Viewers are gearing up for the premiere of Making It Australia that is set to showcase the talent of Manly animator Rizaldy Valencia and 12 others tomorrow night on Channel 10.
Rizaldy was born in the Philippines and moved to Australia 29 years ago to fulfil his dream of working for the Walt Disney Company.
The animator lives in Manly with his wife and two kids (twin boys) and enjoys connecting with the local culture and experience, especially playing beach volleyball.
The Northern Beaches animator has skills in 2D and 3D production, creating toys and various characters from scratch and hopes to wow viewers with his capabilities in the new series.
Rizaldy’s love and passion for animation started in his younger years after being inspired by his own father.
Growing up in extreme poverty in the Philippines, he was motivated to make anything he could from the materials he had.
“Growing up in a developing country, it was very challenging and difficult, but I made the most out of what we had and was resourceful in creating objects that would be functional,” he said.
Following in his father’s footsteps with animation, Rizaldy says his dad was very supportive in his formative years.
“My dad has taught me a lot of things, knew I was talented and saw potential in me. He once told me, above anything, be a good person.”
Q and A with ‘Rizaldy”
Most appealing animation? Disney and Sony are definitely two appealing types of animations as they bring entertainment to life, especially for kids.
What is it about animation you love most? Animation motivates me because it’s not just about the beauty, but the functionality of the animation. Animation has changed from traditional animation, to now 3D animation, with new programs allowing you to simply write on a computer screen.
One piece of advice for future animators? Never stop learning with your skills because there is no master. We are always learning new things. Animation is simple yet complex as it involves imagining what you intend to design.
What excites you most about the new series Making it Australia? I’m looking forward to showcasing my DIY tips to people because the function of learning is so powerful.
Making It Australia will be hosted by Susie Youssef and Harley Breen and will feature 13 highly talented makers who will demonstrate their artistic genius, unique skills and passion for craft.
The new series will see the makers saw, sequin and sculpt their way through several challenges for the prize of $100,000 and the title of the Master Maker. As Rizaldy advocates, “In today’s society we are so wasteful with our materials, why dump it, when you can use your DIY skills and make something out of it.”
Channel 10 has just finished airing the latest season of The Bachelor and has kept fans on the edge of their seats with teasers for the new series.
Tune into Making It Australia on Wednesday 15 of September at 7.30pm, on Channel 10.