Cloudy With A Chance of Vin Diesel
“You go to school to learn a craft in some sense, but more than anything else, you’re learning about yourself.” The Michigan-Edmonton duo of Paul & Chris were lucky enough to chat with animator & director Jamil Lahham who shared those words about university. Jamil tells us about the organic nature of traditional animation, animating cycles for iPads and the weight of an Oscar.

Jamil was a part of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the Academy award winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and his wonderful short Dirty Laundry Day.

If you want to learn even more about Jamil, have a look at this interview at episcura.

Jamil went to Ringling College of Art + Design and has mentored students in the animation department for the last 3 years.

While in Syria, Jamil attended Damascus University to study interior design.

Jamil did his internship at EA.

Artist William Salazar explains how he prefers to draw 2D over his 3D work to get the movement right.

Andy Serkis (Golem) waged war animators back in 2014, saying he did all the work.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won an Oscar. Jamil said he got to carry it around the studio briefly, and that it is ’heavy as shit!"

Paul has downloaded The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore app for his daughters and they love it.

The movie and the app are based on a story by WIlliam Joyce.

Jamil is learning Python because it works in Maya.

Jamil challenges the idea of “bad” movies on our Film Frown podcast. “What is good and bad?”

Jamil and hosts agree that you need to seek your own happiness and not compare yourself to others. Chris says former guest Sally Ann is a perfect example of making your own way.

Stay tuned for part 2 where we learn about Jamil’s animated short and how one stays focused. Thanks to you for listening. A very special thanks to Jamil Lahham.