Creative Lives — Mental fireworks: talking ideas and digital DIY with Mainframe’s Ian Waters

Posted 05 September 2017 Interview by Marianne Hanoun

They say that a bad workman blames his tools. But in Ian Waters’ case, he just decided to build himself some new ones. Initially hired as an animator by the Manchester branch of motion-graphics studio Mainframe, a growing frustration with the limitations of the software he was using drove him to develop MASH – a plugin that now comes part and parcel with every version of computer program Maya. As head of development, he now spends his days continuing to develop the software, inspired and informed by the way others use the technology – the list of which has grown to include some top secret Hollywood studios. Here, he tells us what it takes to make ‘mental fireworks’ and why you should keep talking. 

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