This week’s featured member comes to us from our hometown of Seattle, WA. Patty Hevly is a 4 year Zooppa veteran with a love of photography, graphic design, painting, illustrating, jewelry design, metalwork, and animation. When Patty isn’t busy submitting to Zooppa projects and mastering a new creative skill, you can find her enjoying the beautiful weather and natural surroundings that the Northwest has to offer.
Read on for her full interview!
1. Tell us about yourself, personally and creatively.
I consider myself an all-around artist. I love photography, graphic design, painting, illustrating, jewelry design, metalwork and animation. This leads to a serious shortage of time, as I am always trying to learn something new, improve my current skills or just create.
2. What brought you to the Zooppa community?
I joined the Zooppa community about 4 years ago as a way to earn some extra cash and help me learn new software. I purchased the Adobe Master Collection and wanted to teach myself how to use the video and animation programs in hopes of expanding my skill set beyond graphic design. The projects gave me a purpose along with a deadline.
3. What do you like most about crowdsourced film projects?
I enjoy participating in Zooppa’s crowdsourcing projects as there are no limits put on you as to what type of video or print you can submit, as long as you are following the brief. My quirky illustrations that serious corporate types may not enjoy, helped me place 3rd in Old El Paso’s web banner project as well as 1st in Consumer Reports web banner project over the past 2 years.
Zooppa has really helped change the trajectory of my life. The more video and animation I do, the more I find I want to do. After learning some motion graphics, I thought I would try an illustrated animation for fun. I had a blast doing the animation and proceeded to enter a few more animation videos. I took my illustrations a step further by writing and illustrating my first children’s book, Chasing Tony, last year.
4. Name 3 films/directors that have influenced your work.
Animated films have been my biggest influence the past couple years, studying studios such as Disney and Pixar.
5. Where do/did you go to school? How has your education influenced your filmmaking?
I was a marketing major back in college, so the marketing and advertising classes I took back then have helped me design ads utilizing both marketing and creative points of view.
6. What is your favorite genre of film to create?
Though I plan to continue my animation and motion graphics, you will find me shifting more to traditional filmmaking over the next year, perhaps combining both traditional and animation into my work. I love texture and contrast in my art, so I think you will see my filmmaking become more graphical. I also try not to take myself too seriously, so most my work will show some humor in it.
7. Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon?
This time of year you will find me outdoors enjoying the beautiful Northwest taking full advantage of the weather. Hiking, paddle boarding, hanging with friends and exploring with my camera are all ways I get inspiration to fuel my creative pursuits.
9. What projects are you currently working on?
This year I was excited to take 1st place with the Knorr Recipe Photo Contest. I recently submitted a video entry to I Want to be Recycled and print entries to Canon, Barclaycard, Lindsay Olives, Enel Energy and Mike’s Harder. I enjoy the variety that the brands bring to my photography and animations, and the extra cash from winning makes it even more fun!
10. 10 years from now where will we see you and your films?
I hope in 10 years to see continued success as a photographer as well as a filmmaker.