A Magician in the World of Creature F/X
When I was fourteen years old, far too young to be officially allowed to watch that sort of stuff, I watched Friday the 13th on a home copied VHS tape. When I watched the scene where Kevin Bacon is murdered by having an arrow stabbed through his neck, instead of being freaked out like other fourteen-year-olds might have been, I was captivated. I reckoned I could figure out how the effect was done – it was like a magic trick, and I was already developing a magic obsession, although apparently my parents got a very different impression. "We always thought you hated magic," my mum said, years later when I told her I was applying to join The Magic Circle, "Paul Daniels would come on the telly and you'd disappear off to your room." Little did she and my dad know I was sneaking off to watch it in my bedroom, where I wouldn't be distracted...
When did you feel you had "made it" as a magician?
My honest answer is that it all depends on how you quantify making it. As a teenager, the thought that I might be able to make a living doing the thing I love was unfathomable in so many ways. When I was given The Princes Trust support it felt like I was finally being taken seriously. To be given money to invest in my passion from Prince Charles of all people was definitely a pivotal moment. Then, when the business actually started to be successful and was able to support me full time, in some ways I felt like I had made it. Naturally, I’ve always been ambitious - as magicians, I think we are all striving to improve and see how far we can take things. So over the years, the success got bigger than I could have ever imagined! After 3 sell-out headline shows at London’s o2 arena performing for 12,000 people a night, I definitely felt on top of the world - I felt invincible!
“I think on some level, you do your best things when you’re a little off-balance, a little scared. You’ve got to work from mystery, from wonder, from not knowing.” – Willem Dafoe
I have been making some crazy shit recently—music, maybe, or at least intentional noise. I love groups like ‘Sigur Ros’ and ‘Explosions in the Sky’ and wanted to see what would happen if I took a little time out of every day to explore that landscape for myself. I set out on this particular expedition about two years ago and still haven’t found my way home. Who knows where this will lead, or if it will lead anywhere at all, but for now I will say this:
A Magician in the world of VFX
Do you ever go to the movies and see something that makes you go “how the heck did they do that?” Well, I know how they did it. For those of you who don’t know me, Hi! I’m Josh Janousky, I’m an animator currently working and living in Montreal. I’ve been lucky enough to work on some pretty amazing films that you may have heard of. I’ve wanted to be an animator since I was 5 years old, so it still blows my mind each day that I get to wake up animate characters for blockbuster movies...