Red Ogna is the lead character animator on the upcoming kids show “Galaxy-Boy Delivery” from All Ages of Geek. In this interview, we speak with Red who is also an independent animator who recently worked on the opening animation for “Galaxy-Boy Delivery”. Red shares some insights on the challenges and highlights of creating the animation, as well as some tips for other animators who are just starting out.
He discusses the importance of working with independent creatives and the potential for a Kickstarter campaign for the series. He also shares his thoughts on the animation industry and offers tips for animators on getting paid and protecting their work from theft.
We’ve interviewed you before the launch of the Galaxy-Boy Delivery opening animation, but here we are again! So be sure to introduce yourself and show off your amazing work!
My name is Red Ogna, I do comics, animation, and video creation on the side.
What was the most challenging part about creating the Galaxy-Boy Delivery opening? What was your favorite part?
The most challenging part was getting used to the new tools I had to use. The tool I was most comfortable with had certain limitations to animation, and to change it up, I had to use two new programs to accommodate the lack of features the old program had. This lead to some redraws, and adjustments to work process but it all turned out okay by the end.
My favorite part was probably just seeing everything come together. After all that hard work, it’s really nice to the thing that was once in your head play all at once like you dreamed it!
As an independent animator what are some tips you have for other animators who are just starting out or are looking for work?
Post your work! Even if they’re all WIPs (work in progress), you need to show some of your progress off. Animation needs a lot of work before it sees the light of day, so it’s nice to keep a nice timeline of the development, as well as show your viewers the behind the scenes of your work.
I posted a tutorial on how to make a specific part of an animation in this link:
And while I may not be active on my art youtube, it’s nice to have proof of how I did it.
Give examples of the Galaxy-Boy Delivery opening where it started as a draft, to clean-up, coloring, touch-ups and then the final project!
The initial storyboards did not have the characters popping out, but we added it because we needed the characters to be present at the first scene of the animation.
Galaxy-Boy Delivery is a kids show focused on teaching kids social skills, how to read and all about geek culture. As one of the artists behind the project what are you most excited for?
I’m excited to see this come together! I’d love to know all about this universe Stilo and Korl live in and the types of lessons they teach. I also wanna hear what they sound like!
In the future a major goal for the series is to launch a Kickstarter campaign for an animated kids series. Why do you think it’s important to work with and hire independent animators, artists, writers and other creatives?
Well, in my opinion, working with independent animators, artists, writers, and other creatives is just so crucial because they bring their own unique voice and perspective to a project. I mean, they’re not tied down by the usual rules and expectations of a big organization, so they’re free to come up with fresh and exciting ideas. Plus, diversity is key! Having a mix of different people with different backgrounds and skills on the team can lead to a more inclusive and representative final product. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love learning from new people and different perspectives?
What would you change about the animation industry?
I’d love to change the western stigma of animation is a genre. Animation is not a genre, but a means to express and tell different stories. Often times people over look animation and just call it for kids, or people who are clinging to their childhood, but we’ve seen places like Japan embrace animation as this wholy different story telling medium and their animation industry is so prominent because of that different approach.
What are some tips to other animators on making sure they get paid and avoid theft?
- Always have a contract in place before starting any work, so you’re clear on the payment terms.
- Watermark your animations and use file protection to keep your work safe from theft.
- Keep records of your work, expenses and any correspondence with clients, just in case.
- Learn about copyright laws so you know your legal rights as a creator.
- Be professional but assertive when dealing with clients or collaborators.
- Be careful about sharing your work online and use copyright management services.
- Try to get at least a part of the payment upfront before starting any work.
- Have a plan B, if things go wrong, know where to take legal action.
Remember, protecting your work and getting paid is your responsibility as an animator, don’t let anyone take advantage of you!
What do you like the most about creating stories and art centered around space?
I’ve always found space, physics, and philosophy to be really fascinating subjects, but because I’m not really good at the specifics, and math of all things, so instead I took to the pen and just wrote and drew what space would be like.
I always found the idea of the infinite space as a place where anything can happen, from magic to monsters, and a place of danger and treasure. The possibilities and endless in the infinite and that’s what I gravitate to space in my art.
Share all your links, what you’re working on now and what you’re hopeful for in the future!
Right now, I’m currently working on a comic which I’ll submit for a contest in August.
Other than that, I have a twitter where you can find me ramble about videogames, Pokemon, and see all my doodles at: www.twitter.com/redogna
It’s clear that Red Ogna is a talented and passionate animator who is excited to bring the world of Galaxy-Boy Delivery to life. From overcoming challenges in the animation process to sharing tips with fellow animators, Red’s dedication to the craft is something to look up to. We can’t wait to see the final product and the adventures of Stilo and Korl as they teach kids about social skills, reading, and geek culture. And who knows, maybe we’ll even see a Galaxy-Boy Delivery Kickstarter campaign in the future! So let’s keep an eye out for this amazing project and for Red’s future endeavors in the animation world!