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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. 

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? 

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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
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ON ICE is a contender for Best Animated Short Subject at tonight’s ANNIE AWARDS. It is the first and only VR short to be nominated for an Annie Award, as well as the first to be submitted on a mobile phone! 
Emmy Award®-winning artist Shannon Tindle (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) directed ON ICE which is currently in the final phases of production at Evil Eye Pictures in San Francisco. The upcoming Spotlight Story tells the story of an over-the-top, sci-fi themed ice show and its star, who suddenly finds he has competition for the spotlight from an unlikely rival.

Arlyne Ramirez

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Arlyne Ramirez: Clean Up artist and freelance storyboard revisionist at Rough Draft Studios.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I dressed up as the Easter Bunny at a mall. That was interesting.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Good Vibes Season 1, and The Ricky Gervais Show Season 3. And Currently proud to have worked on Futurama season 7.
How did you become interested in animation?
By watching a lot of cartoons as a young child. Ranging from Popeye to Ren and Stimpy.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
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Gordon Bressack

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Gordon Bressack.  Writer.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
I was an actor with an underground theater group.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
Pinky & The Brain and Captain Simian & The Space Monkeys are my two favorite animated projects.

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How did you become interested in animation? 
 My then wife was a voice over actress and I figured hey, Continue…