POSTED ON – 27.02.13

SSR Jakarta - Interview With Rini Sugianto & Fabian Loing
Interview With Rini Sugianto & Fabian Loing
On the 22nd and 23rd of February 2013, SSR Jakarta welcomed one of the greatest Indonesian animators, Rini Sugianto, and founder of Nocturnal Training Centre and Project Director in Lumine Studio, Fabian Loing.

They came to SSR to share some insights and their vast knowledge in a 3D Creature Production workshop. We were delighted to see more than two hundred people participating in this event and it was great to have Rini and Fabian teaching our Animation program at the SSR Jakarta campus.

The event was held in SSR Jakarta and ran from 2pm to 6 pm with the main points of discussion including creation animation workflow and digital creature modeling workflow. In addition they discussed how to create movements for characters like Golem, Centaurus, The Dwarf and other 3d fantasy characters. Participants who took part in this workshop were students, professionals, journalists, and also animation enthusiasts.

Here is our conversation with Rini Sugianto (RS) and Fabian Loing (FL) :
Q: Could you please tell us briefly about this workshop?

RS: I was explaining about creature animation workflow. It was a step by step process of creating animations from the beginning to the end. I hope this two hour workshop will be clear enough for the audiences to understand.

FL: I think it went well. though two hours was probably not enough time to get through every detail, It gave some great insights into character building and animation.

Q: Can everyone be an animator? What does it take to be an animator?

RS: If we have an educational background within a field of arts or designs, it helps, we will adapt faster. I was an architect however and I think everybody can learn about animation if there’s a will.

Q: How important do you think the education for animation in Indonesia?

RS: At this point, it’s very important. It takes lots of motivation to learn just by ourselves. Frankly we often lose our focus on fundamental practices and only pay attention to the software we use instead. Many Indonesian autodidacts have learned without any guidance. If we have any teachers who will lead us, we surely can speed up the process.

FL: I agree with Rini. Learning on our own is not a bad thing. But you do not only understand the tools you must also master the workflow, so when we are put in a real industry, we do not mess up any deadlines. Working in a structured system is better.

Q: What do you think about animators in Indonesia nowadays?

RS: In 2002, I switched into the animation field, there were only few animation schools which provided short courses only. But nowadays, the education has developed, Some formal schools have run animation programs and Indonesia is going through a transitional period in this sense. We have not reached the same level and quantity as the developed countries have, but we are getting there.

Q: As a school which provides animation program, what do you expect from SSR Jakarta?

RS: I value SSR Jakarta as an open-minded school. This school is not afraid to break the conventional rules, the “normal” systems for education, which is very good because animation itself is different. It is not like any business schools, it just does not follow the same rules. We really need to adapt the developing industrial standards.

FL: Animation phases in Indonesia are growing fast. So when you want to teach students, you have to place them in challenging conditions. Do not pamper them unless you want them to be replaced when they have to fight within the real industry.

RS: That’s a very good point. It is a bad habit in Indonesia, when students are spoiled. They may not be ready for the challenge ahead.

Q: What kind of opportunity can anyone have if they working in animation industries?

RS: Animation fields are widening in Asia, this on-going process and needs many talented human resources.

Well, we guess now everyone can understand why Jakarta is excited about the prospect of these two industry-active professionals to lecture our animation students!