Meet our awesome Assistant Production Manager Andra Bundgaard! A recent convert to the animation industry having switched gears from sports and live news, we were eager to chat with her about her current role and find out what advice she has for others aspiring to get into animation production.
How did you get into animation?
I was looking for a change in my career. I had worked in sports and live news previously and was ready for a change and more stable working hours (shift work just isn't that great).
I looked around and found several positions on the Brown Bag Films page and decided to apply and give it a shot. To my surprise, I was invited for an interview and here I am.
How long have you worked in the animation industry?
This is my first animation job so I have worked in animation for one and a half years now.
What's your current role and what does it involve?
I'm an Assistant Production Manager. I am responsible for our episodic shipments and asset handouts.
I'm the main contact for our overseas studio. I work closely with the in-house asset and production team to make sure we are right on schedule.
What are your biggest influences/inspirations?
I don't really have any inspirations in the animation industry per se.
When I was a kid I was a huge fan of the Toy Story movies (still am) and all Disney movies!
What’s your favourite tool to use and why?
I'm using ScheduAll and I like it but I think there is more to it than I currently know, so it's great that we have a Pipeline team who are always working on improving and standardising our project workflow.
What advice would you give someone considering getting into animation production?
I would say enjoy all the art around you and the joy that comes with animation.
There is a lot to learn and it's very different from other TV production but once conquered there is nothing better than watching an Online EP and seeing what all the effort, sweat and tears helped create.
What do you like most about working in animation?
I like that we work on projects for longer time periods. This may sound weird because most artists would like more variation but from a production point of view, I like that I know where we are or should be and what I will be working on for the next year or two.
What’s been the most challenging thing about working in animation?
The long schedules and different end dates and delivery dates. The volume of work and getting to know all the new pipelines.
Outside of animation what are you most passionate about?
I am a huge movie and TV fan so I'm glad to be alive in the era of Netflix, Amazon Prime and so on.
I also love to go for hikes or runs and enjoy good food and music.