Glass half full or half empty? This metaphor was the subject of a beautiful short film entitled “The Wisdom of Pessimism” that Claudio Salas spearheaded last year. And even though I did have the privilege of collaborating with him on the project I actually never spoke with him directly.
This episode serves just that purpose. Claudio and I get to know each other in this conversation so please keep that in mind as you listen. Claudio, it turns out, is a down to earth and flat out humble Swede who has an interesting story of globetrotting from city to city, country to country, bouncing around like a tennis ball and has currently landed in London. We cover a lot of “get to know you” turf here and it’s a lovely chat that I hope you enjoy.
Sharing family origins | How Claudio learned to draw | Watching and drawing cartoons | Hyper Island | Jens Sjobergh, Andreas Wannerstedt, Frederick Stutterheim | Claudio’s education | The Swedish BBC | Back to Hyper Island | Internship with Buck | Moving to the US & LA | Living Values | Drive less walk more, design, animation | Stephen Kelleher, Thomas Schmid, Yker Moreno, Jeremy Sahlman | Black Math | From Buck LA to Buck NY | Gareth O’Brien, Fede Reano, Jose Fuentes | Almost crossing paths | Living in NY | Globetrotting to London | Studio AKA, Man vs. Machine, Mainframe | Back to Buck LA | Claudio’s wife Emily Suvanej | Back to London again | The Wisdom of Pessimism | Alain de Botton & The School of Life | Joe Donaldson | Mikey Please | Bee Grandinetti | TBS Bumper | The satellite project & studio | Accolades of the WOP film | Self initiated work | Work that shares your values | Next 5 to 10 years | Claudio is a pessimist | Glass half empty drink | Animade | Donald Trump | Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt | Claudio is sick of the C2C song “Down the Road” used in reels | Charlie Kaufman & Anomalisa | Moth Collective | Thomas Schmid