John Losacco

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is John Losacco and I have been a game animator for the last three years.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked mainly retail before getting into the industry.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My first project in the industry was the coin-op game “Terminator: Salvation”. It was extremely intimidating to start out on such a high profile title. Since then I have worked on several coin-op games and am really proud of them all.

How did you become interested in animation?
I’ve always been interested in animation, seriously. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t excited about animation. It wasn’t until I was 16 or so that I realized animation was an actual job. I dropped everything and concentrated on nothing but getting a job in animation.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I am from Chicago. When I realized I wanted to be an animator, I was 16 and I had absolutely no art background, I had never even taken an art class. So I started frantically drawing everything I could. Cartoon characters, life drawing, still life, etc. Until I got a portfolio to apply to Continue…

Richard Colburn

What is your name and your current occupation?
This one’s easy. I just have to check my driver’s license and bank statements.  The name is Richard Colburn. I run a business called The 3D Advantage. My associates and I create and animate 3d models for video games, software applications, photo substitution, product development, and movies.  We also create custom video games and original music.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Just like any and all self-respecting American citizens I’ve had jobs mowing lawns, building airplanes  and serving food at the governor’s banquets. Some of my crazier jobs have included mechanical engineering at a college in downtown Chicago. By “mechanical engineering” I mean uninstalling 19 floors of urinals in the guys dormitory, scraping the drains clean with a broken garden spade, then re-installing them. There were other more unpleasant tasks required by the job but I’d rather not mention them. I also served as a crewman aboard the Tall Ship Windy out of Chicago’s Navy Pier. This job had me balancing on a single piece of cotton rope 90 feet above the deck to work on torn sails, replace, frayed ropes and so on. Many times I saw the larger of Chicago’s orb-weaver spiders fall to their death 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