Sam Barnett - Operator - Frame Freak Studio

Interview with Sam Barnett: Operator & Stop Motion

Sam Barnett is a Stop Motion animator based in Los Angeles who’s create films like I am the Eggman, Tom and now the success horror series known as Operator. The episode 1 of Operator was so successful that it made the front page of Reddit and people all over the world asked for more.

(Be sure to watch the video interview below!)

He launched a small Kickstarter campaign in order to fund a second episode and he got $12K+ to do it. This time he’s doing another Kickstarter campaign to fund the web series made of 13 episodes.

You can check her website and all his work here:
Operator’s Kickstarter Campaign

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Interview with Sam Barnett:

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In this Episode, You Will Learn:The Creative Hustlers Show - Frame Freak Studio

  • Sam Barnett’s Story
  • How Operator came to exist
  • Pros and Cons of working with big studios
  • Pros and Cons of being independent
  • How to become better at creating stories that matter

Actionable Steps

  • Internet can be a huge help to promote your work but also a huge waste of time.
  • Work harder to create a great story, focus more time in it. Most people focus on the fun of making the film and lose track of the quality of the story.
  • Don’t get into art if you’re not 100% committed to it. It’s hard and it takes a long time, but if you really want it, this will be worth it.
  • If you want to be a director then focus on making a lot of shorts,
    if you want to be an animator, prepare to invest 10 years of your time or more.
  • Keep meeting people who inspire you and who you can exchange ideas to improve your work.


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Now it’s Your Turn!

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