Mike Nguyen

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What is your name and your current occupation?

My name is Mike Nguyen. My main focus (have been for quite some time now) is directing an indie hand-drawn feature entitle- ‘My Little WORLD’. I also recently became a faculty member at Kaywon School of Art and Design in Korea, sharing thoughts in animated filmmaking for 1 year.


What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Tough one… the crazier jobs had been dishwashing, restaurant part time jobs during high school days…, (not too exciting here).


What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’ve been through many films including Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’… but the only one I’m truly proud to be part of is- Brad Bird’s ‘The Iron Giant’ (where I was supervising animator).

How did you become interested in animation?
I’ve always been fascinated with the cinema and have desires to make things move ever since I was little. In 8th grade I was first introduced to Continue reading

‘The Iron Giant’ gets a collector edition Blu-ray this Fall


Engadget is reporting details on the soon to be released Iron Giant collector edition Blu-ray slated for this Fall!

From the site:

Last September, the animated classic The Iron Giant returned to US theaters as a “Signature Edition” with high definition visuals and two additional scenes. Warner Bros. has now confirmed a Blu-ray release for this fall, as well as an “Ultimate Collectors Edition” that includes a few extra goodies. For $74.99, you’ll get the “Signature” cut and the original theatrical release, both in high and standard definition. There’s also a documentary on the disc called The Giants Dream, which gives a “definitive” look at how the 1999 classic was put together.

Read the whole article here.

Rocky Solotoff

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Rocky Solotoff-Producer.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation? 
Tour Road Manager for a Laser company for Rock Shows. Charter Flight Manager for Celebrities, Flight Attendent for Delta Airlines. Donut Maker.


What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
American Tail, Land Before Time and Mickey’s Prince and the Pauper and my Daughter.


How did you become interested in animation? 
Helped a friend shooting camera for Disney and said “that looks pretty simple”. The Camera Manager said if I could Continue reading


Iron Giant-signature edition





Pasadena, California, September 15, 2015 – Duncan Studio is proud to announce their collaboration with director Brad Bird and Warner Bros. Pictures on the re- mastered version of the animated action adventure, “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition.”

“Brad had storyboarded two additional sequences during the production of the original film that were never finished due to time and budget constraints,” said Ken Duncan, head of Duncan Studio. “So when Warner Bros. approached us earlier this year about setting up a team to help bring Brad’s vision to fruition, we jumped at the chance to work on this beloved classic. Coincidentally, we already had several key artists and animators who worked on the original film working at our studio, so it seemed like a great fit,” he continued.

Director Brad Bird added, “When the opportunity arose to produce new scenes originally planned for “The Iron Giant,” my first thought was Duncan Studio. Beyond the fact that Ken Duncan himself is a brilliant animator, his staff was blessed with several veterans of the original “Iron Giant” team, which helped immeasurably in our effort to have the new scenes blend in seamlessly with our original footage. Duncan Studio did a wonderful job.”

Among the veterans from the original film, animation supervisors Chris Sauve and Wendy Perdue reprised their roles and animated their characters Dean and Annie, along with the help of animator Sandro Cleuzo; original background department head, Dennis Venizelos, oversaw backgrounds for the new sequences; and effects animation was again supplied by Michel Gagné. Additionally, a crew of approximately 20 artists at the studio animated the CG Giant, created layouts, painted the backgrounds, cleaned up the hand-drawn animation, inked and painted the characters, and composited all elements digitally over the course of four months.

“The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” arrives in theaters for a special event screening on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00PM local time, with an encore event in select markets on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00PM local time. Tickets are on sale now, through www.FathomEvents.com, with “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” available on digital platforms, including iTunes later this fall. Click here for a recently released trailer tied to re-mastered version of the film.

When “The Iron Giant” arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an “instant classic” (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal). “Imagine E.T. as a towering metal man, that’s the appeal of this enchanting animated feature” (the late Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). And the world soon learned another “giant” had arrived as well: filmmaker Brad Bird, who made his stunning directorial debut with this film and has gone on to win two Oscars®, as well as worldwide acclaim for his work on both animated and live-action features.

Winner of nine Annie Awards, “The Iron Giant” is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal) and a giant robot, voiced by a then little-known actor named Vin Diesel. The voice cast also includes Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr.

Directed by Brad Bird, the film was produced by Allison Abbate and Des McAnuff, with the screen story by Bird and the screenplay written by Tim McCanlies and Bird. Adapted from poet Ted Hughes’ book, The Iron Man,“The Iron Giant” was first released in the summer of 1999 by Warner Bros.



Duncan Studio has produced a broad range of work for a variety of entertainment mediums, from feature films and theme park entertainment to commercials. Under the supervision of Ken Duncan, the versatile artists and animators at Duncan Studio are able to deliver top-quality work on projects from the earliest stages of development (character and production design, storyboarding, modeling and rigging) through animation (both 2D and CG), lighting, compositing and final rendering.

The Iron Giant is coming back to theaters!



Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Warner Bros. and Fathom Events are putting a remastered “Signature Edition” version of The Iron Giant in theaters for a very limited engagement. The special-event screening will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 30, with an encore showing on Oct. 4 at 12 p.m. in participating theaters around the country. The new remastered cut will include two all-new scenes.

“We can’t wait to bring this family favorite back its home on the big screen,” said Fathom Events CEO John Rubey, in a statement. “The Iron Giant is meant to be seen and heard in movie theaters and this is a great chance for fans new and old to enjoy this classic, remastered with new scenes.”

Rick Farmiloe

What is your name and your current occupation?
Rick Farmiloe, I am a traditional (2D) animator and storyboard artist.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Hmmm…..crazy….? Didn’t really have any ‘crazy’ jobs……I worked in my dad’s warehouse, unloading trucks, stacking boxes, and trying not to go crazy from boredom When I moved to LA from the Bay Area, I got a job in a record store, Music Plus in Pasadena. ….home of Van Halen!! It was a lot of fun….but just minimum wage!

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I think the films I animated on at Disney in the 80’s, early 90’s are the projects I’m most proud of. The Little Mermaid, Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin were all great films, and I enjoyed doing the sidekicks in each one! They have seemed to stand the test of time…..which is very gratifying.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, Santa Rosa to be exact. Charles Schulz also lived in Santa Rosa, and was a lifelong inspiration to me!! We actually Continue reading