Elsa Glen

Name:   
Elsa (The Reindeer) Glenn
 
Age:  
27
 
Current Occupation:  
Offline Editor
 
So what is exactly is it that you do?
I cut pictures and sound together to tell a story.

Why in the world would you choose a career in animation?  
I’m not specifically in animation, but in film/tv in general
-But the people in animation are really cool.
-You can wear casual clothes
-Watching TV and cool animated stuff is actually part of doing your job well.
 
Did you study, how did you go about learning your trade?
I did an undergraduate degree in film and media, and I started off as an assistant learning a lot on the job.
 
Give us a brief run down of your average working day?  
Get to work, at um, more or less when I like. Don’t be fooled. I often work really late.On average, let’s say 9:15. Get some food, coffee, email updates. Start working (take out storyboard, open Avid and start editing). Insert coffee breaks and lunch as required. Leave usually at about 6:30, but varies from 5pm to as late as it takes to meet a deadline, even if that means you don’t go home… (unusual, but possible…)
 
What type of challenges do you face on an ongoing basis?
Getting what I need from the people who provide me with the pictures and sound…
Making decisions… “3 takes are all so brilliant which do I choose?” Very occasionally, the opposite…
 
Do you recommend studying to get into your field?
Yes. It may not give you any better work opportunites than working your way up. But I think it does give you a broader perspective and other ways of thinking about what you do  than those you learn in the work environment.
 
Quick questions:
 
Funniest moment of your career:
When I was doing boring sound-syncing through the night and by morning was hysterically laughing with the other assistant by morning and rolling around tangled in an office chair on the floor. And the 3 big producers of a foreign TV show decided to come and visit and I couldn’t even get up I was tangled in the chair…(FirstStep says charming!)
 
Highlight of your career so far:
Working on Urbo… it’s great to work on stuff which is  
a. of good quality, well written, animated, voiced etc. It sucks to work on cheap stuff
b. working with people who you enjoy and can relate to
c. doing work which is engaging, funny and not repetitive
 
If you weren’t a ….you would be a…..?
Writer?
 
What’s your biggest inspiration?
No single one, people that do awesome stuff (be it art, science, humanities) to go beyond pleasing themselves.
 
And your influences?  
Everything, anything.  The way I grew up, my parents work in arts and languages. My personal beliefs / spiritual outlook. (FirstStep says: Nice One!)
 
Your favourites:
 
Favourite food:
Smoked salmon, sushi, steak, my grandmother’s chestnut, chocolate cake
 
Favourite Country:
India
 
Favourite Cartoon:
South Park – like the cyncial, social commentary, though sometimes it’s just a bit too… Much
 
Favourite City:
Cape Town and London so far…
 
Your message to young South Africans:
No one’s going to do it for you. Don’t work in this industry unless you’re prepared to work really hard, really long and not necessarily get paid heaps. The glamour of the film and TV industries are what you see from outside…It rocks!