You are an animator. I am an animator. And chances are pretty good that we’re both human beings as well. Guess what? So are the masters who create the fantastic works you go to the theater (or your living room TV, or your computer) to see. Some of them have come and gone, but many are still out there working on what’s next. Have you told them how you feel?
The truth is we all love hearing that our work has touched someone’s life. After all, most of the time we create for others, not for ourselves. We don’t craft a beautiful animation and hide it away so no one else can enjoy it. We share, hoping what we’ve done will help someone else experience what we did when we created it.
The next time you see a film (or maybe you’ve just seen one) that has an animated scene you really admire, why not try to contact the animator(s) who worked on it? Imagine if you were in their shoes: You just spent years perfecting as best as you could a scene that has your heart and soul in its movements. Suddenly a letter arrives at your door from someone who recognizes all the effort you put in, and truly appreciates it. Really, as animators, we know better than anyone the huge amount of work it takes to make something great in an animation. Think about how outstanding it would feel to hear from a fan of that work!
You may not hear back. Animators are busy people, as I’m sure you know from being one. Still, it’s good to know you acknowledged the effort of another animator, another human being, like you. And who knows? Maybe one day an envelope will appear in your mailbox from someone who adores your work just as much.
Don’t put it off, why not write it right now? It will only take a moment and you can really make a difference to someone you’re inspired by.