Meet Storyboard Revisionist Wayne Lee Pack! #Interview





With over 30 years of experience in the animation industry under his belt, working on such shows as Arthur, Peg + Cat, Numb Chucks and Let’s Go Luna!, Wayne is a true expert in his field. We were thrilled when he agreed to share with us a few key “scenes and stories” from his extensive career, and hear what his advice is for anyone considering entering the field. Enjoy!

1. What is your role at Brown Bag Films, Toronto?

Currently, I am a storyboard revisionist on a number of shows here at Brown Bag in Toronto, including the upcoming season of Creative Galaxy.

2. What do you love most about your job?

I love the challenge of finding ways to improve/enhance a project, within the parameters given by the director and or client. Especially brainstorming and spending time coming up with alternative approaches to better a scene and get the best results possible.

3. What tools and programs do you work with most these days?

Toon Boom, Storyboard Pro, and sometimes Gimp.

4. What is your origin story?

Long ago, I started as an Inbetweener (in the days of animation on paper) for a studio in Ottawa where I ended up working on The Raccoons (Kevin Gillis). Originally from Toronto, I came back to work in the animation department at Walt Disney, as an animator working on Beauty & The Beast 2 - Enchanted Christmas. I pretty much worked non-stop from one company to the next, eventually switching over to Storyboard. Then I boarded on such shows as Anne, Journey to Green Gables (also AD’d on that show at Sullivan Entertainment), Caillou, and Super Why.
 

5. Who is one of your biggest influencers or inspirations?

Dean Deblois (old friend from my days in Ottawa), who always worked so hard to improve his craft… and look at him today: Co-Director of Lilo & Stitch and director for How to Train Your Dragon.

6. What have you found is the most challenging thing about working in the animation industry?

It was frightening at first when everything started to go digital and away from paper and pencil… but I caught on. Learning new software was/is always challenging at first, but before you know it, becomes second nature. It has given me more tools to be even more creative than the old paper and pencil days ever could; and the finished product (boards), look the same or even better. 

7. What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a career as an animator?

Study film, whether it be live action or animation. Watch how a character moves within a shot. His expression, body language; ask yourself does the character look natural in that pose? And always remember to think about negative space.


8. A tip or trick you might want to share about what you do?

Be organized. Give yourself a checklist. For example, I use digital post-it notes. I write down everything I’m about to work on…even to the point of is it done, and then work in sequence. That way if I’m working on something on Friday, I won’t forget where I am when I pick up on Monday.
 

8. A tip or trick you might want to share about what you do?

Be organized. Give yourself a checklist. For example, I use digital post-it notes. I write down everything I’m about to work on…even to the point of is it done, and then work in sequence. That way if I’m working on something on Friday, I won’t forget where I am when I pick up on Monday.

9. What do you love about animation?

That we create “the illusion of life” from a script or an idea. From an idea we create an entire imaginary world that can make us laugh, have us cheering on a character, or that can tug at our heartstrings. Animators/board artists, especially, are known as actors who perform behind the camera.


10. Outside of work what is your story?

Biggest pastime right now, besides traveling at least once a year, is learning new languages. I speak French but I am currently studying Spanish. I study 24/7 when I can. Where I was born, Spanish is taught as a second language. So some of my relatives can speak it. I left when I was very young. I have my mind set to learn Mandarin and German at some point. (I love “Duolingo “ app)

11. Anything else you would like to share? 

Yes. Follow your gut. Especially when it comes to making big decisions in life. It is always right. Don't over think it or rationalize it. It's a great intuitive tool.

12. Last up, what is your life motto or favourite quote?

Love is the most powerful energy in the universe. (Do everything with passion.)


Rhya Tamasauskas

Marketing Manager, Digital and Social Media

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