Big Dom In Little China

Dom Elsey With Elliot Grove

Dom Elsey was a fabulous Raindance intern between July and November 2011. I caught up with him late June 2012 following his trip to China.

How did you get to go to China?

I am an animation student on the BA (Hons) Animation Production course at the Arts University College, Bournemouth. A unique internship opportunity had come up with a fantastic studio in Nanjing, called Glory and Dream Digital studio, and my tutors encouraged me to go for it.  My particular specialism is 2D character animation. Other than plenty of energy drinks and finger cramp from drawing, preparation for this opportunity was pretty straightforward.

Tell us about what you worked on

Well, I came in at the pre-production end of the pipeline. This consists of visual development, concept, and character design - that kind of stuff.  The studio had just completed their latest feature animation Back to the Sea and we were working on a TV show, called Anima Warrior, to fill the gap between that and their next feature, Finding Bruce Lee.

Working on Anima Warrior was amazing. It’s a children’s TV show about the adventures of an ordinary schoolboy and an alien. The studio had a fun and hard working atmosphere, and made it easy to talk to colleagues and discuss ideas about our art. The standard of work was incredible and being able to work in a team with such talented individuals was an invaluable experience for a young animator.

So, none of this would have been possible without your internship at Raindance, eh?

Raindance is an international platform for filmmakers, and having been able to work with both the filmmaker courses and the film festival, I gained a more informed and realistic view of how the industry works. Without this, I would not have even known where to begin to look for jobs/internships. Also, a big part of Raindance is the social and networking side and this an often over looked but just as important element of the film industry. I had many opportunities to fine-tune my self-promotion, most probably from a lot of mis-selling before I got it quite right.

What was the most important lesson you learned?

Can I list two lessons? First off, opportunities are always out there.  The film industry is an international industry, so look outside your surroundings, and don’t be afraid to move about if you want to be a part of it.  Secondly, wherever you go there are always things to learn, people to learn from and ways you can contribute.

What’s next?

I leave soon to spend the summer working at fabrique d’images, an animation studio in Luxembourg. I am really excited, as I know I’m going to learn so much. Once I’m back I will be at the Raindance Film Festival from the 26th September to mingle and see cool stuff. (Maybe you will see something of mine on your screens next year – here’s hoping anyway).

Fade Out

It's always great to see how the interns at Raindance thrive and prosper. If you have been a Raindance intern and would to update me, email me.
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