An animated vision
Raman Hui Shing-ngai has dedicated more than 20 years of his life to the art of animation. His talent in animation was recognised shortly after graduation, with an award at the Hong Kong Independent Film Festival. He set off for the
How did you become an animator?
About 20 years ago, I was studying graphic design at the
Did people generally encourage you?
I am very lucky because my family has always been supportive. Initially, though, my friends didn’t understand what I was doing and worried that I’d made the wrong choice. That was in the mid-80s, when most of the jobs seemed to be in banking and finance. Only a few people worked in animation and, to others, even the term seemed strange. Later on, of course, I had many good friends working in the same profession and became more confident about my career.
How did you join PDI/Dreamworks?
I submitted an animation I did in
What are your main duties?
I’m in the office every day and find it’s always fun to go to work. Right now, I’m working in
How did you move from character designer to director?
In the early days, when we were doing Shrek 1 and 2, I was re
Are you conscious of being a pioneer?
When I was still in advertising, computers weren’t used much in
What would you like to do next?
I have been working on Shrek movies since 1997, so was glad for the chance to direct Kungfu Panda – Secret of the Furious Five. It was a 30-minute short movie with Chinese elements, which I thoroughly enjoyed doing. The producer, Karen Forster, was very sensitive about the storyboard and I learnt a lot from her.
Beyond that, I would like to contribute something more to both
What advice do you have for someone who wants to work in the animation industry?
Animation is a time-consuming process. You need to be patient with the process and have to wait a long time for the results
- Won the Best Animation Award at the
Hong KongIndependent Film Festival 1984
- Was the lead character designer/supervising animator for Antz 1998
- The supervising animator of Shrek, the Oscar-winning Best Animated Feature 2002
- World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer Award 2008
- Bronze Bauhinia Star from the
Hong Konggovernment 2009