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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!

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Jack Cusumano

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Jack Cusumano. I’m currently working at Titmouse painting backgrounds for a show called Randy Cunningham, 9th Grade Ninja.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Probably the weirdest job I’ve had was working in the immunizations department of my university’s health center. I had to answer angry phone calls from incoming students who didn’t have proof of their MMR immunizations. At the same time I was also doing graphic design for the campus health center, which occasionally involved designing posters about sexually transmitted diseases.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Randy’s my favorite show to have worked on, and I’m really excited for people to see it once it’s released. Beyond that, I love working on RAD RAZ, my weekly webcomic for Dumm Comics. I’ve been reading the site and following the other Dumm artists since 2008, so by the time I was asked to come on board in 2010 I was honored to join the team. Tiny Jackie Talk Show, a short I created recently, was another highlight to me. It allowed me to work with some of my favorite voice actors and animation artists: Thurop Van Orman, Penn Ward, Jackie Buscarino, Eric Bauza and Justin Roiland. It was also a treat working with Abed Gheith. People might not be as familiar with him, but I’m a fan of his countless contributions to Channel 101 over the years, and don’t think Tiny Jackie would have worked without his hilarious performance.


How did you become interested in animation? 

I’ve always loved animation, but I spent some of my younger childhood in Italy, where we only got a handful of Continue…

Mark Fellows

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Mark Fellows – Writer – Big Time Rush, Nickelodeon; Johnny Test, Cartoon Network, & Kick Buttowski, Disney.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was a copywriter for a toys company and wrote descriptions for their monster toys.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Walt Disney World Millenium Celebration at EPCOT – I was the Entertainment Manager
How did you become interested in animation?
Once I moved to LA and discovered you can let you imagination go and was confined to production and locations.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from CT, and got into animation writing for Continue…

Old But Good Tech Thursday: ASUS EP121 Computer Tablet Review

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ASUS EP121 Computer Tablet Review
by Herb Moore (interview)

Let me first state that I really like my ASUS EP121 computer tablet, and that’s saying a lot coming from a Motion Computing LE1700 tablet that I worked liked a mule and really enjoyed working on.  If you’re expecting to read a “bashing” review of the ASUS EP121 tablet, it’s not going to happen here.  That’s not to say that it’s perfect, but read on and you’ll understand what I’m getting at.

I use mainly three software programs to create my illustrations and animations: Flash CS6, Photoshop CS6 & Sketchbook Pro 6.  Flash & Photoshop can tax many good computers but work extremely well on the ASUS tablet.  I have on occasion used both programs simultaneously and the tablet keeps clicking along just fine.  I do create artwork in Hi Definition from time to time as the need arises, but if I don’t need to work at that level then I won’t. I love a lot of color and intensity and I use a lot of layers to capture the effect & look I want, so I’m not afraid to try to push the computer.

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The tablet boots up very quickly with little to no hesitation initially. Once I open any software, though it appears to load very quickly, there does tend to be a slight delay in being able to go ahead and work, as if something still hasn’t completely loaded. I tend to try to be a bit more patient when initially booting up just in case my eagerness is the problem. Even after working for several minutes, there may be a quick pause or two where the computer seems to freeze then it kicks back in, but it’s quite brief and from that point on there are no more problems. The weight is heavy & solid enough for me, (lighter than my Motion Computing LE1700), but doesn’t require me to workout at the gym just so I can hold it.

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The pen/stylus that came with the tablet is very light, and at first appearance the tip seemed to be too large for the detail I wanted, but I soon learned that it handled the finest details I threw at it just fine. Admittedly, at first I preferred to use the pen/stylus from the Motion Computing LE1700, (I love that pen), but seldom do I really “need” it. I’m quite happy that I stayed with the original pen/stylus as it performs very well.

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The screen on the EP121 is great to view my artwork, as well as display my art while I work on it, and it displays excellent color & details to any of my highly rendered artwork and animations. It’s very sharp and impressive.

Since I store everything I create on Dropbox I need to mention that the Wi-Fi works flawlessly. I prefer not to use my tablet for any Internet communications, to avoid any possible contamination, and transfer anything else I may need onto the tablet via flash drives.

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Finally, the battery life is fantastic and lasts several hours, whether I’m illustrating in Sketchbook Pro or Photoshop, as well as when I’m animating in Flash. Also, the recharge time is excellent even while I’m using the tablet.

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In closing, I tend to latch onto what I truly like to use & then I try to wear it out through intense & laborious work. I push hard and create thousands of illustrations and numerous short Flash animations. I seriously doubt my ASUS EP121 tablet will wear out anytime soon so only time will tell who breaks down first: me or the machine!

2D Wednesday- “The Casebook of Nips & Porkington” (2015) by Melody Wang

Today’s 2D Wednesday is a delightful little piece by 4th year Sheridan animation student Melody Wang done primarily in Toonboom Harmony and Photoshop about two anthropomorphic cops chasing a stolen egg though a very clever bit of newspaper landscape.

I ask you… WHEN WILL SOMEONE MAKE A 2D  FEATURE AGAIN!?!?!?

Film by Melody Wang

Score by Xintong Wang

Voice Talents
Elaine Wise as Constable Nips
Elliot Cowan as Porkington, the rat, and Mr. Goose
Kirsten Lloyd as Mrs. Goose

Mentors
Nancy Beiman
Bruno Degazio

Minions
Danial Darabi
Rui Hao
Jack Hincenbergs
Marissa Iavazzi
Ruby Xia
Xin Wu

Daniele Afferni

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What is your name and your current occupation?
I’m Daniele Afferni, illustrator, concept artist and co-founder of StudioASC, a creative team specialized in pre-visualization and illustration for advertising, film and TV commercial located in Milan, Italy.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Drawing and painting are the only things I’ve done in my whole life!  After attending an Art High School and a qualifying course in comics drawing, I directly moved to my first job as an inside-man illustrator in a big advertising agency (Armando Testa).  (I don’t think it’s crazy …all the nights we were forced to spend into the agency to deliver our works on time …those were crazy!) Then I became a freelance illustrator and later I founded the creative team ASC, in association with two friends of mine, the illustrators/designers/animators Anna Citelli and Luca Mari.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I had the thrilling opportunity to collaborate with several interesting professional artists, like the Italian movie director Gabriele Salvatores in “Nirvana”, or the English movie director Nicolas Roeg. In Europe it is a common habit for the movie directors to do also commercial spots to enlarge their experience;  just to give you an example, I recall with great pleasure having worked with Wim Wenders for the Ariston-Hotpoint tv commercial: really particular to see a director of a very high artistic level to “soil his hands” with a washing-machine!

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I didn’t start as an animator. Basically I’m a Visualizer and a Concept Artist.  I finished my studies with the aim of drawing comics, but Continue…