In the old days, if you wanted to get discovered in Hollywood you had to sit in a malt shop or walk down streets near studios and hope someone spotted you and saw your potential. Times have changed – and now the best way to catch Tinseltown’s eye seems to be by making a video and putting it on the Internet.
This strategy has paid off in a big way for London-based artist/animator James Curran. Last week, Curran had the Internet abuzz with his homemade animated opening credit sequence for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming The Adventures of Tintin. Apparently, Spielberg himself saw the artist’s work – and was so captivated by it (rightly so – it’s excellent) that he’s not only flying Curran to America for the film’s debut, but he’s also hired him to work on his next project, Robopocalypse.
Curran, who’s a huge fan of the original Tintin, crafted his credit sequence in a month’s time using animation based on events from the books and music from the original series. You can check it out below.
As our friends at Joblo point out, the lesson here is twofold – do good work and get it where people can see it and you will get attention. More importantly, though, is work on something you love. Curran nailed it on both counts with this credits sequence – and as his reward, he’ll be working alongside Steven Spielberg on a Hollywood production.
The Adventures of Tintin from James Curran on Vimeo.