What is your name and your current occupation?Â
My name is Dagan Moriarty, and I am currently anÂ Asst. Art DirectorÂ at ‘Sesame Workshop’ in NYC.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I worked a few different jobs back in the day,Â before I graduated from HS and shipped off to Art School.Â My favorite was working in a skateshop, but that’s a gimme.Â There were definitely a few interesting and offbeat gigs peppered in there as wellâ€¦Â I worked in a Bagel Store for 2 weeks for a really mean and cranky boss. Â I accidentally burned an entire batch of bagels one morning, and I thought she was going to take my life right in front of the cream cheese case. She was so mad!Â That’s probably when I decided that a life in bagels wasn’t for meâ€¦Though I still find them delicious. Â Back in High School, I had a friend who’s father was a Real Estate Agent. He sold a lot of foreclosed properties. Â Often times he would need to completely gut the homes and clean them up before he could put them on the marketâ€¦Â So he would pay us 100 dollars a piece to go into a house with a baseball bat or a table leg and just demolish the whole interiorâ€¦ It was amazing!Â Cabinets, furniture, literally everything except for load-bearing walls. I still remember the roaches scattering as we wreaked havoc on everything in our path. Best summer job in history!Â It was a great way to work out our teen angst while making some loot!
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?Â
The two things that jump right to the top of my head areÂ ‘The Mr. Men Show’ for my friends at Renegade AnimationÂ and the ‘Skunk-Fu’ animated series that we worked on for the mightyÂ Cartoon Saloon over in Ireland. (Worked with the team over at Fat-Kat
Animation Studios on that one.)Â Both of those shows were a cut above in terms of quality and craftsmanship,Â and they were a lot of fun to be a part of.Â We’re also working on some really cool stuff right now over at Sesame that I am excited aboutâ€¦ but I’ll keep those cards close to my chest for now.Â 🙂
How did you become interested in animation?Â
First, through my grandfather. He was a wonderful artist who really loved to draw, and he imparted that passion to me very early on. I have a vivid memory of sitting with him when Continue reading