in the industry,
but I’ve been focusing heavily on drawing again.  I’ve
got a short film that I’m in the process of writing.
 The last project I worked on was a great little kids
show called Dino Paws for the BBC.

An example of the type of drawing Kathy has been doing
recently

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?

I’d have to say Payton
Curtis
is a pretty exceptional Stop Motion Animator
working today.

What is one of your favourite animation books? 

It’s not animation related but the graphic novel ‘Locke and
Key’ is just amazing!

Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian
animator that everyone should check out?

I got to work with Kevin Parry out in San
Francisco.  He is an amazing Animator who’s also an
exceptional film maker worth watching.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in
Canada?

No.



What are some of your animation milestones?

I was incredibly lucky to get to meet Brad Bird when
he toured the studio in San Francisco.  He actually
watched and complimented some of my animation.  It was
pretty incredible.

Have your films won any animation awards/accolades?

My short film “Stuck” received the audience choice awards in
2012 at the Toronto Animation
Arts Festival International
(TAAFI)

A still from “Stuck” before post production is applied.
 Her mouth was hand drawn frame by frame in post.

Website
www.kathy-macdonald.com

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