We interviewed two female animators who work at Studio 5 Taiwan.
Animator／Lu Chiao Wen 23 years old female
Animator／Lin Yi Lu 25 years old female（She got this nickname from Japanese class）
Project manager Hu ShanChun and Chu YuehChia take charge of this staff interview.
Talk About Yourselves
Hu：Who wants to go first?
Lu：My name is ChiaoWen Lu, 23 years old. I graduated from college last year.
Hu：So you entered Studio 5 this year, right? How about Lin?
Lin: Please call me Hikari. I am twenty…five? I think. (Laugh)
Lu: Women don’t like to calculate their age after turning twenty years old.
Lin: What I studied in college didn’t pertain to my job. After finishing my college, I learned animation at a 2-year college, then I graduated, and joined Studio 5.
Why Did You Join Studio 5?
Hu：Let’s talk about the reasons why you joined Studio 5.
Lu：I saw recruitment information on Plurks.
（※Plurk is popular SNS in Taiwan.（https://www.plurk.com/）
As Twitter, it bases on text about small talk and features “Timeline” interface.）
Lin：Same as Lu! Animation company? Great!
Why do you want to make animation?
Hu: But why do you want to make animaiton?
Lu: Most of my friend in school studied 2D art design, but I wasn’t as interested in that. I want to make “moving pictures”.
Hu: How about Hikari?
Lin: Well… Because I like animation a lot and story too. So, I wanted to work at an animation company.
What Do You Think About Studio 5?
Hu: The next question is what do you think about Studio 5. Any answer is welcome!
Lin: I like the atmosphere between colleagues. Time flies by when I work.
Hu: I see…Just like night comes immediately.
Lu: I like how it feels when we chat together.
Hu: Everyone has similar hobbies here so it’s easy to have a great conversation.
Lu: Yeah, that’s what I mean. And which reminds me of that Miso soup, the Director’s souvenir, was very unforgettable. But I’ve only eaten it once! (Laugh)
Hu: Next. What animation has impressed upon you the most?
Lu: ”MONONOKE” maybe…
Hu: ”MONONOKEHIME”? Princess Mononoke?
Lu: No, I mean “Mononoke”. The protagonist sells medicine. I really like the art and story of Mononoke. It’s full of metaphors.
Hu: What about Hikari?
Lin: I like a lot of animation. But when it come to memorable ones, I think it would have to be Pixar.
Hu: Which parts impressed on you the most?
Lin: The subtle details maybe. And the relationships between characters and their emotions.
Hu: Any scenes you remember the most?
Lin: In “Princess Mononoke”, when all the Kodamas(tree elves) rattle their heads.
Goals for the Future
Hu: Good! Then, please share your goals for the future.
Lin: I think my goals should be working faster and improving the overall quality of my work…
Hu: So do you think you can do better?
Lin: Yeah. I’m a freshman so I still have a lot of things to learn. I want more opportunities to work on animation. In my former projects, I didn’t get the chance to make any animation.
Lu: I’m still inexperienced, so when someone suddenly gives me instructions, I feel like, “eh? What am I doing now?”. And unlike school, the company makes animation in a different way, so it’s hard to catch up with.
Hu: Any other goals you want to share?
Lu: Staying healthy. Making animation is heavy work, so you need a strong body, otherwise it’ll be very hard on you.
Hu: I see. And it’s the end of our interview, thank you both very much.