What We Are
Animation Complex is a newly minted website (established in 2016) intended as a resource for people to analyze animation through a more critical and academic lens. We feel that animation is a highly undervalued art form that offers very unique insights into different cultures.
We try to go to lots of screenings, conventions, technical talks and presentations, etc. as much as possible, and bring insights from those to this blog, as well as our own experiences in school, our careers, and the many resources available to us. Basically, whatever we feel can add relevant value to the field ends up here. : )
This site also intends to cover the wide breadth of sequential art that is tied in with animation, including occasional pieces about video games, VR, computer graphics, related tech and tools, graphic novels, and the vast intersections where these different mediums overlap
What We Are Not
This is not a blog to teach you specific animation techniques or tutorials, nor is this an animation news site. There will be reviews, but we will curb them or present them as more discussion or analysis-based.
Where We’re Going
About the Site Owner
Jen Hurler is an animation fan currently working towards her MFA in Computer Animation at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She worked as a production assistant at Blue Sky Studios for the last four years, earning credits on The Peanuts Movie (2015), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016), Ferdinand (2017), and the upcoming Nimona (2020). Before Blue Sky, she worked as a freelance-turned-full-time CG producer at CVLT, a boutique studio with its foot firmly in the beauty industry. Her undergrad was in game design and interactive multimedia at The College of New Jersey, where she also minored in film production, and had academic concentrations in animation studies and creative writing. You can follow her personal Twitter, Instagram, or blog if you wish.
Miko Mai, who often helps out on the behind the scenes of the site and with video production, works as a technical director at Blue Sky Studios, where his credits include Rio 2 (2014), The Peanuts Movie (2015), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016), Ferdinand (2017), as well as the upcoming Spies in Disguise (2019) and Nimona (2020). Prior to Blue Sky, he worked at Rhythm and Hues Studios. He studied at the Art Institute San Diego.