Here I’m back with yet another interview , this time with 24 year old former Hyper Island student Toros Kose . Born & raised in Sweden. Interned at Tronic Studio (Manhattan, New York) & SEHSUCHT (Hamburg , Germany) as a Motion Designer.
Upcoming Internship at Superfad (New York) , Currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
And here from I shall be asking him certain questions pertaining to his work & the industry that he is passionate about.
How did you discover you wanted to be a motion designer ?
I developed an interest for video editing back in high school. I was introduced to After Effects in 2008 and got hooked right away. I loved video editing, and still do, but the possibilities just exploded with Ae. I kept playing with Ae, following tutorials and learning more, doing my own projects etc. I also found Cinema 4D pretty soon.
A friend of mine told be about Hyper Island in late 2009 or early 2010 and I found out that they had a one year motion graphics program, so I made my first showreel, applied and was accepted! I’m not sure if I was planning on being a motion designer back then but I just did what I thought was fun and went with it.
How did you get into your first job in the industry?
My first “job” was an internship I got through my studies at Hyper Island in Stockholm, Sweden. My program ended with a three month period dedicated to do an internship at a company of your choice. I ended up applying to a bunch of places, one of which was Tronic Studio in New York. They liked my reel and I got the internship. I ended up interning there for four months and it was a really great experience and I got to work on really cool projects.
How long have you been in the industry?
Considering I graduated in May 2011 I haven’t been in the industry for long. After Tronic I did another three month internship in Hamburg at SEHSUCHT http://www.sehsucht.de/. This was another great experience and was more design oriented, working more with styleframes and looks than with motion. So counting from May to now I’ve been in the industry for about 7 months. I’m currently signing on for working at Superfad in New York.
What software do you use?
After Effects is definately my main weapon of choice, I even prefer it to Photoshop when I’m not doing motion. I’m just much more comfortable with Ae which also has many great plugins and effects that Ps lack. There seem to be a discussion weather Ps is outdated and if Adobe should make it more like Ae and I agree with this.
For editing I use Premiere, but many times I end up using Ae here as well.For 3D I use Cinema 4D.
How would you describe your style?
Hmm, hard to say. I like to keep things clean and I think alot of my work is very design dependent. At the same time, I’m very broad in what I like to create so I can’t say that I have a particular style. Maybe I will find MY style in a few years, but for now I like experimenting and being open to many styles.
What influences your work?
Day to day life, nature, movies, music. But mainly my own brain and imagination. Being influenced by other peoples work is basically a nicer word for stealing their ideas. But this of course one of the best things you can do as long as you steal what you love and make it your own.
How do you keep your ideas staying fresh?
By keeping up with the industry through blogs, design websites, the work of people and production houses etc. As with everything design, graphic and motion design is full of trends and it’s important to keep up with these to know what’s fresh and what’s been done already. Until it’s time to do it again because then it’s retro.
Are there any plugins you would recommend?
The plugins I use for Ae are Trapcode, Frischluft, RSMB.
What are the biggest challenges you have faced being a motion Designer?
I can’t think of any big challange yet, but being faced with a booring brief from a client is always tough because you have to find motivation. That or you have to make it fun and both are hard to do.
Anyone you’d like to give thanks or show appreciation to ?
I guess that friend who told me about Hyper Island haha. And also Hyper Island because it set me on the path I am on today.
Do you have Any tips/advice for newcomers in this industry ?
I consider myself a newcomer since I’ve been in the industry for less than a year, but my main tip would be to do what you love/love what you do. If you do, it’s going to show through your work and good things will happen.
More practical tips would be to be in a motion design community, do alot of work, and do an internship if you can’t find a job right away. Internship are great gateways to jobs and contacts. Contacts can’t be stressed enough, they will make your life so much easier.
Thank You Toros for your time, wishing you Good Luck for upcoming Internship .
Want to know more about Toros Kose , Visit his Online Portfolio www.toroskose.com or check out his works at