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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. 

Kenya Danino

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Hello there! My name is Kenya Danino and I am a Freelance Visual Development Artist for BlueBells Animation Studio in India and I’ve worked with PennyFarthing Press Inc.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Well, before I even thought about pursuing a freelancing career I did a lot of small commission work here and there since my high school days. In doing so I was making some pocket change as well as practicing to better my talent in areas I struggled in such as anatomy and perspective. And to think when I got to college I was going to pursue the sciences haha, totally different ball game. Wasn’t quite my cup of tea to say the least.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Ah I’ve loved all my awesome opportunities! However, favorite project I have been and continue to be part of is working with the lovely Miss Karen Kiefer on her ongoing children’s book project entitled “The Misfit Sock.” The Misfit Sock teaches lessons of love, hope, inspiration and gratitude through a profound children’s story and introduces a wonderful children’s Christmas tradition. Karen is such a wonderful person in how she is and what she does with this project which talks to “misfit people.” They come in all colors and genders and try to fit in with society that views them as different but what they really have is a gift; a good reason why they don’t exactly fit the puzzle. You can’t lead what you fit in with. And that’s what Karen The Misfit Mama teaches.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from good ol’ Queens, New York. I hear this state used to be an animation central, now there are only a few sites left. Shame, but no matter, you make do with what you got around you when Continue…

Alan Becker

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Alan Becker, Freelance animator.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Honestly, my first job was doing animation. Maybe that’s crazy in itself.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Making Animator vs. Animation was probably the one thing that I owe my entire situation to. I made it in 2006 and submitted it to newgrounds.com, ever since then I’ve never had to actively seek animation jobs, they’ve come to me.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Ohio, and I still live here. Like I said above, I got into the animation business when Continue…

Ben Althoff

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Ben Althoff and I am the CEO, Founder of Polycount Studios, LLC.

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

I would have to say one of my crazier jobs when I was younger was delivering “post therapy knee machines”.  I lived in San Deigo at the time and I was about 24 years old.  I would drive within a hundred miles of SD delivering these things and I would meet the craziest people.  Did I mention I also had to set these people up in this machine?  I remember meeting a guy who actually worked in the factory that made “Real Dolls”!!  if you don’t know just type it in your internet browser and you will get it, lol.  Maybe don’t do it at work!  Anyway, he was telling me about some of the orders and how the “Bones” are made…what a character.

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

The project I’m most proud of is my Expose 7 publications.  I wanted for so long to be in this book and finally after learning 3ds max for about 2 years I jumped in head first with a couple images and sure enough, they both got in.

How did you become interested in animation?
I think I really started wanting to get into animation and 3D Vis when I was Continue…

John MacFarlane

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 What is your name and your current occupation?
John MacFarlane  –  I love to create beautiful fairy tale worlds and the creatures that live in those worlds. So animation inspires me. And moving water, fire, smoke, and the like is awesome.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Before animation I used to manage our families printing business. But I did have a crazy job one summer working on a movie called “Roar” in Acton California.  Part of my job was building fences to fence in lions and tigers on the sets and moving them from their holding cages to the sets and back. That was an experience I’ll never forget. I don’t think they ever finished the movie.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
“Iron Giant” It was great to be a part of that, and work with Brad Bird. I also got to do efx on DreamWorks
first animated feature “Prince of Egypt” and most recently Disney’s “Princess and the Frog”. Animating the
gooey inside of Frank in “Osmosis Jones” was a lot of fun. Futurama is cool to because that show always
something to blow up or disgusting gunk to slosh around.  I also Illustrate children’s Continue…

Joe Apel

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Joe Apel, Flash Animator at Cartoon Network Studios

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked a variety of jobs before I finally got my break in animation. I worked at a Comic Book store at the age of 13 organizing comics. At the age of 15-17, I worked as a camera man for the school district’s cable access station. I washed dishes for a catering service. I worked at a movie theater for 10 years and worked my way up from usher, to projectionist, to Assistant Manager, to Promotions Manager.One job that I thought I would love but ended up hating was working at the Warner Bros. Studio Store in a local mall. I worked in the “gallery” area of the store mostly. I was there to inform people on what the artwork was and sell them cels, maquettes, and limited edition art. I made commission if I sold artwork and they even had a payment plan. I was terrible at the job, I loved the Warner Bros. cartoons so much and I felt it was morally wrong to persuade people into buying animation art when they only intended to come to the mall to buy a pair of jeans. I believe I only worked there for about a month.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I storyboarded on the PBS series, WordGirl, which I find to be an educational and funny show. I created character designs for the pilot of Allen Gregory, which will premiere this fall on Fox. It was inspiring to…. Continue…