John Pomeroy Interview

To celebrate joining Taught By A Pro, John Pomeroy was kind enough to answer a few questions about his career and offer advice to aspiring animators.

What is the best advice you ever received?

John Pomeroy: From Ollie Johnston, while animating the character “Penny” under his guidance, his sage advice to me was “keep it simple” . Ollie was teaching me this  very basic principle in relation to dialogue, since I tend to get complicated with mouth shape, Ollie was teaching me “phrasing” and the art of following one word into another.

What advice you would give to aspiring artists?

John Pomeroy:  Someone once told me that you have about 20,000 bad drawings to get through before you get to the “Good” ones.  With some it’s less, others more, but what  this was teaching me was the value of “PATIENCE”.  Be patient in your work & especially in your growth.

What is your favorite movie (animated or live action)

John Pomeroy:  I have so many, put if I had to  choose the all time fav, it would be Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” .  I never get tired of it.  It’s rich in spirit, faith, storytelling, character,..and I always cry.  As far as animated… I have so many, but my favorite is Disney’s “Cinderella”.

What is your proudest achievement?

John Pomeroy:  That would have to be animating the character of “Milo” in Disney’s “Atlantis, The Lost Empire”. Close second would be “The Great Owl” in “The Secret Of Nimh”.


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  • Joe

    Thanks for sharing John. Milo was great. But, I have say that anything from the Secret Of Nimh pulls on my heart strings. Such amazing animation. The passion really shines through.