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I Have a Question Dana Sink

In which Chris Robinson asks animators profound and inane questions that have little to do with animation. Today's guest is U.S. indie animator, Dana Sink (Power).

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Dana Sink is an indie animator from Pennsylvania. His films have played on many screens, probably more than your Mom’s films. He agreed to meet me on the ledge of a hotel window above a nearby airfield gate at the New Chitose Airport in October 2014 whilst being serenading by approaching Japanese police cars and screaming Dutch tourists.

I get the greatest pleasure from....

Besides making art and animations? Eating cookies. Canada has some pretty good cookies. 

The trait I like least about myself is

I get hangry… I eat a lot of sugar to balance that out… not the best idea.

The book I value above all others is

It’s a tie between three books:

Lucian Freud, The Studio   by Lucian Freud

Piet Mondrian: Life and Work

Animation Sketchbooks      by Laura Heit

I love seeing contemporary animators’ processes. 

A (non-family member) person I have high respect for is....  

Peter Millard. I like that he produces a nice body of work with a unique and relevant vision. I am able to easily see references to art history’s past while connecting his vision to the future of animation. I see him pushing boundaries of animation not unlike the abstract expressionists pushed the boundaries of the art world. The first time I saw one of his animations (Hogan) it blew my mind and changed my art and how I see animation forever.

The song that makes me tingle is....“Perfect Day” by Lou Reed

The funniest thing that happened to me….

I was hit by a car in a grocery store parking lot. It was kind of weird because when I was on top of the car (not realizing what happened), the only thing I cared about was not scratching the car with my car keys. I was ok. It was such a perfect day. 

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A well-known figure in the world of independent animation, writer, author & curator Chris Robinson is the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.