Jose Mari “Joma” Santiago

 

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Jose Mari “Joma” Santiago. I’m currently into Pre-Production work doing Storyboards and Character Design for  Goriotik Multimedia, a small  animation studio here in the Philippines, specializing in traditional, Flash and 3D animation for local TV commercials. Since I work for a small studio, I also act as Animation Supervisor once we proceed to animation.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Unfortunately, animation is the only career I have pursued since graduating from college. I took up Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Advertising in the oldest university here in Asia, the University of Santo Tomas.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I have worked on a lot of shows since I started as an In-betweener back in 1991, but as an animator, I must say that my proudest moment as an Animator was when I worked on the Kronk’s New Groove project back in 2004, where I really had fun with my scenes.

How did you become interested in animation?
I always loved watching animated movies and Saturday Morning cartoons since I was a little boy. I started drawing as soon as I knew how to hold a pencil. But I only became interested in animation when

David Fremont

 

What is your name?

David Fremont

How did you become interested in animation?
Watching Saturday morning cartoons

and after school cartoons. bugs bunny, bullwinkle, underdog, super chicken, johnny quest, sid and marty kroft, monty python. i thought “someone drew that stuff” so I tried to
draw a cartoon character, i think it was Lyle Lion with overlapping cartoon eyes. yellow submarine was a big influence as far as being inspired to draw weirder, abstract stuff.  and sunday comics, Cathy, Fred Basset. No actually I loved Tumbleweeds, Peanuts, figments, the Wizard of Id. I was always drawing comics and trying to create my own comic strip. Then I got into MAD, National Lampoon comics and RAW, Gary Panter had that scraggly punk look that changed my outlook on trying to draw perfect perspective cartoons. I started drawing comics without sketching them out, just pen and ink improv stuff, totally fun and scrappy. That’s how Glue started, a comic that turned into an online animated series for Wildbrain.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from a northern Cal. town called Fremont. How convenient, right?  I moved to San Francisco and worked in an art supply store. The people that worked at Colossal Pictures would buy supplies there and I’d always bug them about working there. So finally I got hired in the Ink and Paint dept, painting animation cels for things like cereal commercials and MTV’s Liquid TV with a bunch of like-minded Continue…

Gavin Dell

What is your name?

“Gavin Dell”

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?

“Cat’s Don’t Dance was a film that Turner Feature Animation made before merging with Warner Bros. It had one of the best crews I’ve ever worked with. It had such a positive vibe the whole time which was probably because
of the Director Mark Dindal. The film was a total flop at the box office but was well regarded in the animation business. ”

How did you become interested in animation?

“I always love cartoons growing up but had no idea how they were made and never thought it was something I could do. I heard about the animation program at Cal Arts and applied for it but did not get accepted. I did get accepted by the art program. Once I was there I hated the art program and asked if I could transfer to animation. It was sort of a back door entry. I busted my ass to do a good film and made the producer’s show my freshman year. I was 1 of 4 from a class of 69 students to make it in.
Never say never…”

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?

“I’m from Kansas City. Home of Walt Disney’s original studio. Honestly I though I was going to be stuck drawing Hallmark cards my whole life. I heard about Cal Arts in Los Angeles from my Mom’s friend, who’s son was going there and was having a ball.”

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?

“I wish there was something glamorous about my job but my day goes like this: Continue…