Hi everyone! Okay. So, today I have here an interview with Antonio Medina. Antonio is a 3D Character Animator out of the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. Antonio started drawing at a very early age and as he grew so did his skills. He is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design where he was a recipient of the SCAD Art Honors Scholarship. Only a year after graduating, Antonio had his first animation short film accepted into a few film festivals, which garnered a couple awards. From there his career continues to grow. Let’s see what Antonio has to say.
Robert – At what age did you discover your talent for drawing?
Antonio – Let’s just say I started the day I could grab a pencil.
R – What did you draw as a child?
A – Cars.
R – What boy didn’t?
A – True but it may have been a little more unusual in my case.
R – How so?
A – As a child, when I really wanted a toy, I used to draw them on index cards to add to me collection and while watching many Saturday morning cartoons, I used to bring life to these index card toy characters through my imagination.
R – That is truly fascinating and inspiring. What kind of things do you draw as an adult?
Antonio – I draw characters and life portraits.
R – Were you encouraged to pursue a career in the arts?
A – Yes I was.
R – What do you think you would have done if not the arts?
A – If not for arts I would have done something with sports.
R – Wow. Okay. I was not expecting the sports angle. You have us really curious now. What sport would you have liked to done something with?
A – Basketball. Let’s be clear here though. I never played professionally or on any organized team. Basically just pickup games. I was never good enough for it to be anything more than a really fun hobby.
R – So if you were good enough for basketball do you think you would have gone that route instead?
A – No. Art is my passion and life. Probably why basketball was nothing more to me than a hobby. My drive was art rather than sports.
R – Let’s talk about your current animation project “Another Tomorrow” that you wrote and are directing. What can you tell us about the film?
A – It’s a film about a village where every month a person is chosen at random to willingly sacrifice themselves as food to a relentless creature to keep a village safe until a child refuses and jeopardizes the livelihood of everyone in the village.
R – Sounds so dark. Do the people in the village actually get eaten?
A – You’ll have to wait for the finished product.
R – Had to ask. Okay. So what was the inspiration for the film?
A – Inspiration came from the film (the village) also through artwork from
little red riding hood.
R – Is this a short film or feature film?
A – It’s another short film.
R – Is it easy or hard to find voice actors?
A – It’s easy to find actors however finding the right actor is hard and fir
this film I went through many actors to get what I feel are the best fit.
R – When do you expect the film to be ready?
A – I have not have an expected due date for the film.
Thank you Antonio for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be a part of this blog. I hope you continue to grow and find much success in the field of your passion and I truly look forward to seeing you short film “Another Tomorrow”.
You can learn more about Antonio (Aquilino) Medina on Linked In and here is a little something for you by Antonio and his team from around the globe…the beginning stages of “Another Tomorrow” and Antonio Medina’s show reel.
Best ~ R