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Animation Insider’s goal is to focus on the blue collared worker of animation; the back bone of the industry. We want to focus on the people in the trenches who make the award winning stuff we love.  Basically if your job is or ever was associated in some way with animated movement, we want to interview you! Even if you’re a big famous hotshot you weren’t always and I’m sure you’ve got great stories to tell! We think everybody has stories to tell from the trenches of animation!

If you’ve ever been in the Animation, Feature film or video game industry, please feel free to send us an email and we will send you the questionnaire!

NOTE: Can’t find the interview you came for? Just do a quick search in the box on the top right column and it will come up. 

Christophe Vacher

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Christophe Vacher, I am currently doing the VFX Art direction and color design for the TV series “Transformers Prime”.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Well, everything I did outside animation was actually parallel activities. Although I never was interested in being an actor at all, I had the opportunity to be an extra on different indie movies and commercials here in Hollywood.  Nothing too crazy, really, but I think the most fun I had was the day I was hired as a stunt man on the History Channel show “Deadliest Warrior” (because of my martial arts background). We rehearsed stunts for 2 days and had a blast, but at the last minute, the producers and director changed the story, and instead of being a French commando freeing hostages from Somali pirates, I became a French tourist on a yacht being assaulted by Somali pirates en route to measure themselves to a Colombian drug Cartel. Bummer… 😀  Still got paid and had lots of fun doing it, though!
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I think my favorite project to this day remains having been the art director of the movie “9” (produced by Tim Burton), for which I was nominated for an Annie Award.  The “Transformers Prime” TV show I am art directing now is pretty cool to, and I won an Continue…

Teodor Ajduk

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Teodor Ajduk, animator

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Animation is crazy enough. Nothing can be compared with her.

How did you become interested in animation?
Naturally, Disney, Don Bluth,  Looney tunes,Tom and Jerry, Tex Avery and  Zlatko Grgic are guilty for Continue…

Narina Sokolova

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Narina Sokolova
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Hmm. Never really had a crazy job, worked as an art teacher in art school, if you can call dealing with 20 kids and make them draw crazy..
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
one of my very first animations jobs, Jonny Bravo(Hanna Barbera), was an awesome show! Rugrats (Klasky Gsupo) was a great one.My Gym partners is Monkey(Cartoon Network) . Most recently 1st season of the Looney tunes show was rally great gig, and turned out fantastic !..I mean i am really proud of most of projects i was on .. Got a chance to work with some incredibly talented people.
How did you become interested in animation?
Was always fascinated by animation. Just a magic seeing images come to life and tell a story through pictures… :) And of course some animated films are such an amazing pieces of art ,It moves you in so many levels .  I always thought it is the future of visual arts, but now Continue…

Yvonne Grzenkowicz

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Yvonne Grzenkowicz,Animator.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I have worked as an Art Director (kid’s summer camp), Breakfast Cook, Burrito Maker, Dishwasher, Waitress, Box Office Ticket Seller, Art Teacher (workshops & lessons), Art Framer, Gallery Assistant, AutoCAD Draftsperson, Executive Assistant, and Artist’s Assistant, I did set work for a night, and had a Newspaper Art Listing column for a short while.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I was part of “Team Sesame” at Callaway Digital Arts and we build an iOS digital publication of “The Great Cookie Thief”. That was a really fun project.

How did you become interested in animation?
I’ve always been interested in telling stories. Animation is Continue…

Darko Tomicic

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Darko Tomicic. I am 2D and 3D animator and animation director on clips for Croatian National Television.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?

I worked as accountant in meat factory, and occasionally as security officer between two animation projects.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?

I enjoyed working on animated series Mr. Bean in Varga Studio Budapest, but I was even happier to work on Tom Jones musical video Give a Little Love. I animated several scenes, designed some characters and almost all old model cars that appear in the clip. Since I am a huge fan of 40’s and 50’s music and lifestyle I enjoyed a lot designing and animating cars from that period.
Regarding „proud to have been a part of“ I am proud every time people whom I worked for previously and were satisfied with my work call me again for their next project.

How did you become interested in animation? 

As a kid I loved comics and cartoons (don’t remember what was first) and spent most of my free time Continue…

Daniel Zettl

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Daniel Zettl and I’m currently senior animator at Weta Digital
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
To financially support my animation internship after high school, I worked in the halls of the biggest german provider for postal services and was sorting letters and packages every night for a couple hours. Met some pretty quirky people there 😉
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Very proud to have been a part of James Cameron’s Avatar and currently of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.
How did you become interested in animation?
I started out with drawing a lot, doing design jobs and lots of graffiti. At some point the still image, or the single drawing wasnʼt enough anymore and I was searching for something that could unlock whatʼs hidden in me. It had to get it out and on that search I
stumbled over Continue…