Pure Team Profile: Director Eric Swymer

Eric at CTNWhere are you from and what’s your educational background?

I’m originally from outside of Boston but grew up mainly outside of Atlanta, and I’ve lived in Los Angeles for the last six and a half years. I went to college for architecture and left after two and a half years before stumbling upon animation. After some time learning on my own I studied in iAnimate’s feature program and at Animsquad.

What do you do on Pure?

I’m the co-director, co-writer, and one of the producers. I also act as a story artist and head of story, and I’m currently leading the layout team. But really I can’t wait to start animating.

What drew you to working on Pure?

Chris brought a really amazing concept to me at a time when I was looking for my next project and I was hooked. It’s been really amazing watching this grow from a seed of an idea to what we have now.

What has the experience of working with a virtual team been like?

It’s been great. We joined Artella really early, so after moving from Dropbox and bringing our team on we noticed right away how much we could do with the right tools. Now we have crew all over and use a Slack channel to communicate daily, it feels like we are all in the same location sometimes.

What do you hope to gain from working on Pure?

I’ve already gained it. I’ve built some really great relationships making this film and had some truly unbelievable experiences as well. Pure has helped me develop skills outside of just animation in ways I don’t think doing projects at a studio would have.

What’s your favorite animated film?

This isn’t a fair question and may change from day to day, but Iron Giant or Little Mermaid tend to stick around as my all time favorites.

What about your guilty pleasure film?

This crazy movie called Fateful Findings, I can’t really tell you what it’s about but it’s the perfect movie. There are zero redeeming qualities about it but somehow that lack of film language and skill keeps me coming back. I think it’s the best movie I’ve ever seen and the worst.

I’m also a sucker for teen comedies and watch Mean Girls and Easy A at least once a year.

What’s going to surprise people about this film?

The scale and sense of design our art team brought to the table, a lot of scifi has stuff in it because it “looks cool”, but we’ve been careful to only include things if they serve the story.

Any other interesting facts you wanted to share?

I started on Pure after I was deported from Canada, and I can throw darts with my feet.

Where can we find more of your work?

All over Pure and on my demo reel.

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