Eric Miller Talks with University of Utah Animation Students

On March 14th of this year I had the pleasure of meeting with animation students from the University of Utah.  I told them a little about my past experiences, and how I eventually started my own animation company.  It was really great to talk with them and answer some of the questions they had about the industry. They also gave me some really cool University of Utah swag.

I found the below article about their trip on the university's website, and since Eric Miller Animation Studios was mentioned I thought I'd share with our readers.  An excerpt is below, and links to read the full article are at the end.


Best Regards,

The Animation Career Trek: A Journey through the Animation Industry of LA

By Guest Writer: Rachel Luebbert

The lifespan of a student is quick and fleeting. Within a few short years, a student soaks in a breadth of knowledge and is then released into the free air of the professional world. This transition is exciting and can provoke many questions regarding the navigation of the professional world.

In a partnership with Career Services, the College of Fine Arts and the Department of Film and Media Arts, ten animation students explored these very questions during spring break. With help from students leaders Taylor Mott and Daniel Stergios, Career Coach Eric Bloomquist and Academic Advisor Jennifer McLaurin, the Animation Career Trek traveled to Los Angeles where students gained insights to the Animation Industry. Career Treks are trips hosted by Career Services that surround talking to current employees about their professional experiences. This is the first Animation Career Trek and the first to travel outside of the Utah.

The trip lasted four days and was a diverse compilation of visits to large and small studios as well as intimate Q & A sessions with animation professionals. On the first day, students took a tour of DreamWorks Animation Studios and heard from the CEO of Eric Miller Animation Studios. David Sainz described their tour of 6-Point Harness, a smaller animation studio: “During our visit they gave us a detailed breakdown of what the pipe line looks like to fully create an animated film—from starting a project to the final product. This is something I could never really imagine until this tour.” At a networking dinner later in the trip, the students talked to individuals in all different roles of animation; from an intern to a production coordinator to a storyboard artist, each individual offered a unique perspective on the path to enter the film industry. Sainz explained, “During this dinner, I talked to Alejandro Melendez who works as a creative executive at Film 45. He gave me suggestions to stand out in such a competitive industry.” Students heard firsthand the importance of building their network.

Continue Reading the full article on The University of Utah's website.

Eric M. Miller

Eric is the CEO, and Executive Producer of Eric Miller Animation Studios.