Siniša Mataič

What course did you study at ANOMALIA?

So I took one summer all of the courses, I think that was something like, basic animation With David Tousek, workflow with Keith Lango, basic acting/ pantomime with Rich Quade and advance acting with Andy Schmidt. Then a bit later that year short film with Anthony Wong. And a year after creature animation course with Kenny Roy


How did studying at ANOMALIA help you into the world of animation, gaming, vfx?

I can say that ANOMALIA was an crucial piece that helped me land multiple jobs and meet new people, friends and coworkers.


What are you working on at the moment? And what have you previously worked on?

Currently I am lead artist and animator on an indie game Format Earth. Also animating a 2d short film Professor Balthazar. I worked on some series until then plus a bunch of freelance jobs, commercials and short films. I always gravitate towards small productions where I can contribute more artistically.


What were you doing before you started your course at ANOMALIA?

I was working on my short film Off Belay.


How quickly after completing your course did you secure your first job?

Until then I was mostly doing 2d animation, after ANOMALIA in around 6 months I applied and got a job as an 3d animator on Talking Tom series.


What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in animation, gaming, vfx?

I learned so much. And I am still learning. Animation is such a challenging skill. From art to technical problems, animation is always changing. I can never get bored or say I feel I know it all.


What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

Persevere. I will be hard , it is hard, but the reward is great. Focus on the basics and really know them by hart. And enjoy. If it is not fun, why doing it.


If you had to sum up your time at ANOMALIA in one word, what would it be and why?


I mean, you have a place where you can explore your art with the top professionals in the industry. And you form friendships that last a lifetime. I think that’s a good word to describe it.


What’s your favourite movie and why?

Right now I would say Perfect Blue. This film shows what animation can be. And with small budget and a lot of talent you can tell strong stories with amazing visuals.