The animation and the bike
I still remember when my father taught me to ride a bicycle, we were at my house, I won’t forget it. Over the years I perfected the technique. I didn’t only hurt the knees, my head too!, but I went everywhere with my BMX, trying to emulate Los Bicivoladores until one day I fell madly in love with the cinema and the cartoons, I left the bike little by little and I preferred be at home to draw and animate all the pages corners of all the books we are looking for, starting with those of the school and ending, literally, with a new encyclopedia what my parents bought I never understood this punishment, the animation of the kame was the best!
In 1997, then I had worked in a few studios, I decided to found my own studio, Hampa Studio (with another name at that moment), and fuck the books of others. Since then my life has been like a zoetrope, always around my great passion, hobby and suddenly…a day it was my job.
As expected, the working hours were at least 12 hours, few holidays (only, fall down on the bed with face down and lift the face when it was to breathe), and the weekends were the perfect moments to be alone in the study and advance with the work. Before my family and friends!, but it was not an obsession, it was my job, I had finally become responsible, but in reality, I felt like the psychopath who was aiming at war to have an excuse.
Before then I was founding my studio I was a handsome person (Regardless of my hours of drawing and dodging my mother’s slippers). I had a social life quite active, trips, go out with friends, playing video games, go to birthday, train, go out at night, again hit the car, the complaints of the Civil Guard, Go on, the typical!
I was forgetting all these, my great dedication was only to my profession and my desire to tell stories. Besides, I also tell you that the documentaries about the big studios did not help much, more I had known about them, I worked more too, “That John Lasseter was sleeping under the table while he was with his first 3D project ?? !! “, Then I sleep under the table of IKEA. .. if John does it and watch how cool” Cars “(joke for the sector!), Ok…I do it too!” …, then I found out that the guys from Pyro Studios, when they were doing their first video game “commandos”, were a whole year without leaving the studio, “well, come on … to ride a 15M in the office !!, not to mention!”. Then came the death of Steve jobs and I thought, that everything .. everything .. did not have to imitate it either!
As soon as the studio was growing up, my social life was falling too. But for me, the most important thing was the studio and it has been during all that year. When I looked back, I realized that even though we have worked like beasts, the study has grown rhythm that needed to grow, we had bumps, successes, shits, successes, problems, I have not been able to do the movie I want yet, it has not influenced on anything that I had been cloistered between computers and tablets of light.
Now, my working days, .. are not more than 8 hours, we do not go crazy either anymore.
I take my daughter Leia (I know already … this theme, we will treat it another time) to school every day , I soon arrive home in the afternoon to go with my wife and my daughter to the park with her school’s friends and on the weekends I enjoy my family, my friends, a good bike ride and sleep ( I would say that is what I do better).
Finally with all this, I have come to the conclusion that, for making more hours than the clock I won’t reach higher, you have to concentrate your efforts very well, take your time to choose good stories to tell, have your eyes very open to everything that happens into the sector (which is not achieved when you are totally burst), do not be afraid of failure and of course take advantage of good ideas and opportunities without batting an eye.
So I encourage all of you who are starting in this sector and you are also crazy enough to start your own study, that you are very brave, but do not get fatigued (we know each other!), It rests when you are working, do it to death, but do not leave out your life out there. I’ve been lucky because mine is still there, but with a behavior like the one I had, even though you have become Pixar, you will be left with no one, that is when you have had the greatest failure that you can have in this life.
By the way! … All this sheet that I have released, was basically to tell you that on Thursday afternoon I taught my daughter to go by bike, I am happy because it is something that she will never forget … neither me
Alex Cervantes / Ceo – Director / Hampa Studio