Spotlight- “The Lift”

Today begins with a new feature here on Animation Insider where we showcase films of our interviewees. Todays film The Lift comes from New Yorker Robert Kohr. You can also catch his interview here!

About The Film: The Lift explores the consequences of one very common behavior of not holding the elevator door open for someone rushing to get on or worse, lifting your finger and actively pushing the close button. In this film, an elevator interaction between the two lead characters goes wrong, prompting a young woman to learn about being insensitive and to be more considerate in the future. 
A true labor of love, it took Robert and his team over 4 years to complete this 5 minute plus film that has been screened in over 55 festivals around the world, winning awards in 15 of them. Robert explored working with artists found online, all of whom he had never met and have developed continued working relationships with some of them. In this day and age it’s important to leverage social networking into your business model and The Lift is an example of this trend. 
Robert lives in New York with his fiancé and his computer. 

 

Raul Aguirre Jr.

 

What is your name?
Raul Aguirre Jr.

What would you say has been your primary job in animation?
Animator, Storyboard Artist and Director.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked as a bouncer at a few night clubs around L.A.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My favorite project is my animated short Hero Heights that I made at Nickelodeon and Frederator a couple of years ago for The Random Cartoons Show.

How did you become interested in animation?
When I was six years old I fell in love with drawing and decided I was going to be an artist. Then one Sunday night in 1981 when I was nine, I watched Continue…

Becca Ramos

 

What is your name?
Becca Ramos

What would you say has been your primary job in animation?
I started out as an animation checker but with my architecture background, I took the bg layout test on “The Simpsons” and that’s when I started wearing two different hats – layout & checking. Then I moved on to design when WB hired me for “Pinky & the Brain.” Since then, I have been switching back & forth doing background design or layout and props, from time to time. 🙂

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I would have to say “Chowder” would top the list. I loved the style of that show, I still do, even though our department was the only non-digital one because we were hand inking all the bg designs as the style required. Kudos to Carl Greenblatt & Dan Krall, who created the show and art directed it, respectively.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was an architect (in the Philippines) for a short while and had just passed the Continue…

Donna Grillo

What is your name and your current occupation?
Donna Grillo.  Casting and Dialog Director.


What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I’ve always been in the entertainment business – that’s crazy, right?

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Well, Spongebob Squarepants is certainly the most iconic show I ever cast but as far as favorites go I’d have to say “Squirrel Boy” and “The Angry
Beavers” just for the sheer laughs and freedom to create crazy characters. “Duckman” was also an awesome show – so friggen funny!

How did you become interested in animation?

Although I loved Looney Tunes when I was growing up I wasn’t that big of an animation fan until I started working at Klasky Csupo.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m an L.A. girl. I was burned out from years of working on motion pictures.  I took some time off to write but…. Continue…

100 Interviews!


On March 26th, this year we launched Animation Insider, a site dedicated to championing the faceless artists behind the scenes of the award winning animation in the world. Today with Michael Fry, “Over The Hedge” comic strip creator I am very proud to announce we’ve hit 100 posted interviews! I would like to thank all who have participated as well as my Assistant Editor and wife Laura Milo for helping to make my idea a reality. This is only the beginning as we’ve got hundreds more in the queue so stay tuned!

And as always if you’d like to be interviewed yourself then grab a copy of the questions or email me and I will send them to you!

Great Animation Clips!

I am constantly amazed by the incredible stuff I see people make. It all at once humbles and awes me. Here is some stuff we’ve found in our search to interview people. Wherever possible I have tried to find contact info for them, and in some cases it’s led to a dead end. If you see a great clip that should be on our Video Wall please send us a link and we will add it. Also if, you personally know any of these fine film makers feel free to send me their email and I will try to interview them as well!