Jasmine Katatikarn is a Senior Lighting Technical Director at Blue Sky Studios, where she has been working for over 10 years. Her lighting credits include Spies in Disguise, Ferdinand, Peanuts, Rio 2, Epic, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Rio, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ghost Town, and The Nanny Diaries.
In addition to working over 10 years on the feature animation side of the industry, Jasmine has 6 years of experience working in commercials with a skillset in photoreal lighting, along with a variety of other styles.
A note from me:
When I graduated from college with an Economics degree, I felt a bit lost on what career path I wanted in life. I went to many finance-related job interviews and quickly decided it was not the path for me. This is when I went back to my original passion, the arts. Since I was young, I was taught I should not pursue anything artistic if I wanted a realistic career that did not involve struggling for money. I was always pushed to do something more practical instead, thus the economics degree. It was not until I was 21 years old that I decided to forget about “being practical” and do what would give me inspiration every day and I haven’t looked back since.
I started building a portfolio from scratch the summer after I graduated from college and, by some miracle, landed a job in package design at Godiva Chocolatier. During this time I was introduced to the world of 3D animation through an instructor that was teaching me basic 2D graphic skills. I was instantly intrigued by this new art medium that combined both aesthetic and technical skills. This is when I applied to graduate school at NYU for a Masters of Science in Digital Imaging and Design.
My first job in animation was working on 3D medical visualization. From that experience, I was able to propel myself into VFX and commercial projects at The Mill, Framestore, and RhinoFX for seven years before moving into feature animated film work at Blue Sky Studios. Along with working on animated films, I also had the pleasure of co-authoring a book entitled Lighting for Animation: The Art of Visual Storytelling.
I have never looked back and am so grateful I decided to follow my dreams and chase the “unpractical” career route.