Eric Stars

Meet Eric. He’s been part of the Fivestone family for years, coming in regularly as a freelance animator. We’re proud to announce that he’s finally joined us full time! Get to know a little bit about him below:

Eric Stars

WHO ARE YOU?

I was born in Pennsylvania, but I’m a Mississippi kid at heart. The Magnolia State isn’t the most progressive but the sweltering summers have given us cultural greats like William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Muddy Waters, BB King & Jim Henson. Nashville is my second home. I’m consistently surprised by the creative opportunities in Music City and I truly enjoy the advantages of being a visual artist in a city of musicians.

WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?

I credit that to a lack of adult supervision on career day. I’ve always gravitated towards things that are fun and animation is certainly that. Decent people shouldn’t live in a world where I’m a medical doctor or a Supreme Court Justice.

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?

I grew up in the glorious era of VHS, and my dad was an early adopter of the camcorder. My love of watching movies (Jaws, T2) became a passion for making movies. By the time I was in high school I had a rather impressive filmography that included adaptations of Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and a killer highlight reel of the ’94 World Cup. I have an enormous archive of video creations that fortunately landed in the basement before the era of YouTube. My artistic journey kind of snowballed from there. I’m a proud graduate of the art program at Mississippi State University and I spent an immersive two years studying character animation from industry giants at Animation Mentor.

WHY FIVESTONE?

I know that I’m very biased, but I personally think they’re some of the best in the discipline. I really believe that surrounding myself with people who are more skilled and talented is the best way to grow. Mediocrity doesn’t fly within these walls and I’m sent home everyday with artwork I’m proud to hang on the refrigerator.

ANY SPECIFIC GOALS?

In the past 10 years we’ve witnessed media and visual storytelling evolve in ways that were impossible to predict. My main goal is to never become obsolete. In a world where projection mapping and virtual reality are changing the experience of entertainment, there’s little interest in hearing some dude yammer on about how awesome 35mm is or was.

SOMETHING RANDOM?

Several years ago I had a chance to meet my lifelong hero James Cameron. I stupidly passed on the opportunity because I felt there was no way he’d casually attend an event as a random spouse. Enough time has passed that I’m comfortable speaking about it.