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. ūüôā

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…

Mukpuddy

 

What is your name and your current occupation?
The 3 of us (Alex Leighton, Ryan Cooper and Tim Evans) run our own independent animation studio in Auckland, New Zealand. We call ourselves Mukpuddy¬†)¬†and our current occupation is cartoon makers!¬†We try our best to blog really¬†regularly¬†and let people know what we’re up to and currently working on…

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Nothing to crazy really Alex was a dj at a metal/rock bar, Ryan worked at a video rental store and Tim traded human organs on the black market!

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Well each new project we do is the one we’re usually most proud of, so with that in mind only 2 weeks ago we competed in a 48 hour film competition. It’s kind of a big deal down here in New Zealand and an annual event where teams of film makers compete all over the country on one weekend to make a short film in just 48 hours. On Friday night we’re given our randomly drawn genre (this year we got ‘Quest Movie”), a random prop, line of dialog and character each team has to put in their film. It was one hell of a weekend but we made it to the finish line with 5 minutes to spare and made a cool little film we’re really stoked with. Now we just have to wait and see what the judges think. While we’re waiting for the final verdict we put together a trailer for the short…We also made a bunch of shorts last year for a local kids show, they basically loved our work and told us to make whatever we wanted… given that type of creative freedom is something pretty special and as a result we feel this is some of our best work to date and hope to use these characters in something else…

How did you become interested in animation?
All 3 of us were obsessed with anything to do with animation and cartoons growing up. Comics, toys, video games, tv and.. Continue…

Steve Sagovac

What is your name and your current occupation? 

Steve Sagovac. Director at Daydreemin and also Development at Sodacode.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was involved in creating the Biggest Cocktail drink for a shopping centre launch, with choreographed bar staff to do all the mixing.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I think my first character I started to develop called Leeroy. It was because of him I got to spend some time at Disney Australia, and start working with my eventual Partner when we started Mad Cow Pictures.

 How did you become interested in animation?
I think it was Comic Books first, and then a natural progression to Continue…

Gregory Stoffel


What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Gregory Stoffel. I’m a lead 3d artist working on simulation projects for a japanese company here in Vietnam and a freelance artist working mostly for advertising.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I have been traveling around Australia for 2 years and did a lot of hard, dirty, crazy jobs at that time but I think cleaning bricks outside, it was freezing cold and raining was one of the worst job I ever had…good it lasted only for 3 days.

How did you become interested in animation?
Probably the first time I watched Toy story, then get my hand on 3dsmax R3 a bit later and never stop since then.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Belgium, after traveling to Australia, I went to Vietnam, gave my demoreel to a director a met , Continue…

Ken Davis

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Ken Davis, and I’m currently working on storyboards for Transformers: Rescue Bots destined for Hasbro’s Hub network, via Atomic Cartoons.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Way back………waaaaaay back I started in the cartooning biz by answering an ad for “staring artists” to draw on t-shirts in some guy’s basement. Actually drawing in pencil on cotton shirts, where some other young kid would airbrush some colour in. The shirts were then hawked by prostitutes to their john customers. I was 100% naive/oblivious to this sales technique until one day when a young lass came to the door with a handful of money for the “boss”.¬†No, I did not stick around much longer after that.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Been quite a few: assisting Todd McFarlane on some comics stuff, my first solo gig storyboarding on James Bond Jr and having NO CLUE as to what I was doing, working on Ren & Stimpy with Bob Jaques/Kelly Armstrong/John Kriscfalusi . Storyboarding on Continue…

Bill Perkins

 

What is your name and your current occupation?
Bill Perkins, Visual Development, Walt Disney Animation Studio.  I also currently teach Color Theory at LAAFA, and Color and Lighting at CDA. I also host my own painting workshops that I announce through e-mail and facebook.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I wouldn’t say that my jobs were crazy, kinda normal really, Summer camp on Catalina Island (fun escape,) I had a sign business through high school into college (first entrepreneurial experience,) Chart House restaurant (crazy people, great fun!) Fine Artist (sold my artwork through galleries) Art instructor (drawing and painting various disciplines.)

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Pre-animation, having my work accepted into the Springville museum and national watercolor society shows. ¬†Creating a group show at the Monterey Peninsula museum of art featuring mine and three other artist work based on or three month painting ¬†trip through France, Italy, and Spain.¬†As far as animation goes, I will never forget the buzz of energy around the studio during Little Mermaid. ¬†On Rescuers Down Under,¬†Dan Hansen, Razoul Azadani, and I¬†changed the layout process while embracing new technology, and accomplished more with a smaller team. ¬†I am proud of my work as well as the animators and clean-up artists on Aladdin, together we shared the pains that come with growth. ¬†Space jam was another massive accomplishment, driven by a small crew of fearless renegades at Space Jam Animation. ¬†I was fortunate enough to work with Continue…