Raji Fortu

  • Date: August 4th, 2015
  • Author: admin

Animation production is serious business and a seasoned Educator and Animator shares his thoughts on what its like to be in the Animation Industry.



Who is Raji Fortu?

I am a professional Animator for almost 25 years now doing Traditional and 3D animation alternately. I am also an educator.


How did you end up in Animation?

I was in a different field before becoming an animator, I was in the field of engineering and programming. Then I saw an ad from a local newspaper that said Hanna-Barbera/ Fil-Cartoons are accepting new batches of trainee for their Production Studio. I applied and got accepted. And the rest as they say was history.


Tell us about your professional experience working in the Animation Industry.

Starting out in Animation was difficult, you had to learn on your own and on-the-job. You learn from the “Masters” by spending a lot of time studying their style and work.


Any memorable experiences?

Every phase in my animation career had their share of memorable experiences, but the high light would be working with Glenn Kennedy Director for Dream Productions in 1995. Another was when I worked on the classic Aladdin the series from Disney Animation and also when I directed for Columbia Tristar and Cinegroupe of Canada for the much anticipated Heavy Metal 2 the movie.


Who were your mentors?

I consider every “Master” I worked with my mentor. To name a few, Rome Ferrer would be one of them, Vic Santiago, San Jin Kim, Steve Baker and Dr. No from Korea.


Tell us about the 2D/3D Animation Production Program of First Academy.

The strength of First Academy’s 2D/3D Animation Production program lies in the active ties between curriculum and actual studio production requirements. Students will learn their proper places under a production pipeline without violating overlap functions. Though Animation is an integral part of production, it is just one of many skills that students will learn in the program. Each student will develop a variety of skills such as Script writing, Color Styling, Layout for Backgrounds, Storyboarding, Clean up, IB, Concept design, etc. More importantly, students will be able to create their own pilot cartoon animation series that can be pitched to animation studio producers locally and abroad.