Adam Beechen

What is your name and your current occupation?
Adam Beechen, freelance television and comic book writer.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I called dairies to get their credit information when they would apply for loans.  I was an assistant to an Oscar-winning screenwriter’s girlfriend, and my job consisted of building her wine racks and returning lingerie she’d bought.  I was an extra for one day on “Party of Five” (I was “Blue Blurry Lump Over Charlie’s Shoulder.”  No Emmy nomination).

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
RUGRATS, THE WILD THORNBERRYS, JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES, LITTLE BILL, TEEN TITANS, BEN 10, THE BATMAN, BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD, SCOOBY-DOO: MYSTERY INCORPORATED, THE ADVENTURES OF CHUCK AND FRIENDS, HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI, EDGAR AND ELLEN.  But really, all of them have been fun and an honor to work on.

How did you become interested in animation?
Like everyone else, I grew up on cartoons, and dreamed of having the chance to get to play with the characters in a meaningful way. I didn’t set out to work in animation, but when I moved to LA, Continue…

George Zaleski

 

What is your name and your current occupation?

George Zaleski, currently finishing producing an educational video for the CA school system called “Invaders from around the world”
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked for an Air force Research Lab as a photography assistant. I got to take pictures of jets and copters used for radio research. Funny thing is that I got the job by putting “coke dealer” on my resume , because I managed a soda machine in college. That made me stand out from the rest.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The work I have done for USC Sea Grant. I really like working with Continue…

Jack Heiter

What is your name and your current occupation?
Jack Heiter, drawing, painting, writing
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
gas station attendant, sign painter,
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
too many to list
How did you become interested in animation?
going to open house at UPA Picture while in art school
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Mobile Alabama.  Two of my art teachers sent me to interview at UPA Pictures Continue…

Jon Suzuki

What is your name and your current occupation?
Jon Suzuki/ character designer

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Not so sure I have ever had a job that would be considered ‘crazy,’ though I did manage to survive working at Toys R Us during Christmas rush.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Working on Teen Titans was a thrill. It remains one of my favorite working experiences to this day. I feel like i learned a lot under Glen Murakami and working alongside great talents like Derrick Wyatt, Hakjoon Kang, Ben Jones and Norm Ryang. It was a tight knit special group. Great chemistry- something that is Continue…

Kim Narsete

What is your name and your current occupation?
Kim Narsete, Storyboard Artist.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Receptionist, Cosmetics Clerk, Shoe saleswoman

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Hmmmm, that’s an interesting one. I really liked working on Strawberry Shortcake. She was my childhood favorite and it was honor to storyboard on the DVD. It was kind of like life coming full circle.
How did you become interested in animation?
As a kid I had always liked drawing. My Mom would give me a piece of paper and ask me to draw her something while we were at a restaurant. I guess it kept me occupped, lol. She would also take me, my brother, and sister to Walt Disney World during the summers. However, the actual inspiration to get me to study animation was Continue…

Jose Mari “Joma” Santiago

 

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Jose Mari “Joma” Santiago. I’m currently into Pre-Production work doing Storyboards and Character Design for  Goriotik Multimedia, a small  animation studio here in the Philippines, specializing in traditional, Flash and 3D animation for local TV commercials. Since I work for a small studio, I also act as Animation Supervisor once we proceed to animation.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Unfortunately, animation is the only career I have pursued since graduating from college. I took up Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Advertising in the oldest university here in Asia, the University of Santo Tomas.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I have worked on a lot of shows since I started as an In-betweener back in 1991, but as an animator, I must say that my proudest moment as an Animator was when I worked on the Kronk’s New Groove project back in 2004, where I really had fun with my scenes.

How did you become interested in animation?
I always loved watching animated movies and Saturday Morning cartoons since I was a little boy. I started drawing as soon as I knew how to hold a pencil. But I only became interested in animation when