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!

Stefano Marrone

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What is your name and your current occupation?
I’m Stefano Marrone, freelance visual developer, animator and motion graphic artist. Currently I am heading to London, after working in Italy and Canada for a while.


What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I’ve been an event photographer in clubs for 2 years in Milan, while studying for my Bachelor of Arts. Three to four times a week I used to start shooting picture of happy drunk people around 1am and keep going for another three hours. It was kind of fun, I met a lot of interesting, weird people, but the day after at university I always looked like a zombie.


What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My last short Flash film, “The Collector”, was a lot of fun during the design stage and I am really happy about how it looks. I love how the idea for the film itself developed from a quick sketch until I found the right design to be animated in Flash. I am also happy to have worked on a short film for amazing director Roy Hayter, “Alice in Wastland – The Flowers”, I was the director and designer for the opening titles sequence. The two people on my little crew where amazing professionals, a pleasure to work with them.


How did you become interested in animation?
I’ve been interested in storytelling since I was 7 or 8, I guess. The mechanics of how a story works, and what are the tools to tell it, had been always more fascinating to me that Continue…

Rémi Crosasso

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 What is your name and your current occupation?
Rémi Crosasso, I’m a Storyboard Artist since 2010.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Well, I haven’t had any crazy job before animation but maybe the crazy thing is I managed to get into Architecture agency before getting into Achitecture school. So yes, Architecture drawghtsman mainly.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The TV show The Crumpets definitely. Fun, original, speed, and a total mayhem!! But I also loved working on TV show Groove High, the first show I worked on! Sorry, emotional moment… and of course proud of what I’m doing now, working and living in Finland, storyboarding on Angrybirds Stella (and an other secret project… tataaaa).

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from France. After one year studying animation at Volda, Norway, I got into animation meeting Fabienne Lievant, production director, at an Animation show. She made me wait one entire year before hiring me! And here I am.

News: More Boxtrolls featurettes

In anticipation of their animated feature opening nationwide September 26th Lakia has released 6 new featurettes this morning. Looks like it’s gonna be a cool little movie!

Meet the Boxtrolls: What is Family
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Meet the Boxtrolls:You’re A Boy
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Meet the Boxtrolls:Intro To Hiding
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Meet the Boxtrolls:Intro to Hunting
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Meet the Boxtrolls:Intro to Play
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Meet the Boxtrolls:Intro to Sleeping
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THE BOXTROLLS releases in theaters on September 26!

DOWNLOAD the Official Poster Here:http://www.42west.biz/BOXTROLLS/THEBOXTROLLS_OfficialPoster.zip

For additional information please visit: http://www.focusfeatures.com/the_boxtrolls

To view the official trailer please visit: http://youtu.be/z3eHd87dx6M

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THE BOXTROLLS releases in theaters on September 26!

Story: A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously  feisty Winnifred (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

Directors: Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable

Writer: Based on the novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow

Voice Cast: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan

MPAA Rating: PG