Mark Medernach, Executive Producer/Partner at DUCK Studios
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was a PA on a shoot for KFC. Â My job was to ferry the chicken between the store where they were making it and the location. Â I came home each night smelling like fried chicken
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
We’ve done a few United Airlines spots which I am really proud of. Â I think the campaign is brilliant. Â They choose filmmakers tomake their animated spots and the artistry of the entire campaign is just top notch.
I grew up in Pennsylvania and went to college in San Francisco. I was out of work and was looking for a job. Â I got hired as the editor at Duck Soup. Â Even though I was not really an animation aficionado, over the years, and the name change to DUCK, I’ve come to really love and admire animation.
Here at DUCK we represent a wide variety of artist/filmmakers for advertising and other short format work. Â The days are spent touching base with the different artists. Â Making phone calls to advertising agencies to look for more new work and overseeing the productions we have in the studio.
I love it when a young director gets their first project to direct. Â It is always fu to see them mature as filmmakers and become successful.
I wish I were able to start more directing careers. Â I also hate to tell the directors that they did not get a job that they pitched on. Â I know a lot of times they pour a lot of themselves into the pitch and for whatever reason they did not get it. Â It is difficult to give them the bad news.
The constant search for new work. Â Once you book a job for the director there is no time to sit back and enjoy the fact that the job is in. Â It is on to the next project and trying to get everyone working.
I am on the internet all day long. Â Looking for new artists, looking at work that is out there and just looking. Â For production we use a wide variety of software, but i don’t work on that side of the business.
Well we represent Eric Goldberg, who I believe is one of the most talented 2-d character animators in the world. Â We also represent Jamie Caliri who I think is a genius. Â Whatever he works on ALWAYS seems to turn out brilliantly.