Kris Pearn is a storyboard artist and known for his work on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Open Season and Surf's Up and he recently finished co-directing on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
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Mike Milo: What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business
Kris Pearn: See above. It’s a business and those that survive can come to terms with that. You’ve got to play nice in the sand box. It’s never about you. You’ve got to be part of the team. Ego gets a lot of great artists into trouble. The reality is that most of the money comes from people who don’t have the passion for the medium that we have. I once had an exec dangle the carrot of possibly getting a chance to work in live action if we stayed at his company… so insulting! I got into animation as a choice… not a default. But all along the process we suffer with writers, directors, actors, and executives that look down at what we do. Animation is a stepping stone to bigger things for these people. Whatever right? They come and go… those of us that care can always find work and if we’re lucky, the moons align and we make something good. I’m not saying live action is bad either… don’t get me wrong… story telling is story telling… but more often than not, the money comes from an ignorant source looking for a business angle. If you know what you’re up against, it makes it easier to sleep at night. The hardest part of the business is the fact that its a business.
|Character Design by Kris Pearn|