Martin Gunnarsson is a Technical Director from Sweden that goes by the name of Deer Stranger. During the day he creates rigs and scripts that are used in commercials and films and by night creates some tools to speed up those boring repetitive tasks in Maya.

(All artists have to answer the same 10 questions.)

1. First and Last Name
Martin Gunnarsson

2. Where are you from? And where are you currently living?
From: Sweden. Living between Sweden and Portugal

3. What’s your main influences?
Music, clever software designs and to brainstorming with my girlfriend.

4. How was your path until this moment? How did you start?
I started exploring 3D with a friend of mine in school, from then I continued tinkering with it on my spare time and later did a course in Sweden that led me to a job in London. I’ve been lucky and had the opportunity to meet some amazing people over the years at companies I’ve worked at such as Mainframe, Analog, and Framestore.
I started as a generalist but got a bug for rigging characters and later writing my own tools to speed up everyday tasks.

I’ve been lucky and had the opportunity to meet some amazing people over the years at companies I’ve worked at…

5. Where do you see yourself next?
I like to continue to breathe life into character with everything that comes with it. Learn more about anatomy, working more with animators and write tools for boring tasks.

6. Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for people in the same area?
If you get stuck with something, move on to something else and come back later with a clear perspective. Also never stop exploring new things, the CGI industry is evolving so fast and you better keep up 🙂

Never stop exploring new things, the CGI industry is evolving so fast and you better keep up 🙂

7. Is there something you are terrible at :)?
I’m a terrible dancer.

8. Tell us 3 things you like

  • Flying my drone over open fields
  • Listening to geeky podcasts
  • Fika (Swedish for Coffe break)

9. And 3 things you don’t

  • Football
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Gossip

10. Last question, what are you listening at the moment (band, specific music or album)
Go go go, by Beat Vince (Feat Genevieve Artadi).


Follow more of Martin’s work at:
Deerstranger.com/

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