Animation Major Noah Ondik Works Alongside Creatives at Animal Production Studio Student Profile
Meet Noah Ondik
- Job Title & Employer
- Intern, Animal Production Studio
- May 2019
- College Activities
- Animation Club
- Artistic Achievement Award and Dean's Academic Scholarship
- Hopewell, Pa.
- High School
- Hopewell High School
- Hobbies & Interests
- Animation, film, music, collecting art books and vinyl records, drawing and thrifting
"Without the knowledge I acquired in my animation classes on various programs like the Adobe Creative Suite or Cinema 4D, I would not be able to understand what Animal staff are referring to when discussing projects in meetings or when new design techniques are being taught to me."
Tell us about your role as an intern at Animal.
As an intern at Animal, I get to learn from a variety of talented animators, producers, directors and other creatives. I observe daily meetings, projects, and other works in progress to learn what it’s like having a job in a production studio. I've helped some of the animators on commercial projects in the early stages of production by drawing up potential sketches and concepts to present to clients. This has been an honor and a thrill to be a part of. I can also swing by some of the main animators' offices at any time to ask for tips on animation techniques, software shortcuts and obtain new knowledge on creating projects by observing their workflows. I've been given a few great resources from their animation staff to make my creative programs and design resources better than ever before; things like plug-ins, font libraries, etc. Also, some employees bring in their dogs and I can pet them during the day which is pretty cool.
What steps did you take to find, apply and secure this internship?
I applied to the internship last year but didn’t get it since a lot of people applied for it, and I was also not as experienced with certain software programs as I am now. However, my friend Morgan Veilleux recommended it to me after she did the production internship at Animal a few months ago. She brought my name up to the studio's producer, Olivia Vaughn (COPA '13), after she asked Morgan about potential interns. I made a new demo reel, submitted it to Olivia, and was then fortunate enough to be chosen for the internship.
Why did you choose Point Park’s animation program?
A few reasons; Point Park’s campus location is only about an hour away from my hometown, I was recommended by family members who are friends with Jonathan Trueblood, assistant professor of animation, and the small size of the school appealed to my personal tastes.
How do you incorporate what you’re learning at Point Park into the work you do at this internship?
Without the knowledge I acquired in my animation classes on various programs like the Adobe Creative Suite or Cinema 4D, I would not be able to understand what Animal staff are referring to when discussing projects in meetings or when new design techniques are being taught to me.
What do you like best about going to college in Downtown Pittsburgh?
Plenty of things; the city itself is full of wonderful, diverse people and places. There’s a lot of things to do here in Downtown Pittsburgh and a lot of neighborhoods worth exploring. Not to mention, there’s no shortage of places to blow money on vintage clothes and overpriced coffee; aspects of life that I couldn’t experience before moving to Pittsburgh. I couldn’t be happier.