Lori Hammond

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Hello my name is Lori Hammond and until recently I was the Program Director for Animation at a local Film school. Currently I am an Artist/ an Instructor/ a Consultant/and an Events coordinator for a couple of companies related to Animation & VFX industry.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Before getting into the animation industry I suppose Barista of alcohol, could be “crazy” on certain nights with certain customers. (Laughing) especially since at the time I did not drink.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My favorite projects are perhaps “Princess and the Frog” working as a Training Specialist on that movie.  At Disney I was able to work with some amazing artists, as a trainer I got to work with Layout, Animation, EFX, Color stylist, etc. it was an amazing time teaching classes for the Disney Academy. I actually got to teach some of the greats such as Glenn Keane on some of the software for the production.  I also enjoyed a small short animation project that was started at Disney and is currently finishing up production called “Mila” by Cinzia Angelini, helping this production connect with some upcoming talent and watching that project develop has been amazing.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Originally, I am from Illinois and I received my BFA at Northern Illinois University, where my major was Painting. I moved to New York after my undergrad days and attended Pratt Institute where I majored in Digital Arts with a focus on 3D Animation. I loved the fact that as an artist, not only could I develop more work from my original painted vision, but Continue…

Dan Schier

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Dan Schier, working at Nickelodeon as a character designer.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
The earliest jobs I had as a kid were the craziest. My best friend and I waded through crayfish infested lakes, retrieved and resold golf balls in stealthy, makeshift wholesale locations. We did alright for kids, and it was tax free! My first official job was a paper boy. The crazy part is that I was loosing money because customers hid from me when I attempted to collect, or didn’t pay me on time. So I had to cover them adults at age 16. Bye, bye golf ball money. First artistic job was at Disneyland doing caricatures and portraits in New Orleans Square spring/summer of ’97. It was fun to have a license to stare at pretty girls.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I guess I’m proud of and enjoyed each project on different levels. Working on Dora makes me feel good because it’s a very well intentioned show that aims to teach kids instead of the opposite. My first job on Disney’s “Atlantis” is probably a favorite. I was still idealistic at that point. It’s also when I first met my wife who worked in Backgrounds. Our crew was a lot of fun and we were working on the main character, Milo. I remember when I first started and was looking at development art and inspirational art from things like 101 Dalmatians I felt like I had arrived, and was so excited about the prospects I had fantasized about.

How did you become interested in animation?
I always drew and loved watching cartoons-particulary Looney Toons and Disney, and some Hanna Barbera…actually, I liked anything that was good and entertaining. I basically gravitated toward Continue…

Freek van Haagen

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Freek van Haagen, and I’m currently a freelance illustrator and animator.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Oh, I was…an art-director and packaging designer. I even was an electrician-assistant way back at my dad’s office. But that’s like really long ago. And I had my own little animation/games company 15 years ago.
What are some of your favourite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Well New Eden comes to mind first of course. It’s an animated sci-fi web comedy about two crewmen that have crash landed on the wrong planet. They are quite literally the last surviving people in the whole galaxy. And now they have to survive everything the hostile planet throws at them. It turns out that’s the easy part because getting along with each other proves to be harder. It was made on a zero-budget but it was a lot of fun. The last cool job I did commercially was for Aquafresh. The toothpaste brand wanted an online game teaching kids about the health of their teeth. I did all the character designs, background designs and even did an intro animation. Turned out pretty cool and got positive reviews.

 

How did you become interested in animation?
The first time I saw a Disney movie. I don’t remember which one but I do know that I couldn’t understand how Continue…

Perry L J Osuna

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What is your name and your current occupation? 
Perry L J Osuna,  Independent Designer, 2D Animator and Storyboard artist .

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I had a job selling chocolate cover amond’s, door to door at double the price you’d usually get a box for normally.  They drove us around in a small school bus to different neighbourhood’s to petal their over priced chocolates. The biggest joke about the job was the pay.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I worked on this independent project. It’s called the Mosaik Project,  the idea was to showcase some of Toronto ( Canada ) talent base. The funny thing  is I almost didn’t get the gig.  I was asked to design Toronto but from a robotic view point. I was told I couldn’t use any existing robot designs concepts, everything needed to be original.  I’m sure anyone who designs will agree this kind situation doesn’t happen often. I had full creative range with respect to the clients final approval .  In the end the client was very happy with the work.

 

How did you become interested in animation?
I listened to a lot music growing up .  I use to day dream about how Continue…

Sumit Kumar


What is your name and your current occupation?
My Name is Sumit Kumar and i am the 2D Animator/Illustrator / Owner of SKG Animation India Team

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I have worked with Press as a cartoonist and i worked in print media before entering in animation field.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My Superboy Animation because that is made by me only without any help or support. and i am making another animation with very high quality individually.

How did you become interested in animation?
I have interest in animation since when i was child and from my childhood my dream was to Continue…

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