What is your name and your current occupation?
Trever Stewart, Associate Producer / Special Projects.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Choreographer for a high school dance team.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I cut my teeth in live-action story development inBeverly Hillsright out of college which allowed me to participate on many large-scale films, but I can’t site them as my own because I carried a low station early in my career. From the live-action side I’d have to say ‘Wedding Crashers’ was one hell of a fun experience and working with New Line Cinema was a great blessing because they were effectively our ‘bosses’, but were never bossy. I think that had a lot to do with the creative success of the film. It was also a wonderful opportunity to work with ‘Married With Children’ writers Steve Faber and Bob Fisher. To this day, I hold my development experience with them as a bench mark for healthy business relationships between writers and producers. On the animation side, working on the film ‘Coraline’ was a life-changing experience. The entire business model and development process between live-action and animation is absurdly different, so much so, it took me the entire course of Coraline’s production schedule to realize I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing in animation. Thankfully I was surrounded by patient, warm-hearted folks at Laika and I eventually understood the advantage of animation’s particular anatomy. Beside the film being utterly gorgeous and me having the opportunity to work with Henry Selick, I feel proud to site ‘Coraline’ because – forgive me for sounding childish – I never fully realized that being brave isn’t about not having fear, it’s about overcoming your fears. I’m cheesy, I know.
How did you become interested in animation?
Ever since I can remember, my twin brother and I had a video camera in our hands and would make two things: silly live-action skits and stop-motion G.I. Joe animations. When I think back, it was one of the strongest memories from my childhood. I can remember my brother tattling to my mom because Continue…