Get swept away by Nico and Katwo! Our resident directing duo dive into how they maintain their charmingly positive energy.
What was your proudest achievement in the past year?
Our proudest achievement for 2015 is solidifying our production workflow with our team in Manila. It took years for us to get to a point where we can work as a unit between two continents and timezones and we finally found the balance managing the two offices.
Professionally and personally, what are your goals for 2016?
Professionally, we would love to direct and produce our original content this year. Personally – Nico wants to be more fluent in Japanese, and Katwo wants to be able to do a crow pose in yoga.
Outside of animation and design, what other hobbies are you passionate about?
We both love art and music, so any opportunities to play music or be involved with making art is welcomed. We also love watching movies and TV.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
A forgiving nature to one’s self is necessary when you’re not yet satisfied with the work, just give it time, and be more patient with yourself. Also, no one has died yet because Comic Sans was the typeface in the project.
How do you get into the creative mood?
A sense of order and getting mentally prepared with a clean slate usually offers the best results. Having the time to prepare for the work also helps.
What do you love most about working at ANL?
There’s so much to say we don’t even know where to begin. Overall, the vibe is amazing – there’s a great culture of collaboration, creativity, humor, hard work, and discipline ingrained in the people. It’s also a very welcoming environment for a richly diverse group of people, and that offers a unique approach to problem solving, aesthetics and speaks great depths about community acceptance.
What do you do when you get “designer’s block”?
Get out of the office, get coffee from Happy Bones, buy magazines, wander outside and observe the people in the city.
Who were your heroes growing up and why?
We both loved watching MTV in the 90’s, and the directors and musicians from that time have shaped the way we view filmmaking and entertainment.
As a designer, what are your biggest pet peeves?
There’s always a process to getting the best work, and it’s hard to manage expectations across different stakeholders when there’s no understanding of what steps need to be taken to create effective design work.
Briefly describe your dream project.
Definitely something around skateboarding, music, feminism, social justice and education.
What is your spirit animal, and why?
We both stick to our Chinese horoscopes – Katwo will always be a pig, and Nico a dragon.