An Interview with Tristan Jung: Expertise in Animation and Motion Design

In this exclusive interview, we delve into the creative journey and expert insights of Tristan Jung from Baden-Württemberg, Germany, a passionate animator and motion designer, as he shares his experiences and advice for aspiring professionals in the post-production industry.

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What’s your area of expertise in post-production and who are your main clients?

I’m an animator & motion designer mainly working on explainer videos & intros but I’m up for all kinds of silly things. I serve a wide range of clients without any further positioning or scope.

Tell us about your journey in post-production. What inspired you to enter this field, and what drives you each day to excel in your work?

At 13 years old I used to edit very random videos on my phone just for fun & whenever it was my turn to make a powerpoint presentation in school, I spent more time setting up animations than actually gathering info.
During lockdown in 2020 I wanted to get a pc to make twitter banners for me and my friends. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a passion and I didn’t look back since. I’m a perfectionist and struggle to appreciate my own work. Key metrics that fuel the fire for me would be skill level, improvement & joy. It’s that motivation to achieve something great that corners me at times but simultaneously enables me to push myself further each time a new challenge comes up.

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What’s your biggest achievement in your post-production career?

To make a living off of my passion and the freedom to just do whatever I want.

What are some of the challenges you face in post-production and how do you overcome them?

Definitely going from concept to execution. Heavy brainstorming sessions & mood boards can help but 70% of where I struggle is the start of a project.

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What are your top 3 pieces of advice for someone aspiring to succeed in the post-production industry?

  1. Tutorials can be great but without putting in the reps, there won’t be much progress.
  2. If you don’t like sales & business seek full-time employment over going freelance.
  3. There’s no bounds in terms of being creative, It’s a form of self expression.
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What are the three most essential tools or software in your post-production toolkit, and how do they enhance your workflow?

  1. After Effects: Industry standard & a great software for cel clean up, 2d animation & vfx.
  2. Photoshop: I draw my storyboards and do cel animation there, great allrounder.
  3. Illustrator: I constantly use the Illustrator to After Effects pipeline to import my vector graphics and get them ready to be animated.

Where can people find you?

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