Mark MacKay

What is your name and your current occupation?
Mark MacKay – Freelance Animator/Character Designer/Illustrator currently working for JMG Studio.

 

 What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Nothing too exciting, I’ve done the usual, line cook, busboy, grocery bagger, Assistant Manager at a local Pharmacy, and more of the same.

 

 What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
The project I am currently working on for JMG Studio is very exciting and I’m proud to be a part of it. Sorry I can’t give out too much information at this time.

How did you become interested in animation?
I’d say after seeing Disney’s “Pluto’s Christmas Tree” when I was a kid, or pretty much any Disney animation for that matter, I was hooked. That was Continue…

Bob Rutan



What is your name and your current occupation?

Bob Rutan, Animation Supervisor at Wildbrain.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I once video interviewed Devry University students after they got their palms and auras read at a psychic fair in Columbus.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I think The Ricky Gervais Show and El Tigre both look fantastic as finished products. I had a lot of fun working on Family BrainSurge and The Mr Men Show. Kappa Mikey was one of the funnier shows I’ve worked on, which is probably why it has a cult following. I would crack up when I watched the animatics.
How did you become interested in animation?
When I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut, but when I realized that Continue…

Richard Colburn

What is your name and your current occupation?
This one’s easy. I just have to check my driver’s license and bank statements.  The name is Richard Colburn. I run a business called The 3D Advantage. My associates and I create and animate 3d models for video games, software applications, photo substitution, product development, and movies.  We also create custom video games and original music.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Just like any and all self-respecting American citizens I’ve had jobs mowing lawns, building airplanes  and serving food at the governor’s banquets. Some of my crazier jobs have included mechanical engineering at a college in downtown Chicago. By “mechanical engineering” I mean uninstalling 19 floors of urinals in the guys dormitory, scraping the drains clean with a broken garden spade, then re-installing them. There were other more unpleasant tasks required by the job but I’d rather not mention them. I also served as a crewman aboard the Tall Ship Windy out of Chicago’s Navy Pier. This job had me balancing on a single piece of cotton rope 90 feet above the deck to work on torn sails, replace, frayed ropes and so on. Many times I saw the larger of Chicago’s orb-weaver spiders fall to their death 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…

Andrés Zorrilla

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Andrés Zorrilla. Currently I´m working as an Animator on a Long 3D Film called Metegol/Futbolin.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
My first job (when I finished school) was very disappointing and crazy. I was offered an internship in a graphic design studio, of course I was very excited about the idea of achieving my first experience in the industry. The funny story about this is that at the end I finished being the studio car driver, driving the owner from one place to another with my own car.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
A few years ago I was the Modeler and Animator in charge of the new broadcast brand for Fox Sports Latam. That was my first experience working for TV and I feel the outcome was really good. Also.. Continue…