Watching their favorite childhood shows, children rarely wonder what goes into creating a cartoon.
It isn’t until they’ve grown up that they realize how much effort it takes to bring these shows to the screen. Behind the scenes, various actors, writers and animators take part in the process, bringing these classic characters to life.
With animation experience under his belt, Tuck Tucker, the supervising storyboard director for “SpongeBob SquarePants,” knows what it’s like to take part in such a phenomenon.
Tucker visited Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 20 to hold a presentation, exploring his time with his animation career as well as talking about his work with “SpongeBob SquarePants.” He also took the time to work with a 3D animation class taught by Thomas Tucker, assistant professor for the School of Visual Arts.
After Tucker showed them an animatic form of an episode called “The Splinter,” the students had the chance to create their own endings to the story. These versions of the episode were later shown during his presentation.
The Collegiate Times had the opportunity to sit down with Tucker to discuss his work.
The Collegiate Times: Can you tell me more about your time in Virginia, how you became involved with animation, and how that took off?