Thomas Shek is a 3D Animator having freelanced at Psyop and Nathan Love before joining Aardman Nathan Love full-time in 2015. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts having earned a BA focusing on Computer Animation, Computer Art and Visual Effects. He is also a proponent for continuing education, taking many continuing, advancing and postbaccalaureate animation courses. Tom has been the lead animator on ANL projects including the Kool Keith and MF Doom music video for ‘Superheroes’ and Nickelodeon’s Winter Refresh.
A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH TOM:
What is it like to work at Aardman Nathan Love?
It’s definitely not your typical office. There’s always a welcoming atmosphere for creativity and freedom which I think makes ANL a really fun place to work at. You’re surrounded by many talented artists and amazing people that share and express their ideas. I’m very thankful that I get to come to work everyday because I enjoy what I do. The people around me make it that much better.
What is your favorite fictional character and why?
I’m very drawn to characters in anime series. My favorite fictional character would be Saitama from One Punch Man. He wipes out the world’s most life threatening enemies with just one punch. The idea of all problems in the world being solved with one punch is very admirable and of course, being insanely strong too.
What is your favorite 90’s jam and why?
I want it that way by Backstreet Boys. I remember growing up, Backstreet Boys were one of the few American songs I was introduced to along with the culture as well. It was exciting especially because English wasn’t my first language. So rewind back 20 years, on a regular day trip to the mall, you’ll catch a small chubby Thomas and his sister singing their hearts out to I want it that way.