A history on the animation collective I accidentally built called “RotoJam”

“Gaea” short film poster from the RotoJam Collective

RotoJam:Roto” coming from the word, “rotoscope.” An animation technique where every frame is traced by hand.
Jam” riffing off traditional “animation jams” where a bunch of animators come together to create something special.

How would you feel if some random person on the internet messaged you on Instagram or Facebook and asked you if you wanted to join their animation jam in which you could work remotely and get to have two months to deliver a 5–10 second rotoscope? It sounds strange, right?

This is pretty much my…


My personal experiences as a technician

I was a “Lab Technologist” or “Digital Design Technician” in a few makerspaces in Toronto and Montréal. Essentially, it was my job to make sure all the equipment worked and I also ran classes on 3D Printing for the community. This article is written for other technicians that also feel the same frustrations and highs I felt with this job and for managers who need more insight to what can be improved on the inside of makerspaces/labs.
(I am using these terms interchangeably.) …

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This article serves as a warning for prospective students who believe that a fine art school will automatically give you validation as an artist. It does not. What validates you as an artist is valuable feedback from your peers and mentors. You need to ask yourself what direction you want to go in your career and figure out the steps you need to get there.

As an artist, you have to work your ass off and gain valuable skills that will help you on your journey. I cannot stress enough how valuable it is to grow your network and get…

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From the perspective of someone who’s seen the inside of commercial animation, independent animation, startup culture and service jobs.

Have you worked for a bad boss before? Someone who is controlling and micro-managing everything that is going on the workplace? Do you dread coming in to work wondering what they are going to add on your to-do list? Are they unapproachable and maybe you’re even slightly afraid of them?

If you answered yes to all of the above, you’re working for an asshole. Doesn’t matter how old or young they are, or if they’re a male or female, assholes come…

Getting past obstacles in your artistic career

I get it. You’re frustrated and angry that you didn’t get what you were hoping for. You’re telling yourself: “but I deserved it. I worked hard to get to this point and they didn’t pick me.” This applies to job applications, grants, residencies, festivals, or any other form of competition.

Here’s my list of how I cope with being rejected:

  1. Vent

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A list to refer to after you’ve been thrown out into the real world

  1. Update Your LinkedIn!

Ash Lo Russo

Motion Designer ○ Director ○ Founder of the RotoJam Collective

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