Meet the designer of NEIL’s book trailer, Anthony Jones. He just finished his junior year at Shawnee High School in Lima, Ohio. I think he did an incredible job on my trailer, and I believe great things are ahead for him. I’m hoping I can schedule him to do the trailer for LAKE FUN.
I wanted to feature Anthony in an interview, so here are my questions, and his answers!
1. Here’s a toughie to start you off! Describe your style in ten words or less!
Anything that makes me happy and feel like a kid.
(I try to stay attached to my childhood)
2. Can you tell us about your creative work space with us and talk us through what your typical day at work there consists of?
This also relates to the idea in the first question about me being inspired by the things that make me happy and feel like a kid. I surround myself with items that I feel nostalgic for.
I’ve been collecting retro electronics for a long while now, it’s just something that I really enjoy doing. Learning about the history of a certain video game or a piece of audio equipment is just something that peaks my interests. This is also because of the media I grew up on. I had my Dad’s old game consoles to play and the cartoons I watched would reference a lot of the culture from the late 70’s to the early 90’s. So oddly enough, I’m nostalgic for these items that were before my time because I still grew up with them or would learn about them.
It would probably be best to start with my game room, which also serves as my main editing room. I took over this room in my house in 2013 and wanted to make it into a place where I could store all of my video games, in a way that when I had people over it would be impressive and cool. When I started to get into video creation with my dad, we decided to put the computer upstairs and it has always been the same since. I’m definitely starting to outgrow the space, especially with its height, though I definitely can look back on many great memories over the 7 years.
My second place of work would be my bedroom, where I have an old computer setup that I started to learn music making on. I would like to combine these two setups into an all in one soon, that way it raises my productivity in both areas giving me a faster computer for making music and a better sound system to help with editing audio for my videos.
3. I know doing the trailer was pretty great, but what would be your ultimate dream project?
I don’t know if I have one ultimate dream project, but I have more of a bucket list. My goal is to go into video and audio editing, and to respect all of my childhood dreams I would like to do this job in various media, such as Cartoons, Movies, and Video Games. I remember when I was around 6 years old and I wanted to make video games, and I remember when I was 10 and I wanted to make cartoons. Most recently with getting into video editing and the idea of making movies, I realized that this role can fit into all of those categories, which seems really neat.
4. Where do you want to be in a year? In 5 years?
In a year, and it’s hard to wish this because of the amount of variables that this year has created, I hope to be living in California. I hope that I either find a good school or just make due with home schooling and use the extra time to make videos. I hope that my dream college/university accepts me. In 5 years I hope to then graduate from that same college, and either find a great job in the industry working for a company or freelance and try to make a name for myself to work for many different places.
5. Tell me 3 fun facts about yourself!
I’m surprisingly (surprising to myself) good at the puzzle video game Tetris. I’m trying to self-teach piano, a little bit more of the harder stuff now that I’ve got some of the basics. One thing that I have not collected yet is vintage computers, and I would love to own an old IBM computer.
Here’s the link to Anthony’s trailer for NEIL ARMSTRONG’S WIND TUNNEL DREAM. It’s on my book link. Enjoy! Link: http://www.rindabeach.com/books-775072.html
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!