An infectious love for animation: Gael Borgess


Mariam Nassuna, Staff Writer

Meet Gael Borgess, a senior whose passion for 3D animation is nothing short of infectious. With a natural talent for bringing characters to life through computer-generated imagery, Gael’s love for this medium has driven him to consider pursuing it as a career. But what motivates this young artist, and what makes him stand out in the competitive world of animation? Get ready to dive into the world of Gael Borgess, a rising star in 3D animation.

 When asked about his college plans, he stated that he was applying specifically to the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, which is where he wants to go. He was also accepted into Eastern and State colleges but considered them only as safeties.

“I want to be a 3D animator, and I’m currently working on it,” he said. “I developed the passion as a junior. I used to edit videos, and I found that animating is like you can create the content, so that makes it that much more imaginative, and then you can just go off and say a bunch of things.”

When asked about his passion for animation, Gael replied, “It probably started in junior year, and yeah, as I said, I developed it.” He discovered his passion while editing videos for the game Fortnite, and he used to make money by editing videos for other people. 

“So I developed a passion for editing videos and being creative,” he said. “And through that, I found animation. I was like; I can take it a step further and make my videos.”

Gael plans to stick with animation through college and is excited to bring his ideas to life. 

“It’s something that’s very profound and something that I really enjoy, like bringing something to life,” he said. “It’s like magic, right? So once I go to college, I hope that I can stick through it, do whatever I can.”

Gael’s biggest struggle in pursuing animation has been financial. He mentioned that animation, in itself, is a struggle because it is time-consuming.

“I didn’t think it was going to be so time-consuming,” he said. “Like making someone move their hand, you literally have to edit every single bone in their body just to get some motion, so that in and of itself is difficult, but I loved it.”

Despite the struggles, Gael remains focused on his goal. 

“In the future, I would like to work on a big-budget film like Disney or Pixar,” he said. “But if not, I could do something like make my own videos and sell my own products.”

Gael expressed gratitude for his mother’s support. 

“Of course, my mother is like the most beautiful, best person I know,” he said. “She’s like my best friend, and I guess that she’s not like all Hispanic people in the sense that you come from a different place and you want to just be adopted or something like that. She’s like; you can do whatever you want. Just gotta do it well.”