One of our favorite AoBFF alumni, the 4" tall Gran'pa, is getting ready to make his debut on HBO Latino. We wanted to know more about the artist who helped bring him to life so we sat down with artist Chang Kim to learn how it all came about.
Congratulations... the work you did director William D. Caballero is going to be air on HBO Latino on this September!
Chang: Yes! The project Gran'pa Knows Best started as a web-series. However, HBO saw the project within a month of its online launch, and were super-interested in it. To make a long story short, it is going to air on 16th of this September and I’m so excited about it. It’ll be on HBO Now, as well.
How did your collaboration with William begin?
Chang: Well, actually I met him on Mandy. I was looking for talented directors working in animation, and those in search of someone who could do 3D modeling. It was the right timing for both of us. Soon after I saw his previous works like Seed Story (which won the Vanguard Award at the 2013 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival), I just felt that I met the right person for my next project. Together, we finally worked on the short film 'How You Doin’ Boy? Voicemails From Gran’pa’, which won the Best Animation Award at the 2014 AoBFF. That was just beginning and now our Gran’pa is going to be air on HBO Latino.
How did you became a 3D modeler and what is your background ?
My background is painting. I started drawing since when I was very young and I also really liked sculpting as well, I remember that one time wen I was very little, I sculpted a snow man shaped like Donald Duck with my mother’s kitchen knife and everybody in my neighborhood loved it. I believe that experience make me to think about entertaining people with my skills.
After I studied painting in my college I was getting more and more intension to be working in digital sculpting and visual art, so I came to New York to study more and finally I found digital sculpting and 3D modeling was the best fit to me.
What other projects have worked on?
One of the most successful work I’ve done before the Gran’Pa series is the short animated film 'Tumbleweed Tango’ at Humble in 2012. It’s a story about two balloon dogs who dance a dangerous tango through a cactus-filled desert.
Want to work with Chang? Get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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