We had the good fortune of connecting with Anne Maslen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anne, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
When I was a kid, I had severe ear infections that lead to temporary deafness. My speech was delayed as a result, and so my mom encouraged me to communicate by writing and drawing. My hearing eventually came back, but I kept drawing at every opportunity. As I grew up watching cartoons and anime, I knew that this was something that I would love to be a part of, that I could communicate stories through the medium of animation. Now, as a storyboard artist, I get to do just that, and I hope that my art can encourage other people to do the same.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m currently a storyboard artist, but I got my start as a design PA at ShadowMachine, on the show Tuca and Bertie. I learned a lot about the animation pipeline, and helped with several different departments. I worked my way up to Retakes Animation Coordinator, where I helped during post-production as well. Eventually, I was reached out to by a different team at ShadowMachine, and am now a storyboard artist on the show Strange Planet for Apple TV. Every step has been a challenge, but I’ve learned the importance of putting in the time and effort, being passionate about the work you do, and understanding how critical the details are to the final picture.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a big fan of Republic of Pie on Magnolia in NoHo for a bite to eat, and Boba Guys right across the street for a little pick-me-up. Hiking around the Griffith Observatory is a must for anyone, just to get the view of the whole city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shout out Chelsea Holt, fellow SJSU alumni and storyboard artist at Warner Brothers Animation, who encouraged and supported me every step of the way on my journey.