A few months prior to graduation from the Computer Animation
Arts at Durham College in 2007, I was very fortunate to be
hired at Guru Studio to work on Season 3 of Nickelodeon Jr’s
“The Backyardigans” as a junior animator. Finishing the weekly
animation quota as well as final school projects made me lose a
bunch of sleep, but I graduated and have continued to work for
Guru Studio ever since!
What part of Canada are you from Mack?
Ontario. The towns entertainment hub was the gas station. You
could rent the latest movies!
What inspired you to create animation?
Video games! I’ve been enamored with them ever since I can
remember. However, it was the cartoony games like the ‘Ratchet
& Clank’ series as well as ‘Jak & Daxter’ that pushed
my animated interests into overdrive. Both games had hilarious
characters and charming stories, but it was the unlockable
behind-the-scenes features that blew my mind. Hearing the
artists talk about their processes and decisions was
fascinating. It was the first time I realized people made
entertainment for a living. Funny how obvious it is until you
realize it haha.
How would you describe your artistic style?
It’s still going through growing pains, hahaha. It will take a
few years before I find my own footing I think. If it could be
anywhere close to having the same boldness and confidence as
Bruce Timm’s super heroes, I’d be a happy chappie!
Can you share a piece of art work or script segment that no
one has seen before?
This is a villain concept I’ve had kicking around for a
So far, I’ve been a character animator for my whole career.
There is so much magic bringing characters to life that I find
it hard to imagine doing anything else.
Currently, I’m a Lead Animator on a pre-school tv show,
balancing animation quota while helping the team with technical
What is one project that you are proud to have been involved
My independent short film ‘Snowdrifter‘ is something I’m
very proud of. It took an enormous amount of time and effort
but being able to see it through to the end was profoundly
What projects are you working on now?
I recently finished some commercial freelance work, so I’ll be
jumping back into developing my own ideas and see where they
Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
My coworkers! They are nicest group of people I’ve ever met.
What is one of your favourite art or animation
Brain’ tought me so much when I first read it. I’d be hard
pressed not to mention the Animators Survival guide as well.
The teachings in it are amazing but it was the handful of pages
where Mr. Williams writes about working in the industry that
were really inspiring.
Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian
animator that everyone should check out?
super active tumblr account. Check him out! http://phalasa.tumblr.com/
Are you involved with any animation organizations in
What are some of your animation milestones?
extraordinarily talented team on two short films (Waking Gus
& Birthdeus-X), which were made to enter the CG Society’s
annual Challenges. Both of our entries took home awards
and prizes. (Waking Gus taking 2nd in 2011, and Birthdeus-X
winning 1st place in 2013!) I would love to work with them
again. It feels like we caught lighting in a bottle twice!
I was also lucky enough to receive just over 150k views in a
day (thanks Reddit)!
Currently, it’s a few thousand shy from 200k. Even though the
view count is rather small compared to other viral videos, it
still floors me think how many people have seen it.
Have you been interviewed elsewhere about your work in
To see more work from Mack, check out his website below.